Devils Lake just keeps going up, and that poses a growing threat to downstream communities along the Sheyenne River in places like Valley City, Lisbon, Kindred, West Fargo and Harwood. The lake has surged 28 feet since 1992, more than tripling its size, dislocating 450 homes and swamping more than 80,000 acres of farmland. The spreading crisis already has consumed more than $1 billion.
Farming is a part of us all — whether we know it or not.
From the food we eat to the friends and family members producing it, farmers and ranchers are important linchpins of our society.
When wheels fall off on the farm, we all can be driven into the ditch.
This fall, we would like our friends in the field to be injury and pain free.
Aberdeen (S.D.) American News
, December 02, 2009
The Obama administration scored its first major foreign policy victory last week when U.S. trade officials announced from Hangzhou, China, that China intends to re-open its markets to U.S. pork and live swine.
The spread of the H1N1 flu virus took a different twist this week when U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors determined that three hogs displayed at this summer’s Minnesota State Fair may have contracted the virus. Later, USDA confirmed at least one of the hogs with H1N1 – the first known case of a possible transfer of the virus from human to pig.
Big Iron is always a major ag exhibition, but this year was notable for a couple of reasons. First, the weather was as good as it can be in mid-September. Big Iron regulars know rain and cool weather often could be counted on during the show’s run. Not this year. Summer-like temperatures and light winds made for perfect conditions for exhibitors and visitors.
“Chickens given 24 hours,” screamed the Pioneer’s front-page headline the other day. Many readers wondered what the newspaper was up to, others who knew the issue also know its importance to those involved.
Last year’s wet, cold fall prevented farmers from harvesting a significant portion of the region’s crops, especially corn. Indeed, some of last year’s corn is still standing in muddy fields in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
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