Panama Canal Is Still A Big Thing In Ag

Most of us in Upper Midwest agriculture don’t think much about the Panama Canal. We probably take it for granted. But the U.S. Grains Council knows better. The group — a private, non-profit partnership of farmers and agribusinesses that promotes international markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and their co-products — is holding its annual…
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A Food (And Crop) You Might Want To Learn More About

Years ago, I ate a meal with a salad containing what I thought, at the time, were a few peanuts. Silly, unsophisticated me. I learned later they were really chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Since then (like many Americans) I’ve learned a lot more about chickpeas, as well as other pulse crops. If you’re…
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A Good Photo On A Cold Winter Day

(Nick Nelson/Agweek) The Upper Midwest is a great place to live — most of the time. But winter can wear us down, especially during bad weather. Like most other folks who live here, I’m eagerly awaiting spring. This photo, which I use as the background image on my computer screen, helps to remind me how…
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Late January+Minot=KMOT Ag Expo

MINOT, N.D. — I’m here in Minot again for the annual KMOT Ag Expo. It’s a big show — billed as the largest indoor ag show in the Upper Midwest — and there’s always a lot to see and learn. Seed, chemicals, techology, farm equipment: you name it, it’s here. And the event is a…
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I Want To Learn More About Pulses. How About You?

MINOT, N.D. — Ten years ago I knew nothing about lentils and chickpeas, two of the most popular pulse crops. We didn’t raise them on my North Dakota family farm, I hadn’t covered them as an ag journalist (so few farmers raised them), and I seldom, if ever, ate them. Well, times have changed. Pulse…
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