A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Monday, April 01, 2019
Reporting Agriculture’s Business- The Red River Farm Network is passionate about the business of agriculture! From USDA reports to trade policy, RRFN has the story. We’re here to keep our farmers and ranchers up-to-date on the news coming out of the Washington Beltway or the state capitol. The RRFN team is also delivering management ideas for the crop and livestock producer. You’ll find those stories on the radio dial, Twitter and Facebook.
More Corn, Less Soybeans – Mother Nature will make the ultimate decision, but USDA is forecasting an increase in corn acres. According to the Prospective Plantings Report, corn acreage will total 92.8 million acres. That compares to an average pre-report trade guess of 91.3 million. Soybeans are projected to come in at 84.6 million acres, which a million-and-a-half acres below the average trade estimate. Wheat acreage is predicted to be at an all-time low. USDA says Hard Red Spring Wheat acreage will total 12.4 million. Winter wheat is projected to total 31.5 million acres.
Record Corn Plantings Forecast in ND – North Dakota farmers are expected to plant a record high 4.05 million acre corn crop this year. That’s up nearly 30 percent from last year. South Dakota’s corn acreage is forecast to increase 13 percent. The change is smaller in Minnesota where corn plantings are projected to increase by just 100,000 acres. Soybean acres are predicted to decline six percent from last year in North Dakota and Minnesota and down eight percent in South Dakota. Spring wheat acres are estimated to be up two percent in North Dakota, down three percent in South Dakota and down five percent in Minnesota.
Wheat Acres Forecast at Record Low – According to USDA’s Planting Intentions report all wheat acres are expected to decrease three percent from last year, but rise one percent from the previous report. Spring wheat acres are projected at 12.8 million acres, down three percent from last year. North Dakota’s spring wheat acres are expected to increase two percent from last year at 6.7 million acres. Durum acres are anticipated to decrease 31 percent from 2018 to 1.4 million.
A Shift in Acres Across Tri-State Region – Minnesota farmers will be baling more hay this year with acreage projected to increase 23 percent this year. Canola acres are up 20 percent and the amount of ground devoted to sunflowers is down nominally. Minnesota dry edible bean acres are steady. For North Dakota, barley acreage is expected to increase 13 percent from last year. Sunflower farmers intend to boost acreage by ten percent. The area planted to durum in North Dakota is forecast to be record low, down 32 percent from last year. Dry bean and canola acres are also down; six percent and one percent respectively. Hay acreage is predicted to be down nine percent in South Dakota. Winter wheat acreage in the state is up two percent. Sunflower acres in South Dakota are also expected to be up two percent, with oil varieties making up the majority of those acres.
More Soybeans and Wheat in Quarterly Stocks Report – As of March 1 USDA reports 2.7 billion bushels of soybeans in stock, slightly higher than the trade expectations. On-farm soybean storage is estimated at 1.2 billion bushels. There are 1.6 billion bushels of wheat in storage, a six percent increase from one year ago and higher than the average trade guess. USDA estimates farmers are storing 40.6 million bushels of wheat on-farm. U.S. corn stocks are three percent lower than one year ago at 8.6 billion bushels, above trade expectations. Of the total stocks, more than five billion bushels of corn were stored on the farm.
Exports Impacted by Potential Border Closure – Due to the threat of illegal immigration, President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S.-Mexican border. “We’ll keep it closed for a long time; I’m not playing games.” The shutdown would also close the border for trade. Mexico is one of the largest export markets for U.S. corn, beef, pork, dairy, potatoes, dry beans and more.
“Constructive” Trade Talks with China – The trade talks between the U.S. and China in Beijing are being described as “constructive.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made that comment in a tweet at the end of Friday’s face-to-face negotiations. This week, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will be in the U.S. to continue the trade talks.
