STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Please, be safe out there
May is almost here, and the month will be crazy-busy for area agriculturalists. The late spring has delayed planted, so farmers and others involved in ag will face extra pressure this planting season.... Posted on 4/30/13 at 9:16 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS A Perfect World
It seems that the start of each new year begins with a drop-shipment
of brand new problems, this year is no different. I think many people
will see these problems as humanities' imperfections that mus... Posted on 12/30/12 at 7:41 AM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Accurate Source for Meat Safety Information
One of the things about the media that bothers me the most is how much inaccurate information is being shared so freely with peoplemost especially about our livelihood and the industry we work hard fo... Posted on 1/29/12 at 8:00 PM
Ten years ago, if a young athlete got whacked on the head on the playing field, he or she would have sat for awhile — then run back into the game.
Not anymore. The news about concussions has shown the importance of rest. Today, that injured athlete likely wouldn’t play again until a doctor gave the OK. Child labor advocates, take note.
WASHINGTON — In communities across our nation, no tradition runs deeper from generation to generation than that of working on a family farm. By working alongside their parents, grandparents and neighbors, young people learn important life skills and values — the values of hard work, personal responsibility and perseverance. They learn how to problem solve and work on a team to get things done. Agriculture is a way of life; but now the federal government wants to fundamentally change that way of life.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — The photo on the booth banner for AKE Safety Equipment seems to say it all — an unidentified North Dakota farmer, walking with a fire extinguisher in one hand in the foreground while a fire rages behind him, destroying his combine. A second fire extinguisher is visible on the outside of the cab, apparently unused.
FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Grain Dealers Association celebrated its 100th anniversary with a program that was heavy on celebrating, and nary a discouraging word — except for Occupational Safety and Health Administration audits.
Seeing men die in an ugly fashion, buried in grain bins, pushed Dale Ekdahl to do something. The Elbow Lake, Minn., man, retired from a career in the Army, started building and selling “grain bin rescue tubes.” Last week, Paul Coppin, general manager of Reynolds (N.D.) United Co-op invited Ekdahl to talk to local firefighters and elevator employees.
Ekdahl’s “tubes” are really 18-inch-wide curved lengths of shiny aluminum, with ladder steps welded on the outside.
Minnetonka, Minn.-based Cargill is one of the nation's largest beef processors. Federal workplace regulators this week cited Cargill Inc.'s Milwaukee beef slaughterhouse for 23 serious safety violations, the most violations the agribusiness giant has received at any of its U.S. plants in at least a decade.
WASHINGTON — Some national produce industry groups seem to be exploiting a recent outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria, thought to have originated in strawberries from an Oregon farm, for the purposes of discrediting or even repealing the Tester-Hagan amendment included in last year’s landmark Food Safety Modernization Act in Congress.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. — Ryan Anderson could have gotten bogged down in self-pity. He is painfully aware that he was simply in too big a rush on Nov. 6, 2010, when a lapse in safety in a corn field cost him his lower right leg.
FARGO, N.D. — May 5, I drove from Fargo, N.D., to Bismarck, N.D., to cover a court hearing the next morning. It was a beautiful evening, but it was clear that the fields were too wet for this time of year. Almost none of the field work had been done. I counted two planting rigs operating across that 180-mile stretch. I think there was one outfit planting potatoes.
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