RURAL REFLECTIONS Letter to Dave
I told you about the recent installation of the cupola I built this winter. I included an 8 watt bulb as part of the cupola and it was worth the effort to wire and install it. The ... Posted on 5/2/15 at 8:09 AM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Last Light in Zion: The Story of This Painting
The story of the painting,Last LightinZion, by Steve Henderson atStart Your Week with Steve:
Like many beautiful places, Zion National Park is frequently crowded with people, and it can be difficult ... Posted on 11/18/14 at 2:14 PM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Ag: Home of cool, hi-tech stuff
A lot of people without strong ties to U.S. agriculture seem to think of it as backward and low-tech. But those of us involved with it know the opposite is true.
The National Science Foundation has a... Posted on 11/17/14 at 3:05 PM
FARM BLEAT Falling leaves and eagles’ wings
A couple of extra vacation days and a forecast for sunshine sent me to Minnesotas eastern boundary last weekend to admire the beauty along the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.
I know Ive said it ... Posted on 10/21/14 at 9:02 PM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER The Year of the Flood in Media
Floods, not tornadoes, continue to be the weather disaster theme of 2014.The extra-tropical remnants of Hurricane Odile spreading soaking and occasionally torrential rain across the Desert Southwest i... Posted on 9/16/14 at 11:40 PM
CHICAGO — The United States cut its corn harvest estimate 12 percent and said inventories next year will be smaller than forecast in June as the worst Midwest drought since 1988 erodes prospects for a record crop.
ST. PAUL — Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President, was re-elected by state presidents as secretary of the National Farmers Union Board of Directors at the NFU Convention recently in Omaha, Neb. This will be Peterson’s third term as secretary.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will continue to advise the Agriculture Department on the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s rewrite of the rule governing the Packers and Stockyards Act, outgoing Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney said July 12.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo might seem like an unlikely person to be pushing a bill to cut federal taxes on small beer-makers: A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he abstains from alcohol.
But Crapo’s effort, with senators from Oregon, Massachusetts and Maine, illustrates the deep bond between Idaho Mormons and the beer industry.
By John Miller, The Associated Press
September 09, 2010
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers crafting a sweeping farm bill in 2008 promised it would cut government payments to wealthy farmers. Two years later, little appears to have changed.
Data made public Wednesday shows that the wealthiest farmers in the country are still receiving the bulk of government cash, despite claims from lawmakers that reforms in the bill would put more money in the hands of smaller farms. At the same time, a series of exemptions written into the bill has made it more difficult for the public to find out who is receiving what.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Farmers are expected to boost corn and soybean acreage to historic highs this year, boosting overall grain reserves to unexpectedly high levels and driving down food prices, according to an Agriculture Department estimate released Wednesday.
Farmers will plant a record-high soybean crop while boosting the amount of corn acres by 3 percent this spring, the Agriculture Department reported. The higher-than-expected supply forecast caused a steep drop in crop futures on the Chicago Board of Trade.
The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat.
The boar gored Kremer in the knee with a razor-sharp tusk. The burly pig farmer shrugged it off, figuring: “You pour the blood out of your boot and go on.”
But Kremer’s red-hot leg ballooned to double its size. A strep infection spread, threatening his life and baffling doctors. Two months of multiple antibiotics did virtually nothing.
By Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press
December 29, 2009
Rural areas in middle America are being hit particularly hard by what could be another dip into recession for the region, according to a survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states released Tuesday.
PIERRE — Another stretch of South Dakota highway is getting a special name from our state’s past.
A century ago, Stanley County rancher Scotty Philip had the foresight to preserve some of the last American bison remaining on the plains.
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