A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Tuesday, November 01, 2022
Career Opportunities in Agriculture-Seeing the young people at the National FFA Convention over the past week serves as a reminder about the many career opportunities in agriculture. The enthusiasm seen at the event is contagious. At the Red River Farm Network, we’ve heard from numerous agribusiness companies, farm organizations and farms who have jobs to fill. RRFN wants to serve as a conduit for job seekers and these ag companies and organizations. This past week, RRFN launched a Job Opportunities in Agriculture tab on our website. Resource Auction, North Dakota Farmers Union and True North Equipment are companies currently seeking high quality candidates on that site. RRFN is promoting the site on-air, online and in social media. If your company or organization wants to leverage the RRFN audience, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We’ll provide all the details.
Russia Exits UN Grain Deal – Russia unleashed a widespread attack on Ukraine today. The bombing is focused on Ukrainian infrastructure, including the electricity grid and water supplies. In response to a weekend drone attack, Russia suspended its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Russia claims the Ukrainian military used the cover of the humanitarian grain corridor to launch attacks, making it impossible to guarantee safety for its ships. President Biden criticized the decision, saying Russia’s withdrawal from the deal will increase starvation worldwide. The United Nations is speaking with Russian leaders to try and save the grain deal and prevent a major food insecurity crisis.
What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets – In this week’s edition of What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets, Martinson Ag RIsk Management President Randy Martinson cites the bullish news in the wheat and corn market. Russia pulling out of the humanitarian grain deal brought gains to grain markets to start the week. Crude oil is on the defensive.
Grain Markets Start the Week Higher – The latest developments in the Black Sea Region sent the grain markets higher to start the week. Advance Trading Risk Management Advisor Tommy Grisafi says the Russian announcement is influencing the grain supply. “This pipeline is tight with people in the world not having availability to the Ukraine grain, it’s just another blow to the market.” With the loss of the Ukrainian grain deal, there may be more opportunities out of the Pacific Northwest. The North Dakota basis has been hot with the Mississippi River messed up,” said Grisafi. “The thing about America, although grains expensive here, we have it and we’ll get it to you in the proper amount of time. Other parts of the world are so dangerous right now.”
Land Route Possible – France is working with Ukraine to export grain with a land route through Poland or Romania. The French agriculture minister said it is working on a plan that does not put his country in the bad will of Russian President Putin.
Logistics Influencing Agriculture – The low water levels on the Mississippi River are adding to the volatility in the fertilizer business. A quarterly report from Rabobank said the river shipping problem could influence supplies of some types of fertilizer. Ammonia prices are up 15 percent year-over-year. The Rabobank analysis said the bottlenecks on the river have hurt soybeans the most because beans are so dependent on exports. The secondary rail markets are at the highest level since 2012. The cost for trucking freight is down four percent from its peak in May, but still 17 percent above one year ago.
River Backlog – AccuWeather is estimating the delays in barge traffic on the Mississippi River is costing U.S. agriculture $20 billion in losses. Today is first notice day for November soybean futures and the Price Futures Group says the backlog in grain and soybean shipments could encourage deliveries against the November soybean futures contract.
Second Rail Union Votes Down Labor Contract – Another union has rejected the tentative contract agreement with the Class I railroads. The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen voted against the deal with a 60-40 vote. This contract delivers a 24 percent pay raise during the four years of the agreement and an annual bonus. The two unions rejecting the contract are upset with the number of paid sick days. A strike could begin as soon as November 19.
Keep the Railroads Moving – More than 300 trade organizations signed off on a letter to President Joe Biden, asking the federal government to intervene in the dispute between railroads and its workers. The letter said the U.S. economy would see a major economic loss if a rail shutdown happens. The leadership of 12 rail unions approved a tentative agreement, but two of those unions refused to ratify the deal.
