A Chance To Learn And Meet Nice People

Sustainable agriculture can be a controversial subject. To supporters, sustainable ag — which typically avoids or minimizes the use of chemicals, while promoting “social justice” and “economic justice” — has a vital role. Conventional farmers often are skeptical of sustainable ag. My view, for whatever it’s worth, is that economic viability and personal preference should…
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Has Their Time Come And Gone?

Years ago, when I was a North Dakota farm kid, my family — like a lot of other farm families — planted a shelterbelt around the farmstead. My two younger sisters and I had to hoe the fledgling trees for several years. Well, one sister did. The other schemed (successfully) to get out of doing…
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Crazy Summer Ahead?

Grain markets hate uncertainty — and uncertainty is rampant on the Northern Plains this summer after an exceptionally wet spring. As the National Sunflower Association says in its latest electronic newsletter, “Weather in Canada and the U.S. will have the markets guessing all summer long on potential crop sizes.” How many acres of crops such…
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Still Endangered?

Ask some Minnesota cattlemen what they think of wolves, and you’ll get answer that can’t be repeated here. So cattle producers in the state are extremely interested in a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protection for the gray wolf in the western Great Lake region, which includes…
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Running Out Of Time …

For weeks, area farmers have been grinding their teeth and following the weather forecasts. For weeks, their anxiety has grown as soggy fields and frequent rains prevented them from planting. As several farmers have told me, widespread rains over the long Memorial Day weekend were the last thing they needed. How serious are the planting…
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