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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.
Spotlight on Economics: The Economics of Plants Engineered to Replace Oil   ( 2013-06-12 )
As a new industrial crop, energy beets are expected to help meet the need for renewable feedstocks to replace high-cost fossil fuels.
Spotlight on Economics: NDSU Commodity Trading Room in Barry Hall   ( 2013-05-17 )
The CTR will focus on risk and commodity trading, in addition to finance, portfolio analysis and management.
Spotlight on Economics: Should Producers Enroll in the ACRE Program for 2013?   ( 2013-04-24 )
The most important questions about ACRE enrollment are whether the state will be eligible for an ACRE payment and for how much.
Spotlight on Economics: Stress Testing Your Farm   ( 2013-04-16 )
Farmers have experienced high demand and prices for their crops the past few years. However, farmers and experts agree that these conditions cannot be sustained forever.
Spotlight on Economics: North Dakota’s Growing Economy   ( 2013-04-03 )
North Dakota’s economy has been largely insulated from the primary factors affecting national and world economies.
Spotlight on Economics: Global Food Security in 2050   ( 2013-03-21 )
Can we produce enough food to feed the world population in 2050?
Spotlight on Economics: Projections of Employment, Housing and Population for Western N.D.   ( 2013-03-07 )
One of the first steps is understanding that projections of future oil activity do not exhibit the classic boom-and-bust cycles the state has experienced in the past.
Spotlight on Economics: Population Projections for Williston Basin   ( 2013-03-01 )
Standard demographic models and methods historically used to project population are inadequate because of the very rapid rate of change in western North Dakota and the unique nature of the Williston Basin workforce.
Spotlight on Economics: What Can be Done With Fracking Flowback Water?   ( 2013-02-06 )
The means of transporting and disposing of this wastewater has become an issue.
Spotlight on Economics: Record Cattle Prices With Continued Volatility Possible   ( 2013-01-23 )
Remember that prices for each market class of cattle have different seasonal patterns, so at times 2013 prices for some market classes (feeder calves in particular) likely will be below last year.
Prairie Fare: An Orange a Day May Keep the Doctor Away   ( 2013-01-17 )
Some researchers have rated oranges higher than apples in their power to “keep the doctor away.”
Spotlight on Economics: Compensating Surface Users for Mineral Development   ( 2013-01-08 )
Recognizing the concerns of surface owners who do not own the minerals, North Dakota law has been modified through the years to offer the surface owner more property protection rights.
Spotlight on Economics: Genetically Modified Wheat Status, Outlook and Implications   ( 2012-12-19 )
Following a number of years in which wheat acres declined in North America and mostly shifted to corn, soybeans, canola and cotton, a number of events unfolded that helped spawn the recent interest in GM wheat.
Columns
Spotlight on Economics: Spotlight on Economics: Health and Environmental Concerns of Indiscriminate GMO Adoption in Agriculture  (2018-09-19)  Producers need to keep an eye on scientific developments in agriculture and international health and food policies.  FULL STORY
BeefTalk: BeefTalk: Market Cows and Bulls Rather Than Cull  (2018-09-20)  No herd should have any cull cows or bulls.  FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: I’m Spillin’ the Beans  (2018-09-20)  Dry edible beans are nutritious and have several health benefits.  FULL STORY
 
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