A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Monday, December 16, 2019
Enjoy the Season – The Red River Farm Network team gathered for our company Christmas party this past weekend. There was good food and plenty of laughs and stories. Working in a world of deadlines, it’s great to kick back, relax and have some fun. During this holiday season, we hope you have a chance to get together with coworkers, friends and family. Put the challenges of the past year in the rear view mirror and enjoy those special people in your lives!
Phase One Trade Deal Secured – While the U.S. and China have an agreement, in principle, for a phase one trade deal, both countries will now move to a legal review of the language. They also need to determine how to handle the signing of the agreement. President Donald Trump touted this trade agreement on Friday. “These farmers are going to have to go out and buy much larger tractors because it means a tremendous amount of business.” The Administration says China has agreed to purchase $50 billion in U.S. farm products each year for the next two years, but China has not confirmed that number. According to INTL FC Stone, if China would purchase $50 billion in agricultural products, they would go from 15 percent of the United States’ export value to 32 percent. China has traditionally been a big buyer of U.S. soybeans and pork, but this type of commitment would greatly expand the list of exports going to China.
Bullish Trade News – After waiting for nearly a year-and-a-half, U.S. farmers and ranchers may have received an early Christmas present. A deal in principle is in place for the phase one trade agreement between the U.S. and China. China will reportedly buy $50 billion of agricultural products. In return, the U.S. will reduce the tariff rate on Chinese products which were scheduled to take effect on Sunday. Bolt Marketing market analyst DuWayne Bosse says agriculture has been waiting for this day. “The timing makes sense with the impeachment headlines out there I can see Trump wanting the trade deal; we had the tariff deadline coming December 15 where he was going to increase tariffs on China so it felt like it was going to be now or after the elections next year.” Bosse says funds are aggressively short in the corn and soybean markets. That will make funds nervous about their short positions and Bosse feels that could bring a significant rally to the market. The value of the U.S. dollar has also gone lower, which is also positive news for agricultural exports.
Waiting for More Phase One Trade Details – Traders continue to wait for details on the phase one trade deal with China. S&W Trading President Andy Shissler expects trader remain very cautious. “Just because we have a deal formalized and President Trump has signed off on it, China has to do it too. Things haven’t followed through in the past. The trade was erratic as a result.” Shissler’s sources in China say the deal is done. “It’s on all the Chinese websites. They say it’s done on their side. We’ll see.”
NDSU Ag Economist: Be Patient with the Markets – A phase one trade agreement between the U.S. and China does change the market mentality. However, NDSU Extension crops economist Frayne Olson says prices won’t change dramatically overnight. “What I likely see happening is a slow uptrend in prices. There will still be volatility and up days and down days.” The hard part for farmers is figuring out cash flow needs. “If you’re in a position to wait, just be patient. There are opportunities to sell cash grain today and buy back in the futures market with options.” Listen to the interview with Olson.
Trade Talks Fill The Hallways at NDFU Convention – The talk of trade was buzzing in the hallways as members gathered for the annual North Dakota Farmers Union Convention. NDFU President Mark Watne says the trade dispute has been a hit to agriculture. “It will take some time to resolve it. My suspicions always rise with the previous announcements, but hopefully we can see a response from the marketplace to help farmers with these poor prices.” During Watne’s address to over 600 members in attendance, the focus was Farmers Union Proud. “There are both long and short range challenges in agriculture,” says Watne. “We can’t ignore the long range, which is farmers are extremely good at producing. If prices are going to decline because of excess supply, we need a stronger farm program and one that can deal with trade crises.” Listen to the interview with Watne. Also, learn more about the special orders adopted by NDFU members.
What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets – In this week’s edition of What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets, Advance Trading risk management advisor Tommy Grisafi says the markets are taking the U.S.-China trade news seriously. While most markets are higher, the basis could adjust lower.
Deal Reached on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement – The United States, Mexico and Canada reached a deal on tweaks in labor and steel and aluminum provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Now, the USMCA needs approval from U.S. and Canadian lawmakers. “There’s no question this trade agreement is much better than the North American Free Trade Agreement, but in terms of our work here it’s infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “It’s a victory for America’s workers and one I take pride in advancing.” The trade deal could come to the House floor next week for ratification.
