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Spotlight on Economics: Addressing Western N.D. Water Needs With Water Markets   ( 2015-11-06 )
Western North Dakota has faced a dramatic increase in water demand during this decade’s oil boom. Can state water managers keep adjusting to meet the state's water needs?
Spotlight on Economics: The Cattle Cycle Revisited   ( 2015-10-09 )
Unexpected and unpredictable events have plagued the beef industry for the last 15 years.
Spotlight on Economics: Valuation of Agricultural Land for Real Estate Tax Assessment in N.D.   ( 2015-09-22 )
Due to increased value of crop production, the value of land for most counties in N.D. has been considerably higher than in prior years.
Spotlight on Economics: Defining Waters of the U.S. Involves the 3 Branches of Government   ( 2015-08-31 )
Interpreting the definition of "waters of the United States" is easier said than done.
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.
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Dairy Focus: Dairy Focus: Using Inoculants Effectively  (2015-11-20)  Inoculants are a tool to improve silage quality, but they are not a replacement for good management practices.  FULL STORY
Spotlight on Economics: Spotlight on Economics: Addressing Western N.D. Water Needs With Water Markets  (2015-11-06)  Western North Dakota has faced a dramatic increase in water demand during this decade’s oil boom. Can state water managers keep adjusting to meet the state's water needs?  FULL STORY
BeefTalk: BeefTalk: Who Gets the Weight?  (2015-11-25)  The opportunity to use nontraditional beef production methods is very real.  FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: Have You Tried a New Grain Lately?  (2015-11-25)  Whole-grain foods provide energy, vitamins and minerals.  FULL STORY
Small-business Savvy: Small-business Savvy: Shop Local, Shop Small  (2015-11-19)  Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday.   FULL STORY
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