Jonathan Knutson

Jonathan Knutson covers agriculture for Agweek. A North Dakota farm kid and a past president of North American Agricultural Journalists, the professional association for U.S. and Canadian ag journalists, he remains fascinated by always-evolving U.S agriculture. He's been with Agweek/Forum Communications Co. since 1989.

He can be reached at or 701 280-1480.

"Growing up in upper Midwest agriculture taught me the certainty of two things: consistently inconsistent weather and regular disputes between the Farm Bureau and Farmers Union, the area's two largest farm organizations."
Jonathan Knutson looks at some of the traits and attributes that help farmers succeed.
"Across Agweek Country, hundreds of farmers, ranchers and other agriculturalists are deciding whether this will be their last full-time year in ag. They still enjoy what they do, but they also realize it might be time to step back."
You only get 30 to 40 cracks at planting season, Jonathan Knutson says. So, enjoy it, even in its difficulties.
Modern ag really is a big tent, and there's room inside for many kinds of farming operations.
The winter of 2021-22 has been hard, in a variety of ways. But it pales in comparison to the hardships faced by our ancestors in the region's agriculture.
Animals are not as important as humans, though some may beg to differ, whether it relates to deer in North Dakota or hippos in Colombia.
"Tenants have the right for a crack at a reasonable profit on farming the land, while landlords have the right to expect a rental rate comparable to similar land in the area. Both sides are equally important, and both need to be reflected in the final agreement."
"These traits of a successful ag operator. I think, apply to big and small ones, ones who raise either crops or livestock, and both conventional and organic producers."
Jonathan Knutson looks at four common sayings in agriculture and provides possible replacements for them that would better communicate ag to the world.