GRAND FORKS - A veteran soybean breeder says he and his peers are making progress on new high-oleic soybeans that will be popular for both food and nonfood uses. "We're going to put the high-oleic trait up and down the United States. It will be a better soybean," says Grover Shannon, who works at the University of Missouri. Typically, developing a new soybean variety takes about seven years.
GRAND FORKS - Upper Midwest farmers have a big stake in the Food and Drug Administration's potential ban on trans fat in processed food. The proposed ban, which appears likely to be implemented, could increase demand for canola and sunflower oils, which are free of trans fat.
EDGERTON, Minn. - Randy Spronk likes to say that "hog production is in my genes." Spronk, whose ancestors raised hogs in the Netherlands and who today is a pork producer in Edgerton, has been elected president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council.
It's too soon to use "the d-word," said weather expert Leon Osborne, but "if we have another round of La Niña conditions, then this time next year we may be talking about how we prepare for drought conditions across North Dakota." Even without La Niña, a weather phenomenon involving cooling of tropical Pacific water, he said he expected "an abnormally dry set of conditions" will develop by late July or early August, although those conditions aren't expected to extend far into fall. The president and chief executive of Grand Forks-based Meridian Environmental Technology spoke Thursday at the