A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Monday, June 10, 2019
Reporting Agriculture’s Business- The Red River Farm Network team delivers news that impacts the bottom-line for farmers and ranchers. This past week, that meant reporting from the field with Crop Watch. When lawmakers sat down with area farmers to discuss farm policy, RRFN was there. RRFN was with ranchers when the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association met in Leeds and we were at the North Dakota FFA Convention, highlighting agriculture’s next generation. Listen to RRFN radio affiliates for news, weather and markets. Updates are also available on Facebook and Twitter. If you know someone who would benefit from this e-newsletter, send their info to email@example.com.
Tariff Threat Dropped – A deal has been reached between the United States and Mexico on illegal immigration. As a result, the tariff threat against Mexico has been dropped. President Donald Trump also tweeted Mexico would immediately begin buying large quantities of U.S. farm products. No other details were provided, but this decision can clear the path for ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Trump to Visit Midwest Tuesday – President Trump will be in Council Bluffs, Iowa Tuesday to visit an ethanol plant. The president is expected to discuss the year-round availability of 15 percent ethanol blends and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is expected to join the president in Iowa. There is speculation, the Administration will also announce details of the Market Facilitation Program.
MFP Details Coming Soon – The details of the new Market Facilitation Program will be released within a matter of days. “I believe people deserve an answer sooner rather than later,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Perdue emphasized the goals of the MFP payments differ from prevented plant coverage. “The Market Facilitation Program is designed for tariff disruptions and we have a safety net in insurance over prevented plant.” The USDA legal team has determined crops must be planted to be eligible for MFP payments. With the new trade assistance plan, farmers will receive payments based on a county rate and their eligible planted acres in 2019. The formula for the county rates has not been announced, but will be based on the trade impact for the crops grown in the county.
An Ag Economist’s Take on ‘Weathering the Storm’ – Trade tensions, market volatility, the weather; it’s a challenging time in agriculture as farmers weather several storms, both figuratively and literally. According to Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus with the Virginia Tech Agricultural and Applied Economics Department, farmers are focusing in on the factors they can control. Distractions are easy in this type of environment. “Any trade deal is going to be very temporary. China has taken a ‘wait and see’ attitude and there are issues in Mexico, too,” says Kohl. “Don’t bet your farm in stability because of a trade agreement.” While much of the focus is on the big-ticket items impacting ag, Kohl cautions farmers to not overlook what’s going on behind the scenes. One of those items is China’s belt and road initiative. “Since 2013, they’ve made about $240 billion in infrastructure investments in South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Africa.” Hear more on trade, the lenders’ perspective and positives in the ag economy in the full interview.
Canola Minute – Price declines in canola are continuing as a result of retaliatory tariffs, and canola growers recently met with USDA officials on the subject. Hear more from Executive Director Barry Coleman in the Canola Minute, made possible by the Northern Canola Grower Associations.
Trump and Xi to Meet at G20 – President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet during the Group of 20 Summit later this month. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered that news after a meeting of G-20 finance ministers in Japan this weekend. Face-to-face meetings between Trump and Xi are seen as way to get trade negotiations back on track.
Thune Speaks Out on Ag Issues – South Dakota Senator John Thune went to the Senate floor, outlining numerous issues impacting the farm economy. Thune highlighted the move to higher blends of ethanol and recent trade action that could increase beef exports to Japan. Thune also said he is working with the Risk Management Agency to make sure farmers are treated fairly under the prevent plant and cover crop rules. “I’ve been working with the Agriculture Department to make certain the recently announced second round of Market Facilitation Program payments does not affect this year’s planting decisions. I’ve also requested that this second round of MFP payments provide equitable assistance to all producers, especially with those with failed and damaged crops or who were prevented from planting this year’s crop due to adverse weather.”
Haying & Grazing Change Sought – A bipartisan group of senators is asking USDA to expedite the new cover crop rules that were put in the 2018 farm bill. In addition, the lawmakers want the Agriculture Department to allow haying and grazing of cover crops on prevented plant acres before the current November 1 harvest date. The letter to USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey was signed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith and five other colleagues.
