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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Promoting Pasta

Americans have had a long love affair with pasta. The same is true of North Dakota farmers: the state leads the nation in production of durum, from which pasta is made. Pasta thrives in cool summer nights, which are common in North Dakota. Trouble is, the National Pasta Association says, “fad diets” and “misinformation” have…
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Beer, Barley And Higher Prices

Some beer drinkers are complaining that the price of the beverage has risen. They’re right. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which keeps tabs on lot of things besides labor, says the price of bottled beer and ale rose an average of 5.1 percent between April 2010 and April 2011. In the same period, the…
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Spuds, Schools And USDA

U.S. potato growers have been campaigning against a proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to limit the amount of potatoes that can be included in school menus. USDA would allow no more than one cup of starchy vegetables, including potatoes, to be served per week. Now, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association in East…
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More Help Available For Ag Exporters

The U.S. Commercial Service in Fargo, N.D., reports that ag exporters have a new source of help. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Foreign Agricultural Service, has created a Trade Facilitation Desk to provide information on foreign import requirements such as documentation and certification. The phone number is (202) 720-CERT (2378), and the email…
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