Loan Denied! (Sort Of)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — I’d never make a successful banker; I’d be too willing to lend to nice people, even if the loan wasn’t economically sound. Even so, I do recognize economic reality. Today I attended the annual Prairie Grains Conference here in Grand Forks, N.D. I’ll be back tomorrow, too, for the second day…
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An Ag Story That’s A Little Different

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: One of the best things about covering agriculture is that ag involves so many important, interesting things — weather, science, prices, politics and people, among others. People, in particular, and to a lesser extent science are at the core of my cover package in the Dec. 5…
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‘Agriculture Will Be Fully Embraced’

I get a lot of emails from public relations agencies, pitching products and services sold by their clients. A recent email — I won’t identify the agency or client — included this remarkable statement: “In 2017, agriculture will be fully embraced, moving towards providing food stability across the globe and working out discrepancies regarding GMOs.”…
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Wanted: Your Thoughts On Urban Farming

Like some of you, I’ve heard a lot in recent years about urban farming, aka urban agriculture. But there’s no consensus in what I’m hearing. To its supporters, urban farming is wonderful. They say it can supply a hungry world with lots of high-quality food. To its critics, urban farming is nothing more than a…
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Take Agweek’s Thanksgiving Quiz For Aggies

Here’s a quick quiz to test your knowledge of U.S. agriculture and Thanksgiving. No, it’s not multiple choice: Agweek readers are too smart to need that. 1. What state leads the nation in sweet corn production? 2. What state leads the nation in sweet potato production? (OK, this one is kind of hard, so here…
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