Farmers are Making Tough Planting Decisions – Farmers are trying to make good planting decisions based on a late season and volatile markets. Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture Director Jim Mintert says it’s a challenge. Ultimately, the decision comes down to risk preference. “If you’re pretty risk averse, you’ll be more inclined to take prevented planting. If you have a more optimistic attitude, you’ll go with an option that goes with an upside.” In Indiana and the central Corn Belt, Mintert says farmers also have an incentive to plant past the final planting date in order to qualify for USDA’s new Market Facilitation Program. “At the end of the day, it will encourage farmers to keep planters moving. It may boost soybean acres, but we’ll have to see.”
What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets? – In this week’s edition of What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets, hear about crop progress, prevent plant and the stock market from Advance Trading’s Tommy Grisafi.
Crop Watch – At Moorhead, Minnesota, American Crystal Sugar Company general agronomist Tyler Grove says the sugarbeet crop is coming along well. “We were a little behind the average planting date of May 5, but the beets are now getting some heat and seem to be responding well.” Farmers in the Fergus Falls area have most of their crops in the ground. “There are a few trouble spots towards the Grant County line and further south and west,” says AgCountry Farm Credit Services Vice President of Insurances and Commodity Marketing Rob Fronning. “We’re going to have some prevent plant claims, but I think most farmers got most of the crop in.” There are a few soybeans and dry beans still to plant around Perham. “Side-dressing corn will happen in the next ten days, and the first round of fertilizer is going out on alfalfa,” says Professional Agronomy Services agronomist Brad Guck. Listen to the full Crop Watch segment, and check out a Facebook video recap.
Soybeans Off to a Fast Start – According to FMC Retail Market Manager Sam Lockhart, the soybeans are taking off very quickly in the Red River Valley. “The soil temperatures have been really warm, especially with the recent 90 degree days,” said Lockhart. “I’m watching growers plant and within an hour I can see those seeds swell up when they’re down in the moisture an inch or two. Within probably three days, they’re close to cracking through the soil surface.” Lockhart is urging farmers to put the pre down right behind the planter. That will help growers get residual control for kochia and other difficult weeds.
Small Grains Look Good – Few problems are being reported in Minnesota’s small grains crop. According to the small grains and pest survey, aster leafhoppers and grasshoppers have been seen in west-central Minnesota and the southern Red River Valley. The first wheat stem sawfly adults were fund in traps near Crookston. Tan spot is the most prevalent leaf disease, but the overall incidence and severities are low.
Midwest Farmers Choose to Plant Late Season Corn – Planters continue to roll in Indiana and Illinois. Utterback Marketing President Bob Utterback thinks corn prices got high enough to entice farmers to continue to plant corn rather than take prevented plant. “Even though yields may be substantially reduced, they think the market price action could be good,” he says. “Higher prices are better than prevented plant.” Utterback says corn still has more up-side potential. “I would suggest the market has a pause in the next five to 10 days and then there will be another buying spree going to the end of the month.”
Pioneer Agronomy Update for the Southern RRV – Corn planting is still underway in parts of the southern Red River Valley. Pioneer strategic account manager Jeremy Baumgarten says the crop is also emerging. “For a crop that was planted from May 12-15, we’re sitting at about 200 growing degree units,” says Baumgarten. “The corn in the ground should be at emergence right now. That will give us a good idea on the final stand. We highly encourage growers to be out and checking stands right now.” In some cases, replanting may be warranted. Watch the live update on Facebook here. Chase Grindberg, a new addition to the Pioneer team, also joins the conversation.
Private Analyst Forecasts a Significant Decline in Corn Acres – A new private forecast is calling for a significant downturn in corn acres and a small bump in soybean acres. IEG Vantage, which was formerly known as Informa Economics, is estimating U.S. corn acres at 84.9 million. That compares to the latest USDA forecast of nearly 93 million. IEG Vantage calls for soybean planted acreage to come in at 85 million, up from the USDA estimate of 84.6 million. Spring wheat acres are predicted to come in at 12.2 million acres, down from the USDA estimate of 12.8 million acres. Prevent plant acres are forecast at nearly 12 million acres, which may be a new record high.
