Eric Halverson, Black Gold Farms

Executive Vice President Grand Forks What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? “Technology has certainly been a big key player. It’s been the adaption of different practices and systems that are now being utilized in agriculture. Cropping systems and grazing systems.. no-till and minimum-till … mapping of the genomes of plant species,… [More…]

Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner

Bismarck What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? In the last ten years we have seen a significant rise in the values of agriculture products.  The rise of the values of what we sell and the values of what we have to put into the crop has greatly increased the risk associated with… [More…]

Les Paulson, Paulson Premium Seed & Conditioning

President Bowman What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? Roundup. It has completely changed farming techniques since its introduction. What is the best tool ever developed for agriculture? The internet has done amazing things for the agriculture industry. We can get research information, up to the minute markets, and basically any new… [More…]

Industry Focus: Agri-Business

Agriculture is North Dakota’s largest industry with nearly 90 percent of the state’s land area consisting of farms and ranches. The industry has seen a fair share of changes in recent times and is facing challenges in everything from regulation to staffing. Recently, executives representing agriculture met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce to discuss these changes and the direction of the industry in the future:

Fred Helbling, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association; John McLean, Cargill Incorporated; Deana Wise, United States Durum Growers Association; John Mittleider, North Dakota Department of Commerce Agriculture and Bioenergy; Mitch Gardner, Cargill Malt; Eric Bartsch, United Pulse trading; Les Paulson, Paulson Premium Seed & Conditioning; Jim Hauge, Eide Bailey [More…]

Land Issues: Developing the Amber Waves of Grain

It was Will Rogers who famously recommended that people invest in land because “they ain’t makin’ any more.” Well, they ain’t makin’ any more in North Dakota, either, which is why legislators and residents are grappling with a variety of issues relating to its limited supply of what is, in many cases, highly profitable land.… [More…]