JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission recently held meetings to decide the fate of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a line that will carry as much as 450,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken.
Since the “new oil boom,” North Dakota’s hourly wages have garnered national attention. Workers flocked to the Oil Patch for jobs starting at $30 per hour or more.
With overtime, paid at time and a half, it wasn’t unusual to see oil workers earning six figures annually.
For the first time in years, the agriculture appropriations bill does not contain a provision prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration from issuing certain regulations to ensure fairness in the marketing of livestock and poultry.
Wet growing conditions in the Midwest have opened the door for several challenges in the 2015 wheat crop.
As a result, farmers are seeing price docks and discounts at the elevator, mainly because of increased disease, low test weight and sprout-damaged wheat.
Farmers have been working for months to understand, and to qualify for, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. Now, they until July 15 to meet a deadline for the two new safety-net programs established by the 2014 farm bill.
Crops look strong about halfway through the growing season across the Dakotas and Minnesota, but some companies promote tissue testing and in-season nutrition to get them to the finish line in the fall.
GRANDIN, N.D. — Tyne Stormo was skeptical when she first heard about the Northern Small Farm Alliance. She wondered how much, if any, good the fledgling organization could do for her business or for other small farms that stress local foods and sustainable agricultural practices.
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