PRAIRIE BUSINESS February issue now online
One of my first assignments after joining this magazine was to attend the lavish groundbreaking celebration for Sanfords Fargo Medical Center. (See"Sanford begins building Fargo medical center")
It w... Posted on 2/4/15 at 3:29 PM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Updated: You may find this amusing
I'm passing on this joke/witticism that I heard from a North Dakota State University Extension Service official:
It's 2048, and the United States has elected its first female president. She has stron... Posted on 1/8/15 at 2:15 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, Letter to Dave... Posted on 11/27/14 at 7:37 AM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS A Chilly Day for Comforting Chili on the Kirk Ranch
This past Monday morning was a rude awakening, not just to freezing rain early in the morning that turned to sticky snow but plummeting temperatures.
I had just spent a week at a writer's... Posted on 11/13/14 at 8:41 PM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER The Last Blog Post
Today is my last day at WDAY/WDAZ, so the following is my last blog post....
One of my favorite quotes is from Stephen Hawking. Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try... Posted on 3/28/14 at 11:46 AM
Being prepared is one of the best ways to ensure the season goes smoothly, according to Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist, and Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
March 17, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farms and Land in Farms - 2014 Summary showed the U.S. had 2.08 million farms. South Dakota had 31,700 farms in 43.3 million acres with an average farm size of 1,353 acres, compared with a nationwide average of 438 acres per farm and a total of 913 million acres in farms.
South Dakota State University Extension Service
March 09, 2015
The U.S. Senate failed to overturn President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would give Congress the power to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate garnered 62 votes for the override, putting it five votes short of the two-thirds needed to send the bill back to the House of Representatives.
While the mainstream ethanol advocates are pushing toward E15, some want much more.
Orrie Swayze, a Wilmot, S.D., semi-farmer and former South Dakota Corn Growers Association president, says the Environmental Protection Agency shift toward E15 would be a “zero growth proposition,” and should only be a step toward a goal of E30.
Jeff Broin says if farmers want corn prices back at a profitable level, they need to get involved in politics and get engaged to keep the ethanol industry strong.
At age 49, Broin is the executive chairman and founder of Poet LLC, a company that operates 27 ethanol plants across seven states, producing an estimated 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol a year.
At this time of year, the cows are calving or pregnant, so the feeling of contentment is prevalent within the cow herd. If one never has experienced the pleasure of walking among a herd of pregnant cows, ewes or other ruminants, there is a palpable feeling of contentment, a pleasurable waiting moment.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment by March 30 on recommendations that eventually could lead to changes in its prevented-planting insurance coverage levels. If approved, the changes would cut corn prevented-planting payment levels and increase rates for potatoes and green peas, among other things.
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