A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Monday, February 25, 2019
Heading to Commodity Classic- The Red River Farm Network will broadcast from this week’s Commodity Classic in Orlando. We’ll keep you up to date on the activities of the corn, soybean and wheat farmers at Classic. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is scheduled to address the crowd on Friday. RRFN’s Commodity Classic coverage is sponsored by the North Dakota Corn Council and the North Dakota Soybean Council.
March 1 Tariff Rate Increase Delayed – The Trump Administration will delay a planned increase in tariffs on Chinese products. The tariff rate increase was scheduled to take affect at the end of this week, but President Trump has tweeted “substantial progress” has been made in the trade talks between the U.S. and China. The progress has reportedly been made in multiple areas, including agriculture. Trump also hinted a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping to finalize an agreement is possible. Over the weekend, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that trade meeting could happen in March.
China to Purchase Additional 10 MMT of U.S. Soybeans – As trade talks continue between the two superpowers, China has committed to another 10 million metric ton purchase of U.S. soybeans. When Chinese Vice Premier Liu He met with President Trump in January, a five million metric ton purchase was announced. In a tweet, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the President’s trade “strategy is working.”
ASA Responds to Chinese Soybean Purchase – In a statement, American Soybean Association President Davie Stephens said it is good to see U.S. soybeans moving to China again, but the piecemeal commitments do not add up to the damage done by trade retaliation. The ASA leader said the soybean industry needs “structural reform that leads to China rescinding its tariff on U.S. soybeans and fully reopening the market.”
What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets – Advance Trading Risk Management Advisor Tommy Grisafi is back with the weekly edition of What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets. The U.S.-China trade situation is big news, but what are the market implications? So far, there hasn’t been a big bump in the local cash trade. Listen to the update.
Another Tariff Battle is Possible – The Trump Administration is considering new tariffs on imports of cars and auto parts. If the White House goes forward with tariffs, it would impact approximately $360 billion in imports. That’s more than seven times the value of steel and aluminum imports. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Trump promised last year not to impose tariffs on European cars while trade negotiations are taking place. If the U.S. does impose tariffs, Juncker said the EU will no longer follow through on its commitment to purchase more U.S. soybeans.
U.S. Potato Industry Seeks China Market Access – The U.S. potato industry wants access to China. If market access is granted, chipping potatoes would be the focus. National Potato Council Executive Vice President and CEO John Keeling says the U.S. – China trade negotiations are hot. “We’re feeling good about where we are and hoping they’re successful.” Keeling says it’s not surprising to see an extension on the March 1 deadline. “An end in sight is what makes people have the feeling they need to start having serious discussions.” says Keeling. “I don’t think talks will drag on, that’s not the style of the president.” Keeling updated local potato growers on farm policy during the International Crop Expo.
Seeking Market Access for Fresh Potatoes – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Trump Administration to prioritize market access for U.S. potatoes in its trade negotiations with China. Exports are significant for the fresh potato business and more market access is being sought. The letter is signed by a large coalition, including North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Minnesota Senator Tina Smith. On the House side, Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson and North Dakota Representative Kelly Armstrong signed off on the letter.
U.S. Pork Faces Hurdle in Japanese Market – Japan has established a new safeguard trigger on pork imports that could influence U.S. farmers. This new trigger applies to all U.S. pork exports after trade volumes reach a certain level. Canada and other members of the new Trans Pacific Partnership will not have to deal with this additional tariff. The European Union also escapes the safeguard trigger because of the EU-Japan free trade agreement.
Ag Outlook Conference: Record Meat Production – U.S. meat production is projected to break new records this year. Commercial beef production for 2019 is forecast to increase three percent to 27.6 billion pounds. That would break the previous record set in 2002. Commercial pork production is projected to reach a record 27.3 billion pounds, up four percent from last year. Turkey production is forecast to reach 5.9 billion pounds, after declining in 2018. For the first time in six years, dairy cow numbers are below a year earlier. Numbers are expected to see very small declines again in 2019, due to poor margins.
