Jonathan Knutson / Forum News Service
Let’s be honest: Most Upper Midwest farmers and ranchers didn’t pay much attention when the 2017 Census of Agriculture was released this spring. And that’s understandable. Producers were focused on calving, lambing, planting and preparation for planting. And many area agriculturalists aren’t all that interested now, either. They’re haying, spraying their crops and, in some cases, recharging physically and emotionally after an unusually long and grueling planting season.
It’s likely that climate change already is affecting world crop production — hurting it in some areas, helping it in others but on balance pushing it lower, according to a new University of Minnesota-led study. “There are winners and losers, and some countries that are already food insecure fare worse,” said lead author Deepak Ray of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Frayne Olson studied agricultural economics in college. But now, the North Dakota State University extension crop economist/marketing specialist says, not altogether in jest, that he might have done better to study political science. “I’m not a political science major. I’m just a poor dumb economist trying to figure out what’s going on in the world,” he said.
Renegotiating expired farmland rental rate agreements – a process now under way across the Upper Midwest – can be one of the toughest jobs in agriculture. Farmers and landlords often have differing perceptions of what’s fair and reasonable. The task might be especially challenging this winter because of two conflicting trends:
Farmers say government ‘safety net’ doing its job
Effect on market uncertain