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A North Dakota farmer cutting his grain. File photo

The Farmer Bailouts Are Now Bigger Than the Detroit Bailouts, but What if That’s the Cost of De-Fanging China?

The Farmer Bailouts Are Now Bigger Than the Detroit Bailouts, but What if That’s the Cost of De-Fanging China?

This morning a reader tagged in a Tweet for a Bloomberg story which finds that the farmer bailouts – the aid packages the Trump administration and Congress have deployed as a way to cushion the economic harm caused by the trade war with China – are now larger in terms of dollars than the Detroit

n aerial photograph taken above Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Oct. 9, 2017 shows corn being harvested. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Daniel Acker.

What Happens if the Ethanol Bubble Pops?

I’m not sure many people in the general public realize just how much of farming today is in service of the ethanol industry. I got to thinking about this thanks to a recent (and fascinating) article from Bloomberg about land use in the United States of America. The representation of land dedicated to ethanol caught

Podcast: Burgum Backs Trump on Trade

Governor Doug Burgum, fresh off a White House meeting with Donald Trump on trade issues, said on my radio show today that he likes what the President is doing. “This administration, they’re listening to the people,” he said. “They’re listening to the plain states.” “We’ve got a White House that’s pro-agriculture,” he added. Asked specifically

Work on the the 2018 farm bill has begun. So has public debate on what the legislation should contain, and long-standing differences are surfacing again. Thinkstock / Special to the Forum

Are North Dakota Farmers Double Dipping on Federal Subsidies?

According to a new report from the Environmental Working Group – a somewhat infamous organization in agriculture industry circles thanks to their online database of farm subsidy recipients – there are lot of producers double-dipping on federal subsidies. North Dakota is one of the states where it’s happening the most. I had Don Carr, a

Weather Modification Inc. Vice President Jim Sweeney holds a device used for cloud seeding before it is retrofitted on a plane to do weather-related work in Saudi Arabia. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum

Audio: Ward County Farmer Suggests Weather Modification Efforts Are Keeping Rain From Falling

Darin Langerud, director of the North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board (the state agency in charge of cloud seeding programs in North Dakota), has said that weather modification efforts have suppressed crop-damaging hail by 45 percent and increased rain fall by 5 to 10 percent. But that’s news to Ward County farmer Nathan Smith. “Every time

Rep. Kevin Cramer: "I will not sit idly by and watch this President steal the jobs, hopes, and dreams of my constituents."

“I will not sit idly by and watch this President steal the jobs, hopes, and dreams of my constituents,” Rep. Kevin Cramer said today on the floor of the House of what he described as President Obama’s war on coal. “Nor will I sit idly by while he and his EPA impose their mediocrity on

Kevin Cramer: We Have To Pass A Farm Bill Because The Free Market Is Scary

Back during campaign season I did an interview with Rep. Kevin Cramer, and we talked about the farm bill. Then, as now, the legislation was stuck in the midst of partisan bickering and I asked Cramer if there was really a lot of urgency to pass a farm bill (I quoted a NDSU farm management

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