Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Secretary of State's Office testified that removing the growing or processing of marijuana from the definition of farming or ranching would clear up confusion about whether medical marijuana "compassion centers" have to comply with state's ban on corporate farming.
BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill passed by the North Dakota Senate would remove "the growing or processing of marijuana" from the definition of "farming or ranching," which would mean growing marijuana would not be included under the state's ban on corporate farming. North Dakota's existing corporate farming law limits corporate farming to entities that consist of up to 15 shareholders who must be closely related or closely related through marriage. Under Senate Bill 2200, marijuana grown for medicinal purposes under North Dakota law would not be considered farming or ranching.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The National Wheat Yield Contest overall winner last year grew 203 bushels of wheat per acre. The dryland spring wheat winner was John Weinand of Hazen, N.D., with 104 bushels per acre. The world record for wheat yield is 250 bushels per acre, Logan Grier, technical marketing manager at BASF, told attendees of Wheat U. What does that mean for most wheat growers? "There is opportunity for growth," Grier said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — While children in other classes of Stutsman County Extension Youth Activity Day learned about things like wood burning, sewing and table manners, Lucinda Nygard Lien was teaching skills she hopes no one ever has to use. In Nygard Lien's Stop the Bleed session, children and their parents learned how to put on tourniquets, how to pack gauze into a wound and the proper way to apply compression.
How cold is it in the Upper Midwest? Cold enough that some thermometers can't even register it. Agweek reader Landon Plummer from Hannah, N.D., sent in this photo of an old Agweek thermometer that can't quite keep up with the conditions. "Not sure how old the thermometer is but it looks like it needs a few more negative numbers on it," Plummer said in an email.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The High Plains Journal, Agweek and BASF brought an educational opportunity for wheat growers to North Dakota for the first time on Jan. 17. Held at the Bismarck Event Center, Wheat U featured presentations from BASF scientists and North Dakota State University Extension professionals, as well as conversations with wheat growers, wheat users and other industry officials.
Once in awhile, I work with my kids at home. It's not often, but it does happen. A few weeks ago, I knew I would be getting my girls a little early and planned to quit early. But a couple breaking news stories that day disrupted my plans. I asked my girls to play nicely while I did some quick interviews and finished things up. I was amazed both at how well my stories went and how well my children behaved. And then, just as I was giving my stories a final look, it started:
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Industry has provided plenty of interesting and exciting technology options to agriculture. But the challenge continues to be making that technology useful enough for farmers to adopt it. Technology adoption goes in phases, Chad Godsey of Godsey Precision AG, explained at the eighth annual Precision Ag Summit at the Farmers Union Conference Center. Early adopters take it on, then there's a stage of discontent before the technology becomes useful enough for the majority to use it.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Hundreds of people piled into a North Dakota Capitol hearing room to spend more than three hours discussing two portions of the state's heritage: land ownership and hunting. While the discussion on Senate Bill 2315 during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Friday, Jan. 25 largely pitted agriculture groups against hunters, some farmers spoke out against the bill and some hunters spoke in favor of it.
WASHINGTON — Farm Service Agency offices nationwide will reopen Jan. 24 despite the ongoing government shutdown. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will recall all staff to handle more matters than were available during a previous brief re-opening.