Berg’s Goodbye To American Crystal Sugar Is Sweetened With Philosophy

David Berg and his family on Friday said their goodbyes to a few hundred of the friends they’ve made during his time at American Crystal Sugar Co., in Moorhead, Minn. Berg, 62, the outgoing chief executive, received accolades and  mementos of his nine years as the top manager for the cooperative. Among the gifts was…
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Corporate Straw Boss Says Dance With Mother Nature Not Easy

Tom Borgen, general manager for PacificAg LLC in the upper Midwest, says his program for processing and marketing wheat straw in the region has been going well although Mother Nature has been stepping on their toes on the dance floor. “High humidity and a shot of rain every week doesn’t help our cause,” says Borgen,…
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USDA Maps Indicate Crop Insurance Use Is Lower In ND In 2016 Than In 2015

Below are a couple of maps from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It appears that the crop insurance expenditures so far this summer aren’t as large as they were last year at this time. Can’t wait to see how all of this ends up. It seems they’ve had an endless string of severe weather and storms…
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Banquet In A Field Experience Great For Ag, For Urbanites

A Above: More than 100 people from the Fargo-Moorhead community rubbed shoulders with ag professionals Aug. 2 at the Peterson Farms Seed headquarters farm near the village of Prosper, N.D. Below: Roz Randorf (left) vice president for strategic markets, Kathy Coyle, of the USDA’s Rural Development agency and I were among the happy recipients of…
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File photo at Elgin, N.D.

Will Internet Mean Credit Crunch Will Be Less Obvious Than The 1980s?

Chatted with an ag lender acquaintance recently: Farm finances are tough in North Dakota south of Interstate 94, where most farms lost money in all of the past three years, he says. Farms north of I-94 lost money in two of the past three years, except for years with exceptional crops. Most are projecting losses in…
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