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Inside Ag

ND congressional delegation comment on status of US, China tariff war

The tariff war between the U.S. and China remains a hot topic. Each member of North Dakota’s congressional delegation have commented on the status of the tariff issue with China in relation to U.S. agriculture. “The Administration is working to reach an agreement that holds China ...

US, Japan trade agreement good for ag producers

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finalized a trade agreement with a signing ceremony at the United Nations on Sept. 25. The trade agreement will eliminate or reduce tariffs on about $7.2 billion of U.S. food and agricultural products. The Office of the U.S. Trade ...

Record rain dampens harvest

Heavy September rainfall has put a damper on the harvest season for many area producers. Many fields, or large portions of them, have simply been too wet for combines to roll. Worse yet, the extremely wet conditions have resulted in some crops sprouting in the field. “Much of the small ...

A learning experience for women in agriculture

United Community Bank and the North Dakota State University Extension service have teamed up to bring a program focused on educating women of all backgrounds to become better agribusiness managers and partners. Women in Ag is a five-week course focused on five key areas of agribusiness that ...

The word on hemp in Minot

Researching hemp in North Dakota has been something on North Dakota State University North Central Research Extension Center research agronomist Eric Eriksmoen’s radar for nearly 25 years — though hemp was only recently removed from the controlled substance list in the 2018 farm bill and is ...

NDSU Extension offers fall cattle checklist

Fall is the time when beef cattle producers make many management and labor decisions, including repairing cattle working facilities, moving cattle to fall grazing, assessing crop residue opportunities and wondering if winter feed supplies will be sufficient. Producers have other issues they ...

Herb farm fills niche

ESMOND – A new freeze-drying operation is spicing up the marketing strategy of a North Dakota herb farm. This past spring, gardendwellers FARM near Esmond received a grant from the state Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to purchase a freeze dryer that will enable the business to ...

Bee keeping is exciting, addictive

Bee keeping is a family affair for the Nissens, owners of Five Star Honey Farms in northeast Minot. Will Nissen said he started beekeeping in 1978 and he and his wife, Peggy Nissen, launched Five Star Honey Farms in 1998. Their three grown sons, Matt, Levi, and Evan Nissen have joined the ...

A Minnesota robotic dairy survives amid trade war

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — On a dairy farm in rural Eyota, Minnesota, a day-old calf wobbled up to a robotic feeding stall. An RFID reader scanned the tag clipped to the calf’s ear and measured the amount of milk allotted to the baby as she drank from the feeder. In just a generation or two, ...

Study: Iowa nation’s top human, livestock waste producer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa leads the nation in the amount of human and animal waste it produces, and the management of animal manure continues to be a pressing environmental concern, according to a University of Iowa research engineer. Chris Jones’ study found that the state — with ...

Crops boosted by recent rains

What a difference a day makes, especially a rainy one. Many crops throughout the Minot area were a little slow to get growing this year. Planting was generally a few days later than normal and soil temperatures remained less than ideal during a cool spring and early summer. As temperatures ...

Farmers markets are open for business

With the summer months well underway, a summertime favorite has kicked off to offer residents of the Minot and surrounding areas a spot for fresh produce and fresh products every week. The Minot Farmers Market and the North Prairie Farmers Market are open for business. The Minot Farmers ...

ND State Fair brings ag to Minot Air Force Base

The State Fair brought agriculture to Minot Air Force Base recently. “We are a state fair, we are the state’s largest event,” Stephanie Schoenrock, the fair’s new director of Development and Communication, told members of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs ...

Montana farm rescues, finds homes for penned wild horses

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — On a bright, cold morning at Triple Take Arena, Danica Yates leads a mare through a morning practice session. The horse lifts her head as she trots around the ring, each step perfectly aligned to her rider’s command. Looking at her, primly groomed beneath her bridle, ...

On Virginia farm, microbes turn organic waste into compost

EVINGTON, Va. (AP) — More than 60% of organic waste goes into local landfills, according to Ken Newman, owner and operator of Royal Oak Farm. That organic waste — everything from paper products to scraps and leftovers — could be recycled into compost that is healthy for the environment, ...

A potential method

Accidental releases of brine or produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production, has increased over the past years. Brine spills negatively affect the soil and vegetation, impairing their ability to produce crops and forage, according to North Dakota State University officials in ...

Weed watch

As the days get warmer, farmers are prepping their fields for the next round of crops. With the birds chirping and insects buzzing, it’s good to be mindful of what might be lurking in the fields — weeds. Weeds to watch In 2019, farmers’ biggest challenges are going to be palmer ...

Wyoming researcher in pursuit of earliest cereal crops

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — If Thomas Foulke has his way, some of the oldest domesticated crops in the world will help grow a new industry in Wyoming. Foulke, a senior research scientist at the University of Wyoming in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, is leading an effort ...