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."
I was just innocently standing there, watching the kids run around at a 4-H meeting and social event. That's when a couple other parents started asking if my daughter was going to bring one of her bottle calves to the fair.
KARLSRUHE, N.D.—When Nancy Beck visited California farms, she heard complaint after complaint about what wasn't working with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. But in North Dakota, that wasn't the case. "These guys are making it work," she said. "I think it's refreshing." Beck, who oversees the EPA's chemicals and pesticides program, was one of 12 EPA officials to come to North Dakota as part of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association's 25th annual E-Tour.
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.
On more than one occasion in recent weeks, I've been somewhere in public and overheard discussions regarding "kids today." They spend too much time on their phones. They don't spend enough time reading. They don't know how to socialize properly. Whatever will become of them? I kept my mouth shut then, but if you've ever found yourself complaining about the state of our youth, I want you to know that you don't need to worry.
What started the trade spat between the U.S. and Canada over dairy? Blame consumer demand for higher fat products.
On my first visit to my then-boyfriend's farm, some of the main things I remember are cats. There were cats at the barn, and cats on the steps. Cats that followed a person around, and cats that were a bit standoffish. That was about 12 years ago. In that time, I've married the then-boyfriend, had two kids and moved to the farm. And the number of cats around here dwindled to nothing.
Despite recent rains, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor has portions of both North Dakota and South Dakota in severe drought and moderate drought, while abnormally dry conditions persist in part of Minnesota and Montana. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said he met on Thursday, June 7, with Bill Northey, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, "to get prepped for potential drought problems" like the region experienced in 2017. "We pray that it doesn't happen," Cramer said.
FARGO — Pasture readiness for 2018 across North Dakota has been at least a couple of weeks behind other years, and there are indications of early stress that producers should monitor. A variety of issues are affecting pastures, including continued stress from the 2017 drought, dry spring conditions, a late warm-up and, in some cases, overgrazing last year.
ST. ANTHONY, N.D. — Northern Lights Dairy expects about 4,000 people will visit the dairy on June 16 for its Breakfast on the Farm event, which has morphed from breakfast and farm tours to an event with local vendors, children's activities and more.