A Minnesota company is exploring building a plant in central North Dakota that would use bacteria to turn lignite, manure and the leftover liquid from ethanol production into natural gas and fertilizer.
The Stutsman County Commission on Thursday approved a five-year tax exemption for a planned bulk dry fertilizer facility planned by Gavilon Grain. The facility is to be located with Gavilon’s grain elevator commonly known as Peavey West in James-town.
The plant would bring in fertilizer by unit train and then sell the fertilizer wholesale to retailers in a multi-county area.
A man who pocketed $642,000 by selling liquid fertilizer he stole from his employer must serve eight months in prison, a federal judge says.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced Larry Schrader, 70, of West Fargo, to the prison term Thursday, and ordered eight months of electronic home monitoring to follow. Schrader had pleaded guilty to one felony count of transportation of stolen goods.
By Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press
, March 06, 2009
If the words “compost pile” conjures up visions of hippie-type gardeners mucking about in heaps of smelly yard waste or brings to mind thoughts of back breaking work, it is time to develop a new perspective. Composting is not only for those who are environmentally conscious but is for anyone who is interested in improving his or her garden soil with the added benefits of reducing the amount of waste being taken to city landfills.
Organic fertilizers are all the rage these days, and with good reason. They can provide plants with a long, slow feed, and their manufacture reuses waste products while putting less demand on natural resources.
Many gardeners, though, make the mistake of approaching the use of organic fertilizers in the same way as they might use a chemical fertilizer.
By LEE REICH, The Associated Press
, June 21, 2008
You wouldn’t eat as much pie as bread, so why feed your plants a bunch of junk?
Don’t feed your plants without considering how rich their food is. Urea, for example, is the fertilizer equivalent of a chocolate bar, a very rich food, rich enough so that one cup could kill a rose bush.
By Lee Reich, The Associated Press
, May 31, 2008
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