FARGO, ND - The Northwest Farm Managers Association will hold its 110th annual meeting for producers and others interested in agriculture on Jan. 30 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.
The presentations will provide information to help guide producers through the current challenges in agriculture. Topics include farm financial management, grain market outlook and strategies, trade wars and the soybean market, how to use crop data analysis, research of unmanned aerial vehicles for agronomic decisions and yield prediction, and applying behavioral economics for farm decision making.
The meeting speakers and their topics are:
* Knowledge creation at the speed of farming - Dan Frieberg is the president of Premier Crop Systems, LLC, Des Moines, Iowa, which uses crop data analysis to drive better agronomic decisions and profits for growers across the Midwest by empowering them to test new products and refine input rates.
* Trade wars and N.D. soybeans - William Wilson, North Dakota State University Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, conducts research on risk and strategy as applied to agriculture with particular focus on procurement, transportation and logistics, international marketing and competition. He regularly advises large agribusiness firms, major railroads and foreign governments.
* Marketing grain with Trumponomics - Bill Biedermann is a well-known speaker, trader and advisor on commodities. He co-founded Allendale Inc., one of the largest IB brokerage and agricultural economic research firms in the U.S., and will provide grain market analysis and strategies with his presentation.
* Insights from behavioral economics on farmer decision making - Ray Massey is an agricultural economist with the University of Missouri, who specializes in risk management and conducts research focused on production costs and returns, and decision making under uncertainty. He has researched how producers can use behavioral economics to make management decisions and to negotiate with land-owners.
* Using benchmarking to improve your farm - Betsy Jensen, farm business
management instructor, Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand
Forks, Minn., works one-on-one with farmers to benchmark their operations. She
will help you identify small changes that can provide large financial rewards.
Participants are encouraged to bring pencil and paper to her presentation and
write down some formulas to keep their farming operation viable for future
* Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for production agriculture - John Nowatzki, NDSU Extension agricultural machine systems specialist, does research and gives presentations on precision agriculture topics. Nowatzki will provide a summary of UAS research with both large and small unmanned aerial vehicles for weed and disease identification, stand emergence counts and yield prediction. He will also describe planned 2019 UAS sprayer research.
The meeting is open to the public. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the meeting at 9. The fee for attending is $75, payable at the door. The fee includes a noon meal and breaks. For more information, call 701-231-7393.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AGWEEK) - North Dakota Farm Bureau is accusing a Ramsey County township of going beyond its legal authority in trying to prevent the development of a pig farm.
North Dakota Farm Bureau, along with Ramsey County Farm Bureau and the partners developing Grand Prairie Agriculture have filed a civil suit in Northeast District Court in Ramsey County against Grand Harbor Township and its board.
Taylor Aasmundstad and Daniel Julson plan to build Grand Prairie Agriculture, a $6 million purebred sow barn on 80 acres west of Devils Lake owned by Taylor Aasmundstad's father, Eric Aasmundstad. The plan has met stark opposition from people in the community as well as on Spirit Lake Reservation.
Grand Prairie Agriculture would have up to 997 animal units. If built, it would supply pigs to other farrowing barns that would produce piglets to go to farms that would finish them for market. While the Aasmundstads and Julson expected a decision from the North Dakota Department of Health in August 2018, the matter still is pending.
According to the complaint filed in the case, Farm Bureau and its co-plaintiffs take issue with an animal feeding operation ordinance Grand Harbor Township put in place Sept. 25, 2017, in response to Grand Prairie Agriculture's plans. The ordinance, court documents say, "imposes environmental obligations, water setback distances, highway and road setback distances, as well as odor setbacks, which are impermissibly broad in various respects."
"The Ordinance is intended to restrict, regulate, and suppress animal feeding operations," the complaint says.
The lawsuit asks that the court declare the Grand Harbor ordinance invalid in a declaratory judgement and to award costs and disbursements, including attorneys' fees, to the plaintiffs.
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