China Blocks Canadian Canola Shipments – Chinese customs authorities posted an online notice Tuesday it had revoked Viterra’s shipping permit to prevent harmful organisms from entering the country. Viterra is now the second Canadian company to have its shipping permit revoked by China. The move comes just days after Canada’s Canola industry warned China had stopped buying Canadian canola. Canola industry officials says the move is an effort by China to put pressure on the Canadian government to release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in December.
Canada, Mexico Seeking to Eliminate U.S. Tariffs – This past week, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met to discuss removal of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs. Both Canada and Mexico are threatening to withhold ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement if the tariffs remain in place. Specifically, Freeland wants the Trump Administration to lift the tariffs without replacing them with a quota. A trade official from Mexico echoed those comments, saying elimination of the tariffs are needed.
MFBF Promotes USMCA on DC Trip – Badger, Minnesota farmer Shane Isane, who is a member of the Minnesota Farm Bureau board, says the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a priority. “We get a lot of press about China trade and that is important, but USMCA is something that Congress could get done immediately.” President Trump and his counterparts in Mexico and Canada signed the trade deal last year, but it still needs approval from Congress. “They’re counting votes and making sure they have a positive outcome.” Isane was part of the MFBF delegation on Capitol Hill this past week.
U.S. Officials Set to Visit Brazil Beef Plants – Following trade talks between the U.S. and Brazil, U.S. officials are set to inspect Brazilian beef plants in mid-June. According to the Brazilian agriculture minister, UDSA food safety officials will audit the country’s inspection system for beef and pork. The two countries issued a joint statement last week, agreeing to use “science-based conditions” for beef and pork exports into the U.S. However, concerns remain within the U.S. about allowing products from Brazil. In 2017, USDA suspended imports of fresh Brazilian beef in the wake of public health concerns, sanitary conditions and animal health issues.
What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets – North Dakota made news in Friday’s USDA Prospective Plantings Report. Advance Trading risk management advisor Tommy Grisafi, who is based in Portland, North Dakota, has more in this week’s update.
Concerns for Dairy Margin Coverage Sign-Up – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson says he is concerned about the time frame to implement the new Dairy Margin Coverage program. Listening to farmer feedback, Peterson says the June timeline is too long. Sign-up for the program begins mid-June. “If they wait until June, there could be some farmers give up their ghosts by then, even if the program is retroactive.” Peterson says USDA can’t speed up the implementation, they have to go through a process. Peterson doesn’t want this confusing farmers. “I’m afraid farmers will look at this, not sign up for the highest level and then, they’ll end up spending money and not getting anything out of it.” Parker, South Dakota farmer Allen Merrill says dairy farmers are cautiously optimistic about the new program and it’s hard to say more until the program is in place.
Dairy Planning Tool Will be Available – The Farm Service Agency is producing an online decision tool for dairy farmers considering the new Dairy Margin Coverage program. This is part of an awareness campaign that will be launched later this month. Last week, a coalition of lawmakers on Capitol Hill called on USDA to speed up implementation of the dairy safety net program.
Chao Willing to Address Ag’s Concern With HOS, ELD – During Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s appearance before the Senate Transportation Committee, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven outlined concerns with the hours-of-service and electronic-logging-device rules and the impact on livestock producers. “This is what happens with a one-size-fits-all solution,” said Chao. “It doesn’t work across the country because the country is so diverse.” Chao said the HOS rules are a hardship for farmers and additional flexibility will be considered.
Farmers Don’t Need Green New Deal to be Green – Not one senator voted for the Green New Deal resolution Tuesday, shutting down the climate change proposal. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts went to the Senate floor before the cloture vote. Roberts said farmers are already managing natural resources in a responsible manner and addressing the issue of climate change. “The American farmer through continuous improvement, embracing science, implementing new technologies, such as biotechnology and no-till farming, and being conservation-minded, has achieved unprecedented success that I do not believe the proponents of the Green New Deal realize.” Roberts said vague proposals like the Green New Deal will only hurt American agriculture and do not solve the issue of climate change.
