News: Burgum declares statewide fire, drought emergency   source: Bismarck Tribune  

Governor Burgum declared a statewide drought emergency; the action allows the National Guard to be activated if necessary. “These conditions present a serious threat to the health and safety of local area citizens and their personal property,” Burgum said in a statement. “Significant manpower and equipment will be required for response and recovery operations.”

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News: Scientific American Labels Precision Farming as a Technology to Watch   source: Scientific American  

We all gotta eat, the world’s population keeps on growing. And we don’t seem to be growing a lot of new land, so we’re going to have to feed the growing population with the food production areas already in use. And toward that end, precision farming is a concept that has a high ceiling. Companies that can deliver higher efficiency and yields through technology are thought to have […]

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News: A new player in the meat market… plants   source: Quartz  

North Dakota is beef country; we run cattle and order steak. But outside of North Dakota in food labs and corporate boardrooms, there’s been a long fought effort to produce beef that doesn’t come from cows. They’re getting closer. Read the article on Quartz about a new plant-based meat substitute that earned a heady praise from nationwide grocery chain.

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News: Health Department warns of cyanotoxin in North Dakota waters, animal deaths reported   source: Minot Daily News  

The hotter-than-usual weather combined with little rain has sped up mother nature’s clock when it comes to creating ripe conditions for blue-green algae development. The blue-green algae release cyanotoxins into water sources that can be fatal if ingested. Several cattle deaths have already been reported. Kim Fundingsland with the Minot Daily News has the story.

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News: Local angel fund from Dakotas gets farm-tech app   source: Bismarck Tribune  

A North Dakota farm technology company that’s developed an app that streamlines contracts between farmers and local elevators has gotten a financial boost from a South Dakota-based angel fund. Myrian\d Mobile the app developer out of Fargo; The Falls Angel Fund out of Sioux Falls liked Myriad’s prospects and chose to invest $1.35 million to get them off and running. It’s a noteworthy here in Minot as we […]

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News: 3 Big Myths about Modern Agriculture   source: Scientific American  

In a part of the world where farming is our bedrock industry, it’s important that we’re doing it in a manner that’s both efficient and sustainable. And the anecdotal evidence discovered by one researcher who traveled the world’s farms — including some in North and South Dakota — suggests there are some commonly held myths regarding the industry.

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News: The Smart Farm: Big ag uses technology to grow production and efficiency   source: Grand Forks Herald  

As much as we hope the oil field comes back to life, North Dakota’s primary industry will always be agriculturally based. Which makes advances in technology that make our farm businesses more efficient newsworthy. Kevin Killough with the Grand Forks Herald has an overview article with the current state of farm tech.

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News: Pot’s cousin explored as viable crop option for Minnesota   source: Star Tribune  

Industrial hemp is one of those plants with numerous uses and industrial applications, but because it’s closely related to marijuana, it’s listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic by the federal government. The but the laws are loosening, and states are starting programs to explore commercial values. This article highlights Minnesota’s pilot program, North Dakota also has one.

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News: Trump to order review of WOTUS regulations   source: Reuters  

The Waters of the U.S. Rule appears is on official hold pending what is likely to be some type of rollback. The 2015 EPA and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers rule from 2015 sought to redefine and expand the scope of waters and waterways that are federally protected.

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News: Farm Operators Adapting to Supply and Demand Economics   source: Williston Herald  

In the business of producing raw food products, current commodity prices are directly impacted by last year’s harvest. And current prices are the biggest factor in what get’s planted this year. It all results in a game that requires good operators to adapt their farms to supply and demand conditions that have potential for the best return on their annual effort and investment.

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News: ND Attorney General: Dakota Access Land Purchase is Legal   source: KMOT News  

Earlier this fall, Dakota Acess purchased land near the site of the #NoDAPL protest camps from a private rancher. It was a move that sparked controversy because, at first look, it appeared to be in violation of North Dakota’s corporate farming laws. Now, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion that Dakota Access had cause to purchase the land for commercial purposes, but the manner in which […]

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