Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
MEDINA, N.D. — Around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, a semi pulled into Diamond W Feeds and started unloading. "That's some of our first product," manager Kenny Hoffer said. The delivery was a big deal for a feed store that hasn't been able to make feed in its own location for nearly a year.
Not long after my older daughter learned her colors, she assigned names to our vehicles: My Ford Escape was "Reddy," and my old Ford Escape that had become my husband's farm car was "Whitey." My husband bought a pickup she donned, "Bluey." And when I traded "Reddy" in on a Honda CR-V, the new vehicle became "Bluey-Greeny." This has been going on for a few years, and, despite her now expansive imagination and vocabulary, the names have stuck. There's only one problem: Bluey-Greeny more often than not should be called "Tanny" or "Brownie" or, if we get away from the colors, "Grimy."
WAHPETON, N.D. — It started with a lot full of weeds, a bit of an eyesore in a residential area in Wahpeton. But, oh, how much more it became. Scott Muehler called his City Councilman, Steve Dale, to complain about the approximately five-acre lot, located behind his house. The City Council got the landowner's blessing to put a sweet corn field there, with the intention of growing enough corn for a fundraiser corn feed to benefit the fire department.
BISMARCK, N.D. — When the North Dakota Department of Agriculture launched the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project in 2010, the Hay Creek Kids 4-H Club was full of what club leader Jeff Ellingson calls "city kids." The club started a garden at Ellingson's house as a community service project and a way to teach club members about the origins of food.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Cases of variant influenza in humans that may have originated in swine underscore the need for keeping ill humans and animals at home, North Dakota State Veterinarian Susan Keller says. The North Dakota Health Department believes two people — a North Dakota child and an out-of-state resident — may have contracted a strain of influenza from swine at the North Dakota State Fair.
LOCKWOOD, Mont. — A farm cooperative in eastern Montana hopes to open a 22,800-ton fertilizer plant capable of blending 240 tons per hour here by mid December. Town & Country Supply Association, based in Laurel, Mont., has been contemplating such a plant for close to a decade, says general manager Wes Burly. Robert Williams, president of Town & Country's board of directors, says the co-op has been looking for a site and trying to get plans in order for about three years.
DICKINSON, N.D. — When Tom Bedgar asked Jeff King if he'd take a load of hay from Maryland to North Dakota, King went home, talked to his wife and prayed about it. And in little time at all, he and his brother-in-law had decided to make the cross-country trip with 25 tons of hay bound for the drought-stricken north. King's cousin-in-law also joined them for the trip to help break up the miles each would need to drive.
I was driving back from Bismarck, feeling a bit grumbly. I'd had a couple interviews there, but part of my plan for the day had been to find some gardeners out and about and maybe a farmer to talk to for a few stories. But it started to rain.
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Upper Midwest is in the grips of a historic drought, pretty close on the heels of several historic floods. Both extremes cause devastating, expensive problems for agriculture. But agronomist Andrea Basche thinks an answer to improving outcomes for droughts and floods might be the same. "It might surprise people that soil can be a part of the solution," Basche says. "Soil can offset some of the impacts related to drought and flood."
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — When Alicia Harstad, Courtney VanDyke and Tiffany Rudolph started thinking about holding an event specific to women in agriculture, they didn't know how the effort would be received. They planned an Aug. 3 event that would take up to 40 women by bus from Jamestown, N.D., to Carrington, N.D., to tour Dakota Sun Gardens & Winery. The trio set things up, then waited to see whether anyone would be interested in the Women in Ag event. With almost no advertising, the event sold out. The evening included a scavenger hunt, dinner and wine tasting.