Good News for Agriculture – Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap was an in-studio guest Wednesday and lauded the signing of the updated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “We need some good news in agriculture and this is a critical step as we work on the importance of having these markets.” Paap now wants to see momentum for other trade deals. “We’ve got Japan and now USMCA, hopefully, this will be a template for other trade agreements.”
Mexican Trade Negotiator Upset with Labor Enforcement Language – There may be a fly in the ointment for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Mexico’s trade negotiator Jesus Seade is upset with a provision in the trade agreement that allows the U.S. have attaches in Mexico to monitor compliance with labor standards. Seade says Mexico was not consulted on these terms and will not abide by that language. The U.S. House is expected to vote on ratification of the trade deal on Thursday.
MN Corn Matters – The latest movement of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is being welcomed by National Corn Growers Association board member Harold Wolle. Hear more in Corn Matters, a weekly update from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
Keep Your Head Up and Eyes on the Horizon – While there have been significant developments with USMCA and trade with China, CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin believes challenges will remain in agriculture. “The world has a lot of grain, so we don’t see a magical lift from trade; we do see better certainty and better market signals that we can react to, but I don’t see that translates to a general lift in the markets.” Debertin spoke this weekend at the North Dakota Farmers Union convention. After a tough harvest, Debertin said the agriculture community is marching forward. “That doesn’t mean we’re naïve about the challenges, but we are also built in a way that we’ll keep our head up and our eyes on the horizon.” Hear more from Debertin in this RRFN interview.
NDFU Adopts Two Special Orders of Business – Two special orders of business have been adopted by North Dakota Farmers Union members. The first calls on Congress and the Administration to ensure future ad hoc payments and account for the impacts of trade wars on all commodities, as well as basis costs. Secondly, NDFU is asking to strengthen antitrust laws, reverse the trend of agribusiness consolidation and protect farmers and ranchers from the abuses of market power. More than 600 members attended the NDFU annual convention this past weekend in Bismarck.
SDFU Discusses Taxes, Ethanol During Annual Meeting – South Dakota Farmers Union members met in Aberdeen last week. According to President Doug Sombke, the biggest discussions in the delegate session were focused on education and county funding. “We had a resolution brought forward to allow counties to impose a certain amount of sales tax just for certain capital ventures. That resolution didn’t pass, but people want taxes to change in South Dakota.” Ethanol and trade also received attention during the meeting.
Special Orders Set by South Dakota Farmers Union – The South Dakota Farmers Union approved four special orders during their annual meeting in Aberdeen. One special order calls on elected officials to investigate unfair marketing practices and encourage new competition in the meat packing industry. Another special order calls on state officials to make Ag in the Classroom part of a school’s educational standards. The others focus on the U.S. Postal Service and Checkoff Board appointments. These special orders of business will guide policy and legislative efforts in 2020.
MAWG Updates Resolutions Ahead of Prairie Grains Conference – The Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers met on Wednesday ahead of the Prairie Grains Conference. MAWG members discussed and approved updates to existing resolutions. Recently elected president Gary Anderson says farmers would like some updates to crop insurance. “There was a problem with quality and falling numbers on wheat this year. Crop insurance doesn’t necessarily take that into account as far as yield. They reduce yield based on the quality of wheat. Our resolutions state maybe the Risk Management Agency should use the exact preliminary yield in total bushels as our production for the year.” National Association of Wheat Growers Vice-President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager says there’s work being done on the topic in Washington D.C. “USDA is giving farmers an option to remove a low quality year from their Actual Production History, but they’re aiming for that in the 2021 crop year.”
Rural Perspectives – With farmers receiving crop insurance proceeds, disaster payments and other funds from the government, what impact does this have on tax planning? AgCountry Farm Credit Services senior tax specialist Chris Feller has those answers in this edition of Rural Perspectives.
