Lots Of Things Hanging Fire

The lack of a farm bill passage leaves many issues unresolved in the Red River Valley and surrounding states. One significant ag lender told me this week that decision his company must make — big decisions, with long-term implications — simply can’t be made until the farm bill is passed. A hint at what they’re talking about: biofuels is the…
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Coleman’s “good News” On Farm Bill

Senate leadership has agreed to a deal in which only 20 amendments from each side of the aisle can offer amendments to the Farm Bill, to make the way for a vote on the bill prior to the Senate’s expected departure from Washington, D.C., on Dec. 21, said U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., in a…
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Another $50-plus Beet Payment

Here’s David Berg, new president and chief executive officer of American Crystal Sugar Co., addressing his first annual meeting of the cooperative on Dec. 6 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. American Crystal Sugar Co.’s annual meeting started with a video, heavily emphasizing the impact of the crop on individuals and the communities involved. Several testimonials about…
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CA-40 And Ed Schultz

I’ve received phone calls on an article on CA-40 in Agweek on Dec. 3. Nationally-syndicated talk show host Ed Schultz of KFGO in Fargo spent his entire News and Views program on the topic on Dec. 5. The show plays throughout the region on AM radio. Schultz discusses a "history" between me and him. He alludes…
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Coming Up — Open Mexican Sugar Trade

I’m fascinated by the fact that the much-discussed open trade in sugar with Mexico is less than a month away. Very little has been made of this, and there will be reporting in Agweek about this historic issue. At the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative annual meeting in Fargo on Dec. 4, the co-op’s president and chief…
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