Dry Bean Scene – Warm and dry weather is allowing farmers to get the dry edible bean crop in the ground. Kelley Bean Company general manager in Minnesota and North Dakota John Bartsch says a few acres have been switched from soybeans to dry beans. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, Topsin by UPL, Top Guard by FMC, Central Valley Bean Co-op, SRS Commodities and Johnstown Bean Company.
Top-Dress Application: Watch the Forecast – Timing is an important element for top-dress nitrogen applications. Helena Agri-Enterprises sales representative J.J. Johnson is encouraging growers to monitor the forecast. “Just because a rain is forecast doesn’t mean that we’re going to get it,” said Johnson. “Guys might have to do more 28 percent, Coron or products like that to get caught up or get back to where they should have been.”
High Number of Flea Beetles Reported in Canola – Temperatures are rising in the Northern Plains, which is re-energizing flea beetle populations in canola. Based at Devils Lakes, Rock and Roll Agronomy owner Jason Hanson is seeing extensive stem feeding. “Heat really brings on insect activity and its gone into overdrive, so be watching canola fields.” Hanson adds there have been very few other pest and disease reports because conditions remain dry in the Devils Lake area, as well as further north and west. There are concerns with emergence in later seeded crops. “It’s getting to the point where we need some moisture to keep yield potential up,” says Hanson. “The deeper seeded crops are coming along really nice so far, though.”
Flea Beetles Make a Strong Entrance – Flea beetles are being seen in unusually large numbers this spring. Lesley Lubenow, a cropping systems specialist at the NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center, says this is biggest flea beetle population boom she’s ever seen. “We were really cold for a long time. Flea beetles are triggered to emerge when soil temperatures reach a certain temperature,” says Lubenow. “We hit that on a hot day and it started a mass awakening from dormancy.” Lubenow says farmers need to be scouting canola fields every day. “Farmers should look at defoliation. The threshold is about 10 to 15 percent.”
Early Season Fungicide Application Can Help Wheat – NDSU Extension Cereals Pathologist Andrew Friskop says early-season fungicide application in spring wheat targets the residue borne diseases. “One of the most common things to do right now is when a herbicide pass is going across the field is to throw a fungicide on there. It’s common practice. There are good fungicides out there to control early season diseases.” Friskop says scouting for diseases is very important. “The last few years, foliar diseases haven’t been high. We can manage them with fungicide. That’s where scouting pays.”
Weed Control in Wheat – The cold and wet weather this spring is slowing weed development in wheat to a below-normal pace. However, weeds will show up at some point and farmers should have a control plan in place. UPL territory sales manager for southwest North Dakota Monte Kubas says the main weeds to watch for are wild oat and foxtail. “On the broadleaf side, kochia, tansy mustard and field pennycress are already starting to show. Wild buckwheat will be coming soon, too.” Kubas doesn’t expect major timing issues for application, even with wet conditions across most of the wheat growing regions. “Most farmers are spraying at the three to five leaf stage to control some of those grasses and broadleaves.”
Balancing Available Forages – As producers turn livestock out to pasture, it is important to balance available grass and forages. According to NDSU Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist Miranda Meehan, balancing stocking rates helps to prevent overgrazing. “Stocking rate is based on the number of animals, the kind of livestock and the length of grazing,” says Meehan.”That will vary depending on the pasture, what forage is being produced and the amount of precipitation.” Now is also the time to evaluate grass and forage potential for the current grazing season. “First figure out what the dominant or key forage are in that pasture. Once you know that, look at the amount of forage and calculate how much is available for grazing.” Read more about grassland management.
ND Stockmen’s Holds Spring Roundup Meetings – Well over 100 cattlemen from northeast North Dakota gathered in Leeds Friday evening for the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association District 1 Roundup. It was a time for cattlemen to hear from industry leaders and professionals, as well as reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one. NDSA President Dan Rorvig says weather across the state continues to be top of mind for cattlemen. “That’s always a popular subject,” says Rorvig. “There are two weather patterns in the state. The northern tier is quite dry and the southern tier has too much moisture.” The association is also celebrating 90 years of membership. “We’re very proud of that. This organization was started to reduce cattle rustling, leading to the brand inspection program, which is still a major component.” Listen to the story.
