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Cargill is one of the world's most powerful agricultural companies. There's disagreement, both in and out of ag circles, on whether it uses that power constructively. But everybody, in and out of ag, agrees that Cargill is extremely smart and savvy. So when the company's retired president and CEO says something, I listen carefully — especially when it reinforces what I already believe.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. — David Lunde and his father, Nathan, sit at the kitchen table in the house in which David grew up and is living in again. They talk about cattle and careers, choices and options, their lives so far and their lives still to come. And they talk about David's adventures far from home. "It's his Viking blood (that prompted David's travels)," Nathan says with a smile.
FOSSTON, Minn. — Same town, same bank, same last name. Different generations. Yes, Daniel Paulson and Ryan Paulson are father-son ag bankers. "There was a job opening here, and he (Ryan) was the perfect candidate," Daniel Paulson says. Other decision-makers told Daniel, "Ironic that he has your last name." The Paulsons work at the Fosston, Minn., branch of American Federal. Dan, 50, is the ag/business banker and senior vice president. Ryan, 25, is the ag/business banking specialist.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - I always assumed it's obvious why farmers, especially in the Upper Midwest, have barns for their livestock. Sometimes it's really cold. Sometimes it's really wet or muddy or windy. Though animals are pretty tough and can handle some inclimate weather, sometimes they need shelter from the elements; barns provide that. Barns are humane and sensible, obviously. So obvious it goes without saying, right?
Here are the nine other establishments submitted by Agweek readers, along with a sampling of their comments. Photos came from the submitters: Towner Travel Center Location: Towner, N.D. Submitter's comments: "This little slice of heaven has filled the bellies and hearts of its customers with fresh-baked goods, pies, coffee, comfort food and companionship for nearly 30 years. Rebuilt from the ground up in 2010 by a group of local residents." ....................................... Dilli Bar and Grill Location: Stirum, N.D.
FORDVILLE, N.D. — Though Craig Berg has led at least 1,400 training sessions on grain bin entrapment, his enthusiasm and sense of purpose haven't dimmed. "Grain bins keep getting bigger, and the risk of entrapment keeps growing. So we need to be ready," he said. Berg, training coordinator with Outstate Data in Elbow Lake, Minn., led members of the Fordville, N.D., Fire Department through training on a warm, clear evening on Oct. 17. On the edge of Fordville — a farm town of 200 in north-central North Dakota — combines growled as they harvested corn.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Farm group leaders were predictably pleased Tuesday, June 27, with the announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed an official proposal to withdraw the controversial Waters of the United States rule. "This is good news. There has just been so much uncertainty for growers," said Theresia Gillie, a Hallock, Minn., farmer and president of her state Soybean Growers Association.
Human beings are prone to classifying the world into good guys and bad guys, saints and sinners, victims and villains. We prefer clear-cut right and wrong, even when reality is complex and nuanced. That's the case with farmland rental rates, one of the most controversial topics in modern agriculture.
WASHINGTON — Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is good in theory, but it's too soon to predict how U.S. farmers will be affected, a North Dakota grain grower official says. "I'm all for going into these agreements and taking a new look at them. But there's just no track record (with the Trump administration) on how it will turn out," says John Weinand, a Hazen, N.D., farmer and president of the state Grain Growers Association.
WASHINGTON — Robert Johansson isn't a seer, soothsayer or prophet; he doesn't know what the future holds. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture chief economist is confident in saying this: Agriculture "is cyclical. If you're in a down cycle (as is the case now), sooner or later, there will be an upswing. But when it will happen is hard to predict," he said. Johansson spoke April 24 to members of North American Agricultural Journalists during the group's annual convention in Washington.