Trying to Help Farmers Get Through to 2020 – During the general session of the Prairie Grains Conference, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen told attendees the Department of Agriculture is working to help farmers get through tough times. “We hope to have an announcement on the Secretarial Disaster Designation for 12 Minnesota counties soon. The USDA is collecting data. They’re hopeful to have it ready by the end of the year,” said Petersen. “Our Rural Finance Authority is also running short on money. We’ll be asking the Minnesota Legislature to replenish our funds for that in 2020.”
“Keep it Simple” During 2020 Planting Season – Farmers are weighing their options as they prepare for the 2020 planting season. For some, this may involve trying new farming practices such as direct seeding or cover crop implementation. AgIntel Consulting president and agronomist Josh Messer recommends farmers keep it simple. “Take it one step at a time,” he says. “First, determine your most limiting factor and address that. If you are unable to do tillage, pay attention to the details when you’re out there doing direct seeding like avoiding sidewall compaction.” Also start simple for cover crop establishment. “Don’t make it complicated. Possibly use any seed already on the farm; any diversity is better than none.” Messer participated on a farmer panel at the DIRT Workshop in Fargo, joined by Tim Becker of McHenry, ND and Matt Nelson of Lakota, ND. Listen to the story.
Have a Plan to Move Lower Quality Spring Wheat – Some Northern Plains farmers have lower quality falling number wheat in the grain bin. Marketing the lower quality wheat was discussed during Thursday afternoon’s marketing panel at the Prairie Grains Conference. Arthur Companies General Manager Kevin Karel encourages farmers to find a home for that wheat and turn it into cash. “You’re competing with a lot of other people to sell an off quality product and also competing with other feed products,” he says. “If farmers have wheat above 200 falling numbers, there will be a home for it in a milling environment. If it’s below that, farmers need to probably get rid of it in the next six months. The North Dakota Mill is looking for good wheat and they have a great price. If growers have anything sub-300 falling numbers, hire custom trucks and get in line. They’ll be a good resource for people with marginal quality wheat.”
Beet Stock Snapshot – How quiet has the beet stock market been? According to Acres & Shares, the 65 shares traded by brokers through December 15 is the lowest volume through mid-December in the last 15 trading seasons. During this timeframe, on average, about 1,000 shares traded hands. The second lowest volume season was 2007/2008, when 170 shares traded through mid-December. The first sale that season was December 11. There were no brokered sales last week.
Treat the Ruts, Not the Whole Field – The fall of 2019 was a big topic during the DIRT Workshop this past week in Fargo. South Dakota State University Extension soils field specialist Anthony Bly says a lot of ruts were made in fields. “Producers were up against a wall and did what they had to do. Even a year ago, we had a lot of ruts in fields,” said Bly. “My message was just make the field trafficable. Just treat the ruts, don’t treat the whole field.” Bly also spoke about managing fertility in reduced tillage systems. “Managing for increased carbon activity is key for high productivity. Soil testing is also important.” Listen to the interview.
Dry Bean Scene – At the NDSU DIRT Workshop in Fargo, there was discussion about how dry edible beans fit into a reduced tillage system. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
Briese: Soil Health is for Everybody – Soil health is for everybody; not just for farmers using no-till practices or ranchers grazing cover crops. Those words come from Centrol Crop Consulting agronomist Lee Briese, the keynote speaker at the Dakota Innovation Research and Technology (DIRT) Workshop. Briese’s main message to the crowd was details matter. “What a farm is dealing with and facing will be different than their neighbor, so it’s important to try different practices.” With the challenging harvest conditions, a lot of farmers had to traverse their fields in the mud. “It caused a lot of soil disturbance, rutting and potentially some compaction. That all affects soil performance,” says Briese. “I’m encouraging farmers to do soil testing and check the bulk density. ” When dealing with already saturated soils, reduced tillage practices and cover crops are viable options come spring. Briese says many farmers didn’t get a chance for fall tillage may be forced into implementing some direct seeding. Hear the story.
