Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO — Myriad Mobile's Bushel won a prestigious award at Rabobank's 2019 FoodBytes! San Francisco event. Bushel is a software platform and app launched in 2017 that allows grain elevators and cooperatives to digitally connect with growers and deliver real-time information to inform better business decisions. Based in Fargo, N.D., Bushel touts itself as a software company "made up of farm kids."
BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill to change North Dakota's trespassing and posting laws remained alive after a vote in the state House, though many changes sought by the House Agriculture Committee were defeated. The debate on the floor of the House on Thursday, April 11, revealed numerous simmering differences of opinion along urban and rural divides and between landowners and hunters. The bill still will have to be ironed out by a conference committee.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota House has revived a proposal to move regulation of the grain industry from the Public Service Commission to the state Department of Agriculture. The House on Wednesday, April 10, voted 80-13 to pass Senate Bill 2346, which had been amended to, in part, mirror a bill earlier passed by the House, House Bill 1467. The North Dakota Public Service Commission is in charge of regulating grain traders for the state. In 34 of 38 states that regulate the grain industry, state departments of agriculture are in charge of such duties.
A few weeks ago, I helped my husband move some pens of calves and sort some cows. Our feedlot has an excellent drainage system, but this time of year, nothing can drain well enough to keep pens dry. An abundance of melting snow and ice jams in the culverts have created ankle-deep slop here and there. Every thwack of my boots sticking in the mud sounded like spring.
NEW YORK — For the first time in about 90 years, broiler mortality has been trending upward, G. Donald Ritter, a veterinarian with Mountaire Farms, said during a New York Academy of Sciences conference on antibiotics in animal agriculture. The increase coincides with an uptick of meat companies adopting "no antibiotics ever" standards for poultry.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota stands alone in the region for its wide-open laws concerning who can go onto private property. Outdoors groups credit the law, which considers all private property open for anyone to enter unless otherwise posted, with keeping the state's hunting traditions vibrant. But the positive note for hunters has long been a problem for many landowners, particularly farmers and ranchers who want to control who enters their land.
MEDINA, N.D. — When August Heupel learned about an effort to send some hay to Nebraska ranchers who are dealing with the aftermath of historic flooding, he didn't hesitate to donate to the cause. "It's tough to look at, so I can't imagine living it," Heupel said of the flooding.
Wet conditions are prevalent around the region, as snow melt soaks the still-frozen ground and ice jams cause quick rises on rivers and streams.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Senate has voted unanimously to study the regulation of grain buyers rather than move regulation to the state's Agriculture Department.
When you're a reporter in North Dakota, you learn to write about weather. You learn the number for the National Weather Service by heart, and you know where to find historical information about storms and low or high temperatures of the past. I've always embraced that, because I know how integral weather is to our lives here, both on the farm and off.