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MADISON, Wis. -- The Dakotas again were competing for dairy industry interest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., last week. The event this year was themed "Dairy in our DNA." It again attracted more than 70,000 attendees from more than 90 countries.
BISMARCK -- The president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association said a list of national regulatory threats for the cattle industry is topped by the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule.
BISMARCK -- At its annual meeting in Bismarck, the North Dakota Stockmen's Association examined the state's anti-corporate farming law, but stopped short of making any policy decisions about it. About 450 cattle producers attended the group's 86th annual convention Sept. 24 to 26. No policy proposals were offered on either side of the issue.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In rare meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and a small group of lawmakers encouraged the president to work on human rights and other efforts that could loosen trade with that country, including North Dakota agricultural exports.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A small meat company in Rapid City offers a niche within a niche -- field-harvested bison meat marketed as both stress-free for the animals and good for the environment. Wild Idea Buffalo Co. field-harvests bison so a live buffalo doesn't go through a feedlot, into a transport truck or through a traditional slaughter plant.
FARGO, N.D. -- On Oct. 4, AgweekTV will debut on KELO-TV of Sioux Falls, S.D., expanding the reach of a program that began broadcasting in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota less than a year ago. Kirsten Stromsodt, Agweek content director, says the program will air statewide in South Dakota on Sundays -- 6:30 a.m. Central time and 5:30 a.m. Mountain time. The program also can be seen at www.agweek.com under the AgweekTV tab.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A new crop of young people is entering the business of agriculture, and one new entry point is the Dakota Precision Ag Center at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake -- a program that touts an up-close and personal approach. The Dakota Precision Ag Center also is responsible for some workforce training conducted by LRSC.
AMHERST, S.D. -- Kervin Olson farms and ranches near Amherst, and was harvesting silage corn with neighbor and cousin Randy Beck on a recent September day. Together, they and their crews chopped 130 acres. The rest of the corn will be used for grain. This year, the Olsons got their corn planted by May 3, but didn't plant soybeans for another month.
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- Officials of South Dakota Livestock Sales Inc. in Watertown, S.D., are still unsure if they'll rebuild after a recent fire. The facility burned on Aug. 31, leaving a big hole in the region's livestock marketing picture. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it started in an area near electrical utilities, according to the owners. Randy Owen and Gene Popham are the managers of the facility.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Former American Crystal Sugar Co. President and Chief Executive Joe Famalette died at age 67 of cancer-related complications on Sept. 10 in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Famalette led American Crystal from 1991 to 1995, but had an outsized impact on the Moorhead-based cooperative that owns five sugar factories in the Red River Valley.