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MORRIS, Minn. — A Minnesota company is helping larger farmers get out of their neighborhoods to find peers for sharing management techniques.
BISMARCK — Claims against the failed grain businesses of Hunter Hanson have increased by more than $3 million over previous reported levels, is now nearly $11.5 million. The new figure includes $8.6 million for grain that sellers say was actually picked up by Hanson’s businesses but checks to pay for the grain bounced or never arrived. The rest of the amount is the reduced value from grain deals that were made but the grain wasn’t picked up and had to be marketed separately at a lesser price.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 21, issued a cease-and-desist order against a 21-year-old grain merchant doing business as Midwest Grain Trading and NoDak Grain, both based in Devils Lake.
MITCHELL, S.D. — The technology of using "bale wrap" for storing large round bales has become more popular, but it's created some health problems when cattle and other animals accidentally ingest it.
FARGO — With sugar beet planting likely delayed until early May because of snow and cold, Tom Peters says farmers should set their sites on using pre-emergence herbicides to control waterhemp, and focus on that as much as they do on getting seed in the ground.
FARGO — Alex Kubicek wants you to make your farm into an automated weather network. "It's about using that network to help make daily decisions easier by having knowledge about what's happening," he says. Kubicek, 30, in 2012 founded Understory Inc. of Madison, Wis. Raised in Wisconsin, he holds a master's degree in atmospheric science from the University of Wisconsin. In the past six years the company has raised $10 million and has partnered with entities including Monsanto to launch "hyper-local" weather networks for agriculture and other purposes.
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson is on his last lap as the state's top ag official, pushing to the end for the water protection priorities of his boss, Gov. Mark Dayton. "I'm in, I'm hooked," said Frederickson, 74, in an interview after speaking at the recent Minnesota Grain & Feed Association in Prior Lake. "I want to make the case to Minnesota agriculture that you should get ahead of this issue and not behind it."
MIDLAND, S.D. — The Steve Daly family missed the big snow at the farm and ranch west of Midland on March 5. Heavy, wet snow this time of year is "good for everything but the baby calves," says Daly, 41. "The wind was awful." Daly farms and ranches with his wife, Julie, and sons Carson, 14, and Dane, 12. They raise winter wheat, spring wheat, milo, safflower and other specialty crops on about 3,000 acres near Midland, about 70 miles west of Pierre.
LaCROSSE, Wis. — Fake organic grain imports are becoming an increasingly heavy weight that could sink some U.S. organic farmers. Fraud allegations loomed large at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference and trade show in LaCrosse Feb. 21-23. It's billed as the largest event in the U.S. about organic and "sustainable" farming, with dozens of workshops and roundtable discussions. The trade show attracts 170 vendors and 3,000 attendees.
LaCROSSE, Wis. — The dicamba volatilization controversy in rural America is a new top-of-mind target for those who already criticize pesticide use. Kristin Schafer, executive director of a group called Pesticide Action Network, was one of the speakers Feb. 23 at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference and trade show in LaCrosse. PAN North America has special emphasis in California, Hawaii, Minnesota and Iowa, 120,000 supporters in North America and is supported by foundations and organizations.