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Spotlight on Economics: Exploring Flooding Effects on Devils Lake Conservation Land Supply   ( 2016-09-08 )
Impacts for agricultural landowners include productivity losses caused by permanent inundation or temporary flooding.
Spotlight on Economics: Further Declines in N.D. Cropland Values Likely   ( 2016-08-23 )
A further decline in North Dakota cropland values will occur for the 2016 year. Will land values decline in 2017? Probably, although markets can change abruptly.
Spotlight on Economics: Monetary Policy and Exchange Rates   ( 2016-08-10 )
Fluctuations in the exchange rate contribute to the risk faced by agricultural producers and agribusinesses.
Spotlight on Economics: Biocoal   ( 2016-07-27 )
Biocoal could present a viable pathway to sustainable coal-based power.
Spotlight on Economics: Just Hang Up   ( 2016-07-13 )
Studies have found that drivers tend to downplay the risk of their own phone use.
Spotlight on Economics: On the Road Again   ( 2016-05-25 )
The growth in vehicle miles traveled is important news for American farmers.
Spotlight on Economics: Agriculture in China   ( 2016-05-11 )
American agriculture is very different from agriculture in China, but what is common is the entrepreneurial spirit.
Spotlight on Economics: Soybean Export Growth Opportunities and Quality   ( 2016-04-27 )
An important issue confronting exports of soybean is the protein content, which varies across regions and through time.
Spotlight on Economics: The Importance of Financial Flexibility   ( 2016-04-14 )
The current financial stress in agriculture has highlighted the importance of a farm maintaining financial flexibility.
Spotlight on Economics: An Initial Assessment of How the Proposed Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Might Affect Crop Planting   ( 2016-04-04 )
A recent NDSU study examines the potential for planting delays and sheds light on multiple sides of the FM Diversion issue.
Spotlight on Economics: Supporting a Nonresident Workforce   ( 2016-03-16 )
Supporting the oil and gas industry workforce with a different mix of goods and services can be challenging.
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: 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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