SD Corn Comments – After a much anticipated wait, year round sales of E15 fuel finally happened. Hear more about what that means for farmers in this week’s Corn Comments, a feature from the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
Biofuels and Trade Highlighted During Farmer Meeting with Klobuchar – Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar hosted a dozen farmer leaders from across the state, with much of the discussion centered around biofuels and issues facing the state’s corn and soybean farmers. Klobuchar opened the conversation addressing the recent move to year-round sales of E15 fuel. “Sales are projected to increase by 1.3 billion gallons in five years,”says “On the other hand, we have another challenge with is the granting of waivers to some refineries. That has cost us about $2.6 billion in the last two years.” Farmer leaders were also vocal about trade, which continues to create uncertainty in agriculture.”We produce more than we can use domestically,” says Minnesota Soybean Growers Association director Mike Skaug. “About 30 percent of U.S. soybean were exported to China. When you lose that market, it just causes a lot of strain.” Listen to more.
MN Corn Matters – Recently, the year round sale of E15 fuel was passed by the administration. Hear more from Research & Promotion Council member Chad Willis in Corn Matters, a weekly update from Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
Dealing with Border Issues With Canada – North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer is starting a Northern Border Caucus to deal with U.S.-Canadian issues. The disparity in grain grading is a key issue. It was discussed, but not resolved in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
House Ag Subcommittee Considers USDA ERS and NIFA Move – The USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture relocation was discussed during a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research hearing on Wednesday. University of Florida Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Jack Payne said staying in Washington D.C. makes the most sense “The nation’s capitol is the best place to address the nation’s agricultural research needs,” explained Payne. “There’s no place better for NIFA to coordinate with other funding agencies, call attention to the national need for more agricultural research and to meet with representatives of its chief partners, land grant universities.” There are three locations being considered for the relocation including the Kansas City area, multiple locations in Indiana and the research triangle region of North Carolina.
MFBF Update – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has signed the bills passed in this year’s legislative session. Director of Public Policy Amber Glaeser has a recap of the session in the MFBF Update, made possible by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Listen now.
MFU Minute – Here’s the latest update from the Minnesota Farmers Union. The Minnesota legislature is in its final weeks of session, and agriculture omnibus bills are moving on the Senate and House floors. Hear more from MFU Government Relations Director Stu Lourey.
A New Slate of ND FFA Officers Selected – During the final session of the 90th North Dakota FFA Convention, a new slate of officers were selected for the upcoming year. Serving as the ND FFA President for 2019-2020 is Ben Van Berkom of the Des Lacs Burlington chapter. “When I was young, I really looked up to the state and national officers as leaders and role models,” says Van Berkom. “I’m excited to take on the year. We have big things ahead of us.” Rounding out the new officer team are Christina Bingham of Max as Secretary, Anna Stoppleworth of Kindred is the Vice President, Mikayla Wolfe of Tioga as Treasurer, Cole Turchin of Lisbon as Reporter, Madeliene Nichols of Carrington as Sentinel and Hannah Remington of South Prairie is the Parliamentarian. Hear more from Van Berkom in this RRFN interview.
ND FFA Star Award Winners Named – Star award recipients were recognized during the fourth general session of the North Dakota FFA Convention. The Star in Agribusiness is Keaton Nelsen from the Leeds FFA Chapter. The Star in Agriscience is Abigale Steeke from the Scranton FFA. Stuart Bowar from the Wahpeton FFA is the Star in Agricultural Placement. The Star Farmer is Ryan Muggli from the Grant County FFA Chapter.
More Demand Than Supply for Ag Jobs – The new ag career show was well received at the North Dakota FFA Convention. North Dakota State College of Science agriculture department chair Craig Zimprich said there are countless opportunities in agriculture. “This year, I could have placed a bunch more interns; there are people looking to fill high quality jobs in agriculture.” Zimprich says there are jobs available throughout agriculture, but he’s seeing significant interest in agronomy and precision agriculture.
