Inside Ag

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 ...

Stockmen Association challenge alternative meat

It is not on the market yet but it is already an attention getter. The first round in the fight over alternative meat is underway. “There’s new technology and products scheduled for the marketplace in the next year or two,” said Julie Ellingson, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. ...

Hands on experience

Creating opportunities for students in the community is something Jim Hennessy has volunteered his personal time for over the last couple of years. It all started in Stanley with a meats unit, where Hennessy provided equipment the school otherwise wouldn’t have to teach students how to cure ...

Dakota College, Dickinson State collaborate

Dakota College at Bottineau recently hosted faculty and students from Dickinson State University who traveled to Bottineau to look at the two year college’s programs. According to a press release, Dakota College provides skills and knowledge in controlled environmental ...

Founding Farmers: Farmer-owned restaurant group continues to grow

The opening of a seventh farmer-owned restaurant in April puts the North Dakota Farmers Union’s 12-year culinary venture just about where NDFU President Mark Watne had envisioned it would be by 2018. “But we never expected them to be as popular,” Watne said of the rave reviews the ...

How the year is shaping up for farmers, ranchers

Soybean acres have increased significantly in Ward County and the area, says Paige Brummund, Ward County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent in Minot. “People to the north and to the west are putting in more acres of soybeans than in previous years. Probably just in the past ...

Report: US winter wheat forecast down amid drought, surplus

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. farmers are expected to harvest their smallest winter wheat crop in more than a decade amid an ongoing drought that has devastated fields across the nation’s breadbasket and a global surplus of the grain that has depressed prices, according to government report ...

New terminal near Lansford to open in June

LANSFORD – CHS SunPrairie’s 83 terminal near Lansford is scheduled to be operational in mid-June. “We are excited to see this project become a reality for the growers in our region,” said Eric Moberg, CHS SunPrairie board chairman. “Once operational, we will have three shuttle ...

Test water quality prior to livestock turnout

Many producers are continuing to feel the effects of the 2017 drought, which are lingering into the 2018 grazing season. Numerous ponds and dugouts dried up as a result of the drought, and any water remaining in others may not be the best quality. “Runoff from snowmelt and spring rains may ...

China cutting US soybean purchases in face of tariffs threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the threat of tariffs and counter-tariffs between Washington and Beijing looming, Chinese buyers are canceling orders for U.S. soybeans, a trend that could deal a blow to American farmers if it continues. At the same time, farmers in China are being encouraged to ...

Food production is in their blood

Continuing to work the land that her family has farmed for over 75 years, Annie Carlson has one goal in mind for the Morning Joy Farm: increasing soil health. Carlson and her husband were both raised on farms, seeing the day-to-day tasks and struggles that can come with food ...