The former executive director of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council confirmed that he was fired, and has written a letter about what he called governance conflicts of interest involving some of the organization’s board members.RELATED CONTENT
Tom Lilja, the executive director of both the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, resigned abruptly June 23.RELATED CONTENT
North Dakota Farmers convicted of potato insurance fraud last winter should cough up proceeds from a June 18 equipment auction sale, a federal prosecutor says.
A board member of the North Dakota Farmers Union died June 20 in an accident while doing farm tractor repair near Mott, N.D. James A. Kerzman was found by his brother, Jerry, at a Quonset on the farmstead.RELATED CONTENT
ADM, based in Illinois, alleges that Al Johnson and his Johnson Farms company improperly failed to live up to a deal to pay $2.5 million for a defunct ethanol plant in Walhalla. Johnson had promised $2.5 million for the facilities. When he didn't continue with the deal, ADM sold the facilities to others for $2 million.RELATED CONTENT
Archer Daniels Midland Co. is suing a prominent Walhalla, N.D., farmer for $700,000 for defaulting on a deal to buy a former ethanol plant in Walhalla.
Farms in greater North Dakota financially out-performed the Red River Valley in 2014, according to an analysis of North Dakota Farm Business Management Program records by North Dakota State University.RELATED CONTENT
Several North Dakota farm groups have requested Ducks Unlimited organization staff members be removed from Natural Resources Conservation Service offices in the state and their duties be covered by staffers from a more locally controlled group.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on June 2 agreed to drop appeals filed by R.D. Offutt against a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decision requiring extra environmental reports from the potato producer for water permit applications.
The Kidder County Sheriff's office in Steele, N.D., reports an unusual case of property damage at Kidco Farms Processing Inc., near Dawson. Deputy William Janisch says someone with a vehicle drove into a doorway at the processing company, causing thousands of dollars of damage to equipment inside.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, I think a lot about what it means to live in America.RELATED CONTENT
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It’s a world-famous epigram that is said to have been coined by French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in the 1800s. I think of that saying as I hear experts talk in hushed tones about the times we’re heading into.RELATED CONTENT
I took about a week off in late October this year to go pheasant hunting with Dick Unkenholz, a retired former United Methodist pastor. Dick baptized our two children in the late 1980s.RELATED CONTENT
Officials aren’t going to do much to make the trains run on time to alleviate the 2014 ag rail problems. Farmers and elevators need to prepare to suffer through 2015 and maybe 2016 and beyond.RELATED CONTENT
A few weeks ago, I used some time off from covering Upper Great Plains agriculture for Agweek to attend a two-day seminar focusing on the “Salad Bowl of the World” in Salinas, Calif.RELATED CONTENT
I’d like to remind farmers that they still have a lot of fans.RELATED CONTENT
Two recent experiences have left me shaking and scratching my head about how farmers battle critics and phantoms.RELATED CONTENT
Recently I attended “Buffalo King,” a 2013 documentary movie on the life of James “Scotty” Philip, at the Fargo Film Festival.RELATED CONTENT