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Year – Ag banker Tony Gudajtes can sleep well at night. With an amazing crop and robust commodity prices, Gudajtes has few worries about the loan portfolio. “I’ve been in banking 26 years now and this will be by far the best economic conditions I’ve seen for farmers,” said Gudajtes. “The asset classes all inflating; land is double (in value), beet stock is strong, the machinery is probably appreciating rather than depreciating. We’re sitting on great working capital positions because of the crop and very strong price.” Gudajtes is the executive vice president and ag market president for Choice Bank. This may be a once-in-a-lifetime year for some farmers and the time to make improvements on the farm. “Farmers typically want to get bigger, better, faster, more. They know they need to upgrade a couple tractors or combine and the landlord has been bugging me about this quarter of land that he wants to sell me. Get that wish list together, that’d be my advice.” With rising interest rates, the cost of money has gone up. Gudajtes says that must be a consideration as farmers prepare their cash flows for next year.
An Intense Beet Harvest Season – American Crystal Sugar Company General Agronomist Joe Hastings says it was a compact sugarbeet harvest campaign. “We had some heat and some frost, but overall, it was a dry harvest,” said Hastings. “We have harvested the most tons we’ve ever harvested, just under 12.1 million tons of beets.” Hastings acknowledges the employees and crews it took to get the crop harvested. “It was an intense time; in five days, we probably had over five million tons of beets.”
Three Freezes and a Warm Spell – Three hard freeze events showed down the harvest for Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. Vice President of Agriculture Todd Geselius says that was followed by temperatures close to 80 degrees. “We’re estimating 26.6 tons and sugar content is around 17.4,” said Geselius. “All-in-all, it wasn’t a bad year considering we got planted a month later than normal.”
Record Beet Stock Values – American Crystal Sugar Company beet stock hit a record brokered price last week at $4,700 per share. For the week 142 shares were brokered for an average price of $4,513.38. There were two small sales totaling 13 shares at $4,700 per share. “It’s important to note Crystal beet stock is a very thinly traded market,” said Acres & Shares broker, Jayson Menke. “A few small sales doesn’t mean the market is at $4,700, however, it certainly looks like it continues to trend up. There’s not many shares on the broker market right now.” On a weekly basis, Acres & Shares tracks all ACSC brokered sales from the three brokerage firms.
Outstanding Sugar Content – Minn-Dak Farmers’ Cooperative Vice President of Agriculture Mike Metzger says the sugarbeet yields came in lower than expected. “Even though yield is light for us, quality is absolutely outstanding. Our sugar content is going to finish over 19 percent and we’ve only done that one other time in the 25 years I’ve been with the company.”
Phenomenal – Willmar, Minnesota farmer Chad Willis has finished his harvest. “We pretty much had a wide open harvest here in central Minnesota with no rain delays to speak of,” Willis told RRFN. “The corn crop was phenomenal.” While Willis had a good corn crop, his soybean yields varied.
Better-Than-Expected Corn Crop in NE SD – West Browns Valley, South Dakota farmer Bob Metz is pleased with his harvest. “As dry as we were, we were a little worried if we’d have a good test weight in the corn and it’s just fine, 56 to 58 pounds,” said Metz. “Our corn moisture averaged 17.5 percent so that helped on the propane bill.”
Rain was the Game Changer – Peever, South Dakota farmer Louie Nigg is finished with harvest. “We had no mud and no moisture during harvest, but now I wouldn’t mind a rain so it can loosen the soil up some and we can start tillage.” Nigg says yields depended on where the rain showers hit. “You’d pull into a field and be really impressed with how it looked, but three miles away and other were below average.”
Too Dry – Minot, North Dakota farmer Chad Rubbleke finished up harvest a few weeks ago. The soybeans finished below his expectations. “They looked good all year, but we never got any moisture so they ended up about average.” Rubbleke’s plan for fall was adjusted. “We were hoping to start applying fertilizer, but it’s too dry underneath, so we’ll probably end up storing it and putting it on in the spring.”
