McMartin’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Raises Eyebrows

Today I reported at Agweek.com about the liquidation of a prominent farming figure in the region. Ron McMartin Jr., of St. Thomas, N.D., filed Chapter 7. He is one of the region’s largest red potato growers for the fresh market. Agweek did a takeout on McMartin on Nov. 14, 2016. At that time, McMartin sounded like…
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Buffalo, ND, Opponents Heard On Sow Farm Permit

About 70 people — mostly from the  town of Buffalo, N.D. — showed up today to listen to Cass County District Judge Douglas Herman’s hearing on whether the North Dakota Department of Health erred in granting a permit to the Rolling Green sow operation that is planned for that community. Derrick Braaten, a Bismarck, N.D., lawyer, is representing…
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Ag Woman Leader: Ag Mergers Good; Product Names Need Work

From left: John Smith, vice president for Bayer CropScience LP; Scott Partridge, vice president of global strategy for Monsanto; and Phil Kunkel, an agribusiness lawyer and moderator, appear on a panel on mergers. Jan.  25, 2017, at the Minnesota AgExpo in Mankato, Minn. (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates) The Minnesota AgExpo was expected to draw 800…
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How MN Ag Spray Drift Violations Are Handled

  In a world with more detailed requirements on spray nozzles and ag spray buffers, state regulation and oversight shouldn’t change much. Dan Dvorak, an ag chemical investigator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, was one of the speakers at the Minnesota AgExpo in Mankato on Jan. 25, 2017. Dvorak said 13 investigators cover 12…
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More On Iowa’s Annette Sweeney’s Hopes For USDA Post

An Iowa Ag Radio group quoted my story  involving the possibilities of Annette Sweeney,  a former Iowa legislator, as a possible U.S. Secretary of Agriculture possibility. Her fellow Republicans on the Donald Trump Agricultural Advisory Committee, had told Agweek they’d prefer a Trump supporter like Sweeney to a Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota.…
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