STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN DU: Report illustrates need for nationwide Sodsaver provisions
Ducks Unlimited today tweeted the link to an item on its website citing a Farm Service Agency report with a state-by-state breakdown of land converted to cropland in 2012. The five states that convert... Posted on 10/21/13 at 4:25 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Shutdown over, farm bill up next
By Don Davis
President Barack Obama makes new federal farm policy his third highest congressional priority now that the federal shutdown is history, but that is no guarantee a farm bill will have easy... Posted on 10/21/13 at 8:32 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Hey, let's be careful out there
There was once a TV cop show called "Hill Street Blues". On many episodes, one of the cops, a sergeant, would growl to the other cops, "Hey, let's be careful out there.
I'm reminded of that line now ... Posted on 8/16/13 at 8:35 AM
THE DULLUM FILE Farm Kings
We're going to be talking soon on WDAZ News @5 with the Farm Kings from the new GAC network series. ... Posted on 7/9/13 at 9:52 AM
Here we go again. Our farm, like many others, has been inundated with rain the past few weeks. And after a short respite from having water in the basement, we have a wet floor, even with a couple of sump pumps running.
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.
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