HOPE, N.D. — That odd-looking contraption featured at the "Pie Day" fundraiser on Sept. 30 at the Steele County Museum in Hope didn't look like a tractor — but it was. It's the Moline Universal D. Built in 1918, it celebrates its centennial this year, says proud owner Jack Vadnie, a grain farmer from Clifford, N.D. Jack's late father, Gordon Vadnie, bought the machine in the mid-1950s. Jack doesn't know the machine's history before that.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — This year's strong harvest conditions and relative profitability compared to other crops have kept beet share prices strong in the northern Red River Valley.
FARGO — Ag bankers should brace for a "long" ride on a black swan — an unpredictable, unforeseen event with extreme consequences. The period of soybean price reductions due to the Chinese trade war, initiated by the Donald Trump administration, will have a "long" effect, says a North Dakota State University distinguished professor of agricultural economics. William Wilson, who consults with agricultural entities worldwide, spoke Sept. 27 at the annual North Dakota Bankers Association's Ag Credit Conference in Fargo at the Holiday Inn.
ARVILLA, N.D. — Farmers stuck with low-priced soybeans and edible beans due to trade war tariff retaliation are looking for places to store a big crop until marketing returns to normal — perhaps six months away. One company, Columbia Grain International LLC at Arvilla and Larimore, N.D., has leased two large flat storage buildings 21 miles away near Grand Forks to store edible beans and soybeans for delayed-price marketing. Soybean dilemma
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.