Archive | February, 2012

North Dakota Soybean Farmer Sees Firsthand the Power of Soy in Central America

FARGO— North Dakota Soybean Council Director and farmer Art Wosick of Minto, ND recently traveled to Nicaragua and Guatemala where he had the opportunity to see firsthand both the market opportunities for US and North Dakota soybean farmers as well as the humanitarian role for soy.  Wosick was one of nine representatives from state soybean organizations to travel to […]

North Dakota Manufacturer Wins National Innovation Award for Tillage Equipment

LANSFORD, N.D. — Gates Manufacturing, a family-owned manufacturing company based in Lansford, N.D., has received Farm Industry News’ 2012 FinOvation award for tillage equipment. Andy Gates, vice president, and Eric Moberg, Coulter Disk inventor, accepted the award on February 16th at the National Farm Equipment Show in Louisville, Ky.   Gates Manufacturing won the FinOvation […]

State Fair and Farm Bureau Federation Accepting Century Farm Applications

ST. PAUL, MINN. (02/15/2012)(readMedia)– Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are encouraged to apply for the 2012 Century Farms Program. Produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the Century Farms Program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family farms in […]

Loans available for farm diversification and innovation

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota farmers can apply for low-interest loans to help them adopt practices that will lead them to a more sustainable farming system. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Sustainable Agriculture Loan Program provides loans for capital purchases to help farmers diversify their operations or implement environmentally sound practices.   Individual farmers […]

Prevent Hardware Disease in Cattle

Inverted tires can make great containers to hold cattle feed and water, but tires also can pose health risks for the animals if the tires aren’t maintained regularly.   “If the tires you are using on your operation have wire in the walls, this wire can break off and subsequently be consumed by cattle,” warns […]

Wheat Midge Forecast Improved for 2012

Soil samples in North Dakota indicate lower levels of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) for the 2012 season.   “With only 12 percent of the samples statewide being moderate to high risk for wheat midge infestation, most wheat producers should get a break from insecticide costs,” according to Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension […]

Control buckthorn during winter dormancy

Ag News Wire By Gary Wyatt, University of Minnesota Extension ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/6/2012) —This year’s unseasonably warm winter weather and little snow cover makes woody plant control easier in home and agricultural landscapes. Removing invasive plants like buckthorn is more successful in the winter months, when the plant is dormant. Buckthorn out-competes native plants […]

Global leaders met to discuss feeding the world

WASHINGTON, D.C. – World Farmers Organization (WFO) President and National Farmers Union Vice President For International Affairs Robert Carlson attended the World Economic (WE) Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week. The forum meets annually to develop strategy to improve the state of the world. The gathering is a high-level assembly of business and government leaders […]

Farm Rescue Accepting Applications for Spring Planting Assistance

(JAMESTOWN, N.D.) – Farm families in need of crop planting assistance this spring should apply now for help though Farm Rescue. The nonprofit organization is currently accepting planting requests from farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and eastern Montana.  Farm Rescue provides planting and harvesting assistance to farm families that have experienced a major […]

USDA Announces CRP General Sign-up

Landowners and Producers Will Have 4-Week Window Beginning in March to Enroll WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012—Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) Michael Scuse announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. […]