MN Corn Matters – Corn Matters is a weekly update from Minnesota Corn Growers Association. There is a new e-book available titled “The Rise of Ethanol in Minnesota.” Hear more about the book from MCGA Commodity Marketing and Biofuels Director Mitch Coulter.
Skunes Discusses Biotech Issues in South America – Arthur, North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes is home from a trade meeting in Brazil. Skunes represents the National Corn Growers Association on a board with his counterparts in Brazil and Argentina. “This group will work with the World Trade Organization, trying to get the word out that biotechnology is safe.” Skunes will be back in South America at the end of May, speaking at a corn meeting in Buenos Aires.
Slow Rail Could Impact Fertilizer Movement – Floodwaters are still challenging rail movement through the Midwest. If there’s no significant recovery soon for the central corridor, this could impact fertilizer. BNSF Railway Director of Marketing for Agricultural Products Greg Guthrie says there’s been additional capacity added to the fertilizer fleet. “There’s been a delay through the whole system,” he says. “We’re monitoring things on a daily basis and we anticipate a push in fertilizer each year. We’re prepared.” Guthrie says the Mississippi River is also a concern right now. “Barges from the Gulf to St. Louis for rail distribution into the Midwest could be challenged. It’s a matter of timing,” Guthrie explains. “We’re conscious it will be a late push and we’re doing what we can to make sure we move effectively.”
Dry Bean Scene – Heavy snowpack and flooding are causing logistical issues in the movement of dry beans. Johnstown Bean Company general manager Dylan Karley says since January, rail service has fell further and further behind. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
Barge Traffic Influenced by High Water – A large portion of the Mississippi River system is shut down due to high water. It may be another two weeks before the Mississippi River crests from Quincy, Illinois to Muscatine, Iowa. Upper River Services President Lee Nelson says that means the next 500 miles on the river system will remain closed for most of April. “I have every reason to believe this will be the second latest opening,” said Nelson. “It sure looks like it will be the last ten days of April before we see the system gets completely charged.” These delays on the Mississippi River will impact fertilizer supplies across the Upper Midwest. “I know there are 125 loads of fertilizer waiting and poised just below these locks that need to get up through the system. It’ll be a six-day run once those locks open down south to get it to St. Paul.”
Statewide Flood Emergency Declared in ND – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has declared a statewide flood emergency. Burgum activated the state emergency operations plan and ordered all state agencies to prepare. Ice jams have backed up the Yellowstone River near the North Dakota-Montana border causing widespread flooding. The risk for river and overland flooding is significant in the Red River and Devils Lake basins. High water is also likely in the southern James River Basin.
Yellowstone River Valley Experiences Historic Flooding – Ice jams have caused historic flooding in the Yellowstone River Valley near the North Dakota/Montana border. Governor Doug Burgum had the opportunity to survey the area and damages in McKenzie County. Burgum says this particular flooding event is unusual. “In this case, they didn’t have weeks to get ready, only hours,” says Burgum. “Over 50 families and farm sites were affected, along with 110 people displaced from homes.” The flooding does have a significant impact on agriculture in the area. The soil is rich in the river valley, where a variety of crops such as sugarbeets are grown. In addition, the region has been utilizing a canal irrigation system for over a century. “Irrigation equipment was standing in water. The water came so fast that there was farm vehicles and machinery that got flooded.” Listen to the story.
(Photo: Governor Doug Burgum Facebook page)
Nebraska Hog Farmers Recovering from Flooding – In the center of “flood country” near Columbus, Nebraska, pig farmers are recuperating from flood waters that destroyed barns, bridges and much more. Those farmers are holding up as well as expected. “At one point, there was 1500 miles of state highway closed,” says Nebraska Pork Producer Association President Elect John Csukker. “It was a logistical nightmare trying to get people, feed and supplies to and from our hog farms. Some farms even had to boat in feed.” Csukker adds that equipment is being borrowed from neighboring states, and some farmers are even commuting 200 miles just to do chores. Despite the devastation that surrounds the countryside, one word that comes to mind: Thankful. “We’re grateful for all of the resources being dedicated to this area. We’ll get through it together, Nebraska Strong!” Listen to the story.
