Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
FARGO -- Financial stresses on farmers and grain elevators should make board members for agriculture-related cooperative more vigilant in their duties, experts say. A September 2018 grain elevator cooperative embezzlement scandal that cropped up at Ashby, Minn., and other instances of malfeasance should awaken companies to the challenges, says John O. Christianson, a certified public accountant and managing partner of Christianson PLLP, at Willmar, Minn.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Hunter Hanson, 21, of Leeds, N.D., is a young man in a hurry. Over the past three years, he has seemed to be an entrepreneurial wonder, registering seven businesses with the state of North Dakota. In early November, the North Dakota Public Service Commission started getting complaints on two of his businesses -- Midwest Grain Trading company and NoDak Grain, both based in Devils Lake.
FLORENCE, S.D. -- Larry Halse grows corn, soybeans and runs a beef cow-calf operation, and, for the past several years, is back into sheep. His most profitable enterprise these days? Sheep.
MILBANK, S.D.—Cheese plants in northeast South Dakota are booming, and that is providing economic opportunity for some farmers and communities in the Interstate 29 corridor, according to industry leaders in the region. Doug Wilke, chief executive officer of Valley Queen Cheese Factory Inc., of Milbank, was one of the officials who met with a half-dozen journalists as part of a value-added dairy tour sponsored by the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development. The tour was coordinated by Development Counsellors International of Denver.
MILBANK, S.D. — Valley Queen Cheese Factory Inc. recently opened the Valley Queen Heritage Center, an interpretive center in downtown Milbank, chronicling its nearly 90 years in cheese making. The space was available, and the company moved a cheese retail store into an available vintage space downtown.
SIDNEY, Mont. — This is the second year in a row for early sugar beet harvests at Sidney Sugars Inc. on the Montana-North Dakota border. Mike Steffan and his son, Jeff, raise beets just to the north of the factory in Sidney. Their Steffan Farms started opening fields on Sept. 17. The family has been raising beets for Holly Sugar at Sidney since 1926, when his grandfather came over from Germany.
FARGO, N.D. — It's complicated. It's painful. That's the trade situation for a family that makes agricultural equipment for the U.S. and the world. Howard Dahl is the chief executive officer of Amity Technology in Fargo. The company makes and markets sugar beet harvesting equipment they sell throughout North America and in many other countries, with a focus on former Soviet Union countries including Russia and Ukraine.
FARGO, N.D. — Two supervisors at a Nebraska potato farm operated by R.D. Offutt Company in Fargo were among those indicted in an illegal immigration sting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mark Dickerson, director of communications for RDO, confirmed that Elkhorn River Farms LLC is part of their farming company. Dickerson said RDO is "aware of the situation and working with authorities."
As America wades into its new trade war, I've been thinking a lot about an interview I had with former Manitoba Premier Dufferin "Duff" Roblin. In the 1960s he spent his political capital to build flood protection for Winnipeg, which disastrously was flooded by the Red River in 1950. Roblin was derided for spending $64 million to build what his critics called "Duff's Ditch" — the kind of diversion that Fargo-Moorhead now wants to build for $2.4 billion. Duff's Ditch has saved some $40 billion.
HARWOOD, N.D. — Urban residents came to the farm for a banquet this week. CommonGround North Dakota, a volunteer advocacy organization group, threw the fifth annual Banquet in a Field event at the Peterson Farms Seed near Harwood. Julie Peterson, the event's farm host, and Val Wagner of Monango, N.D., coordinator of CommonGround North Dakota, say the invitation-only event brought another group of 120 urban invitees to the farm.