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Speaker recalls humanitarian trip to Afghanistan

February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Scott Gottschalk’s first day in Kabul, Afghanistan, he encountered his first dust storm. A red haze blotted out the sun in the city of 7.5 million and left a terrible taste in his mouth. Kabul is the largest city in the world without a sewer sys…continue reading on

Farmer’s concern is tying compliance requirements with eligibility to participate in crop insurance program

February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Bob Ibes Jr. farms 4,000 acres southwest of Jamestown on land that was farmed by his father and grandfather.
With the U.S. Senate passing the latest version of the farm bill on a 68-32 vote Tuesday afternoon, Ibes said he isn’t sure what the new f…continue reading on

Farm program payments delayed

October 5, 2013 in The Jamestown Sun

While the partial federal government shutdown is delaying farm program payments, its impact is minimized by the current economic state of agriculture, according to Dwight Aakre, farm management specialist at the North Dakota State University Extension Service.
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Grain rescue: Silo extraction training held for area firefighters

September 18, 2013 in The Jamestown Sun

Rob Dewitz spent part of Saturday trapped up to his shoulders in grain.
Dewitz, a member of the Steele (N.D.) Fire Department, volunteered to be a victim during a training exercise put on by one of the South Dakota Wheat Growers Technical Rescue Teams. The exercise was organized by Bob Moser, manager of Wheat Growers’ Edgeley office, and hosted by the Medina (N.D.) Fire Department.
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N.D. Lamb and Wool Expo showcases products

August 3, 2013 in The Jamestown Sun

The events at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds Friday had a woolly feel to them. Demonstrations showed the best ways to spin, weave and knit wool into useful items in one building while cooking demonstrators prepared lamb treats in another.
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A different beet: More industries interested in industrial-strength sugar beets

July 16, 2013 in The Jamestown Sun

Specialized varieties of sugar beets could become a common crop in central North Dakota in the future. Maynard Helgaas, president of Green Vision Group, said an increasing number of industries are showing interest in the industrial sugar that could be produced by this new crop.
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Farm bill vote leaves future uncertain

July 12, 2013 in The Jamestown Sun

Local agricultural leaders have a mixed reaction to the U.S. House approving a version of the 2013 farm bill Thursday. Continue Reading

Good year: 2012 area crops valued at $1.9 billion

March 2, 2013 in The Jamestown Sun

Farmers of the region enjoyed a nearly $2 billion growing season last year, according to Frayne Olson, crop economist for North Dakota State University. The alignment of yields and prices creating that bonanza may not occur again.
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Getting precise: Precision agriculture an evolving science

January 22, 2013 in The Jamestown Sun

The science of agriculture is thousands of years old.
However, the science of precision agriculture the process of tailoring the planting and fertilizing process to a specific area through the use of global positioning systems and precision maps has only been around for about 20 years, according to Dr. Raj Khosla, professor of precision agriculture at Colorado State University.
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New record in price for land

October 6, 2012 in The Jamestown Sun

Farm land prices in Stutsman County hit another new record with the sale of three quarters located northeast of Courtenay Thursday. Two of the quarters sold for $4,100 per acre, according to Andy Mrnak, auctioneer for Pifer’s Auction and Realty.
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