Warm and Wet Weather Forecast for April – It’s beginning to feel and look more like spring outside, and farmers are starting to prepare for the 2019 planting season. According to Nutrien Ag Solutions Senior Atmospheric Scientist Eric Snodgrass, this April will be much different than last year. “The jet stream is setting up for the eastern two-thirds of the country to carry a warm bias. But with that comes some spring-like storm systems,” says Snodgrass. While the weather may be warmer in April, the month could also be wet in parts of the Midwest. Snodgrass says finding opportune planting windows could be challenging at times. “With the equipment and skill farmers have today, they’ll get the crop in. May is a different story. To say this May is going to carry a cold bias isn’t in the cards, but it looks like the month could be wetter than average.” Hear more from Snodgrass.
Beet Stock Values – According to Acres & Shares, last week 131 American Crystal Sugar Company beet shares traded through brokers at an average price $3,474.05 per share.
Global Economic Slowdown Influences Agriculture – The quarterly rural economic review from CoBank describes 2019 as “a challenging year with economic uncertainty.” The overall economic growth is slowing in the U.S. and worldwide. The CoBank report says the ongoing trade disruptions have hurt short-and-long term markets. Corn markets will be supported by strong feed demand and exports. Exports are a problem for soybeans, but domestic demand is positive. Wheat export commitments for 2019 are just ahead of last year’s pace. CoBank says the livestock and dairy sectors may be forced to scale back production increases.
An Increase in Farm Bankruptcies in the Midwest – A report from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank shows farm stress and bankruptcies have increased in the upper Midwest. The Federal Reserve ninth district reported 103 chapter 12 bankruptcies in 2018, compared to 79 the previous year. Farmers in the region continue to face low prices for commodities and high production costs. In particular, dairy farmers are experiencing challenging times, with overproduction and low prices. Total costs for inputs like seed, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel and electricity have risen by 50 percent since 2006 for Minnesota farmers.
MFU Minute – Here’s the latest update from the Minnesota Farmers Union. A report from the University of Minnesota shows farm earned the lowest median income in the past 23 years. Hear more on the report from MFU President Gary Wertish.
MN Farm Income Hits 23-year Low – Last year, Minnesota farms earned the lowest median farm income in the past 23 years. The median net farm income for 2018 was reported at $26,055, down eight percent from the previous year. University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management Associate Director Dale Nordquist says almost all agriculture segments saw poor performance. “It was a low income year for crop, dairy, pork and beef producers,” says Nordquist. “Crop producers were a little higher than the median. If it weren’t for the Market Facilitation Program to ward off problems with trade, it would have been a really tough year.” One a more positive note, farm balance sheets did not deteriorate substantially from previous years. Nordquist accredits part of this positivity to strong land values. “There’s also still quite a bit of working capital on a large share of crop farms. While there’s been tough cash flow, the underlying assets of these farms has been maintained.” View the report here.
ND Legislative Report – There is focus on Senate Bill 2315, which involves private property rights. Listen to 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.
ND Study Sought on Grain Traders – The North Dakota Senate has unanimously passed an amendment to House Bill 1467. The original bill moved grain regulation from the Public Service Commission to the Agriculture Department. The Senate determined more study is needed on agricultural issues, such as grain brokers and roving grain buyers. Last year’s insolvency of a Leeds, North Dakota roving grain buyer resulted in millions of dollars in losses for farmers, bringing attention to this oversight issue. The amended bill now returns to the House for another vote.
MN Water BMP Bill Likely to be in Omnibus Bill – The Minnesota House Agriculture and Food Finance Committee has laid over the Agricultural Best Management Practices bill for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill. This language would add $15 million over the next biennium for water quality projects, like buffer strips and erosion control.
