RICHARDTON, N.D. — Stone Mill LLC seems to be an island of prosperity amid the stormy seas of agricultural commodity prices and trade woes. The Richardton food manufacturer is in what the food industry is called the "whole, clean" ingredient market. That market has been exploding in recent years due to perceived health benefits. The company produces organic and non-GMO flaxseed (brown and yellow), garbanzo beans (chickpeas), lentils, quinoa, chia and radish seed.
RICHARDTON, N.D. — Now more than ever, farmers who believe in the future of ethanol need to speak up for it, says Gerald Bachmeier, president of the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association. Bachmeier, who also serves as chief executive officer of Red Trail Energy LLC, in Richardton, says there are several key policy goals in play: • First is to ensure compliance and continuance to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS sets the Renewable Volume Obligations — the targets for each refiner or importer of petroleum-based gasoline or diesel fuel, Bachmeier says.
FARGO — Farmers in soybean production areas in the Upper Midwest have been nervous about proposed tariff increases on soy exports to China for several weeks, and some may have sold more beans earlier as a counter-move. If lower prices result in the long run, it would further weaken financial situations for farmers who have been hit financially by three straight years of commodity price declines, some experts said.
FT. PIERRE, S.D. — A 34,000-acre grain farm west of Pierre, S.D., that last year was controlled by RDO Farms of Fargo will be converted to an organic farm under new ownership and management. General Mills of Minneapolis on March 6 announced a "strategic sourcing agreement" with Gunsmoke Farms LLC, to convert the farm to organic by the year 2020. It will grow certified organic wheat and other rotational crops, according to a news release.
ESTELLINE, S.D.—You can see it from the road: the year-old Blue Dasher Farm LLC research laboratory is right on the east side of Interstate 29 at the Brandt, S.D., exit. High-visibility is the perfect metaphor for what founder Jonathan Lundgren describes as "regenerative" farming practices. Lundgren, 41, is an entomologist who resigned from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a dispute about research openness.
FARGO, N.D. — Officials of the New Angus beef plant being revamped in Aberdeen say they are still conservatively on track for a 2015 reopening of the facility, after its retrofitted for "heavy export" markets. "That's an achievable objective," says Doug Cooper, CEO of the company. Cooper and Keith DeHaan, New Angus executive chairman, met with the Brown County Commission for about 10 minutes Feb.
MILLER — The Hand County Commission on May 6 voted 3-2 against the approval of a conditional use permit for a 50,000-head cattle feedlot. Northern Prime Feeders LLC has been working to build a lot on the Eagle Pass Ranch property in the Ree Heights area, between Highmore and Miller. Earlier hearings had been held for what would have been the state’s largest feedlot. The commission meeting included no testimony, but only a vote, according to witnesses. Commission chairman J.D. Wangsness had been in favor of the project.