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The rancorous and pungent aroma of manure and mud blended with the stomach-rumbling smell of country kitchen cooking at the Stockmen's Livestock Exchange in Dickinson on Jan. 3. The auction barn was booming with a mélange of sights and sounds as attendees sprung hands high into the air in response to the auctioneer's rapid-fire ramblings. Responsible for organizing an auction and managing the bidding and sale process, auctioneers at the Stockmen's Livestock Exchange in Dickinson demonstrated mastery of their craft.
DICKINSON, N.D. — A sweeping new tax package, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018, will benefit farmers and agricultural producers by expanding programs aimed at lowering tax burdens on the agriculture community.
The 35th annual Western Dakota Crops Day, hosted by the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center, will be held at the Hettinger Armory on Dec. 20. John Rickertsen, a research agronomist with the Hettinger Extension Center and instrumental in coordinating the event, outlined the scheduled events and topics of discussion farmers, ranchers, producers and interested parties alike will receive from expert guest speakers in their related fields.
North Dakota ranked 12th in the United States in suicide rate per 100,000 citizens, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a widely cited study in July 2016 pointing to high rates of suicide among rural farmers.
Information about new seed varieties and producing seed, and questions about seed laws will be featured at the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association district meetings set for Dec. 3-6. "Come learn more about the seed industry in North Dakota," says Toni Muffenbier, the association's office manager. "Attending a district meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the organization as we've made some changes recently. It's also a great time to ask questions and meet others who are passionate about agriculture in North Dakota."
The objective of farming has remained nearly unchanged for generations — grow quality produce and find ways to increase yield. The means of achieving these longstanding goals remains in a constant state of evolution and innovation. Improving soil fertility is one area of research that has progressed over the past decade as more and more studies fine-tune the process. But what if progress means taking a step back?
At first she shooed the voles and rats away with sticks and brooms, but as the weather turned colder, the steady trickle of pesky rodents became a stampede of brown fur and black beady eyes. That is when the homeowner reached out to the professionals. John Mack is the owner of JAM Pest Control Inc. in Dickinson. He cautions that now is the time to prepare for the upcoming cold weather by preparing the home against pests.
The National Pest Management Association released its bi-annual forecast report of pest pressure and activity North Dakotans can expect moving into the fall and winter seasons. The report is based on weather patterns, long-term predictions and pest biological behaviors. According to the NPMA entomologists, erratic weather patterns and record-breaking rainfall are expected to cause an increase in pest pressure across the continental U.S. this fall and winter.
DICKINSON—North Dakota's first West Nile Virus-related death of 2018 was announced by the North Dakota Department of Health earlier this week, raising concerns about the virus in the state. The unidentified man who died was in his 60s, resided in the northwest region of the state and may have had underlying health issues contributing to a greater risk of severe illness associated with West Nile Virus.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Decisions made by China routinely make international headlines as its nearly 1.5 billion residents make the country the most populated and largest consumer market globally. The U.S. government in conjunction with the European Union have for a long time placed scrutiny on the trade and regulatory practices of China in largely unsuccessful efforts aimed at bringing the nation into fair trade deals.