STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Farming, pheasants and working together
If you hunt pheasants, Hettinger County (N.D.) is a cross between Nirvana and Valhalla.
"Hettinger County has long been recognized for its excellent hunting. We live in the center of what is arguably... Posted on 5/8/13 at 10:29 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Political notebook: Minnesota budget clash continues to grow
By Don Davis
Gov. Mark Daytons budget proposal continues to play out in interesting ways, usually with Republicans strongly opposed and Democrats more mildly in support.
Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, ... Posted on 2/4/13 at 11:11 AM
FATHER KNOWS LAST It Was Just a Tractor
I can still feel the cold cast iron in my right hand. My brain is still programmed to move my hand without thinking, making me one with a machine that is now long gone. I haven't seen the machine in... Posted on 1/13/13 at 7:13 PM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN State Farm puts N.D. 11th, Minnesota sixth in odds of hitting a deer
North Dakota ranks 11th nationally in the odds of motorists running into a deer, State Farm insurance company reported today.
Thats unchanged from last year, State Farm said, and the odds of hitting ... Posted on 10/23/12 at 5:00 PM
NEW PLATEAUS Autumn in Minnesota...with Two French Women at a Winery
The colors and crisp weather make the upper Midwest a land many ought to envy. Something about the air in the autumn makes me feel more alive.In addition, harvest time is a recognition of a summer wel... Posted on 10/5/12 at 8:31 AM
There is something about a childhood spent on a farm that lends to a certain kind of isolation. Life consists of a few acres of land anchored by a collection of buildings that are considered home. Add to that a lack of cable television and the idea of a world beyond the barn is completely unfathomable in the brain of a 5 year old.
After their trailer ride from western North Dakota, Krystal, Ruby, Diamond, Princess, Karmel and Ginger were unloaded at the foot of a 1,000 pound-plus hay bale in the barn. They made a serious dent in it.
An undercover video that showed California cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. In Vermont, a video of veal calves skinned alive and tossed like sacks of potatoes ended with the plant's closure and criminal convictions.
Two years ago, Michael and Paula Bushilla had come to a sad understanding.
Keeping their historic and iconic Hope Glen Farm just north of Hastings was becoming less and less possible. They put the farm on the market, hoping to find someone to buy the property. When they couldn’t find a buyer, they got to work finding other ways of bringing in enough money to support the farm.
A North Dakota farm managers and rural appraiser group published its 2012 report recently, indicating an average 46 percent annual jump in North Dakota farm values in 2012, and a 28 percent increase in values in nearby Minnesota counties.
The Farm Bill that the U.S. Senate passed Thursday has drawn positive reviews from conservation groups. The big question now is whether the House version of the wide-ranging farm legislation will be as friendly to conservation.
They’re up. Seed potatoes at the R. Schmidt Potato Co., at Sabin, Minn., are just emerging to 8 inches tall, thanks to a favorable planting season. Randy Schmidt said that despite a hard, fast 2-inch rain on Memorial Day weekend, things are looking good — so far.
Farm groups welcome its demise, but stress they’re committed to safety Several national and regional farm organizations welcomed the recent withdrawal of a proposed federal rule dealing with children working in agriculture. The groups also stressed that they put a priority on the safety of young employees. The U.S. Labor Department on Thursday announced that it’s withdrawing its controversial proposed rule dealing with children who work on farms. The Labor Department also said it won’t pursue adoption of the proposal as long as President Barack Obama is in office.
Smith asked to resign in response to investor-client complaint A man promoting investments in a sugar beet-to-ethanol project in Grafton, N.D., has resigned from securities brokerage firm after an investor-client complaint. Energae LP Holdings, based in Clear Lake, Iowa, reportedly is buying the former Alchem Ltd. ethanol plant in Grafton, and Darrell Duane Smith was the main presenter at a March 23 investors meeting in town.
The earliest spring wheat planted in the region in years looks pretty good, despite enduring below-freezing temperatures for 12 of its first 40 days, including a cool 28 degrees in the early hours Thursday.
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