Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — Not many North Dakota ranches have 1,000 chickens roaming free. Not many North Dakota ranches have cattle, sheep and pigs, all on pasture. And not many North Dakota ranches have added vegetables, fruits and nuts to their offerings, along with livestock and grain. But Brown's Ranch has never claimed to be conventional. "Other farmers and ranchers laugh at us because we look different," Gabe Brown says as he pilots a Polaris Ranger around a grove of recently planted fruit trees. "We laugh at them because they all look the same."
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring easily won another four-year term in office. Goehring, a Republican, received 67.77 percent of votes, according to unofficial results from the Nov. 6 election. Democratic challenger Jim Dotzenrod received 32.02 percent of votes. Dotzenrod won in only five counties, prevailing in Ransom, Richland, Rolette, Sargent and Sioux counties. Goehring has served as agriculture commissioner since then-Gov. John Hoeven appointed him to the spot in 2009. He farms in the Bismarck area with his son.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Terry Johnson isn’t sure why the soybean pile outside Maple River Grain & Agronomy became a political issue. The pile, Maple River’s CEO explained on Nov. 5, is part of the elevator’s infrastructure. Soybeans have been piled in the same spot for several years around harvest. “You can pile fast and pick it up fast,” Johnson said. “It’s put out there with full intentions of picking it back up within a few months.”
I've always disliked the color purple — to the point of inexplicably telling my mom when I was a kid that certain shades of the color "give me a headache." But now, I'm proudly purple if anyone asks.
FARGO, N.D. — The Oct. 26 debate in North Dakota's U.S. Senate race featured a lengthy back-and-forth on trade and tariffs between incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer, during which Cramer downplayed the importance of China to North Dakota in terms of trade. "In fact, China represents 1 percent of North Dakota's exports," Cramer said.
FARGO, N.D. — The 200th episode of AgweekTV will air on Saturday, Oct. 25. Forum Communications Company CEO Bill Marcil Jr. in June 2014 asked Jim Manney, director of video content for Forum Communications Company, to start putting a team of people together to launch AgweekTV. "No one covers ag like Agweek Magazine, so it made sense to take that experience and expertise to a TV and video format," Manney says.
The National FFA Convention & Expo got underway Oct. 24 in Indianapolis, and chapters from the region continue to update Agweek on what's been going on so far.
FFA chapters from across the U.S. are heading toward Indianapolis, home of the National FFA Convention. More than 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are expected to attend the event.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says 136 groups in 35 states have expressed interest in becoming the new home of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
If you spend much time around small town cafes, gas stations, bars, grain elevators and other gathering places, you've probably heard or been involved in a conversation with a farmer or rancher about the weather.