Commodity Outlook Presented at USDA Conference – At the USDA Agricultural Outlook Conference, corn acreage was forecast to be 92 million acres for the year ahead. That compares to just over 89 million acres this past year. Soybean acreage is expected to total 85 million acres, down from 89.2 million acres one year ago. The area planted to wheat is estimated at 47 million acres, down 800,000 acres from 2018.
No MFP Payments in ’19 – For many farmers, the Market Facilitation Program was the difference between a positive or negative bottomline for 2018. During the USDA Ag Outlook Conference in the Washington, D.C. area, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made it clear that farmers will not receive additional MFP payments this year even if the trade war continues. Perdue said farmers were caught unaware by the trade retaliation last year, but that’s not the case this year.
Farm Bill Implementation Gets Attention This Week – USDA will host a farm bill implementation listening session Tuesday at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey will kick off the program, followed by representatives of the Risk Management Agency, Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will also discuss farm bill implementation when he meets with the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday and the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday. On Friday, Perdue will also address the audience at Commodity Classic.
Johnson Talks Farm Bill at Aberdeen Ag Expo – South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson fielded questions on the farm bill and trade at the Aberdeen Ag Expo. Johnson says the government shutdown has caused a slow start for the House Agriculture Committee. “USDA is working hard to catch up,” says Johnson. “The Agriculture Committee also has an important role in farm bill implementation. Chairman Collin Peterson understands and cares about farm country. I look forward to working with him.”
Farm Bill Implementation Discussed in Fargo Meeting – North Dakota Senator John Hoeven outlined the key provisions of the new farm bill in a roundtable event in Fargo Thursday. Hoeven said ARC and PLC programs have improved and reductions have been in ARC disparities from county-to-county. Marketing Assistance Loan rates moved higher and the funds available for Farm Service Agency guaranteed and direct loans have increased.
Peterson and Emmer Host Joint Town Hall Event in Central MN – Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson and Republican Congressman Tom Emmer partnered on a town hall meeting in Melrose, Minnesota on Thursday to discuss farm policy. With the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, Peterson said there has not been a better time to be a dairy farmer. “I don’t think (the implementation process will) take that long, but, say it takes until May, you’ll sign up and it will be retroactive the beginning of the year.” Emmer said the finger-pointing and party-line politics in Washington needs to end. The pair agreed to hold similar joint-town hall events in the future.
Citizen Petition Filed Over Labeling Laws – The National Milk Producers Federation has filed a citizen petition with the Food and Drug Administration, outlining a road map to resolve the dispute over the labeling of non-dairy products. NMPF executive vice president Tom Balmer said the dairy industry wants the FDA to enforce the rules that are already on the books. “For non-dairy foods that substitute and resemble standardized dairy foods, but are nutritionally inferior to the dairy foods they reference, we are urging immediate enforcement of the existing imitation labeling regulations.” Plant-based beverages, like so-called soy milk or almond milk, are the target of this effort. The FDA public comment period on the labeling issue just ended. More than 13,000 comments were submitted. “Our approach does not advocate for any so-called ban; it simply relies on proper disclosures that allow for appropriate, truthful, non-misleading messaging.”
Rural Perspectives: Episode Nine – The Red River Farm Network has teamed up with AgCountry Farm Credit Services in a podcast series called Rural Perspectives. In episode nine, AgCountry Farm Credit Services Market Education Specialist Jeff Beaudry says there’s lots of spring planting indecision for local farmers. Input cost and availability will impact those decisions. Take a listen.
Walz Budget Proposal Released – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s first budget calls for a simplified tax code for farmers that will conform to the Section 179 expensing in federal law. The proposal also cuts taxes by $220 million for state farmers and small businesses. Walz is also seeking a 20 cent gas tax increase to fund road and bridges. A border-to-border broadband program is also included in the Walz proposal. With today’s announcement and next week’s economic forecast for the state, the Legislature will begin working on budget bills for the biennium.
