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HETTINGER, N.D. — If left unshorn, a sheep's wool will simply never stop growing, until the animal can no longer move. To prevent the countryside from being littered with indolent, bleating balls of wool, it is necessary to ensure that a new crop of shearers is ready and able to keep North Dakota's sheep population svelte.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Dickinson State University's agriculture and technical studies department showcased the talents of some of its graduating seniors at their annual Opportunities in Agriculture event, which brought together local industry, leadership and education.
KILLDEER, N.D. — Walter Kukla's home in Killdeer is walled with memories—photographs of children and grandchildren, relatives and relations. "I built this house in 1970. The old house we lived in was just a shack, it was just built with a flat roof," Kukla said. "There was eight kids in our family."
BOWMAN, N.D. — The weather's taken a turn, with winter winds and low temperatures coming to roost in North Dakota, uprooting one of the state's big industries: honey production. "Right now we're in the process of shipping our bees to California for the winter," said Tim Hiatt, a beekeeper out of Bowman. "There's specific crops that must be pollinated by honey bees because they are so concentrated that native pollinators (can't)."
DICKINSON, N.D. — A line of rusted tractors, neatly tagged and laid out according to make and model, might seem like the start of a junkyard, not the beginning of an auction — yet for many on Saturday morning these very relics were worth more than their weight in iron.
Corn and oil may sound like an unpleasant cocktail, but blending ethanol and gasoline has resulted in savings for consumers and profits for farmers, advocates say.
DICKINSON, N.D. — The Pride of Dakota showcases much that makes the Legendary State legendary—homemade jam, beautiful hand-carved woodwork, sweet rhubarb wines and German, Norwegian and Ukrainian foodstuffs—yet the true pride of the event lies not in the goods for sale but in the people selling them.
DICKINSON, N.D. — An analysis of agriculture trends around the world indicates that North Dakota farmers are going to face stiff competition from cash crop producers in other countries, particularly Russia and the Ukraine. "What's been coming out is the Black Sea region, Ukraine, the black earth region of Russia, is becoming more competitive," said Andrew Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension Service farm and family resource management specialist. "They have some real advantages in land costs, labor costs ... they're making fewer inputs but getting larger yields."
MANNING, N.D. —Raising a cost-efficient cow is a science. Every element is of the utmost importance; and at the World Cattlemen's Cow Efficiency Congress at North Dakota State University Research Extension Center's Manning Ranch Saturday those elements of efficiency were presented to ranchers and cattle producers in an outdoor classroom environment.
LEFOR, N.D. — Nothing beats having a good neighbor — no matter how far away that neighbor lives. Dan Murphy is a man of action. When the call came down from Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping farmers in need, he didn't reach for his checkbook — he reached for his keys. Driving from Texas with his wife, Debbie, and their floppy-eared mutt Jack, Murphy devoted a month of his time to hauling and harvesting hay in Lefor, N.D. Why?