Conditions Vary for Fertilizer Application – Fertilizer is going down, but the hard, dry soils are having an impact. “There’s some areas where people are putting ammonia down and it’s sealing up good,” said Chris Kolstoe, director of agronomy, CHS Ag Services. “There are other areas where they’re not able to work some ground and will leave it until spring unless we get some rain in the near future.”
Keeping the Parts Counter Busy – Crookston, Minnesota farmer Elliot Solheim would like to see some rain before freeze-up. “It’s dry and we’re making a few trips to the implement dealer for chisel plow parts but we’re making it work, you’re limited on depth on what you can do.
Fall Nutrient Management – Dale Zahradka’s chore list now moves to applying fertilizer. “As soon as fields dry off, we’re going to start putting down urea and anhydrous.” There’s quite a bit of price disparity amongst fertilizers. “Availability for fall delivery has been good, but prices are probably another 20-to-30 percent higher than this spring,” said the Lankin, North Dakota farmer. “I don’t think things are going to change a lot so it might be better to get some put down now in case prices or availability changes in the spring.”
Drought Hurts Nebraska Corn Yield – Mark Anderson represented U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc. in the FFA Career Expo in Indianapolis. Anderson, who is based in Nebraska, says harvest has dragged on. “This year was one of the slowest harvests I’ve ever had because of the drought. Yields were down in general, but not too low. If they could keep it wet, we saw 25-to-30-ton corn silage.”
SCN Soil Test Kits Available – Soybean Cyst Nematode is estimated to cause 100 million bushels of yield loss every year. BASF Technical Field Representative Nick Tinsley says SCN can cause problems without any above-ground symptoms. “The first step in any kind of management plan is really to know what kind of populations that you’re dealing with, getting out there to take soil samples is a really good use of time and a good investment for the grower.” BASF is offering free SCN soil testing kits at SCN Action Month-dot-com. Monday is the deadline to sign up.
Locking in Seed – Channel Seed Technical Agronomist Derek Crompton expects farmers to start finalizing seed orders before Thanksgiving. “When it comes to the selection of hybrids and varieties that worked well for people, guys are committing to those units.” Crompton.said customers may leave a few units available for new products. Seed availability shouldn’t be an issue. “The majority of seed producing areas had good weather so seed should be in good supply. Products, like herbicides, are in a better situation going into 2023 than last year.”
Lula to Return as Brazil’s President – Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva beat incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in the closest presidential election in Brazilian history. Lula had 50.8 percent of the vote while Bolsonaro had 49.2 percent. Lula was president from 2003-to-2010 and spent time in jail for corruption. Under Bolsonaro, soybean acres increased with more of the Amazon rainforest cut down. Lula has promised to reduce that trend.
Mexico Serious About GMO Ban – Mexican Deputy Agriculture Secretary Victor Suarez said his country is ready to cut U.S. corn imports by 50 percent when its biotech corn ban takes effect in 2024. Suarez told Reuters Mexico can get enough non-biotech corn from Argentina and Brazil to meet its needs. Mexico currently imports 17 million tons of U.S. grain per year, most of it being corn for livestock feed.
IDFA Speaks Out for Dairy Exporters – The International Dairy Foods Association has submitted comments to the Federal Maritime Commission in response to the rulemaking process for the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. During the pandemic and supply chain disruptions, foreign-owned ocean carriers would often leave U.S. ports empty and refused to negotiate shipping space to exporters. IDFA described this practice as “unacceptable” and asked for stronger rules.
Building Ties Between U.S. and Africa – Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh is leading a trade mission to East Africa this week. Thirty-two agribusinesses and farm organizations will participate in the trip. The delegation includes JM Grain of Garrison, North Dakota, Yellowstone River Beef of Williston, North Dakota. The U.S. Meat Export Federation, U.S. Grains Council and U.S. Soybean Export Council.
Federal Order Reform Endorsed – The National Milk Producers Federation leadership has unanimously endorsed a proposal to modernize Federal Milk Marketing Orders. NMPF has led more than 100 meetings over the past year to develop these recommendations.
