AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Ag United and South Dakota's True Environmentalists
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Several North Dakota small farmers will teach their trade to those without a farm of their own. An education-focused agricultural nonprofit organization called Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resource Management is taking applications for its new farm internship program.
Charles Hardie couldn’t help but smile as he sat atop the combine with blades chewing down stalks of yellow corn at a rhythmic pace near here Thursday afternoon. The 900 acres of corn belong to Dan and Rose Dotzenrod and their son Ben. Hardie, a retired farmer, is a volunteer for Farm Rescue.
Profits at North Dakota's state-owned flour mill fell by half, to $8 million, during its last budget year, the mill's chief executive said Monday. Despite the drop, the Grand Forks mill's annual earnings rank as the third best in its history, said Vance Taylor, the mill's general manager.
The federal government is opening some Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying and grazing to aid drought-stricken ranchers, but the decision might not be a big help to producers in the Dakotas.
While House lawmakers on Capitol Hill were marking up their version of the 2012 farm bill on Wednesday, North Dakota’s congressional candidates each held discussions Wednesday with Fargo-area farmers and ranchers to gather insight on what they want out of the final bill.
Kansas State University student Greg Peterson and some friends were unwinding at a drive-in restaurant when LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" came on the radio. He groaned. But as the chorus droned on, the 21-year-old found inspiration. He switched "sexy" to "farming" as he began rapping. It would be fun, he thought, to do a video parody with his brothers when he returned home to the family farm in central Kansas.
On a small organic farm outside San Diego, a former combat Marine has found peace and purpose in the tending of plants and in providing other combat veterans a way to find their places in life after war. At Archi’s Acres, the phrase “boots on the ground” has a whole new meaning, and the sounds of those boots working hydroponic “fields” of basil, chard and deep-green lettuce are echoing around the country, including in the Red River Valley.
North Dakota once again is treating cattle imports from most of Minnesota the same way it treats cattle coming from other states. Requirements now have been relaxed back to the level that applies to cattle from most other states.
North Dakota’s laws prohibiting animal cruelty are so weak that prosecutors seldom can take action, animal protection advocates have long complained.
After a new proposal announced Thursday, two separate coalitions are championing competing proposals to better protect animals — one that could go before voters in November and one that will go to legislators next year.
FFA member Preston Gilderhus plans a career in industrial engineering. Jodi Boe, another FFA member, is studying to be an agronomist, even though her father, a farmer, once tried to steer her away from both FFA and agriculture.
Welcome to the modern FFA, an organization that values production agriculture but increasingly stresses preparation for other careers, both in and out of agriculture.
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