Archive | January, 2012

USDA Announces Greater Flexibility and Additional Tools for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

SAINT PAUL, MINN., January 31, 2012 – The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has recently announced a new rule that expands loan opportunities for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, while also establishing a new Land Contract Guarantee Program. The rule provides additional flexibility allowing FSA loan officers to consider all prior farming experience, including […]

Three business models drive small-farm growth in Minnesota

By Nathan Winter, University of Minnesota Extension   ST. PAUL, Minn. (1/30/2012) —The agricultural economy in Minnesota is strong, and some of that strength is coming from the growth of small farms. Increased interest in local foods and products is driving that growth. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines small farms as farms with $250,000 […]

Soil Temperatures Approach Critical Point for Winter Wheat

The recent cold weather has growers concerned about the health of their winter wheat crop, according to Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension Service agronomist for cereal crops.   “With 700,000 acres planted this fall, which is the most winter wheat acres since 1985, the potential impact on the winter wheat crop in the […]

Crumbling Inland Waterway System Puts Farmers, Consumers at Risk

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 24, 2012) – Deteriorating condition of the U.S. lock and dam system puts the competiveness of U.S. soybean farmers at risk according to a study funded by the United Soybean Board’s (USB’s) and the soybean checkoff’s Global Opportunities (GO) program. Entitled “America’s Locks & Dams: A Ticking Time Bomb for Agriculture,”the in-depth examination […]

2012 Drought Could Menace West

By Erica Gies The driest first week of January in U.S. history is troubling news for the West. The Sierra Mountains in California are nearly snow free, and the Colorado River Basin stood at just 63 percent of normal snowpack on New Year’s Day. It’s now abnormally dry over a vast area stretching from California […]

Inaugural Stockmen’s Ball raises more than $26,000

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) hosted nearly 250 people and raised more than $26,000 for beef industry scholarship, leadership, research, promotion and building projects in a night of western elegance at the inaugural Stockmen’s Ball Dec. 17 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, N.D.   “We are grateful for the tremendous support and to […]


FARGO – Senator John Hoeven today met with a broad range of North Dakota agriculture group leaders to gather input for the next farm bill, which Congress will work to reauthorize in 2012. Hoeven called today’s meeting because the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, on which he serves, will take up the work on the Farm […]

Recycled manure solids for cow bedding can succeed with proper management, research shows

Ag News Wire By Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Extension   ST. PAUL, Minn. (1/9/2012) —Stall bedding materials for cows have become increasingly expensive and difficult to find. This situation has prompted many dairy producers to search for more feasible alternatives, such as sand and recycled manure solids. Although sand can be considered the ideal bedding […]

Farm structure shift beneficial

Consolidation and the scale of modern agriculture have led to an abundant, efficiently produced food supply and other benefits. Over time, American farming has consolidated into large-scale operations that have adopted innovation and technology considerably and have become very productive, benefiting farmers, consumers and the country, according to an analysis of farm structure by the […]