Farmers Review Soy and Wheat Research at Summit – Farmers took a break from the cold conditions and the long harvest to learn more about wheat and soybean seeding rates, precision agriculture research and cover crops at Wednesday’s On-Farm Research Summit. Argyle, Minnesota farmer Tim Osowski is working with the On-Farm Research Network on new nitrogen stabilizer research. “We feel it’s important to apply nitrogen in a way that will not run off. It’s better for the environment and profitability of the farmer.” University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator Angie Peltier is looking at fungicide applications at the R3 growth stage in soybeans. “At the current prices for product, application costs and soybeans, there’s a 26 percent chance a foliage fungicide will pay at that level.” The event is held in conjunction with the Prairie Grains Conference.
ND Submits Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Request – North Dakota is requesting a presidential major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early October snow storm. Governor Doug Burgum says this new disaster declaration request is focused on infrastructure. “Some of the places that sustained damage this fall still have high water around them. We probably won’t know the full extent of the damages until spring, but we wanted to get the declaration request sent.” This new request would make assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Burgum says infrastructure will also need to be addressed in the next state legislative session. “There’s going to be much larger costs left behind from this than what will be taken care of by federal programs alone,” says Burgum. “We want to take a whole government approach, meaning every agency that has something to bring is engaged. We are turning over every stone we can to bring relief to areas that were hit.” The North Dakota Congressional delegation also submitted a letter to President Trump on Friday, urging Trump to approve the declaration as soon as possible.
Cost Share Funds Available for Feed Transportation – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring have announced a new emergency cost-share program to defray feed transportation costs. The state emergency commission unanimously approved $250,000 for the program. Farmers and ranchers who can verify feed losses due to the extreme weather this fall are eligible.
Goehring Meets With Perdue, Wheeler – In a meeting with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring outlined concern with the surveys conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. “I filled mine out recently and I noticed that when I got to the area under corn, I still had almost 1,000 acres standing and there was no box for me to record unharvested acres. It was a box that had me identify what I intend to harvest and my potential production; that is assuming a lot when we don’t know what the losses could be.” Goehring says it will be well into 2020 before the production and ending stocks from this past year known. While representing the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Goehring also met with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard and small refinery waivers.
Canola Minute – Clubroot research continues to be done by NDSU Extension. Langdon Research Extension Center plant pathologist Dr. Venkat Chapara shares more in the latest Canola Minute, made possible by the Northern Canola Growers Association.
DMC Enrollment Deadline Extended – USDA has extended the deadline for farmers to sign up for Dairy Margin Coverage for 2020. The new deadline is December 20. USDA says it made the extension due to delayed harvest, which has made it difficult for farmers to find time to work with the local FSA office. Friday is also the deadline for the Market Facilitation Program.
2020 Elections May Overshadow MN Legislative Session – The Minnesota Legislature will have a shortened session, with lawmakers gathering in St. Paul in mid-February. Agricultural lobbyist Bruce Kleven says the 2020 election will influence the statewide elections. “I think we will have a big election year with Trump on the ballot and all the commotion going on nationally that will trickle down here,” said Kleven. “There is a possibility the Senate could turn this year and if that happens, it will put DFL control in all three bodies in 2021. One of the ways that will happen is with some of the policies that will come up this year.”
Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Meet – The Minnesota Crop Production Retailers (MCPR) hosted a three-day short course in Minneapolis this past week. MCPR Executive Director Bill Bond says the event, tailored for agricultural retailers, focused on overcoming the challenges in agriculture and farmers can be planning ahead in uncertain times. “Getting a handle on next spring will help people tremendously. Especially with precision agriculture, we really are talking about what makes most good economic sense and least economic impact.”
TransFARMation: Farm Stress in Farm Children – Stress is certainly a reality in agriculture today. That stress also extends to children on the farm. Maddie Smith’s family farms in southeastern Minnesota. While Maddie may only be a freshman in college, she recognizes what is happening on the family farm. “Times have been tough for the last several years. I really don’t remember growing up in a time when farming was good,” she explains. “We definitely see what’s happening with our parents and grandparents. I think something that is easy to overlook is it is happening to us, too.” Parents often want to protect their kids and shield them from financial challenges on the farm. “Which is almost worse. It’s like being left in the shadows,” says Smith. ” I love being on the farm, don’t get me wrong, but at the same time it’s kind of a cruel reminder of what’s happening. We’re losing money even though it’s something we love to do.” Hear more from Maddie in the latest TransFARMation podcast.
