Inside Ag

Ag Commissioner leads ND companies to Philippines

FARGO – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring led seven North Dakota food companies to the Philippines in March with the goal of increasing North Dakota’s market share of commodities within the Philippine market. The trade mission introduced Filipino food buyers to the taste and health ...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, Jim Whitman, with the nonprofit organization Farm Rescue that helps farmers in need, drives a combine in a cornfield at a farm near Wyndmere, N.D. The organization is expanding into its sixth state. Farm Rescue will provide free haying and hay-hauling help to Nebraska farmers in need this year, as it continues providing services to farmers in both Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota and Iowa. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack, File)

Farm Rescue nonprofit expanding into Nebraska, its 6th state

BISMARCK (AP) — A Plains farm aid nonprofit that has steadily grown since being launched in North Dakota a dozen years ago is expanding into a sixth state. Farm Rescue will provide haying and hay-hauling help, free of charge, to farmers in need in Nebraska this year. It has already provided ...

In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo, while the rest of her classmates hold a yoga pose Jessie Ryan, of Portland, pauses to spend some time with Quincy the goat during Goat Yaga class in Corvallis, Ore. (Andy Cripe /The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)

Goat yoga craze: Oregon yoga business goes viral

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jessie Ryan was ready to move out of her Warrior II pose when she felt a nudge on the back of her leg. When she turned around, she couldn’t help but laugh when she saw Quincy, a 1-year-old mini-goat, staring back up at her. It was the moment Ryan had traveled from ...

On-the-farm research making the case for industrial hemp

BISMARCK (AP) — Real-world research in more than a dozen states in recent years is giving farmers new understanding of how to grow industrial hemp and showing that it has promise to be a viable commercial crop in the U.S. The 2014 federal farm bill allowed for university and state-sponsored ...

Demonstrators gathered across the street from the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo wave at a honking motorist during the Thursday, April 6, 2017, event meant to protest the school's use of live animals in its trauma training course. The event was organized by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which has offered to pay for a surgical simulator if the school stops the practice of using live pigs in the course. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

Group asks university to stop using pigs in trauma training

FARGO (AP) — Doctors who organized a protest at North Dakota State University are offering to pay for a surgical simulator if the school stops using live animals for its trauma-life support training. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said it will pick up the $3,235 tab for ...

North Dakota farmers to plant less wheat but more soybeans

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota farmers are planning to seed less wheat this year but more soybeans. It’s a trend playing out in many states, with more than 1 billion bushels of surplus wheat in storage in the U.S. The Agriculture Department says in its prospective plantings report that it ...

South Dakota officials work to stop spread of bovine TB

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are trying to stop the spread of a strain of bovine tuberculosis discovered in a Harding County cattle herd. It's the first case of bovine tuberculosis in the state in six years. So far 41 infected animals have been identified, the Capital Journal ...

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CHS-SunPrairie general manager Brad Haugeberg comments on a photo held by operations manager Larry Aberle, showing the cooperative’s first 52-car train of spring wheat to the Pacific Northwest, loaded in Minot in December 1980 after passage of the Staggers Act deregulated railroads. At left is multi-commodity and project manager Jeremy Burkhart and at right, Jeff Heil, seed division manager with Dakota Agronomy Partners.

CHS-SunPrairie: Upgrades are constant for evolving ag cooperative

Bigger, fewer and faster is how CHS SunPrairie manager Brad Haugeberg describes the changes occurring in agriculture. CHS SunPrairie has seen consolidation in the grain industry, and now with a network that extends from Bottineau to Garrison, the emphasis is on stepping up the pace to move at ...

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Strips are tilled for row crop seeding at North Central Research Extension Center. A new planting technique, strip tilling, is designed to warm soil while preserving moisture.

Extension research goes to seed

It’s not just the seed variety but how it’s planted that can influence yields and profitability. North Dakota State University’s North Central Research Extension Center, Minot, is experimenting with seeding techniques to help area producers determine when changing things up might be ...

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Agronomists can help farmers with decisions such as crop rotation, fertilizer application and much more.

Agronomy services can benefit farmers

BERTHOLD – Farming methods have been changing with leaps and bounds. Today’s modern farming enterprises center around technology that didn’t exist a few years ago. That’s where the work of experienced agronomists prove exceptionally valuable. “I think the biggest thing is that ...

Farming industry is turning from barley to canola and soybeans

As farmers begin to prepare for the planting season, there appears to be one crop that will likely be passed over this spring. According to Chad Anderson of the North Dakota State University North Central Research Extension Center south of Minot, barley is a crop that is losing popularity in ...

Several grain varieties catching the eyes of farmers

The cold and harsh winter in northcentral North Dakota had an impact on every aspect of life this year. The farming industry was no different. And while the planting season is still a ways off, due to large amounts of snow still on the grow, farmers are already starting to take notice of ...

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A Minot-area field is harvested. Producers will be observing and participating in the debate over a new farm bill.

Producers call for strong crop protections in new farm bill

A strong crop insurance program is where North Dakota producers want congressional farm bill writers to put their focus this year. Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-ND, said the House Agriculture Committee, led by Texas Republican Congressman Mike Conaway, was to begin discussion in mid-February on ...

Effertz elected chairman of Federation of State Beef Councils

Jerry Effertz, a cow/calf operator from Velva, has been elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils for 2017. The Federation of State Beef Councils is the home of state beef councils at the national level, representing state beef council interests and helping establish funding and ...

Applications being accepted for specialty crop grants

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is accepting applications for grants to help promote specialty crops. The state last year got $2.5 million from the federal government for the grants. This year’s allocation won’t be known until next month, but Agriculture ...

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Nelson Ag Academy offers online ag education for schools that don’t have programs.

Kids can take ag classes online at Nelson Ag Academy

When LeRoy Nelson was getting ready to retire a few years ago, he wasn’t willing to give up being in educator. Nelson, a rancher who had been an agriculture teacher for 20 years, then a school superintendent for five years, knew there was still a need for agriculture education at schools ...

Ward County grower’s yield earns place in national wheat contest

DONNYBROOK – Planting his wheat acreage to a super high-yielding variety paid off for Donnybrook farmer Jim Pearson last year. Pearson placed second in North Dakota in the National Wheat Yield Contest’s Spring Wheat-Dryland category in showing a yield increase of 110.7 percent over the ...

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The statewide average price of cropland and pastureland values have decreased from 2015 to 2016, said Paige Brummund, Ward County extension agent. This photo was taken south of Minot.

Cropland & pastureland values down

Cropland and pastureland values have been on the decline along with a decline in financial performance of ag producers in North Dakota. Paige Brummund, extension agent, agriculture and natural resources with North Dakota State University Extension Service in Ward County, said according to the ...