As North Star Ag — owned by Zane and Cami Erickson — prepares to move to a new location in Tower City, N.D., Cami reflects on her first visit to Zane's family farm in Buffalo, N.D. The two were dating then, and she came out to spend time with him during planting season. Cami, who grew up in Moorhead, Minn., hadn't been around agriculture prior, but she learned quickly that farm work didn't stop for a date. Instead, she got roped into picking rock for the weekend.
Zane started North Star Ag, a short-line machinery dealership that sells seed tenders and grain bins, among other equipment, in 2009. Cami says she came along for the ride, helping to work on equipment at North Star and driving grain cart on the farm. Now she's an integral part of North Star Ag, though that means she's "stuck in the office all day."
"Now I do all the office work, all the parts sales, answer the phones for customers," she explains.
North Star Ag is moving from Buffalo, where it started, to Tower City for a variety of reasons that the Ericksons believe will help business. They'll have more room to offer more lines of equipment, a shop and more room for parts. The location also will be visible from Interstate 94; North Star Ag will be right off exit 307.
Cami says the past few months have been frustrating on the farm, with cold, snowy conditions making it difficult to get the crop off. However, they recently finished harvesting — something they are thankful for in a year in which many of their neighbors and customers have left crops in the field.
At North Star Ag, Cami says they've been setting customers up for grain bagging. Many have been putting higher moisture corn in bags. They'll take it out when it's still cold, probably in February or March, and dry it then.
For more information about North Star Ag, visit www.northstar-ag.com or call 701-361-4790.
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