Helping Manage Farm Stress – Agriculture groups are coming together to help farmers and ranchers manage stress. Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union are partnering on a program to recognize signs of stress for individuals who work with farmers and ranchers. “Loan officers are on farms working with producers every day, and they see firsthand how this difficult farm economy is causing emotional stress for farmers and their families,” says Farm Credit Council CEO Todd Van Hoose. AFBF President Zippy Duvall adds, “Farm Bureau is a family, and when a member is hurting, we all feel it and are eager to help. But we may not always know how to spot the warning signs that someone is overwhelmed.” The training is a combination of online and in-person sessions and based on the farm stress program developed by Michigan State University Extension. “By training trusted neighbors and friends to recognize and address stress, this program will bring help closer and make it more accessible when farmers really need it,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.
Where is U.S. Wheat Going? – Half of U.S. wheat is consumed domestically. So, where is the rest going? “Exports to South Asia are growing fast due to an increasing middle class and changing diets,” says Joe Sowers, regional vice president for the Philippines and Korea, U.S. Wheat Associates. “There has also been strong growth in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.” While U.S. wheat exports to the Philippines have nearly doubled over the past ten years, the problem for farmers is Hard Red Spring Wheat prices. “Quality does cost, it pays.” Sowers spoke at the Prairie Grains Conference, held December 11 and 12 in Grand Forks. Listen to the interview.
CoBank Releases 2020 Year Ahead Report – The U.S. rural economy will continue to face headwinds in the year ahead. CoBank made that assessment in its annual report. CoBank says farmers and ranchers are faced with declining working capital and record farm debt. Stable farmland values are credited with allowing farmers to restructure debt and deal with tight cash flow.
G3 Building Two New Grain Elevators – Winnipeg-based G3 says it will build two new grain elevators in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The new Vermillion, Alberta facility will have the capacity of 34,000 metric tons and will be located on the Canadian National rail. The Swift Current, Saskatchewan facility will have a capacity of 42,000 tonnes and is located on the Canadian Pacific rail line. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020, pending regulatory approval. The projects are expected to be completed in 2021.
CHS Secures Rights to Corteva’s Confectionary Sunflower Business – CHS has acquired the exclusive breeding and distribution rights to the Corteva Agriscience confectionary sunflower and conoil sunflower programs in North America. The Corteva varieties will be rebranded under the CHS Royal Hybrid brand. For the 2020 growing season, the Corteva conoil hybrids will be marketed through CHS Sunflower and select CHS retail locations. In 2021, the full portfolio of confectionary sunflower seed will be sold through CHS. Corteva will continue to market its oil-type sunflowers.
New Record Corn Yield – A new world record corn yield was established in the National Corn Growers Association corn yield contest for 2019. Virginia farmer David Hula topped 616 bushels per acre. This is familiar territory for Hula, who set the world record three other times. This is also the fifth time since 2012 that Hula has taken first place in this contest.
Blondies Butcher Shop is Beef Promoter of the Year – Blondies Butcher Shop of Wanamingo, Minnesota is the 2019 Beef Promoter of the Year. The award was presented at the Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention in Willmar this past weekend.
Kohls Receives MN Beef Industry Service Award – The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association awarded Ashley Kohls with the 2019 Beef Industry Service Award. Kohls previously served as executive director of the association for five years and is now the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association director of government affairs.
MN Beef Update – The Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show took place this past weekend in Willmar. Get the details from Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Interim Executive Director Katie Davis in the Minnesota Beef Update.
Johnson Reflects on his NFU Leadership – National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson spoke at the North Dakota Farmers Union Convention this weekend in Bismarck. This was Johnson’s first visit to his home state since announcing he would not seek re-election. Johnson said he is proud of his time in Washington, D.C. with Farmers Union. “There are a lot of agricultural interests represented out there. Most of them represent commodities more than individuals. Others represent the agriculture industry and not the family farmer. Farmers Union is a very grassroots organization and our first obligation is to our farmers.” Johnson says NFU is in a stronger place today than when he took over the leadership role in 2009. Hear more in this interview.
