Blaine Schmaltz’s Roundup Ready Alfalfa Woes

Blaine Schmaltz, a Rugby, N.D., organic seed producer, a named co-plaintiff in the case against Roundup Ready alfalfa, says he is pleased by a San Francisco federal judge’s preliminary injunction that will temporarily block the sale of the product for 2007. Schmaltz says he sent a written statement in a week ago, describing how the…
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Disaster And The 2007 Farm Bill

With $4 corn and high-priced commodities all the rage for 2007, it’s easily forgotten tha some in Congress are striving for ag disaster legislation from 2005 and 2006. Northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota farmers were hard-hit by untimely moisture in 2005 and everyone knows that south-central to southwest North Dakota and north-central South Dakota were parched in…
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“What Goes Up” And Other Tales

What’s goes up must come down. That’s the old cliché. I have a picture at my desk that reminds me of that expression. You’re looking at a news photo of a "Farm Blockade" that took place March 13, 1984. Farmers used tractors and other farm vehicles to blockade banks and federal lending agencies in Jamestown,…
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$64,000 Sweetener Question

The Red River Valley had a good-sized voice on sugar issues at the USDA’s Annual Outlook Forum in Washington, D.C., last week. Jim Horvath, president and chief executive of American Crystal Sugar Co., was on a sweetener forum, talking about the trepidatious business of transitioning into a common sweetener market with Mexico. Horvath said the…
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Flags Of Our Farmers

And so, I just got a new "flag" for my blog site. You can see it includes my mug and a photo I took in June 2004. It’s probably the most aesthetically pleasing picture I’ve taken in the past few years — a flag and a farm setting, all rolled into one. It was taken…
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