Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
TAPPEN, N.D. — Dean and Twyla Stroh are winning a battle with cold, snow, mud and slop. The Strohs' calving season began on Feb. 8. Since then, they've calved out their embryo-transplant cows, their artificially inseminated cows and about 100 bull-bred cows. They had a touch over 300 calves on the ground on March 19, putting them a little more than half done in a calving season that will stretch into April.
FULLERTON, Neb. — Dubas Equipment on Sunday, March 17, shared a video on Facebook of a Red Angus heifer being dug out of mud near Fullerton in east-central Nebraska. The video, an example of the devastation and struggle of the storms and floods in Nebraska and Iowa, had been shared more than 33,000 times within three days. Weston Frank, who handles media for Dubas Equipment and several other ag companies through J&W Marketing of South Dakota, said Dubas Equipment decided to use the video to power a relief effort for central Nebraska ranchers.
BISMARCK, N.D. — To get distilled water in North Dakota State University's Harris Hall, one must first make sure no one is using the men's bathroom. Then, the water has to be hauled from the distillation system — housed awkwardly in the bathroom — to wherever it is needed. The process, besides being inefficient and uncomfortable, exposes the water to contaminants.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Proposals to move the Agricultural Products Utilization Committee and authority over grain buyers to the North Dakota Agriculture Department remain alive in the North Dakota Legislature. The Legislature already rejected proposals that would have moved the state Milk Marketing Board and the North Dakota Trade Office to the Ag Department. Those agencies will stay with the state auditor's office and the Department of Commerce, respectively.
FARGO, N.D. — Abbi Steeke may not have walked away with a state basketball championship or a state 4-H livestock judging championship this year. But she certainly demonstrated how to be a champion multi-tasker. Steeke, of Rhame, N.D., was on the Hettinger-Scranton team that competed in the North Dakota Class B basketball tournament held in Grand Forks Feb. 28-March 2. But before her team played its last game March 2, she drove to Fargo to compete in the state 4-H livestock judging contest.
MONANGO, N.D. — Mark Wagner has memories of the April 1997 storm that hit North Dakota, and he's heard all about the 1966 storm before he was born that took lives, both human and livestock. He thinks the blizzard of March 2019 might go down in history with those past events.
Each year, the Agriculture Council of America sponsors National Ag Day, which this year falls on March 14. National Ag Week runs from March 10-16.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill to define meat and prohibit deceptive marketing of cell-cultured products that mimic meat. House Bill 1400 had passed both chambers of the North Dakota Legislature, with only one dissenting vote in each chamber. The Legislature also passed a companion to the bill, House Concurrent Resolution 3024, which urges Congress to take similar actions to differentiate meat from lab-produced, meat-like products.
What I've learned so far in 2019 is that the Upper Midwest is not the place for secret family recipes. You may recall my column from a few months back about my quest to get my knoephla soup to resemble that of the cafe at Napoleon Livestock, my husband's favorite version of the German soup that is popular in North Dakota. After my column ran, I learned how much people here love to share their family pride through their cooking. I didn't keep track of how many recipes I received, but suffice it to say that I haven't had time to try them all.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature wants to make sure that when consumers buy meat, they know they're buying "the edible flesh of an animal born and harvested for the purpose of human consumption" and not something developed in a lab. The Senate on Monday, March 4, passed House Bill 1400, which defines meat and prohibits deceptive marketing of cell-cultured products that mimic meat. Only Sen. Dave Oehlke, R-Devils Lake, cast a no vote, with the final tally at 44-1.