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.
CHICAGO - U.S. corn futures rose on Monday, on pace for their fifth straight session of gains and holding near the highest levels in a year, on better-than-expected demand and as heavy rains limited yield potential of the new crop.
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.
Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2015 to ’16 increased 58 million bushels for July on larger beginning stocks and production, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. U.S. oilseed production for 2015 to ’16 is projected at 115.1 million tons, up 1 million tons, mainly on higher soybean production.
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