MFBF Update – Here’s the latest from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. This week, MFBF Associate Director of Public Policy Josie Lonetti provides insight on Governor Tim Walz’s proposed two-year budget. Hear more.
NW MN Farmers Travel to St. Paul to Tell Their Story – A group of northwest Minnesota farmers is home after spending the two days meeting with state lawmakers in St. Paul. Norman County Farm Bureau President Austen Germolus was able to outline one of the most significant costs for his farm. “The biggest issue in our family is health care and we talked about the premiums and what it is costing us and the hardship it is having on a lot of rural families.” The Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers was also part of the lobby trip.
MN Considers Legislation for Industrial Hemp – Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation to legalize industrial hemp. Minnesota Senator Kent Eken says the state is in a good position to produce the crop, because of their already established pilot program. “I think this has the potential to be a very positive thing for our economic development. Not just for farmers who are going to have another commodity they can produce, but also for businesses that are going to be making things from hemp.” Eken says it’s a work in progress at this point. “We’re still in the early stages of the session, but I do expect we’re going to be seeing legislation soon.”
Minnesota Beef Update – The Minnesota Beef Update is a production of the Minnesota Beef Council and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association. This week, MSCA Executive Director Ashley Kohls discusses the upcoming Cattlemen at the Capitol event. Hear more.
Livestock Permitting Bill Advances – The permitting process for large-scale livestock operations is getting attention in the North Dakota Legislature. The State Health Department approved high-profile projects in Buffalo and Devils Lake, but local zoning boards intervened. State Senator Terry Wanzek is seeking more certainty with these rules. “What we’re trying to do with this bill is say you can’t keep delaying or changing the goal posts after the fact,” said Wanzek. “When someone makes an application for a permit and petitions the local township or county, the rules that are in place at that time are locked in and you can’t change the rules after someone seeks a permit to locate there.” Wanzek sees an opportunity for economic growth in North Dakota. “We have a lot of open space and cheap feed here; it just seems like we’re ripe to be competitive.” The bill has passed in the Senate 38-to-seven and will move to the House.
In Bismarck, Support for Family Farm Bill – A bill that has passed in the North Dakota Legislature that expands who can form a family farm corporation to include second cousins. House Bill 1388 passed with a 62-30 vote and now goes to the Senate.
No Trespass Bill Makes Progress in ND Legislature – The no trespass bill has passed out of the North Dakota Senate. North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Executive Vice President Julie Ellingson says the bill will protect private property rights. The bill handles criminal trespass and hunting separately. “If the bill is enacted as it currently stands for criminal trespass, all land would be considered closed without permission. That’s a reform,” says Ellingson. “The bill causes a phase-in approach on the hunting side. A publicly available electronic land-owner database will be developed. That’s where landowners can electronically post their land.”
ND Legislative Report – A bill providing more authority on licensing public warehouses and grain buyers passed in the North Dakota Senate. North Dakota Grain Dealers Association Executive Vice President Stu Letcher says the association would also like to see stronger bonding in the law. Hear more in the North Dakota Legislative Report, sponsored by NDFB, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Growers Association and North Dakota Farmers Union.
Ag Outlook Conference Offers Insight into the Year Ahead – USDA expects U.S. farmers to plant 85 million acres of soybeans this spring, down nearly five percent from last year. Corn acres are forecast to increase 3.3 percent to 92 million acres. At the USDA Agricultural Outlook Conference, Chief Economist Rob Johansson said the record-high stocks that came from the current trade situation will take several years to fix. Wheat acres are not projected to pick up as many soybean acres as had been expected. With good demand, USDA believes fed steer prices will increase slightly this year. Hog prices are forecast to drop to a five-year low and the milk check should see a modest recovery.