TransFARMation-Make Informed Decisions With Help of a Farm Advocate – Minnesota’s Farm Advocate program has been in place since 1984, but many people may not be aware of this important resource. David Hesse, who farms at Comfrey, says Farm Advocates can assist with balance sheets, cash flow projections and participate in the negotiations with the lender. “Everything is up in the air right now, ” Hesse told RRFN. “We’ve got prices like we’ve not been able to put into a cash flow before and we’ve got expenses like we’ve never had before.” In addition to high crop input costs, Hesse is concerned about the drought and its impact on the bottomlie for producers. In the TransFARMation podcast, Hesse said it is important to get out ahead of a potential problem. “The sooner you contact us and get us involved, the better it will be.”
Turkey Will be on the Thanksgiving Table – Rumors of a turkey shortage for the holiday may be overstated. “There will not be a turkey shortage for Thanksgiving this year,” emphasizes Ashley Kohls, executive director, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. “Avian influenza turkey loss actually only accounts for about three percent of the total turkeys produced.” If consumers want a specific type or size of turkey, Kohls said they may want to contact the story now. “We’ve been hearing a lot about the worrisome price of turkeys this year. Inflation, rising costs of feed, and avian influenza have all contributed to rising prices; it’s not just avian influenza.”
HPAI Study Tracks Wild Bird Movement – For the first time, scientists have tracked the movement of a wild bird known to be infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza. The bird was not showing signs of the virus when it was originally captured and released. A swab test taken as part of an overall research project came back a week later with the positive result. The research was led by the U.S. Geological Survey and they found the movement pattern of the infected bird was noticeably different than noninfected birds. This information will be used as the government develops surveillance programs in the future.
Tips for Sale Day – Weaned calves are starting to filter through sale barns. When marketing calves. South Dakota State University Cow/Calf Field Specialist Olivia Amundson encourages the rancher to have a good health program in place for the calves. “When we collected data last fall and this spring, we saw that calves that had their vaccinations played a huge role in priced received.” Uniform lots of calves can generate a premium as well. Timing is also a big factor to consider. “We saw a huge price spread between weaned calves and unweaned calves. When we sat down with order buyers, we found that October-November is the prime time to be selling bawling calves.”
Near-Record Year for CAB – The Certified Angus Beef brand had its second largest sales volume in history in the past year. Total sales topped 1.2 billion pounds. That’s nearly two percent higher than the previous year. Certified Angus Beef-licensed packers identified 16 million fed cattle as eligible for the brand. That represents 70 percent of slaughter steers and heifers.
HSUS to Participate in COP27 Climate Change Conference – For the first time, next month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference will consider food systems and the impact on the climate. The Humane Society of the United States is hosting three events during the conference in Egypt, promoting a transition away from animal proteins. The animal rights activist group claims a shift to plant-based diets can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the food system by nearly 50 percent.
DMI Looks to the Future – Dairy Management Inc. CEO Barbara O’Brien outlined a new three-year strategy for the dairy checkoff program. This plan includes doing more with less, by making programs simpler and more focused. The emphasis will be on projects that can deliver the biggest impact for the dairy industry. The dairy checkoff plan also included a ‘doubling down’ on research with a renewed investment in health and wellness.
Seibel Takes the Reins of the National FFA – Andrew Seibel of Virginia is the new national FFA president. FFA is part of Seibel’s DNA with his father on the Virginia FFA staff and his sister serving as a national officer three years ago. Seibel has advice for the FFA members returning to the classroom today. “This organization has opportunities for anybody,” said Seibel. “I know for a long time, I was regretful I didn’t take every opportunity I had in FFA and I really wish I did; I’d want to encourage our members to take every single opportunity they could.” The rest of the national FFA officer team come from Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Illinois.
