Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says the kind of bipartisan, across-the-board support the U.S. Senate's version of the farm bill received doesn't happen often. "That doesn't happen for anything but basketball resolutions," she says. "The vote ... shows the rest of the world that America has the backs of our rural communities."
BISMARCK, N.D. — The word "alumni" when invoked regarding FFA alumni groups seems to indicate a gathering of former members of the agriculture education group. Perhaps a fraternity of sorts. But that's not the point at all. "A local alumni group would be comparable to a sports booster club," says Aaron Anderson, ag ed supervisor for North Dakota Career and Technical Education. The use of alumni in the name of the groups, Anderson says, can be a bit misleading. "It's just anyone who is interested in supporting agricultural education and FFA," he clarifies.
FARGO—Michelle Rook will join AgweekTV as anchor, effective April 30, 2018. Rook has worked for Agweek as a freelance television and magazine reporter since 2016.
TAPPEN, N.D. — One could be excused for thinking the central North Dakota weather on March 30 was an early April Fools' Day joke — and a cruel one at that. The northwest wind bit at exposed skin and sent snowflakes fluttering wildly, the conditions fit for neither human nor beast. But, as February, March and April are the prevalent calving times for the region, the repercussions of the weather on both humans and beasts can be a harsh reality.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A market is easier lost than gained, Valley City farmer Monte Peterson said. And that's got him worried. As the Trump administration moves forward on tariffs on Chinese products, Peterson and others in agriculture in North Dakota are worried about potential retaliation and the effect that could have on the prices local farmers receive for their crops and livestock. "If we see retaliation, oftentimes we see it within the ag sector," Peterson said.
I've heard people say raising cattle is "easy money." That's laughable to me, as someone who has been connected to the cattle industry my entire life. Sure, those big calf checks look good when they come in, but when most of that money goes back to the bank to pay the operating loan for the expense of making feed and to pay other notes required to keep the place running, the result at the end is far less than many would expect and sometimes seems barely worth the effort.
LAMOURE, N.D.—No livestock producer wants to have sick animals, but the Fairview Colony has a special interest in keeping its pigs healthy: Its market depends on it. The colony west of LaMoure, N.D., sells its pigs to Coleman Natural Foods of Sioux City, Iowa, contingent on the fact that the pigs have never, ever had antibiotics. That makes keeping their animals healthy all the more important.
ENGLEVALE, N.D.—As soybeans and corn have increased as crops of choice for North Dakota farmers, Craig Jarolimek said driving through the state feels a little bit like driving through Iowa. "If you didn't know where you were, you'd think you were in Iowa," Jarolimek told a crowd at a tour at the new Ransom Multiplier gilt production facility near Englevale on Thursday, Oct. 12. "All we're missing is the livestock."
When I left for college, it was with the knowledge that my parents were only a phone call away. I was going 410 miles from home, a ridiculous distance for someone who tends to be a homebody and could probably count on her fingers and toes the number of nights she had spent away from her family. But there was email, and I had a cell phone, and keeping in touch was easily accomplished.
HELENA, Mont. — As wildfires continue to burn grasslands and forests across Montana and drought continues to worsen, the Montana Department of Agriculture has expanded its hay lottery. Drought conditions gradually have worsened across Montana throughout the summer, and the Sept. 7 release of the U.S. Drought Monitor for the first time had the entire state in some category of drought condition, from abnormally dry to the most severe category, exceptional drought. More than a quarter of the state now is considered in exceptional drought.