Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — A Bismarck, N.D., woman hopes her new business will give livestock producers another option for marketing their animals.
I grew up on the east side of Billings, Mont., on the farm and ranch run by my dad and my grandpa. Most of us preferred (and continue to prefer) the ranch side to the farm side. Riding, roping, branding, working cows and bottle feeding calves all held far more intrigue, as did poring over the numbers in bull sale catalogs for some of the nerdier among us (cough, me). That's not to say we didn't pitch in on the farm side. We drove tractors, hoed fields and did what needed to be done. And we irrigated.
FARGO, N.D. — The ClayWilkin Corn and Soybean Growers Association wanted to find a new direction, a way to stay relevant in this day and age. Kurt Krueger, who serves on the ClayWilkin group as well as the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and the American Soybean Association, said the group could have continued to just host annual plot tours and "preach to the choir." But the members decided it was important to reach out to people with no agricultural background and start a conversation about food.
HAVANA, N.D. — A passion for getting people to touch, to see, to feel and — significantly — to taste everything about modern agriculture started the Breker family on the path to opening Coteau des Prairies Lodge, explains Phillip Breker. "We've always loved having people out to the farm," he says. The Lodge, which opened in October 2012, gave the family "a legitimate reason" to invite people out, Breker says.
WASHINGTON — The Senate Agriculture Committee next week plans to consider President Donald Trump's nomination of Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary. According to the committee's website , the nomination hearing will be held March 23.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Julie Ellingson has watched State of the Union speeches and other presidential addresses the same way as most people: gathered around a television, thousands of miles from Capitol Hill. The executive vice president of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association had the "once-in-a-lifetime experience" to find out for herself what it's like to sit in a room with the country's elected federal leaders and hear from the president.
WASHINGTON — Rumors of potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard are creating some concerns in the biofuels industries.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota government could grow by one department under a bill that has passed the state Senate. Senate Bill 2327 would take the current Department of Health Environmental Health Section and create a new Department of Environmental Quality. The agency would be run by a government-appointed director and would have oversight from an 11-member, governor-appointed advisory council. The bill passed the Senate on a 27-17 vote. It still must be considered by the House.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Senate on Feb. 20 defeated a bill that would have set up a pilot program in several counties to allow landowners to use an online system to indicate whether their land was open for hunting.
HELENA, Mont. — A bill that would prohibit cities and counties in Montana from regulating seeds has passed through a Senate committee. Senate Bill 155 would prohibit local governments from regulating "cultivation, harvesting, production, processing, registration, labeling, marketing, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, possession, notification of use, use and planting of agricultural seeds or vegetable seeds." The bill would not affect the zoning rights of local governments.