Prepping for Planting Season – It may not feel like it yet, but spring planting will be happening soon. Premium Ag Solutions owner Beau Jacobson says it is time to get the planter ready for the season ahead. “We want to make sure do a thorough maintenance and look through any worn parts and anything that will impact furrow depth or placing. When we take that seed out of the bag, we want to get the most out of it.” With the current farm economy, Jacobson sees no margin for error. That’s maintaining the interest in precision agriculture and customizing existing equipment. Premium Ag Solutions hosted its annual winter planter clinic in Hitterdal, Minnesota.
Plan Your Fertilizer Logistics – With the long, wet harvest, very little fertilizer was put down this past fall. Helena Agri-Enterprises wholesale representative Tim Stanislawski expects to see logistical problems for ag retailers. “It depends on the rail and trucking system; are they going to get the fertilizer?” said Stanislawski. To increase fertilizer uptake and retain nitrogen and phosphorus in the soil, nutrient stabilizers like Hydra-Hume, are recommended. “We’re going to need bushels this year and the key is to start off right and get your fertilizer set.”
Dry Bean Scene – As farmers prepare for the 2019 growing season, FMC Retail Market Manager Sam Lockhart says resistant weeds are top of mind. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
Excess Moisture Starting to Impact River Systems – The waves of winter storms and the excess moisture in the Corn Belt are beginning to impact river systems. Nutrien Ag Solutions Principal Atmospheric Scientist Eric Snodgrass says the Ohio River Valley experienced five to eight inches of rain in the last 30 days. This is starting to impact barge traffic. “There is concern about flooding while they’re trying to get barge traffic going. It’s going to change the speed at which the barges can move and how much effort it takes them to move,” says Snodgrass. “If we don’t see a slow-down going into spring, there could be a concern in the eastern Corn Belt.”
Tradition and History of the FFA Jacket – The blue corduroy FFA jacket represents tradition and history. Former Wellcome Memorial FFA member and Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap says a young FFA member once told him the blue jacket can tell you a lot about a person. “Your name is on the front and where you’re from is on the back, but in no place does it say where you’re going.” Listen to his story.
Making Strong Connections With Others – Not all FFA members pursue a career in agriculture. Former Stanley and Minot, North Dakota FFA member Jon Solberg is a emergency and trauma doctor in Bismarck. “The more experience you can have understanding how people work together and think, the better off you can be in any field. That’s where the FFA helped me a lot,” says Solberg. “I learned so much about people from my FFA instructors. Learning how to walk in a room, shake someone’s hand and look someone in the eye was so important.” Listen to the story.
The Lasting Impact of an FFA Advisor – Farming was tough in the 1980s and former Beach (ND) FFA member Greg Lardy knew he wouldn’t return to the farm. It was FFA advisor Doug Vannurden who encouraged Lardy to stay in agriculture. “He was a tremendous influence,” says Lardy. “I’d credit him as one of the main reasons I pursued an agriculture major in college.” Lardy is now the North Dakota State University Associate Vice President for Agriculture Affairs and helps lead NDSU Extension. “There’s typically maybe two or three people who have a profound influence on your life. Vannurden had a major influence on mine.” Hear more of the conversation.
Supporting Ag Education In and Out of the Classroom – There’s a shortage of agriculture teachers in the U.S. Vivayic Senior Learning Designer Tiffany Sanderson says as the shortages have presented themselves and continue, states and local school districts are getting creative about bringing passionate and interested people into the classroom to enrich student’s lives. Hear more about how the former Lemmon, South Dakota FFA member is finding ways to support ag education.
Celebrating FFA – During National FFA Week, the Red River Farm Network shared memories from FFA alumni. The FFA jacket may have been put away, but these individuals continue to support the blue and gold. The FFA experience establishes the foundation for career success. Thanks to the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council for RRFN’s special updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Communication is Critical in Landlord-Tenant Relationships – A successful landowner-tenant relationship depends on communication. Emerado, North Dakota farmer Shane Sand made that point in a program Thursday at the International Crop Expo. Sand uses everything from newsletters and phone calls to Snapchat to connect with his landlords. “If I’m on the landlord’s property, I’ll shoot a short video and send them an e-mail link and show them what we’re doing today on their land.” Simply put, Sand treats landlords just like he wants to be treated.
