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 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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What’s Inside This Red Barn?

GOODRIDGE, Minn. — All ag stories have value, but some are more fun than others to cover. My recent trip to Goodridge, Minn., was definitely enjoyable, despite the 21-below temperature and some nasty ground drifting. It gave me a chance to tour this red barn and visit with the Hanson family, which operates it. What’s…
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Trump And Ag Exports: What Will Happen?

Decide for yourself if Donald Trump’s election was a good thing. But as an ag journalist, I naturally wonder how agriculture, especially exports, will be affected. Exports are vital to U.S. ag — more than half of our wheat is exported, for example — so it’s fair, natural and necessary to ask whether his tough…
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The Dumbest Email I’ve Ever Received

The email, from a public relations agency I won’t identify, offered to arrange an interview with an “astro numerologist.” By assigning numbers to the planets — and then interpreting the numbers — the astro numerologist can provide all sorts of wonderful information to readers, the email said. Oh, just think of the possibilities! Maybe astro…
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