Dr. Paul Johnson, 64, an entomologist at South Dakota State University, curates a collection of dead insects for SDSU, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at collections that are used in research including the study of crop pests.
Abigail Martens, a 25-year-old doctorate student from a western Iowa corn and soybean farm, explains her fascination with “beneficial” insects, including the parasitoids that go after such things as soybean aphids and kill them from within.
J.T. Weber, LuAnn and sons operate Weber Brothers Cattle Co. from Lake Benton, Minn. They focus on artificial insemination and embryo transplants. Sons Jake, Garret and Matt promote their bulls and heifers at major shows, including the recent Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, S.D.