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Spotlight on Economics: Are Low Crop Prices Here to Stay?   ( 2015-08-19 )
Seeing high grain prices again is possible, but it likely will not happen this year.
Spotlight on Economics: Fargo Housing Market   ( 2015-08-03 )
Home prices in Fargo and West Fargo have been increasing steadily.
Spotlight on Economics: Are Appropriate Statistical Models Used in Empirical Analysis With Hierarchical Data?   ( 2015-07-14 )
Identifying, evaluating and using hierarchical linear models is important.
Spotlight on Economics: Solving the Problem of Food Security   ( 2015-07-06 )
Food security is a humanistic issue as well as an economic issue.
Spotlight on Economics: Forecasting Oil Production in N.D.   ( 2015-06-22 )
Oil production in North Dakota could reach 41.18 million barrels by January 2020.
Spotlight on Economics: Monetary Policy and Slack in the Labor Market   ( 2015-06-15 )
Some slack may remain in the U.S. labor market.
Spotlight on Economics: Area Agriculture Experiences Regional and Farm Type Role Reversal   ( 2015-06-08 )
Farms outside of the Red River Valley and livestock operations outperformed Red River Valley farms and crop farms in 2014.
Spotlight on Economics: Evolution of Small-asset Credit Unions   ( 2015-05-27 )
Small-asset credit unions are the most common, comprising 23 percent of all U.S. credit unions in 2012 and averaging 900 members.
Spotlight on Economics: Jet Fuel Costs and Airfares   ( 2015-04-28 )
Airfares and jet fuel prices do not move in lock step because jet fuel costs merely reflect one of the supply factors.
Spotlight on Economics: Freedom and Flourishing   ( 2015-04-14 )
With increased economic freedom, people lead more prosperous and happier lives. People enjoy these benefits while maintaining, and possibly enhancing, social trust and civic engagement.
Spotlight on Economics: North Dakota is an Oil State   ( 2015-03-26 )
The decline in rigs means less employment, spending and tax revenue.
Spotlight on Economics: Boldly Taking That First Step Toward Success   ( 2015-03-18 )
Most of us would agree that it is good to have goals. In reality, however, there are plenty of us whose experience in goal development is limited to the confines of an assignment in school, a workplace requirement or an organizational exercise.
Spotlight on Economics: Significant Interventions in World Grain Markets: FSU and China   ( 2015-02-23 )
In some years, the former Soviet Union is up to 24 percent of the world trade. This almost compares with adding the equivalent of two times the exports of Canada onto the world market.
Spotlight on Economics: Monitoring Asset Values in 2015   ( 2015-02-03 )
Although lenders rely upon cash flow measures to justify loans, they also rely heavily upon the balance sheet, specifically agricultural assets, to provide security and strength to loan decisions.
Spotlight on Economics: Does the Way We Manage Water Change as Needs Change?   ( 2015-01-13 )
The rules for managing water often are complex and subject to court cases.
Spotlight on Economics: Byproduct Exports Important to Cattle Prices   ( 2014-12-23 )
Beef byproducts include all edible and inedible items from harvested cattle that are not part of the dressed carcass.
Spotlight on Economics: Preparing for 2015   ( 2014-12-01 )
It is just as important at this time to consider the volatility in agriculture as it is to focus on recent declines in crop commodity prices. Do you know what you will do with your earnings if crop commodity prices rebound?
Spotlight on Economics: China‚Äôs Growing Demand for Meat   ( 2014-10-24 )
Recent studies suggest that total average per capita meat consumption in China could grow from about 60 kilograms in 2010 to nearly 100 kg per person per year by 2030.
Spotlight on Economics: Is There Room for Improved Farm Production Efficiency?   ( 2014-09-03 )
Advancing computer models are offering new opportunities to analyze business performance.
Spotlight On Economics: The 2014 Farm Bill and North Dakota   ( 2014-08-27 )
Each decision has its advantages, rules and limitations.
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Spotlight on Economics: Spotlight on Economics: Are Low Crop Prices Here to Stay?  (2015-08-19)  Seeing high grain prices again is possible, but it likely will not happen this year.   FULL STORY
BeefTalk: Beef Talk: Are Cattle Records Worth the Effort?  (2015-08-27)  Appraising genetic and managerial inputs is critical to ranch management.  FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: Have You Tried Quinoa?  (2015-08-27)  Quinoa can be used in a variety of ways, including in soups, salads, main dishes, breads and crackers.  FULL STORY
Small-business Savvy: Small-business Savvy: Small-business Success Builds on Story and Product  (2015-08-20)  Business success depends on continuous marketing.  FULL STORY
 
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