The Positives of Passing on the Farm – Farmers and ranchers are facing important decisions about transitioning their business to the next generation. According to Family Business Consultant Jolene Brown, the foundation of a successful farm transition involves honoring the family by doing the business right. “You have to make sure the business is worthy of transitioning, and then you have to do all the paperwork to make sure it gets done. A conversation is not a contract,” says Brown. Along with the transition process comes tough questions. During a panel discussion, farmers had those questions answered by experts in the field. Russ Tweiten, vice president of succession and retirement planning, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, says it’s better to start the process sooner rather than later. “When you have a successor coming in, that’s when you start. It’s difficult to transition when there is a lot of debt on the balance sheet.” AgCountry Farm Credit Services hosted a farm transition workshop this past week in Grand Forks. Hear more of the conversation.
Transition Planning Highlighted at Aberdeen Ag Expo – Transition planning is more than just estate planning. Four Quarters Insurance Group owner Don Riley hosted a free workshop on planning at the Aberdeen Ag Expo. “In today’s environment, we can see up to four generations on one farm at a time,” said Riley. He is also seeing the younger farmers push for some type of transition plan on the farm. “In the next 20 years, about 70 percent of land is going to change ownership. Having a plan in place allows families bridge the conversations, keeping tensions down.”
A Restructure Option in Times of Tough Cash Flow – In times of tough cash flow, Northland Community and Technical College Farm Business Management Instructor Betsy Jensen tells farmers not to pre-pay debt. She says debt is part of a farming operation. “Farmers can restructure. They can take existing debt, lump it together and string it out over a few years. That’s not uncommon and not a bad thing to do,” says Jensen. “You don’t want to do it every year, but that can alleviate the cash crunch for 2019.” Jensen joined NDSU Extension Marketing Specialist Frayne Olson and Emerado farmer Shane Sand in a panel discussion on cash flow at the International Crop Expo.
Explore Different Ways to Improve Cash Flow – Rising input costs and low commodity prices are causing cash flow challenges. “The yields were pretty good in 2018 for farmers, but the price outlook is still tough,” explains AgCentric Farm Business Management Instructor Josh Tjosaas. “Expenses aren’t going down, they’re going up.” Tjosaas tells farmers to look for ways to save on input costs, including shopping around. Some farms are restructuring. “Farmers can also consider better ways to market crops,” he says. “Picking up five- to-ten cents per bushel can be the difference between making a profit or losing money.”
Getting Calves Off to the Right Start – The 2019 calf crop is making its way into the world. Now is the optimal time to get those newborn calves off to the right start. While some producers may shy away from calf implants, Zoetis Senior Nutritionist Dr. Blaine Corners says there are benefits. “Research shows there is about 19-20 pounds of additional gain that can be realized by one dose of Synovex C in a calf 45 days or older.” Once calves are older, Corners adds producers should match the implant intensity with nutrition. “If there is a time of decreased forage availability, always consider hay supplementation, range cubes or cake.” Listen to more.
Prices Decline, Milk Production Grows – Milk production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 17.1 billion pounds in December. That’s up just under one percent from a year earlier. In Minnesota, the state cow herd declined by 6,000 head, but production still grew one percent. South Dakota milk output rose five percent with an additional 4,000 cows milking in the state. Wisconsin milk production rose 1.4 percent; California was up 1.7 percent
AMPI Revolves Cash Allocation Back Sooner-Than-Normal – After a profitable year in 2018, Associated Milk Producers Incorporated is returning patronage allocations back to its members on a faster-than-normal pace. “We’re going to revolve 20 percent of that in cash, which normally happens in August,” said AMPI Chairman Steve Schlangen. “We plan to send that out in March to get money in our farmers’ pockets for spring planting.” At its annual meeting, AMPI rolled out a new brand for its butter. “It’s going to be called Dinner Bell and we have the trademark on a label that would call it ‘co-op crafted’ so a consumer would know it came from a dairy farm cooperative and there would be traceability back to our farms.”
