Ag Loses One Of Its Good Guys

Jim Stordahl (standing to the right in the photo above) was easy to like and respect. I visited with the veteran northwest Minnesota dairy farmer and extension agent a number of times by email and on the phone — and always received good, useful advice and suggestions — before deciding, “Hey, he’d make a really…
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What Do You Think Of President Trump On Ag So Far?

Virtually everyone in mainstream agricultural circles agrees that the controversial “Waters of the United States” rule is a mistake. WOTUS, as it’s commonly known, would redefine how U.S. waters are subject to federal regulations under the Clean Water Act. Now, President Donald Trump has signed an order pushing back implementation of WOTUS. Whether you support…
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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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