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Bill adds another $1.5 billion for farm disaster assistance
December 16, 2019 - 4:57pm
WASHINGTON — Agriculture producers affected by severe weather may be eligible for another $1.5 billion in disaster funding under a bill under...
Ag expresses cautious optimism over China deal announcement
December 13, 2019 - 2:04pm
FARGO — China confirmed on Friday, Dec. 13, that it had reached a partial trade deal with the U.S., but many in agriculture could muster only...
North Dakota to help with livestock producers with cost of transporting feed
December 12, 2019 - 3:17pm
BISMARCK — As livestock producers throughout much of North Dakota face a shortage of feed due to difficult growing and harvesting seasons,...
Propane problems make a long harvest even longer
December 11, 2019 - 6:00am
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Arlen Bonde has a lot of corn to combine, but he was moving at about half speed in mid-November. On Nov. 19, Bonde had...
ND native Roger Johnson leaving National Farmers Union presidency
December 9, 2019 - 3:32pm
WASHINGTON — North Dakota native Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, is stepping down from the position. Johnson says...
Study: Rural America declines in some measures
November 29, 2019 - 6:00am
Rural America isn’t quite what it used to be, a new government study finds. The nation’s most rural counties lost population and had relatively...
The Pinke Post: 5 ways to spend wisely, and locally, this holiday season
November 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Have you started Christmas shopping? According to the National Retail Federation, we’re in for historic holiday sales and spending, with about...
It's time to talk turkey!
November 23, 2019 - 8:30am
Hutterites raise turkeys for East Coast markets.
Farm bankruptcies increase nationwide, report says
November 21, 2019 - 6:00am
Farm bankruptcies continue to increase nationwide, with the largest number of such filings coming in the Midwest region, according to a report...
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.