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BISMARCK — Claims against the failed grain businesses of Hunter Hanson have increased by more than $3 million over previous reported levels, is now nearly $11.5 million. The new figure includes $8.6 million for grain that sellers say was actually picked up by Hanson’s businesses but checks to pay for the grain bounced or never arrived. The rest of the amount is the reduced value from grain deals that were made but the grain wasn’t picked up and had to be marketed separately at a lesser price.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says the farm bill is “marginally better” than the 2014 farm bill but says he’s worried it won’t be a strong enough safety net with current low commodity prices and trade upsets. Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, met with farmers and supporters in the district after the apparent agreement within the conference committee to pass a farm bill. The bill awaits conferees signing a conference report, Congressional Budget Office scoring, and then ratifying votes in the House and Senate.
ASHBY, Minn. — The soybean harvest is all but complete in the Ashby area, where the Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative shut its doors Sept. 14, and the corn crop is starting to come in. The small stand-alone grain co-op ceased operating after its trophy-hunting general manager was accused of stealing nearly $5 million and disappeared. The Wheaton-Dumont Cooperative Elevator stepped in to reopen the Ashby elevator on Oct. 3 under the name Ashby Grain LLC.
BATTLE LAKE, Minn. — Kathy Evavold has heard the rumors and they make her angry and hurt. Kathy, 59, is the widow of Leland “Lee” Evavold, a Battle Lake, Minn., a 64-year-old farmer and former board member of the former Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative. The couple farmed 10 miles north of Ashby. Lee killed himself July 9, 2018, after what she describes as a private battle with depression.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota and Minnesota are two of the top states in the U.S. to be hurt — or helped — by the openness of U.S.-Cuba trade policies, a recent report says. A study report was prepared by C. Parr Rosson, head of the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, William Messina, an agricultural economist at the University Florida, and Steven Zahniser, agricultural economist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FARGO — They're far from the drought, but North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory chemists on the Fargo campus are in the middle of the action, running tests for ranchers who want to know their animals are getting safe feed and water. Brett Webb, director of the lab, say tests are about six-fold from non-drought years. Excessive nitrates in feed or water can lead to cattle losses or abortions. Typically the lab does 20 to 30 of the tests in non-drought years. So far this year, they have done about 300 for water and about the same for forages.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Harvest crews are in northeast North Dakota this weekend to take emergency Conservation Reserve Program hay, though some haying on CRP lands won’t happen until the first week of August.
FT. PIERRE, S.D. — Central South Dakota has had a bit of a rain revival, but many areas have back-slid into drought. Brothers Pete and Rick Severson farm and ranch in conjunction south of Onida, S.D. After an excruciatingly dry May, they got 1.2 inches on June 11, another .3 inches on June 15, then smatterings after that. They're still about 3.6 inches below average rainfall for the growing season.
FARGO — North Dakota State University served up a heaping helping of nutritional and food safety information along with flavor enhancing tips at the season's first BBQ Bootcamp event. The Fargo event on May 23 was the first in this city for a few years. It was a sell-out with 180 registrations, said Eric Berg, an NDSU meat science professor and co-director for the event at the NDSU Beef Cattle Research Complex.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The labor union for American Crystal Sugar Co. will vote Thursday, May 18, whether to accept a "best and final" offer from the Moorhead, Minn.- based company for a multi-year labor contract.