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Spotlight on Economics: NAFTA Renegotiation and Issues Related to Sweetener Trade   ( 2018-02-07 )
Sugar and other sweeteners could be an issue in NAFTA renegotiations.
Spotlight on Economics: We Enjoy Environmental Services Without Paying for Them   ( 2018-01-17 )
The benefits of nature-based recreation should be accounted for when making public-policy decisions on public lands and environmental programs.
Spotlight on Economics: Procuring an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Not for the Faint of Heart   ( 2017-12-27 )
Do the research to see which option is best for your needs.
Spotlight on Economics: Wading Through the Economics of Drones   ( 2017-12-14 )
Producers need to decide whether a drone really will benefit them before investing in one.
Spotlight on Economics: Waters of the United States   ( 2017-10-10 )
Now may be the time for the legislative branch to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act.
Spotlight on Economics: Is Your House Free of Flood Risk?   ( 2017-10-03 )
Flood risk can affect a home’s market value.
Spotlight on Economics: Role of Nonreciprocal Trade Liberalization Programs in Value-added Exports   ( 2017-09-26 )
Nonreciprocal trade agreements impact value-added trade.
Spotlight on Economics: China’s Growing Demand for Meat   ( 2017-09-19 )
China’s increased demand for meat could have an impact on North Dakota.
Spotlight on Economics: Do Casinos Have a Positive Effect on Economic Growth?   ( 2017-09-12 )
The social costs of gambling remain an important issue in the casino debate.
Spotlight on Economics: Unutilized Technology   ( 2017-09-05 )
Technology has a role in the ups and downs of agricultural production.
Spotlight on Economics: Challenges and Opportunities in the World Beef Market   ( 2017-08-18 )
An increasing number of issues, some controversial, seem to be surrounding the global beef market.
Spotlight on Economics: Accessing Agriculture’s Big Data   ( 2017-03-02 )
The general question appears to be “who can do what” with respect to agriculture’s big data.
Spotlight on Economics: Swinging for the Fences   ( 2017-02-27 )
The 2016 North Dakota corn crop makes a great case for the upside of corn, as record yields resulted in profits that allowed many farms to plant another day.
Spotlight on Economics: Is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for You?   ( 2017-02-10 )
Examples of the use of UAV direct visuals in precision agriculture include evaluating planting success, crop scouting, and locating and counting livestock.
Spotlight on Economics: Two Strategies to Mitigate Great Plains Climate Change Impacts   ( 2017-01-17 )
Water storage and grain storage will play an integral role in the future of agriculture.
Spotlight on Economics: Do Retail Meat Prices Decline?   ( 2016-12-22 )
Prices can change daily at the farm level due to seasonal price patterns and production factors.
Spotlight on Economics: What is Big Data in the Context of Agriculture?   ( 2016-12-02 )
In layman’s terms, big data are beyond the storage capacity and processing power of a common machine or computer.
Spotlight on Economics: Flood Hazards Impact on House Prices in the Fargo-Moorhead Area   ( 2016-10-13 )
Actual flood events can change a homebuyer's perceptions about flood risk, thereby possibly discounting the home's value.
Spotlight on Economics: Are Farm Policy and Trade Important for N.D. Agriculture?   ( 2016-10-06 )
A summary of the studies related to evaluating the importance of farm policy and trade on N.D. agriculture.
Spotlight on Economics: Monetary Policy and Commodity Prices   ( 2016-09-15 )
Changes in monetary policies by the Fed may have a large impact on North Dakota’s agricultural sector.
Spotlight on Economics: Spotlight on Economics: NAFTA Renegotiation and Issues Related to Sweetener Trade  (2018-02-07)  Sugar and other sweeteners could be an issue in NAFTA renegotiations.  FULL STORY
BeefTalk: BeefTalk: Do Not Be Afraid to Moderate Cow Size, But Select Good Bulls  (2018-02-22)  Producers need to use the management and genetics that fit their operation and adapt accordingly.  FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: When in Doubt, Throw It Out  (2018-02-22)  Perishable food should spend no more than two hours at room temperature.  FULL STORY
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