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UN, WHO commit to fight poor nutrition

UN, WHO commit to fight poor nutrition

International organizations and 170 governments committed to battling poor nutrition on Nov. 19, saying that while hunger had dropped, half the world’s population was in some way affected by nutritional problems.

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Creating a succession plan

Passing on the family farm or ranch to the next generation can be one of the most difficult jobs in agriculture.

Traditions worth keeping

Traditions worth keeping

I found myself singing a little lullaby to our 6-year-old daughter the other night, one that my mother used to sing to us as children, and I wondered if anyone else in the world knew the song.

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View from the top is worth the walk

View from the top is worth the walk

It looks like the skies are going to cloud over, and we’re going to get some real fall weather. But we had a string of days that make a person glad to be alive and outside in the Northern Plains with the leaves turning, the geese flying, the sun shining and the air cooling just enough to feel crisp but not frozen.

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Young siblings learn as they go after taking over family farm

Young siblings learn as they go after taking over family farm

Jon Bertsch and his sister, Allison Lee, didn’t plan on becoming farmers. In fact, 27-year-old Bertsch was a network administrator for a Fargo law firm and 24-year-old Lee was going to school for nursing. But after their dad died in 2012, they had some tough decisions to make.

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Minn. man continues ag legacy of brother who died in Ukraine plane crash

Minn. man continues ag legacy of brother who died in Ukraine plane crash

A Willmar, Minn., man has launched a multi-national effort to raise awareness of soil and water management that will continue three decades of work started by his brother, who was killed when an airliner was shot down in Ukraine.

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Well-worn shoes

Well-worn shoes

Being a cowboy, I always remember Dad as a cowboy hat and cowboy boots kind of a guy.

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Ag students remain in high demand

Ag students remain in high demand

Dylan Pratt smiles as he walks through the college livestock barn. He calls out friendly greetings to the cattle and pats a few on the forehead.

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ND farmer adds to farm, feedlot through industry highs and lows

ND farmer adds to farm, feedlot through industry highs and lows

Chase Dewitz has fearlessly expanded his North Dakota farm, having ridden the ups and now navigating the downs of lower commodity prices.

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Broadway's bras raise money and awareness

Broadway's bras raise money and awareness

I’ve written a lot of columns about a lot of different things, but this is probably the first column I’ve written about bras. Yes, bras or brassieres or, as Ellie May Clampett called them in The Beverly Hillbillies television show, “a store bought, lace-trimmed double-barreled slingshot.”

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ND rancher wears multiple hats

ND rancher wears multiple hats

Nevada Miller is a rancher. He’s a taxidermist. And, for a little longer, he’s a rodeo bullfighter, too.

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Activist says tobacco groups' action on child labor puts pressure on Washington

The ban by two leading U.S. tobacco growers’ groups on the use of child labor puts pressure on Washington to end the employment of children in hazardous and unhealthy work, according to a children’s rights activist.

Minn. man injured in tractor accident

The Polk County Sheriff’s office responded to reports of a man pinned under a tractor at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release. Ronald Sherette, 69, was flown to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and treated for unknown injuries.

A gun, a dog and a kid

A gun, a dog and a kid

Just a week or so ago, the sharptailed grouse hunting season opened up in North Dakota. I didn’t get out for the opener to look for grouse on the ranch because I was in Fargo, N.D., looking for Bison at my old home, the campus of North Dakota State University.

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Local leadership important for ag's future

Agriculture faces many challenges, and strong, effective leadership has never been more critical to the future of agriculture than it is today

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