Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
FARGO, N.D. — From 2008 to 2015, opioid prescriptions increased 59.7% in North Dakota, and enough opioids were prescribed in South Dakota in 2017 to medicate every adult in the state for 15 days, according to Strengthening the Heartland, a joint project on opioid addiction from South Dakota State University Extension and North Dakota State University Extension. Against that backdrop, Strengthening the Heartland is trying to build awareness of opioid misuse in rural communities with training programs for adults and teens, print and online resources, webinars and more.
ASHLEY, N.D. — A South Dakota cattle feedlot operator has been ordered to serve 180 days in jail for writing a bad check to a North Dakota cattle buyer. Robert "Bob" Blom, 58, on Monday, Sept. 16, pleaded guilty to Class C felony issuing check or draft without sufficient funds or credit.
A few weeks ago, I was digging through online copies of old newspapers, purportedly in search of some tidbits related to my family history. In reality, it was as much because I love old newspapers and the unpolished history within them. When I worked at a newspaper, I would try to think of story ideas that would allow me to venture into the basement and its stacks of more-than-a-century-old papers. I've always been fascinated by how much things have changed in the years that yellowed those pages.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Sue Balcom had been trying to come up with a project for a North Dakota Historical Society grant when she flipped over an old photo she had pulled from the bottom of an heirloom blue suitcase that had passed through her family. The label identified the people in the photo as "Mr. and Mrs. John Dockter." "And I thought to myself, these women didn't even have first names," Balcom says. "They just never got any recognition."
FARGO, N.D. — A district court judge has refused to leave in place an injunction prohibiting Spiritwood Energy Park Association from terminating a contract with North Dakota Soybean Processors to build a $287 million soybean processing plant soybean-crushing plant in Spiritwood.
FARGO, N.D. — Attendance at farm shows across the region this summer has lagged a bit. No one has to ask why, given low commodity prices and poor weather conditions. But even if the crowds that come in are smaller, people are still visiting and vendors are still looking to talk to their customers. At the Big Iron Farm Show, held Sept. 9-12 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, attendance wasn't an issue. The first day, which followed a 2-inch rain in the area, Red River Valley Fair Association general manager Bryan Schulz called attendance "phenomenal."
FARGO, N.D. — Last year, the Big Iron International Visitors Program had only about 50 delegates — one of the smallest groups since the program's inceptions in 2007. The program had record applications, but visa problems kept many people from making it to the Big Iron Farm Show.
STREETER, N.D. — Cattle and conservation haven't always been natural companions when it comes to how to manage grasslands. Many conservation programs have sought to keep cattle off the land, the thought being that cattle would damage the ecosystem of pollinators and birds and other species that rely on the grasslands. But the philosophy of how to best care for grasslands and the flora and fauna that call them home is changing.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Jed Rider grew up on an irrigated sugar beet farm, but he always wanted to be a cowboy. He and his family toiled for years on the irrigated farm in northwest North Dakota, harvesting crops that didn't quite pay off in the end. Still harboring his cowboy dream, Rider began reading about holistic management, sustainable agriculture and grazing. He wanted to run more cows than he could on his native pastures near Alexander, N.D., and in 2008, he talked his father-in-law into letting him switch 400 acres of cropland back into grasslands.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Retaliatory tariffs in 2019 have cost Nebraska agricultural producers $943 million, on top of estimated losses the year before of between $695 million and $1.026 billion, an analysis from the Nebraska Farm Bureau says. Jay Rempe, Nebraska Farm Bureau senior economist, conducted the analysis as a way to provide an assessment of losses independent of Market Facilitation Program assistance.