ND Women Leaders Honored During State FFA Convention – The National FFA Organization is celebrating 50 years of female membership. During the North Dakota FFA Convention’s fourth general session, five women were honored for their accomplishments. Among the five was the first female agriculture education teacher in North Dakota, Jane Hammer, North Dakota’s first female star farmer, Erika Kenner, and the state’s first female National FFA Officer, Amber Haugland. Also recognized was the former North Dakota FFA Foundation Executive Director Beth Bakke – Stenehjem and Harvey, North Dakota FFA Advisor JoDee Free. Listen to the story.
NDSU Extension to Host Cover Crop Cafe Talks – With difficult planting conditions this spring, NDSU Extension is hosting a series of Café Talks on cover crops in prevented planting situations. Farmers can ask Extension specialists about cover crop options based on rotation, soil type, fertility and more. The first meetings are in Casselton and Valley City on June 17, with talks to follow on June 18 in Gwinner and June 20 in Jamestown.
Dairy Promotion Focuses on Demand and Consumer Trust – During a time of low milk prices, the dairy checkoff program plays a vital role in helping dairy farmers. According to Midwest Dairy Association CEO Lucas Lentsch, the promotional pieces are focused on building dairy demand and increasing trust among consumers. “When there are conflicting messages in the marketplace, the best thing we can be doing is holding the high ground of where we come from as a food industry.” Lentsch adds that establishing consumer confidence is a battle. That’s why during National Dairy Month, farmers and industry stakeholders are sharing the facts about dairy. “It’s hard to unring the bell of the reality of where we’ve been. But, with product innovation and market access there are strong days ahead.” Listen to the interview with Lentsch.
Minnesota Beef Update – Many activities took place during May Beef Month. Learn more from Director of Industry Relations Royalee Rhoads in the Minnesota Beef Update, a production of the Minnesota Beef Council and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.
Producer Sentiment Drops in May Ag Barometer – According to the latest Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, U.S. farmer sentiment dropped to its lowest level since October 2016. The barometer reads 101, a decline of 14 points from April. The decline is due to a few things, including a worsening of producer’s perspectives on the current and future economic conditions. Agricultural trade continues to be a source of concern for producers. Twenty percent of farmers surveyed expect the soybean trade dispute with China to be resolved by July 1. That’s an eight percent decline from the April survey. Sixty-five percent of farmers surveyed expect a favorable outcome for the U.S., a decline from 71 percent in April. Read more about the May Ag Economy Barometer.
Farms Exempted From Emissions Reporting Rule – The EPA has finalized a new rule that exempts farmers from reporting air emissions from animal waste. The National Milk Producers Federation praised the decision, but said it expects the latest rule to be challenged in the courts. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston called this a “common-sense” decision, relieving farmers and ranchers from unnecessary record-keeping.
Unapproved GE Wheat Found in Washington State – USDA has confirmed the discovery of unapproved biotech wheat plants growing in Washington State. There is no evidence the wheat entered U.S. commercial supplies or the food supply. Roundup Ready wheat was developed nearly 15 years ago, but was never released commercially.
BSE Identified in Brazil – Brazil has temporarily suspended beef exports to China while a case of BSE is investigated. A 17 year-old cow with “atypical” BSE was identified in Mato Grosso before it entered the food supply. The trade suspension gives the Chinese government time to review details of the case. China is the largest export market for Brazilian beef, representing 20 percent of all international sales.
UM Dairy Education Center Renamed – The University of Minnesota and Davis Family Dairies have renamed the dairy education center west of St. Peter. The John Fetrow Dairy Education Center is named after a retired professor at the University of Minnesota who was instrumental in the unique dairy facility. Fetrow has also led numerous research efforts on dairy health.
Minnesota Soybean Checkoff Partners with Ted Danson – The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council will be featured in a national television show later this year, highlighting the work of the checkoff program. The program is called “Advancements with Ted Danson” and will focus on agriculture. This broadcast follows a 2018 national television appearance on the Discovery Channel’s ‘Diesel Brothers.’
