Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota has had its first confirmed case of anthrax this year in Sioux County, where eight head of cattle died out of a herd of about 200. State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the surviving portion of the herd has been vaccinated, and the cattle are now under quarantine as required by state law. The case was confirmed Sept. 21 by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory based on samples submitted by a veterinarian with the Mandan Veterinary Clinic.
"Mom, when can I be in 4-H?" the little voice in the backseat asked. In a second, I imagined Reanna showing lambs or steers, giving a mean set of livestock judging reasons and displaying a gorgeous piece of leatherwork a few years down the road. But I just told her I'd think about it. It sometimes is hard to look at these two little girls of mine and not see myself. Mostly, it's because we look alike, but there's also some sort of personality quirk (or defect, depending on who you ask) that makes us understand each other.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Even with record heat searing through the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, steady crowds still shuffled through the first day of the Big Iron Farm Show. The sprawling show, with implements of various colors and equipment of all sizes and types, began on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and will continue through Thursday, Sept. 14. Bryan Schultz, Red River Valley Fair Association general manager, said he expects 70,000 to 80,000 people to come to the show this year.
On Sept. 5, something happened in Adams County that hasn't happened in at least four years: The county Farm Bureau held an annual meeting. Tyler Kostelecky, one of the younger farmers getting the group back up and running, says only six or seven people attended the meeting. But he considers it a start. At 35, Kostelecky is among the older members of the new Adams County Farm Bureau. The small collection didn't join Farm Bureau for social reasons or to add something to their resumes.
HELENA, Mont. — As wildfires continue to burn grasslands and forests across Montana and drought continues to worsen, the Montana Department of Agriculture has expanded its hay lottery. Drought conditions gradually have worsened across Montana throughout the summer, and the Sept. 7 release of the U.S. Drought Monitor for the first time had the entire state in some category of drought condition, from abnormally dry to the most severe category, exceptional drought. More than a quarter of the state now is considered in exceptional drought.
MEDINA, N.D. — Around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, a semi pulled into Diamond W Feeds and started unloading. "That's some of our first product," manager Kenny Hoffer said. The delivery was a big deal for a feed store that hasn't been able to make feed in its own location for nearly a year.
Not long after my older daughter learned her colors, she assigned names to our vehicles: My Ford Escape was "Reddy," and my old Ford Escape that had become my husband's farm car was "Whitey." My husband bought a pickup she donned, "Bluey." And when I traded "Reddy" in on a Honda CR-V, the new vehicle became "Bluey-Greeny." This has been going on for a few years, and, despite her now expansive imagination and vocabulary, the names have stuck. There's only one problem: Bluey-Greeny more often than not should be called "Tanny" or "Brownie" or, if we get away from the colors, "Grimy."
WAHPETON, N.D. — It started with a lot full of weeds, a bit of an eyesore in a residential area in Wahpeton. But, oh, how much more it became. Scott Muehler called his City Councilman, Steve Dale, to complain about the approximately five-acre lot, located behind his house. The City Council got the landowner's blessing to put a sweet corn field there, with the intention of growing enough corn for a fundraiser corn feed to benefit the fire department.
BISMARCK, N.D. — When the North Dakota Department of Agriculture launched the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project in 2010, the Hay Creek Kids 4-H Club was full of what club leader Jeff Ellingson calls "city kids." The club started a garden at Ellingson's house as a community service project and a way to teach club members about the origins of food.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Cases of variant influenza in humans that may have originated in swine underscore the need for keeping ill humans and animals at home, North Dakota State Veterinarian Susan Keller says. The North Dakota Health Department believes two people — a North Dakota child and an out-of-state resident — may have contracted a strain of influenza from swine at the North Dakota State Fair.