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BALATON, Minn. — It's counter-intuitive to start an inland shrimp business in Minnesota, but Michael Ziebell is building more than that. "We're building a very large, fully-integrated shrimp company," he says. And by the way — a new protein industry for the Upper Midwest. Ziebell is president and chief executive officer of Tru Shrimp Systems Company, formally incorporated in Delaware in January 2017. Tru Shrimp started as division of Ralco Nutrition Inc. of Marshall, Minn. Ziebell is a former chief marketing officer of Schwan Food Co. of Marshall.
LITCHVILLE, N.D. — John "Jack" Olson spreads a collection of folders containing hundreds of pages on his pickup box cover. The papers detail his travails with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and his victory through the National Appeals Division — without a lawyer. Olson, reflecting on his journey with the USDA, wants farmers to know they have rights and can represent themselves. "Call this number, 800-541-0483," he says, handing over a brochure describing the USDA's National Appeals Division.
SLAYTON, Minn. — Dave Schwartz planted oats and about 210 acres of corn before stopping to avoid germination problems. "Our agronomist said that if you stop planting 48 hours before a cold rain, you're probably all right," Schwartz said. It was expected to stay cold with snow the week of April 25.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Livestock advocates in the Upper Great Plains say it's too soon to know how a District of Columbia ruling that sided with environmentalists will change legal risks for feedlot operators. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., on April 11 issued a ruling that vacates an Environmental Protection Agency rule that exempts some feedlots from pollution reporting requirements.
FARGO, N.D. — The trial date for a $1.4 million suit by CHS Inc. against Anderson Seed and its owners has been delayed again — this time to June 1, according to the Polk County District Court in Crookston, Minn. CHS filed the suit on behalf of its elevator in Pierre, S.D. — Midwest Cooperatives. CHS alleges it was not paid for sunflowers delivered to the Mentor, Minn.-based company and its North Dakota and South Dakota locations, including a processing plant in Redfield, S.D. The suit names defendants Ron Anderson of Mentor, Minn., and his daughter Stephanie Anderson of Fosston, Minn.
FARGO, N.D. — Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Campbell, 31, of Lemmon is one of the farmer-soldiers who make the Army National Guard fit into his life.
FARGO, N.D. — Regional exporters that deal in value-added ag product shipments say their container shipments have been disrupted by rail restrictions in St. Paul and Chicago container loading yards. Bob Sinner, president of SB&B Foods Inc., in Casselton, N.D., received notice on the afternoon of Nov. 4 that a BNSF Railway Inc. intermodal ramp in St. Paul could be shut down. He started taking counter-measures — delaying or speeding shipments into St.
FARGO, N.D. — Regional farm group officials welcome more detailed railroad reporting that shows dwell times for grain cars versus oil and other industries, but say it’s too soon to know whether that will translate into adequate service this winter. In the latest mandatory report to the Surface Transportation Board, dated Oct. 29, BNSF Railway had 3,509 cars in North Dakota late an average of 14 days; Montana had 649 cars an average of 13 days; Minnesota had 283 late cars an average of 9.8 days late; and South Dakota had 724 cars an average of 10.3 days late. BNSF’s lawyer Jill K.
WATERTOWN — Jim Seurer says only “plain old action” can prevent serious impacts from rail delays on the ethanol industry this winter and beyond.
Canadian Pacific proposes large merger to bypass Chicago bottleneck.