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Spotlight on Economics: Examining the Source of Farm Equity   ( 2014-04-29 )
During the most recent time period (2007 through 2012), farmers are relying more on retained earnings to build net worth than asset revaluation. In other words, most farmers have been using their earnings wisely.
UAVs: The Key for Precision Agriculture?   ( 2014-04-21 )
UAVs will improve precision agriculture by collecting larger amounts of data in a shorter period of time.
Spotlight on Economics: New Challenges in Developing Projections of Employment, Housing and Population for Western N.D.   ( 2014-03-14 )
The ongoing activities pertaining to shale oil development truly are dynamic, so attempts to forecast the future will need to be updated on a frequent basis.
Spotlight on Economics: N.D.’s Growth Creates Challenges   ( 2014-03-04 )
Housing markets are strong in the metropolitan communities, but rapid growth in the oil and gas industry quickly exceeded the very limited excess housing capacity in western North Dakota.
Spotlight on Economics: Who is Driving Food Standards?   ( 2014-02-11 )
If a consumer does not care for a particular food, there are almost always plenty of alternatives, and many consumers have the income to pursue those alternatives.
Spotlight on Economics: No Shortage of Wings for Super Bowl 2014   ( 2014-01-23 )
The rising popularity of chicken wings is an interesting success story and also an interesting lesson in economics.
Spotlight on Economics: Emerging Food Risks and Mitigation Challenges   ( 2014-01-15 )
Only by achieving an accurate assessment and reduction of total risks can supply chain managers make informed decisions that lead to the least costly, most effective control of food risks.
Spotlight on Economics: Marketing Challenges: Logistics, Exports and Canadian Imports   ( 2014-01-02 )
There are a multitude of factors impacting the shipping market. Major factors include strong growth for several of the major commodity segments, with the growth in Bakken oil and crop shipments being the most notable.
Spotlight on Economics: The Value of USDA Reports   ( 2013-11-26 )
The USDA market information and outlook forecasts make an easy target for marketing analysts and farmers because they often question and sometimes criticize the information contained in key reports. However, we often do not think about what might happen if this information was not available “free of charge” to the general public.
Spotlight on Economics: An Economist and a Soldier   ( 2013-10-30 )
The military is a command-based organization, while academia tends to be an environment that invites and encourages, or at least tolerates, sometimes extensive debate and discussion about most everything.
Spotlight on Economics: Impact of Trade Liberalization on Technical Efficiency in U.S. Agriculture   ( 2013-10-16 )
There is a lack of consensus among economists on the impact trade liberalization has on technical efficiency.
Spotlight on Economics: N.D. Cropping Practices Past, Present and Future   ( 2013-10-02 )
Farmers have diversified their crop selections to reduce the risk of diseases, pests and price volatility.
Spotlight on Economics: Taking Charge of Your Community’s Future   ( 2013-09-20 )
The growth North Dakota is experiencing is coming in many areas.
Spotlight on Economics: Considering the Complexity of Decision Making   ( 2013-09-11 )
What influences the adoption of conservation practices by farmers and ranchers?
Spotlight on Economics: N.D. Land Values Likely Have Peaked   ( 2013-09-03 )
Consider the combination of circumstances that have fueled the strong land market and whether increases will continue.
Spotlight on Economics: A Need for Holistic Efficiency Benchmarking   ( 2013-08-06 )
Because the efficiency measures are on a scale, the extent of inefficiency associated with costs can be computed easily, which would be useful for producers in particular.
Spotlight on Economics: Cost of Living in Western N.D. Counties   ( 2013-07-23 )
How do these price changes affect the welfare of western North Dakotans? Additionally, what are the impacts of these economic activities on the rest of the state?
Spotlight on Economics: Joint Ventures: Cooperatives Working with other Firms   ( 2013-07-11 )
As market conditions faced by a cooperative change, cooperative business leaders may seek funds to make additional investments or to maintain the ability to compete within a given region.
Spotlight on Economics: Listening and Then Some   ( 2013-07-02 )
Listening is not easy and can be especially challenging in a number of situations.
Spotlight on Economics: Capitalism and Society   ( 2013-06-26 )
Free markets and economic liberty tend to coincide with economic growth and prosperity.
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Spotlight on Economics: 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.   FULL STORY
BeefTalk: BeefTalk: Healthy Soil Buffers Human Inadequacies  (2018-01-18)  Production practices that reduce soil disturbance, increase plant diversity, add animal diversity and maintain living roots are a positive step.  FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: Is Romaine Lettuce Safe to Eat?  (2018-01-18)  To avoid foodborne illness, be aware of food recalls and handle all food safely.   FULL STORY
 
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