Enlist E3 Soybeans Fully Deregulated Worldwide – China gave its approval a month ago and the Philippines came through Thursday. Enlist E3 was developed by Dow AgroSciences, which is now part of Corteva Agriscience, and MS Technologies. Peterson Farms Seed President Carl Peterson says this news offers peace of mind. “Enlist offers three modes of action with glyphosate, glufosinate and 2,4-D choline; there are many fewer restrictions for Enlist than some of the other systems so growers are going to be able to get this sprayed relatively easy and get great weed control.” Enlist E3 is now commercially available. Peterson Farms Seed took a strong position on the Enlist technology and made sure it has large seed supplies. With the uncertainty of the global registration process, that was a gamble. “Honestly, up until Thursday morning, we weren’t sure if that was a good plan or not, but as a regional company and are focused on what is best for our growers; we felt we had to take the leap.”
Agropur Enjoys Sales Success – The Agropur dairy cooperative had sales this past year of $6.7 billion, an increase of nearly five percent from the previous year. The Canadian dairy business expanded its presence in the U.S., including a significant investment in its Lake Norden, South Dakota plant. That facility is being expanded to triple its capacity. Over the past five years, Agropur invested more than $1.3 billion in that plant.
Clearfield Canola Trait Sold to Corteva Agriscience – Corteva Agriscience has acquired the Clearfield Canola Production System from BASF. Corteva previously licensed the Clearfield canola trait in its Pioneer and Brevant seed brands. This deal allows Corteva to out-license the trait to other seed companies in the U.S. and Canada.
Bunge Updates Financials – Bunge is reporting a quarterly loss of $65 million. That compares to a loss of $60 million one year ago. Soybean processing margins improved, but Bunge was not able to capitalize on those gains due to mistakes made in risk management. Former Gavilon Group executive Greg Heckman has been named Bunge’s acting CEO, succeeding former chief executive officer Soren Schroder.
Grain for Good – For the second year in a row, cereal growers may enter to win a $5,000 donation from Bayer for a charity of their choice. Bayer customer business advisor John Christensen says the Grain for Good Sweepstakes is an opportunity to give back to your local community. “Fire departments, local swimming pool projects, the FFA; any of these charities qualify so don’t hesitate to nominate somebody.” Entries must be submitted by March 31 online. Ten winners will be selected randomly.
ND Soybean Marketing Seminar Registration Open – The North Dakota Soybean Council is hosting a soybean trading and risk management seminar March 12 and 13. Director of Market Development Harrison Weber says the seminar will be led by North Dakota State University Economics Professor Bill Wilson, David Bullock and Marketing Specialist Frayne Olson. “If you’re a beginning farmer and want to develop your marketing plan or an established farmer who wants to fine-tune it, the economists can provide good insight.” The seminar is available in two locations: Bismarck State College and the NDSU Barry Hall Commodity Trading room in Fargo. Registration is extended to Tuesday, February 26 at noon. Register today.
SD Corn Comments – Attendees at the U.S. Grains Council annual meeting set a course of action for market development. Listen to more in this week’s Corn Comments, an update from the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
Aberdeen Soybean Processing Facility Making Progress – The new AG Processing, Inc., soybean processing facility being built in Aberdeen is still on track. AGP Senior Merchandiser Matt Smith expects the plant to be ready for this fall’s harvest. “With the winter, there are many things to work through. The structure is pretty much there,” says Smith. “Right now, fall 2019 is still the target date.” Smith says the plant will process 40 to 50 million bushels of soybeans per year.