Pork Leadership Institute Includes North Dakotan – The Pork Leadership Institute has wrapped up its latest year of training. Pavel Danil is a Romanian, who came to the U.S. ten years ago through an exchange program and has now made North Dakota his home. Through the Pork Leadership Institute, Danil has learned from the others in the program. “We are all from different states and even different cultural backgrounds, but I learned from them that all producers are focused on a good quality product that was raised in a safe environment.” Danil is a member of the North Dakota Pork Board and is a farrowing supervisor for Nelson County Pig Cooperative at Lakota. The Pork Leadership Institute is a joint effort of the Pork Checkoff and the National Pork Producers Council.
Newman Now Leads National Pork Board – Former North Dakota State University Extension swine specialist Dr. David Newman is the new president of the National Pork Board. Newman is now part of a family farrow-to-finish swine operation in Missouri and is an associate professor at Arkansas State University. The threat of African Swine Fever is a top priority for the Pork Checkoff. Newman will also focus on promotion and research. “We’re looking at increasing the value of U.S. pork; not just the amount we move, but also its value as a protein.” Newman succeeds Steve Rommereim, who raises pigs in southeastern South Dakota.
McCully to Lead Angus Association – The American Angus Association has named its new chief executive officer. Most recently, Mark McCully was the vice president of production for Certified Angus Beef. Last month, former CEO Allen Moczygemba resigned.
Vogel Begins New Responsibilities at Minnesota Wheat – Charlie Vogel is on the job as the new executive director for the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers and the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council. Vogel is an Idaho native who has been managing a farm cooperative in Cando, North Dakota. “I’ve always had a passion for promoting agriculture and helping growers to be profitable and that’s the mission of Minnesota Wheat.” Vogel says it is important for wheat growers to have a common voice and communicate the value of MAWG and the MWRPC.
Syngenta Announces Sustainability Head – Syngenta has named Chris Davison as the head of its North American sustainability business. Davison previously led corporate and government affairs for Syngenta in Canada.
RFA Hires Colombini – Ken Colombini is the new communications director for the Renewable Fuels Association. Colombini has been working as a freelance consultant since 2016. Prior to that, Colombini was part of the communications team at the National Corn Growers Association.
Roberts Announces Promotions – Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts has announced staff changes and promotions. Wayne Stoskopf is the new senior professional staff for commodities, crop insurance, dairy and grain standards. Previously, Stoskopf worked on the committee’s professional staff. Megan Cline has been the committee’s press secretary and is now the communications director.
Swanson Receives Nutrition Research Award – North Dakota State University animal science professor Kendall Swanson is the recipient of the American Feed Industry Association’s Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research. Much of Swanson’s research focuses on beef cattle nutrition, authoring or co-authoring 312 publications. The award will be presented July 17 at the American Society of Animal Science meeting in Austin, Texas.
Last Week’s Trivia- The Holstein, which is black and white, is the most common dairy breed. Dianne Bettin of LB Pork was the first to respond with the June Dairy Month trivia and is our weekly winner. Bruce Miller of Minnesota Farmers Union, Dennis Sabel of Minnesota Farm Bureau, Kristal Rick of SES VanderHave USA and Stephen auctioneer Jason Rominski earn runner-up honors. The trivia ‘first 20’ rounds out with Carver County feedlot officer Alan Langseth, Jim Linn of United Farmers Co-op, M. Vincent Restucci of R.D. Offutt Farms, Kelly Kliner of Simplot Grower Solutions, Edgeley FFA Advisor Anna Kemmer, Sarah Kolell of Rabo AgriFinance, Twyla Wulf of Clear Springs Cattle Company, retired NDSU Extension dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder, Roger Wippler of Minnesota Crop Improvement Association, Harvey farmer Bill Ongstad, Bob Lebacken of RML Trading, Hilary Paplow of Graff Feedlots, Jim Altringer of CHS Dakota Plains Ag, Ron Dvergsted of Northland Farm Business Management and Alma dairy farmer Curtis Noll.
This Week’s Trivia- Huey, Dewey and Louie are nephews of a famous Walt Disney character. What is the name of that cartoon character? Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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