Next Time You’re In The D.C. Area …

Good news for folks with ties to ag, especially people who live in or visit the Washington, D.C., area. The Farmers Restaurant Group has just announced that its new Founding Farmers restaurant will open Nov. 8 in Potomac, Md.  The existing  Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington, D.C., will continue to operate. The new eatery will…
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Harvest Weather To Remember For The Right Reason

Area farmers have suffered through some wet, dreary falls in the past few years. Too often, harvest was  long, frustrating  and memorable for the wrong reasons. This spring was wet and cool, which delayed planting and slowed crop development. Another wet fall would have been even more troublesome than usual, given the less-advanced-than-usual crop. So…
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Disappointing, But …

There’s a farmer I know who just harvested a late-planted field of spring wheat. The straw stand looked good, but the amount of grain fell short of what the straw indicated — a common occurrence on the Northern Plains this fall. The farmer wasn’t complaining, though. Even with the smaller-than-expected yield, he  benefited from strong…
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A Land Of Ag And Oil

North Dakota’s booming oil patch really hasn’t been part of my life, either personally or professionally. So I was excited to visit Tioga, N.D., which bills itself as the state’s oil capital, and get a first-hand look at what’s happening. The amount of oil industry activity there is just amazing. The short visit certainly didn’t…
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Ag Exports Are Bright Spot In Economy

The U.S. economy keeps sputtering, and even bright-eyed optimists don’t expect an immediate rebound. But U.S agricultural exports continue to fare well. One sign of that: U.S. potato exports reached a record $1.35 billion in the fiscal year ending June 30.  The Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota is a key…
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