Wolf Hunting Bill Heard in MN Legislature – The Minnesota House Environmental and Natural Resources Committee took no action on a proposal to prevent the DNR from establishing an open hunting season for gray wolves. The federal government is considering the delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species List. The state proposal would prevent recreational hunting, but allow farmers to protect their livestock.
MFBF Update – Here’s the latest from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. From the farm to the halls of St. Paul, MFBF President Kevin Paap says it’s a busy time for Farm Bureau. Hear more in this week’s MFBF Update.
Weed Management Includes a Pre – While it will likely be a compressed planting season, farmers still need to consider weed resistance. West Central Ag Services territory sales manager Clyde Kringlen says a pre-emergence herbicide is important. “We need to get it done. When you think about it, we can plant so fast now if we get delayed one day, will it make a big difference?”
Weed Management Strategies: Episode Two – Crop rotation can be a good way to manage tough weeds. In the second episode of Weed Management Strategies, Huso Crop Consulting owner Mark Huso covers techniques to manage weeds in no-till systems. Presented by the North Dakota Soybean Council, Weed Management Strategies is a ten-part series exploring best management practices and the tools to help farmers take care of herbicide resistant weeds. Listen to the podcast here, on iTunes or download a podcast app on Google Play.
Input Decisions Need to be Finalized Within Next 30 Days – Premium Ag Solutions President Beau Jacobson says there a lot of unanswered questions. “There’s land changing hands and they’re trying to decide to what will be most profitable; there’s a lot of decisions left to be made.” Jacobson, who is based at Hitterdal, Minnesota, is seeing steady demand for data management and variable rate prescriptions. Demand has picked up for planter technologies, like Precision Planting. “Precision (Planting) was quiet throughout the winter, but the last 30 days have been unreal. It has probably been the best March we’ve had. Guys are just getting planters out of the sheds and they’re making improvements and trying to gain some efficiencies.” Premium Ag Solutions is hosting a planter clinic on April 11.
Fertility is Key to a Successful Growing Season – There’s still time for farmers to sit down with their crop advisors and make adjustments for the 2019 growing season. Mycogen Seed agronomist Jon Erikson says that includes some time evaluating soil tests. “A lot of growers are concerned about the economics of growing a crop and one of the best things they can do is pay attention to the details of fertility.” To minimize the loss of nitrogen, Erikson expects to see more in-season nitrogen applications. Seed decisions are still being made for the flex acres. With it being so late, Erikson said supplies of first choice hybrids may be limited.
Minnesota Beef Update – The Minnesota Beef Update is a production of the Minnesota Beef Council and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association. Recently, the Minnesota Beef Council was at the Minnesota Meat Processors Conference. Hear more about the event from Royalee Rhoads.
Frerichs is “Fine-Tuning” for this Calving Season – From wind and snow to mud and rain, cattle producers have endured plenty of conditions this calving season. Wilmot farmer and rancher Jason Frerichs is hoping for better weather in northeast South Dakota. Until the start of calving in mid-April, Frerichs is staying busy fine-tuning facilities. “This year, we’re making sure there is bare ground to bed on and have invested in more shelter and windbreaks,” says Frerichs. The prolonged cold and snow this winter required an increase in feed to meet the energy needs of cattle. In some instances, producers are being forced to stretching feed supplies. While Frerichs is sitting okay on hay, the silage pile depleted quicker than expected. “I’m seeing a strong need for average quality grass hay and bedding. In our case, we won’t hold over very much.” Hear more of the conversation.
USDA Hog Numbers in Line With Pre-Report Expectations – According to the quarterly hogs and pigs report, the swine inventory, breeding herd supply and market hog numbers are up two percent from last year. “We continue to have plenty of hogs, there is no doubt about that,” said John Nalivka, president, Sterling Marketing. “With the losses that were incurred going into the second half of last year and the first quarter of this year, there has been some slowing of the expansion phase.” Minnesota’s inventory of hogs and pigs was up two percent. The total is up ten percent in South Dakota.
