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Young grain trader headed to prison
November 16, 2019 - 8:30am
Hunter Hanson is sentenced in federal court.
North Dakota grain trader sentenced to 8 years in prison; victim says he 'totally destroyed me, financially'
November 12, 2019 - 1:05pm
BISMARCK — Hunter Hanson "totally destroyed me, financially," said Leon Schmaltz, who farms near Harvey in central North Dakota. Schmaltz was...
Corn flowing into ethanol plants as harvest struggles continue
November 11, 2019 - 7:00am
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — The roads leading to the Dakota Spirit Ag Energy ethanol plant are lined with uncombined corn. In some places, stalks are...
Hunter Hanson Sentencing: A Look Back from the Start
November 9, 2019 - 7:30am
Mikkel Pates talks with a co-op that was hit hard by Hunter Hanson, losing more than $768,000. To read more about this case, click here. For...
Schlecht: Viability of farming might take some creative thinking
November 3, 2019 - 5:28pm
FARGO — A while back, I wrote a column that looked back on an item from a North Dakota newspaper in 1925 that had the optimistic belief that...
Innovation helps farmers get their corn chopped
November 2, 2019 - 7:47am
Mikkel Pates visited some northeast North Dakota farmers who found a new way to chop their water-logged corn.
Burgum requests federal relief for farmers after severe flooding
November 1, 2019 - 9:31am
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, Nov. 1, an appeal to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for disaster designations...
Farmers need to be more productive, study says
November 1, 2019 - 6:00am
Farmers worldwide are getting better at raising food, but the world’s food needs are growing even faster than the increase in agricultural...
AgweekTV: Cattle Market Reform
October 26, 2019 - 5:05pm
Cattle producers say the market is broken and call for a fix.
Tree cover good for livestock, land
October 22, 2019 - 6:00am
CAVALIER, N.D. — This is a story about a term and agricultural practice — silvopasture — that you’re probably never heard of. But if...
October 19, 2019 - 8:30am
Silvopasture integrates trees and grazing livestock on the same land, benefiting both.
Making hay when the sun doesn’t shine
October 17, 2019 - 6:00am
You’re supposed to “make hay while the sun shines.” But what happens when it doesn’t shine? For Justin Weatherford, of Florence, S.D.,...
Wet conditions lead to purchases of tracks, grain dryers, propane
October 14, 2019 - 6:00am
CARRINGTON, N.D. — Through the morning of Oct. 3, Erickson Implement in Carrington had sold nine sets of after-market tracks for combines....
AgweekTV: Silo Gazebo
October 12, 2019 - 8:30am
After five years of work there is a gazebo on top of an old silo in Morris, Minn.
North Dakota’s legacy on ’80s ag recovery: Farmer helped implement famous PIK program
October 7, 2019 - 6:00am
MOTT, N.D. — An ambitious man from Mott was an early victim of the 1980s farm credit crisis and would play a key government role in getting...