Potato Bytes 11.30.2021
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ND Ag Department Announces APUC Awards Funding
 
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awards for six projects. The awards totaling $462,202 were approved at the APUC quarterly meeting November 18th in Fargo.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture that administers grant programs for research and development of new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products. The grants can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature-based agritourism, prototype and technology and technical assistance.

The following received approval:

  • 701x Inc. was awarded $155,000 to launch a marketing campaign for its livestock management system. Contact Traci Jacobson at 701-388-4110.

  • AIC Energy Corp. was awarded $60,000 to offset the costs associated with the licensing agreement for a new patent pending technology process. The new technology will allow more flexibility with the new innovative equipment that will be used to refine sustainable aviation and renewable diesel fuels. Contact John Melk at 702-508-1909.

  • Cloud Agronomics Inc. was awarded $93,531 to localize its novel soil organic carbon quantification technology. Contact James Kellner at 706-201-5822.

  • Guardian Grains, LLC was awarded $40,372 to develop two whole-wheat pastas using heritage wheat varieties. Contact Deanna Lozensky at 701-883-5019.

  • The NDSU Dept. of Plant Sciences was awarded $38,299 to conduct research with a novel sorting machine to sort soybeans based on their physiochemical composition and improve the quality of final products. Contact Minwei Xu at 701-429-4915.

  • South 40 Farms LLC was awarded $75,000 to enhance social media marketing in order to expand markets for its North Dakota beef to the coasts. Contact John Roswech at 701-209-0204.

  • APUC will hold its next grant application hearing on Feb. 16-17, 2022, in Jamestown. Applications for the Feb. meeting must be received by Jan 1, 2022. Prototype and technical assistance applications must be received by April 1 for the May 18-19, 2022, meeting.

For additional information, please visit https://www.nd.gov/ndda/apuc
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USDA Ag Labor Report

Northern Plains Region
In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 41,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of July 11-17, 2021, up 14% from the July 2020 reference week, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Workers numbered 45,000 during the week of October 10-16, 2021, up 15% from the October 2020 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $17.08 per hour during the July 2021 reference week, up 2% from the July 2020 reference week. Field workers received an average of $17.01 per hour, up $0.18. Livestock workers earned $16.36 per hour, up $0.79. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate at $16.71, was up $0.41 from the 2020 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 47.1 hours during the July 2021 reference week, compared with 44.6 hours worked during the July 2020 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $17.25 per hour during the October 2021 reference week, up 2% from the October 2020 reference week. Field workers received an average of $17.21 per hour, up $0.17. Livestock workers earned $16.45 per hour, up $0.93 from a year earlier. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $16.91, was up $0.46 from the October 2020 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 48.8 hours during the October 2021 reference week, compared with 46.0 hours worked during the October 2020 reference week.

Great Lake Region
There were 61,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Lake Region (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) during the reference week of July 11-17, 2021. Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $16.02 per hour, 78 cents above July 2020. The number of hours worked averaged 40.4 for hired workers during the reference week, compared with 39.8 hours in July 2020.

During the reference week of October 10-16, 2021, there were 64,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Lake Region (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $16.57 per hour during the October 2021 reference week, 85 cents above October 2020. The number of hours worked averaged 41.3 for hired workers during the reference week, the same as in October 2020.

United States
There were 772,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the Nation's farms and ranches during the week of October 10-16, 2021, up 2 percent from the October 2020 reference week. Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 797,000 during the week of July 11-17, 2021, up 3 percent from the July 2020 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average gross wage of $16.59 per hour during the October 2021 reference week, up 5 percent from the October 2020 reference week. Field workers received an average of $16.08 per hour, up 5 percent. Livestock workers earned $15.45 per hour, up 6 percent. The field and livestock worker combined gross wage rate, at $15.92 per hour, was up 5 percent from the 2020 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 42.0 hours during the October 2021 reference week, down slightly from the hours worked during the October 2020 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average gross wage of $16.59 per hour during the July 2021 reference week, up 6 percent from the July 2020 reference week. Field workers received an average of $16.10 per hour, up 7 percent, while livestock workers earned $15.19 per hour, up 5 percent from a year earlier. The field and livestock worker combined gross wage rate, at $15.85 per hour, was up 7 percent from the July 2020 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 41.0 hours during the July 2021 reference week, down 1 percent from the hours worked during the July 2020 reference week.

The 2021 all hired worker annual average gross wage rate was $16.38 per hour, up 6 percent from the 2020 annual average gross wage rate. The 2021 field worker annual average gross wage rate was $15.77 per hour, up 7 percent from the 2020 annual average. The 2021 livestock worker annual average gross wage rate was $15.08 per hour. The 2021 annual average combined gross wage for field and livestock workers was $15.56, up 6 percent from the 2020 annual average of $14.62 per hour.
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Recipe of the Week

Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Casserole


  • Prep Time: 35 min.
  • Cook Time: 20 min.
  • Cuisine: American
  • Prep Method: Baked
  • Serves: 8

From Potatoes USA

Smoky pieces of grilled chicken breast tossed in creamy alfredo sauce with roasted tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese then topped with fluffy gnocchi and herbed breadcrumbs.

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