Innovation Focus for Local Farm Cooperatives – Addressing students and agribusiness professionals at North Dakota State University, Land O’ Lakes President and CEO Beth Ford said it’s a bumpy, but exciting time to be in agriculture. “We talk about disruption and difficulties in the sector like consolidation and trade challenges, but there are a few key points impacting the sector with a longer-term impact including retail disruption.” Ford said innovation is the advantage for Land O’ Lakes if they choose to be fearless, implement and get on the playing field. Ford also answered questions on product labeling and making connections with consumers as part of the Aldrich C. Bloomquist lectureship series.
Checkoff Bill Resurfaces in U.S. Senate – A bill seeking changes in the mandatory commodity checkoff programs has been reintroduced in the Senate. The proposal would put restrictions on the organizations receiving checkoff funds. It also calls for more transparency and more audits. The bill is being offered by Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democrats Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Booker and Warren are both presidential candidates.
District Shifts Coming for SD Soybean Council – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is working on a change in the make-up of the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. The rule would increase the number of districts from seven-to-nine and reorganize the counties in those nine new districts. The proposed change is designed to reflect where soybeans are grown across the state. A public hearing has been scheduled for April 17.
Damages Awarded in Roundup Lawsuit – A federal jury in San Francisco has awarded $80 million to a man who claimed his cancer was caused by Roundup herbicide. This individual was awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages. Bayer, which took over Monsanto last year, will be spending a lot of time in the courtroom. More than 11,000 similar lawsuits have been filed.
Cargill Reports Boost in 3Q Earnings – Cargill is reporting third quarter net earnings of $566 million on revenue of $26.9 billion. Cargill’s third quarter earnings increased 14 percent, while revenue was down four percent from last year. Cargill says adjusted operating earnings were up eight percent from last year to $604 million.
Sunflower Bio-Based Herbicide Approved – Belchim Crop Protection USA has received EPA approval for a new biodegradable herbicide called Beloukha. This is a sunflower bio-based, non-selective, broad-spectrum, foliar-applied herbicide for a variety of crops, including barley and oats.
Midwest Floods Expected to Impact ADM’s Q1 – In an update to shareholders, Archer Daniels Midland says there will likely be a $50 to $60 million decrease in operating profits during its first quarter. Flooding is impacting business. In the regulatory filing, ADM says rail transportation has been disrupted throughout the region and the ADM corn plant in Columbus, Nebraska is currently running at a reduced capacity. Barge traffic and port activity on the nation’s river system have been slowed by high water since February. This will also have an impact on ADM’s quarterly profits.
Higher Equipment and Part Sales Boost Titan Machinery Q4 Revenue – Titan Machinery’s fourth quarter revenue is up 6.6 percent over last year to $359.6 million. Gross profits for the quarter are up $3.5 million from last year to $55.6 million. Titan Machinery Chief Financial Mark Kalvoda says equipment revenue drove the gross profits. “The benefit of higher equipment margins is largely offset by a change in gross profit mix, which was a result of a higher portion of equipment revenue as compared to higher margin parts and service revenue.” Full year revenue increased 5.8 percent to $1.3 billion and net income for the 2019 fiscal year was $12.2 million. Kalvoda says the increase in revenue is largely by equipment and parts sales.
Packer Acquistion Challenged – R-CALF USA is asking the U.S. Justice Department to block National Beef’s proposed acquisition of Iowa Premium. The majority owner of National Beef Packing Company is based in Brazil. In addition to antitrust concerns, R-CALF says this deal will speed up the decline of small and medium-sized beef packers.
35th Class of RRV Emerging Leaders Graduates – The Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program graduated their 35th class Saturday in Crookston, Minnesota. Program co-founder and Stephen, Minnesota farmer Bruce Hamnes says the program began as an idea. “I then shared it with some people in Extension and they really put the structure around the program,” says Hamnes. University of Minnesota Extension Educator Jody Horntvedt has been coordinating the program for the past 25 years. “One goal of the program is leadership development and building skills. The other goal is to build relationships and creating networks and connections,” says Horntvedt. Rothsay, Minnesota farmers Justin and Karen Phillips were named the 2019 Agassiz Ambassadors.