SD FFA’er Earns Proficiency Award – Grace DiGiovanni of South Dakota’s McCook Central FFA received the National FFA proficiency award for service-learning/entrepreneurship/placement. After attending a national youth healthy living summit, DiGiovanni was inspired to promote health and wellness in her community. She is the driving force behind a back pack program which sends food home to needy students. “I know what that’s like because when I was younger I used to be a receiver of those backpacks. A I’ve grown up, I’ve learned to give back to my community and learn more about what I can do to benefit them so with personal experience.” that just made me what to add more to it.
Kindred FFA Makes Top 3 – The Kindred, North Dakota FFA farm business management team placed third in the national competition. Team member Brett Baumgarten says it’s been an incredible experience. “My initial thought was there’s no way this is actually happening; I was just in front of 60,000 people on stage,” said Baumgarten. “If you would had told me back in April when we started practicing for state convention that this was going to happen, I would have called you crazy.” Jack Stoppleworth was the third high individual. Other team members receiving gold include Kiley Kvamme and Andre Trom. Kindred FFA Advisor Mitchell Becker is proud of how far the team has progressed. “As an advisor, all you want is for your kids to succeed. This group put a lot of time and effort in and it’s exciting to see the results show.”
Minnesota FFA Flocks to National Convention – Minnesota had a large delegation iin Indianapolis for the FFA convention. “We have almost 16,000 students involved in FFA and over 1,000 of them are at convention,” reports Minnesota FFA Interim Executive Diector Lavyne Rada. The convention is a life-long highlight for many FFA members. “It’s one of my favorite things to watch the student’s first time in the arena when they see blue corduroy jackets just wall-to-wall.”
ND Well Represented at National Convention – North Dakota FFA Association State Advisor Nikki Fideldy-Doll says nearly half of the state FFA chapters were represented at the national convention. “We have 45 FFA chapters and over 400 members, advisors, and guests in attendance.” North Dakotans also received recognition. “We have 32 members receiving the American degree and four people being recognized from North Dakota for receiving their Honorary American Degree.”
Kline Takes Active Role in Delegate Sessions – North Dakota State FFA President Amy Kline stepped into a delegate role at the National FFA Convention. “I was on the Conduct Standards Implementation Committee and served as a discussion leader where I helped encourage discussion and set the framework.” Kline says convention has given FFA students the opportunity to exercise their voices. “I see a very bright future just talking and listening to member’s ideas.”
A Hot Commodity – North Dakota State University Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education Brook Thiel was at National FFA Convention, hoping to spur students to continue in ag education after their time in high school ends. “There is a teacher shortage across the country in all education areas, not just in ag.” North Dakota has 115 agriculture teachers and every year there are open positions and schools have also added ag education programs. Thiel has been encouraging students to stay involved in agriculture as they plan their career path. “FFA students tend to have really strong transferrable skills for the workplace. I continue to tell kids as they stop by that are interested in things like computer science or law that we need all of them in agriculture, they’re a hot commodity.”
CHS Recruits Future Employees in Indy – The National FFA Convention trade show featured more than 300 exhibitors. CHS Intern Program Manager Carly Potter was at the expo looking for future CHS employees. “I think FFA really prepares students for that next step. When I first meet with students, I see that leadership and confidence they have and that’s something that CHS is looking for.” Potter says CHS works to keep agriculture and farmers profitable. “We’re coming off a phenomenal financial year; we’re slated to give $1 billion back to farmers and cooperatives.” Listen to the entire report online.
Hours-of-Service Waiver Granted – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed a 30-day hours of service waiver for truckers hauling fuel and anhydrous ammonia. This waiver will address supply shortages due to the ongoing harvest and the preparation for winter.
Branding IP Crops – A delegation representing the Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance is in Vietnam. While in Ho Chi Minh City, the group will participate in a broadcast with buyers from throughout Southeast Asia. SSGA Executive Director Eric Wenberg is promoting their identity-preserved brand. “They understand that they need to look at not just at a commodity price, but consider paying more to get a clean specific variety product that you need to make tofu, natto or those wonderful baked distilled food products you can make from rye, barley, corn and oats.” Supply chain headaches and the availability of containers will likely be part of the conversation. “We would say that rates and availability have eased in container traffic over the last year, but companies still struggle with some of the terms coming from the ocean carriers, like the earliest return date.” SB&B Foods President Todd Sinner, who is based in Casselton, North Dakota, is part of the international launch of the Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance identity preserved brand.
