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.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — I question The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead’s knowledge of animal agriculture economics. I am responding to the recent editorial (Rural towns need more than new farm law, Agweek, June 22) stating the legislative change and investment into animal ag won’t, in its words, “make a dust devils worth of difference” to rural North Dakota.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Call us awestruck, but farming has really advanced through technology.
That’s obviously not big, breaking news. But let us take a moment to reflect on how far farming practices have come to make it a little less taxing on people who work in agriculture.
Wheat pushed higher last week despite a negative U.S. Department of Agriculture Planted Acreage report. The corn futures traded to highs last seen in December 2014 with a bullish USDA report. As of the July 1 close, November soybeans were 43.5 cents higher for the week.
My family owns a farm near Medina, N.D., and we now are transitioning that operation to Steve Sund and his family. Our farm has always been and will always remain a family farm committed to serving the health of the land and the community.
TOWNER, N.D. — I’m not sure how many calves we’ve roped and branded in our neighborhood in the past month or so. If I did know, I probably wouldn’t say anyway. It’s not polite to ask someone how many cattle they have, and I don’t suppose it would be polite to tell anyone how many calves there are in the neighborhood in case they know how to do division. It was quite a bunch anyway.
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