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Jonathan Knutson

Jonathan Knutson covers agriculture for Agweek. A North Dakota farm kid and a past president of North American Agricultural Journalists, the professional association for U.S. and Canadian ag journalists, he remains fascinated by always-evolving U.S agriculture. He's been with Agweek/Forum Communications Co. since 1989.

He can be reached at or 701 280-1480.

"These traits of a successful ag operator. I think, apply to big and small ones, ones who raise either crops or livestock, and both conventional and organic producers."
Jonathan Knutson looks at four common sayings in agriculture and provides possible replacements for them that would better communicate ag to the world.
The rural Midwest, like the rest of the country, has changed — and will continue to change for the foreseeable future. Already the old world dominated by white males is mostly gone.
Will rural agriculturalists nearing retirement be able, if they choose, to remain in their home towns after they retire? The answer affects farmers and farm couples, as well as their friends, neighbors, relatives and communities.
The pandemic contributed to a huge increase in organic food sales in 2020 in America.
Many rural Americans are reluctant or unwilling to be vaccinated against COVID-19, raising concerns about rural America's ability to achieve "herd immunity." But health care experts have some recommendations of how to persuade rural residents to get vaccinated.
Despite frustration and failure, modern agriculture brings satisfaction, victory and joy, too. Here's a look at the greatest sources of joy.
A proposal aimed at European Union agriculture seeks to reduce use of key inputs. If adopted, it would cut into food production, raise food prices and worsen world hunger. according to a report by an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The pandemic snarled supply chains and pushed up food-at-home prices by an average of 3.5% in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. Higher prices are anticipated this year, too, though the increase is expected to be smaller.
The Agweek livestock tour continues with a visit to a Brocket, N.D., sheep operation that's off to an excellent start this lambing season. And nationwide, there's reason for optimism for the sheep industry overall.