Investing in Hydrogen Hubs – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has signed an executive order directing state agencies to seek federal funding for clean hydrogen market development. The U.S. Department of Energy has $8 billion available to fund regional clean hydrogen hubs. Minnesota is part of a multi-state effort that includes North Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin.
Work Continues for Ag Innovation Campus – Construction at the Ag Innovation Campus in Crookston is continuing. AIC Chair Mike Skaug is monitoring the progress. “The grain handling equipment is going to be installled throughout the winter,” reports Skaug. “The concrete floor for the processing plant has been completed.”
Potato Expo Heading to the Rockies – Potato Expo is coming up January 4-5 near Denver. National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles says this is a big event for the potato industry. “We’re really looking forward to having everybody back full blast, it is going be an opportunity to hopefully put our challenges with COVID in the rearview mirror and get back to business.” In addition to production seminars, Potato Expo will feature a potato cook-off with Food Network hosts. Early registration ends Friday. Learn more online.
October is Co-op Month – According to a recent study funded in part by USDA, cooperatives have an estimated 350 million members nationwide. There are more than 40,000 cooperatives supporting jobs throughout the country. Minnesota has the largest number of cooperatives, followed by Texas, North Dakota, California and Wisconsin. RRFN’s October Co-op Month celebration is sponsored by North Dakota Farmers Union and Associated Milk Producers, Inc.
A Profitable Quarter for Pilgrim’s Pride – Pilgrim’s Pride posted a 17 percent increase in sales during the third quarter. The second-largest chicken processor had profits of $259 million. That’s up from $61 million in the same period last year.
Syngenta Seed and Ag Chem Sales Rise – The Syngenta Group announced third quarter sales of $7.9 billion, up $1.4 billion over last year. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, seed sales are up 22 percent. Crop protection rose 27 percent.
BASF to Make Changes in Europe – With the release of its third quarter financials, BASF announced the planned permanent downsizing of its European presence. High energy costs and overregulation were blamed.
A Banner Year for CP – In the third quarter, Canadian Pacific Railway revenues rose nearly 20 percent. CP reached an all-time record for moving grain cars this fall, hitting 6,900 grain cars weekly on two separate occasions. “When it is all said and done, we’ve never been in better shape,” said CEO Keith Creel.
EPA Approves WinField United Seed Treatment – Warden CX II soybean seed treatment has received EPA registration. The WinField United formulation includes four fungicide active ingredients and an insecticide.
A Collaboration for Nitrogen Efficiency – Intelinair and Yara North America are working together to integrate Yara’s Adapt-N with Intelinair’s AGMRI analytics to optimize nitrogen use efficiency in corn. The integration is an additional feature of the AGMRI system, but the option to use Adapt-N and AGMRI independently of each other will remain available.
Would You Like Regen Fries With Your Order? – McCain Foods is introducing Regen Fries, made with potatoes grown by using regenerative farming practices which build soil health, improve biodiversity and enhance on-farm resilience to climate change. Toronto-based McCain Foods is the world’s largest manufacturer of prepared potato products.
Linking Genetic Improvement with Sustainability – The National Pork Board and PIC are working together to help the industry calculate the environmental benefits from genetic improvements in pigs. A framework will create a standardized process for corporations to understand and measure genetics and sustainability. PIC is one of the largest swine genetic firms in the world.
Research Underway at Ralco Innovation Center – Ralco’s Jon Knochenmus Center for Innovation is fully operational. This site includes a swine research barn, poultry research barn, ruminant lab, radio frequency gas production system, mycotoxin testing and particle size analysis. This research farm is located near Marshall, Minnesota.
