RURAL REFLECTIONS Deb's Retirement
I was eight in 1973. The time since then has seemed almost a lifetime
because, for me, it almost is. It is amazing to think that for one
person that same chunk of time has been a career.
My ... Posted on 9/29/12 at 7:21 AM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER 15 Years Ago
It is hard to believe that fifteen years have passed by since the Flood of the Century in April 1997. That flood was preceded by what was arguably the most significant blizzard to strike the state o... Posted on 4/5/12 at 8:16 AM
Farmers in 28 Minnesota counties, including Douglas County, are eligible to apply for low-interest loans through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) to offset the cost of losses caused by severe weather and flooding this spring.
Farmers who’ve spent decades living and working near the James River in northern South Dakota say this spring’s flooding is the worst they’ve seen.
Pastures and fields are under water. Livestock are mired in mud trying to get around feedlots.
“Man oh man, losses in feed yards are big,” said Bill Richter of rural Hecla.
I get upset with letters like Richard Betting’s in The Jamestown Sun on April 22. The thought seems to be blame the farmers. The Red, Sheyenne and James rivers just broke records established approximately 100 years ago. I don’t believe there was much drainage then and I know there were not hundreds of acres of concrete and asphalt along the rivers.
Among my post-flood garbage: My class syllabi. The temperamental Red River closed Concordia College, as it did other area schools, for two weeks, so some things had to be axed from my journalism classes.
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said Thursday that North Dakota now has the authority to spend federal dollars marked for emergency livestock assistance, and that getting feed to stranded livestock is the first priority for those funds.
Planting delay due to weather has area producers worried
The nasty spring has delayed planting, and area farmers are worried.
The late start could hamper producers from preparing fields properly and keep them from planting the crops they prefer.
Spring floods are receding for now, but farmers and ranchers in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota are worried that they’re on track for a repeat of the dismal year of 1997.
That was the year spring blizzards and record flooding devastated cattle herds, threw crop plans into turmoil and helped send farm income plummeting 85 percent.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
, April 07, 2009
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