Ikerd, Big Eddie And Critical Thinking

I kind of got a kick out of going to the Northern Plains Sustainable Agricultural Society’s Winter Conference at Aberdeen, S.D., recently. The first speaker I walked in on was John Ikerd, a kind of renegade agricultural economist from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He says he was slapped down a few years ago…
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What Do I Know?

Some of you have contacted me, asking more about me. My name is Mikkel Pates. I’m a staff writer for Agweek magazine – a weekly agricultural paper based in Grand Forks, N.D. We’re a subscription-based publication that centers on agriculture North Dakota and the Red River Valley, but also in South Dakota and Montana, as…
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Landlord Relations

I visited with one of the auction-goers for Orten B. Brodshaug’s Cass County land rent auction. The man left shaking his head at the $150 to $160 per acre average rents in areas that had commanded as little as half that the previous year. As soon as he left the auction he went to see his landlord to…
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Brodshaug Rent Auction

The biggest ag news in the Red River Valley this week was probably the Feb. 21 ag land cash rent auction for the Orten B. Brodshaug farm, based in Kindred. Brodshaug, who lives at Horace, N.D., in the southern shadow of Fargo, rented out 7,300 acres in one fell swoop. The rental prices ranged from…
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Hallock Minnesota Biodiesel Project

Canola has another new project rocking. Sources tell me that Northstar Bioenergy LLC made a presentation on Feb. 19 in Roseau, Minn., about a their $135 million canola oil/biofuels project slated for Hallock, Minn. Neil Juhnke is listed as the company’s president and did some of the talking. The company will produce 40 million gallons…
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