Granite Falls Energy to Address Voting Rights – Watertown-based Glacial Lakes Energy plans to oppose a proposed amendment to the Granite Falls Energy operating agreement. The amendment would place additional transfer restrictions on members of Granite Falls Energy owning 20 or fewer units, “We believe this action will disenfranchise Granite Falls’ members and to limit transfers of their units to one transferee or buyer will interfere with resales, estate planning and other potential family transfers,” said Jim Seurer, CEO, Glacial Lakes Energy. Glacial Lakes owns 5,004 membership units in Granite Falls Energy or approximately 16 percent of the company. A special meeting will be held Thursday, November 3 in Granite Falls to vote on the new language.
Sunak Replaces Truss at 10 Downing Street – The United Kingdom has its third prime minister in seven weeks. Rishi Sunak is the former British finance minister and was a candidate for prime minister this summer when Liz Truss was chosen. At the time, Sunak called for significant reforms in farm policy. That includes an emphasis on food security, local foods and preserving land for farm production.
USMEF Awards Go To Lighthizer, Sanders – The U.S. Meat Export Federation will honor former U.S. Trade Ambassador Richard Lighthizer and Leann Sanders, who is a leader in the food verification and traceability effort. Lighthizer was part of trade negotiations with China, Japan, Mexico and Canada while in the Trump Administration. Sanders is co-founder of an animal identification and food verification system. Sanders previously worked for PM Beef Holdings where she developed the first-ever USDA Process Verified Program for U.S. beef.
NPPC Picks Cushman for VP Job – The National Pork Producers Council has named Kelly Cushman as its new vice president of domestic policy. Cushman has 25 years of experience as a public affairs and communications professional. Her last job was with ITG Brands.
Kahn Drops the ‘Interim’ Title – North Dakota State University Extension has selected Mohamed Khan as its assistant director for agriculture and natural resources. Khan has been the interim assistant director for the past six months. Since 1999, Khan has had a joint appointment with NDSU Extension and the University of Minnesota Extension as a sugarbeet specialist.
ASTA Welcomes New International Staffer – The American Seed Trade Association hired Dr. Samuel Crowell as its new senior director of international programs and policy. Previously, Crowell worked for the U.S. Department of State, USDA and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Potato LEAF Names 22-23 Class – The Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation has announced the latest class of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute. There are two members of the class from the region, Nick Desautel of Grafton and Cole Vculek of Crete, North Dakota.
Rieniets Moves to Rush River Seed and Chemical – Conner Rieniets has joined Rush River Seed and Chemical in its new location south of Casselton, North Dakota. The Pioneer Seed agency also has locations in Hunter and Amenia, North Dakota. Most recently, Rieniets was with a key account specialist with AgriGold.
Utterback Begins Retirement – Utterback Marketing President Bob Utterback has retired. Utterback provided market commentary on the Red River Farm Network for many years. He also spent time as an economist for Farm Journal magazine.
Last Week’s Trivia-In the ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,’ movie, Snoopy dresses as a World War I flying ace for Halloween. Scott Roemhildt of Minnesota DNR wins our weekly trivia challenge. Runner-up honors belong to retired Nelson County farmer Mike Naas, livestock nutritionist Bruce Hautman, Linda Schuster of Carrington Research Extension Center and Norm Groot of Monterey County Farm Bureau. The ‘first 20’ rounds out with Mark Mettler of PreferredOne, Phyllis Nystrom of CHS Hedging, Kristal Rick of MAGNO Seed, Bob Lebacken of RML Trading, retired Westbrook farmer David Van Loh, Bill Anderson of American Federal Bank, Jason Heen of Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Sara O’Toole of O’Toole Seed, Janet Kubat of Minnesota Farmers Union, Nick Sinner of Northern Crops Institute, Harvey farmer Bill Ongstad, Ramsey County farmer Paul Becker, Kevin Schulz of Dakota Farmer/Nebraska Farmer, Dianne Bettin of LB Pork and Twyla Wulf of Clear Springs Cattle Company.
This Week’s Trivia-Members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms. How long is a senator’s term in office? Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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