Inside Ag

Firebird Artisan Mills thrives in niche market

HARVEY – Firebird Artisan Mills has a solid foothold in a niche market that’s generating growth for the company and economic benefit for a North Dakota small town. An international leader in gluten-free ingredients, Firebird doubled its volume with an expansion last year and is hiring a ...

Growers experiment with industrial hemp

Officially it is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a narcotic. But it is being grown legally at prescribed locations in North Dakota. The state is completing its third year of an industrial hemp pilot program. “People have to apply to be processors or growers,” explained Doug ...

Relying on Mother Nature

It hasn’t been an easy year for farmers with drought and then rain coming during harvest. Paige Brummund, Ward County Extension agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources, said, as of early the week of Sept. 23, the majority of the small grains have been harvested. “There are some acres, ...

Using cows as biological combines

Cows are harvesters, sort of a biological combine, and dining on crop aftermath can be a real component to profitable commercial beef production. Yes, bison, yaks and many other four-legged precursors were company competitors, but as far as production units, the cow combines win out. Cow ...

Long-time brand inspector looks back

BISMARCK – Granville native Stan Misek stepped down this past summer as North Dakota’s chief brand inspector but that doesn’t mean he’s not checking cattle brands anymore. Misek still keeps a hand in the business as a part-time local inspector because after nearly 35 years in the ...

Groups like corporate farm law ruling for different reasons

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s two largest farm groups have been on opposite sides of a two-year legal battle over the state’s Depression-era anti-corporate farming law, but both are finding at least partial victory in a judge’s decision to uphold the law but order changes in how it’s ...

Gassy cows are bad for the planet; could seaweed diet help?

The smelly reality is that cows will always pass gas. But if farmers had more access to seaweed, cow flatulence might just stink a little less for the planet. That’s the thesis of a New England-based aquaculture company which is launching a drive to become the worldwide leader in an ...

Dakota Agronomy Partners expands agronomy assets

Dakota Agronomy Partners announced in September that it has doubled the size of the company with the recent consolidation of agronomy assets. The agronomy assets of its three parent cooperatives, CHS SunPrairie, Border Ag & Energy, and Enerbase Cooperative Resources, were all moved under ...

Locally sourced, Naturally grown

SAWYER – It started with about a dozen head of cattle to feed the family healthy food. That was about five years ago. Today, Jennie and Leif Anderson of Bluestone Ranch, Sawyer, have a herd of cattle and a team of hogs they direct market to area consumers looking for locally sourced, ...

Trade issues trump farm bill in ag discussions

Farmers are as concerned about trade and tariff challenges as they are about a new farm bill, according to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who held a farm bill roundtable in Minot July 5. About 30 people attended the roundtable, including farmers, lenders, North Dakota State University Extension ...

New CHS SunPrairie shuttle loading facility now complete

LANSFORD – CHS SunPrairie cut the ribbon in late June on its new 900,000-bushel grain shuttle loading facility just northeast of Lansford along U.S. Highway 83 N. The ceremony officially put the facility put into operation. The new 180-acre campus is the 10th location for CHS SunPrairie in ...

Abrahamson Rodeo Company: Breeding bucking bulls

BERTHOLD – Some are starring at area rodeos. Others are waiting their turn. They are bucking bulls bred and raised by the Abrahamson Rodeo Company. “They are not longhorns. They are not Brahmas,” said Kyle Abrahamson, breeder. “They are bucking bulls. They are bred specifically for ...

‘Big showcase of the year’

When the Kenmare Trail Blazers 4-H Club members enter their projects in the North Dakota State Fair in Minot this month it will be a first for them. Emily Goff, NDSU Extension agent-Ward County, said the Trail Blazers are a new club in Ward County and this will be their first year as a club ...

Algae bloom alert

Water enjoyed by swimmers, fishermen, jet skiers and the like can turn deadly within hours. The reason? Algae. The North Dakota Department of Health issued an algae alert earlier this month, particularly for deadly blue-green algae. Blue-green algae can produce cyanotoxins. Water containing ...

West Texas algae farm cultivates nutrients on massive scale

IMPERIAL, Texas (AP) — Inside a high-tech lab in a modular building in the West Texas desert here, a young scientist peered through a microscope at a slide of live and multiplying algae. The San Antonio Express-News reported that she was on the prowl for “grazers,” a sort of ...

Reaction to the trade battle between China and the US

NEW YORK (AP) — After the U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, China retaliated by imposing tariffs on the same amount of U.S. products. Here’s a look at reaction from some of the U.S. industries affected: PORK PRODUCERS The U.S. pork industry last year ...