RURAL REFLECTIONS It just ain't October
There are certain traditions to which I adhere; colache at Christmas, opening the door for Lisa and a column about the sugar beet harvest each October. I mean, I wouldn't have a good reason to... Posted on 10/12/13 at 2:19 AM
STAFF BLOG PLAIN COUNTRY Garden goodness
These are gardening glory days. We have been picking lettuce for a few weeks now at our farm and this week harvested our firstrow of peas. Meanwhile, our black raspberry bushes are yielding big, beaut... Posted on 7/5/12 at 1:02 PM
STAFF BLOG THE AREA VOICES COMMUNITY How Google is helping me mine for gold
Awhile back my daughter was assigned to draw a picture of her parents at work. She drew a picture of my husband in front of a chalkboard with the words, "My dad teaches chemistry at a college." For my... Posted on 6/28/11 at 3:12 PM
OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Food, Farms and Poverty
Now I have two pigs, two sheep and a dog, in addition to a bunch of little plots of potatoes, in the Farm Town game.
In less cheery news, my dad and brother are due to return from a volunteer trip to ... Posted on 5/21/09 at 8:11 AM
Dale Svendsgaard, 78, might have found his hobby unintentionally, but a look at the intricately detailed miniature barns, houses and farm buildings he’s created for the past three years suggests he knows what he’s doing.
Sylva Daws painted the 8-by-8-foot Star of Eden quilt earlier this month and Greg, her husband, mounted it on a farmstead building on the east side of North Dakota Highway 35, a few miles north of Michigan.
Acres of most crops are expected to rebound this year in North Dakota in the absence of spring flooding. The Agriculture Department in its annual spring planting report says durum wheat acres are expected to double, to 1.5 million. Last year, much of the state's prime durum-growing region was flooded.
The survey of nearly 2,400 Minnesota farms finds median net farm income reached a record $123,000 last year, up 1 percent. According to the report, higher grain prices and more profitable livestock operations helped improve the 2011 numbers. But stressful weather and lower crop yields limited the gains
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the percentage of North Dakota farms in compliance with pesticide regulations has increased. Goehring says the rise is due to a new enforcement strategy his department crafted in fiscal 2008.
The Labor Department should drop its plan to restrict the work young people can do on a farm. Seven hundred children injured a day. More than 250,000 children injured a year. And 2,000 children killed a year. That’s the toll car accidents take on America’s youth. And yet, we accept it. Why? Because the benefits outweigh the costs. Cars mean so much and are so vital to modern life that we accept the risks. Farm families should be allowed to do the same.
A Minnesota man has been charged in the thefts of hundreds of hogs in Iowa and Minnesota. 35-year-old Greg Swenson, of Rose Creek, Minn., was arrested this morning and charged with ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft, offenses related to animal production, and possession of burglary tools.
doesn’t pretend that the small farm of his youth was perfect.
But the Minnesota author says that what happened on that farm, and others like it, is an important part of our heritage and should be remembered.
“I don’t want to glorify the past. But I want it to be remembered in its totality,” he says.
Aides from delegation hear views Crop insurance, research and export promotion should be among the top priorities in the next federal farm bill, say spokesmen for North Dakota agricultural groups, who are bracing for cuts in federal spending.
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