Gordon Moves into Leadership Role for ASA – Worthington, Minnesota farmer Bill Gordon is the new president of the American Soybean Association. In the 100th year anniversary of ASA, Gordon is proud to be the sixth Minnesotan to serve in this role. “It brings a real spotlight to our North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota growers and the quality of soybeans we raise. Our essential amino acids are the key to nutrition and I hope this shines a light on some of the best growers in the country.” Gordon wants to see action on trade deals, including ratification of the USMCA. “Trade deals could bring certainty to the market and get back on the right track with supply and demand.”
Grisafi Opens Office in Mayville, ND – Advance Trading Risk Management Advisor Tommy Grisafi has moved his North Dakota offices to First State Bank at Mayville. The First State Bank took over this location when it acquired the First and Farmers Bank. Grisafi is featured in the Red River Farm Network’s weekly ‘What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Market.’
Zollinger Honored at NCWSS Meeting – North Dakota State University professor emeritus Richard Zollinger has been recognized as a fellow by the North Central Weed Science Society. The longtime NDSU Extension weed specialist retired at two years ago.
SDFU Honors Daschle – The South Dakota Farmers Union has presented former Senator Tom Daschle with its 2019 Ag Ambassador Award. Daschle was a long-time Democratic leader, serving twice as the Majority Leader and as the Minority Leader. Daschle was also an active member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
SD Corn Comments – The South Dakota Corn Growers will meet January 18 in Sioux Falls. Hear more about the full day of educational sessions in Corn Comments, a weekly update from the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
Minn-Dak Adds Three Board Members – The Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative added three new board members during their annual meeting last week. Jeff Olson, Bryant Haugrud and Carson Klosterman were elected to the board. Former board members Dennis Klosterman, Randy Mauch and Dennis Butenhoff termed off the board.
MAWG Elects 2020 Board Members – The Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers added two new board members last week. Tate Petry from Ada, Minnesota and Justin Owsowski from the Hallock, Minnesota area were elected to serve. Former first vice president Gary Anderson from Grygla was elected president. He’ll serve in the role for one year. The new first vice president is Shawnn Balstad from Fertile. Matthew Krueger from East Grand Forks and Tim Osowski from Argyle termed off the board.
Elections Held at NDFU Convention – Velva, North Dakota farmer Mark Watne was re-elected to a seventh year as North Dakota Farmers Union president. Also re-elected was Bob Kuylen of South Heart as vice president. Jon Iverson of Langdon joined the organization’s board of directors, representing District 1 and replacing Terry Borstad of Devils Lake.
Sombke and Soren Re-Elected to SDFU – South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke was re-elected during last week’s annual meeting. Vice President Wayne Soren was also re-elected. Both will serve two more years.
Last Week’s Trivia – In the Christmas movie, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ Hermey the Elf wanted to be a dentist. Marsha Van Laere of Gowan USA wins our holiday trivia quiz. Congrats! Al Wimpfheimer of Simplot Grower Solutions, Dean Nelson of Kelley Bean Company, Carver County feedlot officer Alan Langseth and Keith Finney of Tharaldson Ethanol win runner-up honors. The ‘first 20’ rounds out with Robert Byrnes of UM Extension, Jody Saathoff of CHS, Bob Lebacken of RML Trading, Stephen auctioneer Jason Rominski, Erin Nash of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, Jim Altringer of CHS Dakota Plains Ag, Dianne Bettin of LB Pork, Mohall farmer Gene Glessing, Mary Ebnet of Compeer Financial, Roger Wippler of Minnesota Crop Improvement Association, Marc Kimball from the staff of Senator Tina Smith, Todd Good of AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Nick Sinner of Northern Crops Institute, Mike Trosen of Meadowland Farmers Cooperative and Burleigh County farmer Jim McCullough.
This Week’s Trivia- One of Santa’s reindeer shares a name with a famous symbol from Valentine’s Day. What is the name of the reindeer? Send your answer to email@example.com.
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