Hillsboro, ND Farmer Sworn in as Senator – Hillsboro, North Dakota farmer and rancher Randy Lemm was sworn as the new state senator for District 20. Lemm fills a vacancy left by former Senator Arne Osland of Mayville, who recently suffered a stroke. “Randy will understand what is important to agriculture, as he engages in both farming and ranching in eastern North Dakota,” says NDFB President Daryl Lies. Previously, Lemm served as the Traill County Farm Bureau president and has engaged in the Farm Bureau policy development process. Lemm intends to run for permanent office in 2020.
Wells Fargo CEO Resigns – Saying the bank would benefit from a fresh perspective, Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan is stepping down. The organization’s general counsel is taking over the job on an interim basis. The American Bankers Association ranks Wells Fargo as the largest commercial farm lender in the country.
Promotion Announced at Vive Crop Protection – Vive Crop Protection has promoted Jordan Dinglasan to vice president of product development. Dinglasan replaces Paul Thomson, who recently announced his retirement. Dinglasan is one of the co-founders of Vive Crop Protection.
Squire Joins Legend Seeds – John Squire has joined Legend Seeds as a forage specialist based at De Smet, South Dakota. Squire comes to the company with over 21 years of experience in seed and agricultural research and sales. Prior to this position, Squire has work experience in agronomy, alfalfa sales and product development throughout the Midwest.
Ritchison’s Interim Title Goes Away – Daryl Ritchison is now the director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network. This is a role Ritchison has had on an interim basis for nearly three years. NDAWN provides current and historical weather data for crop production.
Canola Minute – The Canola Minute is made possible by the Northern Canola Growers Association. Recently, the NCGA board met and elected a new set of officers. Executive Director Barry Coleman shares the results in this week’s update.
ND Soybean Council Elects Officers – The North Dakota Soybean Council has elected a new slate of executive board officers. Reelected as chairman of the council is Joe Morken of Casselton. Serving as vice chairman is Austin Langley of Warwick. Mike Langseth of Barney was elected secretary, and Dan Spiekermeier of Sheldon was elected treasurer.
Badger, MN Turkey Farmer Appointed to MFP Board – John Burkel, who farms at Badger, Minnesota, has been appointed to the Midwest Poultry Federation board. Burkel represents the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association on the MPF board.
SD Corn Checkoff Board Elects Officer Team – The directors of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council have elected Elk Point farmer Robert Walsh as its president. Laron Krause of Clear Lake is vice president and Grant Rix of Groton is secretary/treasurer.
Noem to Lead SDCGA – The South Dakota Corn Growers Association has elected Doug Noem of Bryant as its new president. Scott Stahl of Emery is vice president and Jeff Burg of Wessington Springs is secretary/treasurer.
Last Week’s Trivia- Lent is the portion of the Christian liturgical year that begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter. John Zietz of Cargill is our weekly trivia winner. Laurie Hoffman of VistaComm, Rene Scheurer of Betaseed, Hilary Paplow of Graff Feedlots and Ron Claussen of Ag Media Research earn runner-up honors. The ‘first 20’ rounds out with Ramsey County farmer Paul Becker, Cody Dedow of Bader Rutter, Mandy Kvale of Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Dennis Duvall of Dakota Environmental, Tiffany Hulinsky of AgCentric, Erin Nash of National Association of Farm Broadcasting, Lloyd Kuster of Bremer Insurance, David Scholand of Central Valley Bean, retired AI instructor Lloyd Friske, Harvey farmer Bill Ongstad, Annette Degnan of CHS, John Webster of J & N Webster Farms, Bruce Miller of Minnesota Farmers Union, Bob Lebacken of RML Trading and Vince Restucci of R.D. Offutt Farms.
This Week’s Trivia- What city will host the NCAA Mens Basketball Final Four? Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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