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HOFFMAN, Minn. — Many farmers say their career is what they always wanted, what they always planned on. Not Andrew Barsness. But the happenstance organic farmer from Hoffman is making the most of his unexpected profession, in part by advocating for other beginning farmers. "Farming once seemed so foreign to me. Now I can't imagine doing anything else," he said. "Beginning farmers like me have some things we have to deal with, though."
The caller said he'd enjoyed my column on rental rate negotiations between farmers and landlords. He also had a question for me. "What happened to crop shares?" he asked, adding that they seem fair and reasonable to him. "Good question. It's one I've asked many times, too," I said, adding that I like them, too.
FARGO — Andrew Robinson is a familiar face in the Red River Valley potato industry. Now some of the players in Angola's potato industry know him, too, and that could lead to closer ties between the African country and the Red River Valley. Robinson, Extension potato specialist with both North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, visited Angola in early March to share his expertise with potato farmers there. "There's great potential for Angolans to increase their potato production," he says.
Jason Bond has been battling Palmer amaranth for years. And he has this advice for Upper Midwest farmers encountering the weed for the first time. "If I was a farmer up there, and I see a small patch of Palmer amaranth coming up out of my crop, I'd stop my truck, walk out there, pull them up and go throw them in a ditch someplace," says Bond, weed science specialist with Mississippi State University's Delta Research and Extension Center.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Coty Wangen takes a few moments to wolf down his noon meal of hamburger/macaroni hotdish, aka "farmer" hotdish, "funeral" hotdish or "church" hotdish. Employees of CHS Ag Services in Crookston, of which he is location manager, often bring food from home on particularly busy days. This early May day — warm, sunny and not terribly windy — is nearly perfect for planting, so Wangen and his fellow CHS employees are hard at work helping customers.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was talking with a group of ag journalists when Rep. Collin Peterson. D-Minn., strolled into the room, a little early for his own meeting with the group. Roberts, generally considered one of the funniest people in Congress, greeted Peterson with with a few good-natured quips, and Peterson responded in kind. After a bit more banter between the two, Roberts returned to his presentation to the ag journalists.
WASHINGTON -- As America's chief agricultural negotiator, Darci Vetter has a lot on her plate. But she has no doubt about her priority. "At the top of our list is...
GRAND FORKS – The federal crop insurance program has benefits, but it also drives up land prices, helping big farms and hurting small ones, according to a new study.
DENVER – Computer problems were responsible for delays in approval of temporary visas for agricultural workers, one of the groups affected says.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—A Fergus Falls food company is seeking $3 million—$1 million of it in the next two weeks—to expand its customer base and do a better job environmentally. "It's a tight window and it's ambitious, we know," says Jesse Lukes, Bluebird Gardens' operation manager. "But we think doing it this way will jump-start attention on what we're trying to do."