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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 06/27/17

North Dakota farmers have sold a lot of corn, but the amount of crop left after last year's record production could wreak havoc on local prices....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota farmers have sold a lot of corn, but the amount of crop left after last year's record production could wreak havoc on local prices. The Bismarck Tribune reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated in March that 215 million bushels of corn were being stored on farms in the state.
 
     North Dakota State University crop economist Frayne Olson says if farmers are holding on to corn in hopes of a price increase, it could lead to lower prices being paid to the state's farmers. Local cash price is determined by the local basis, which is a premium subtracted from or added to the futures price.
 
     Dale Ihry, executive director of the Corn Council, says the USDA is expected to release another report on grain stock on Friday.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A bug that's an enemy to front yard flower beds, backyard vegetable gardens, farmers' crops and even golf courses has been found again in North Dakota. The Agriculture Department says the Japanese beetle larvae were found in nursery stock shipped to North Dakota. The beetles were found in several locations, including Bismarck, that received shipments from a Minneapolis-area supplier.
 
     They've been found in the state before, but North Dakota State University entomologist Janet Knodel says the state likely now has an established population of the destructive beetle. It's been moving steadily westward since being first found in the U.S. in New Jersey a century ago. The beetle can be controlled with insecticides, but Knodel says it still causes about $450 million in damage each year in the U.S.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) - A number of Washington-area restaurants are serving food from a faraway place: North Dakota's family farms. There are five Founding Farmers restaurants located in and around the nation's capital with another two on the way. The restaurants' message? Small farms across the United States are growing the country's best food.

    Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, says the state's farmers get to bring their product right to the consumer at these Beltway restaurants.

    "There's a lot of money that's made on food, but the farmer tends to be the low man on the totem pole or the low woman on the totem pole," he states. "And we're concerned that we're not getting paid a fair shake for what we sell, and this is one way for us to garner, again, more of that profit."

    Food is sourced from family farms and ranches, as well farmer-owned cooperatives.

    Founding Farmers has been a massive success so far. It's flagship, near the White House, has been the most requested restaurant for dinner reservations anywhere in the U.S. on the website OpenTable.com for five years running.

    However, Watne is concerned about the steadily declining cost of commodities and what that means for family farms.

    As cost goes down, farmers must produce more to stay profitable. In the end, Watne says this model favors big agricultural farms.

    "We really need a new demand," he stresses. "We need new avenues for income. We need things that raise those price of commodities up or we're going to consolidate this industry down to a few farmers who maybe will organize to a point of where the consumer won't benefit."

    Watne adds that the Founding Farmers restaurants aren't located in the Washington area just to influence policymakers. He says the capital was also chosen because it's recession-proof.

 

 

   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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