Agweek News Team
FARGO, N.D. — Agri News on March 9 will combine with Agweek to create the region’s most experienced agriculture media provider in print, digital and broadcast.
FARGO, N.D. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it has invested $23 million in two high-speed broadband infrastructure projects. The projects, by Polar Communications and Daktel Communications, will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 2,643 rural households and 78 businesses in North Dakota. The Tuesday, Jan. 8, announcement is part of the first round of USDA's ReConnect Pilot Program investments.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Janeen Abrams grew up in Philadelphia and took an interest in her aunt's gardening, which led her to focus on agriculture sciences in school. Today, in addition to being a plant research scientist at Purdue University, she's spreading the message of the benefits of problem-solving in agriculture by increasing diversity. "We recognize as plant scientists that we cannot exist and cannot move our genetic lines forward without diversity. But somehow, as people, we've been in a slow process to recognize the value and importance of that," she says.
MADISON, Wis. — MillerCoors has filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev over its series of commercials on the use of corn syrup in the brewing process. Corn syrup is not used in the production of Bud Light, but MillerCoors does use it in its beers. Television commercials that tout Bud Light's non-use of corn syrup began airing during the Super Bowl. The commercials take place in the medieval setting that has been used in Bud Light's previous campaigns, featuring the "Dilly! Dilly!" slogan.
Few will argue that agriculture can be beautiful. Even on the hardest day, there is beauty in the stunning views, the captivating sunrises and sunsets, the way the sun glints off the crops in the field. Readers sent in photos for Agweek's end-of-2018 photo contest that showed the true glory in a rural landscape, no matter the time of year or the work being done.
DALTON, Minn. — Jerome "Jerry" Hennessey, the former general manager of the Ashby (Minn.) Farmers Cooperative Elevator, has put his house up for sale for $795,000. Hennessey, 56, is accused of stealing $5 million from the elevator over at least 15 years to fund his big game hunting exploits, among other things. He is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 before Chief Judge John Tunheim in Courtroom 15 in Minneapolis to enter pleas on federal charges of mail fraud and income tax evasion.
In the cycle of farm life, planting and harvesting are constants, repeated every year. But that doesn't mean the tasks look the same on every farm. Readers sent a variety of photos of fieldwork for Agweek's end-of-2018 photo contest. This week's selection of photos show how different planting and harvesting can look depending on what you raise and where you are.
At the end of 2018, we asked our readers to send in some of their favorite agriculture photos of 2018 — and readers came through. We have photos of all seasons, of all phases of life on farms and ranches. Readers sent in photos of planting and harvest, of livestock and landscapes. The photos give you a feel of what it's like to live and work on the land.
If you want to keep healthy from harvest to planting, consider 30 minutes of physical exercise daily and eating healthy. Here are six tips from the Heart Foundation of Australia: • Enjoy winter vegetables, fruit: Consider making fruit a breakfast routine. Broccoli, carrots and cauliflower are great in soup. Stock the freezer. Get more fruit and vegetables tips at www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating/food-and-nutrition/fruit-veget... .
Last week, Gene Hanson of Edgeley, N.D., sent in this drone photo of cows in the shape of a cross. The cows belong to Hanson's neighbor, Richard Moch, and Moch fed the 150 head in that shape. The photo also was sent to other news outlets locally and nationally and has been carried across the country. Merry Christmas from all of us at Agweek!