Hennessey Takes Plea Agreement – The former manager of the Ashby Farmers Cooperative in Ashby, Minnesota pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of income tax evasion. Jerome Hennessey reached a plea agreement this past week in federal court. Over a 15-year period, Hennessey obtained a line of credit for the co-op that topped $7 million. That money was used for both legitimate expenses for the co-op and his own personal use. Hennessey could face 25 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count.
Stamp Farms Case in Court – Jail time is coming for two of the individuals involved in one of the biggest farm bankruptcies in U.S. history. James Becraft Jr. and Douglas Diekman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make false statements on crop insurance forms. The pair will each serve about a year in jail and will collectively pay the Risk Management Agency and Farm Service Agency over $1 million in restitution. This case involves the Stamp Farms at Decatur, Michigan. The farm grew rapidly, often paying above market rates to rent farm ground. False information was allegedly provided to lenders and the federal crop insurance program. This farm was eventually sold off to Boerson Farms of Zeeland, Michigan, which ran into its own financial problems and defaulted on millions of dollars in loans to CHS Capital.
Crews Goes from Titan Machinery to Case IH Presidency – Effective March 4, Brad Crews will return as the brand president for Case IH. Crews left CNH Industrial in 2017 and joined the Titan Machinery board in October of this past year. Crews had been the chief operating officer for CNH Industrial’s North American operations and president of the company’s agricultural business segment from 2014-to-2017.
Bradley Joins Black Gold Farms Executive Team – Grand Forks-based Black Gold Farms has hired Kerwin Bradley as its chief production officer. Bradley will support all aspects of crop production and serve on the executive team. Bradley spent 13 years with Frito Lay working on potato variety commercialization and supply chain innovation. Most recently, Bradley helped J.R. Simplot commercialize the biotech Innate potatoes.
Bishop to Chair Environmental Quality Board – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has appointed Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop to chair the Environmental Quality Board. The EQB is made up of nine agency leads and eight citizen members. In her role as chair, Bishop will set the EQB agenda. Walz plans to rotate the chair appointment during his time in office.
Ag Awards Presented at SDSU Faculty Program – Within the South Dakota State University Celebration of Faculty Excellence program, 27 individuals were honored. The F.O Butler Award for Excellence in Extension and Outreach went to swine specialist Bob Thaler. The F.O. Butler Award for Excellence in Community Service went to Lora Berg, who is the director of marketing and communications in the agriculture department. Joe Cassady, who is the head of the animal science department, received the Dr. Harold and Barbara Bailey Award for Excellence in Academic Department Leadership. The Faculty Engagement in International Research Award went to Anne Fennell from the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science and Srinivas Janaswamy from the Department of Dairy and Food Science.
Last Week’s Trivia- “I Like Ike” was a campaign slogan for presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower. Hilary Paplow of Graff Feedlots won our President’s Day trivia question. Monte Heilman of Rea Hybrids, Keith Rekow of Dairyland Seed, Cathy Riley of Minnesota Soybean and Kevin Praska of Stone’s Mobile Radio earn runner up honors. The ‘first 20’ rounds out with Harvey farmer Bill Ongstad, Kristal Rick of SES VanderHave USA, Jody Saathoff of CHS-Minden, Jim Altringer of Midwest Ag Energy, retired North Dakota Farmers Union economist Dale Enerson, Cokato farmer Harlan Anderson, Danny Pinske of Pro Ag Farm Cooperative, Evonne Wold of Vigen Construction, Neal Fisher of North Dakota Wheat Commission, Kelly Kliner of Simplot Grower Solutions, Twyla Wulf of Clear Springs Cattle Company, retired NDSU Extension dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder, Fosston farmer Ken Hove, Bruce Miller of Minnesota Farmers Union and Dianne Bettin of LB Pork.
This Week’s Trivia- A short 1928 Disney film called Steamboat Willie featured the first appearance of an iconic character. What is his name? Send your answer to email@example.com.
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