Mainstream Aggies Are ‘Stealing Our Words!

Regular readers of this blog, all two or three of you, know that I sometimes chide mainstream aggies for refusing to try to understand people who don’t look at the world in the same way. But the same can be said for some folks outside mainstream ag. Case in point: I received a recent email…
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You May Not Know Kernza, But You Know This Use For It

Last month I wrote a story about beer made from lentils. In a follow-up blog, I asked readers whether they know of any crops (other than barley, of course) being used for beer. A savvy reader responded that a Minnesota company was brewing beer from Kernza. Well, I’m familiar with Kernza. I’ve written about it…
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What A Classic Country Music Song And An Agweek Headline Have In Common

Most of us, at one time or another, have had part of a song get stuck in our mind. A snippet of the lyrics or melody, or both, keeps running through our heads. It happened to me when I wrote the Feb. 5 Agweek cover package on the “How Far North Can We Grow? 49th…
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Value-Added Ag, Alcohol, Questions For You

My job is reporting on agricultural trends, issues and developments in the Upper Midwest and elsewhere. Value-added ag — what I call the Holy Grail of modern ag — is an important part of that. Sometimes value is added through producing alcohol: In the past year I’ve done stories on area companies involved in rye…
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Any Guess Of What They’re Using Lentils For Now?

UPDATE: The answer is beer. MINOT, N.D. — I have the good fortune to cover many crops. Pulses — the collective name for a dozen crops that include lentils, dry peas, dry beans and chickpeas — are among them. I’m here at the annual convention of the Northern Pulse Growers Association, which is celebrating its…
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