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LAKE BENTON, Minn. — Delaney Herefords will put their stand-out bulls on the Hereford sale at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in mid-January. They take their top 10 bulls to Denver, as they do every year, Jerry Delaney says. In 2015, the Delaneys won the so-called “carload” category and often place as reserve champion. “We make ’em sweat, put it that way,” Jerry says, smiling with relish. The purebred Hereford operation started with Jerry’s father, Jack, with a 4-H project in 1936. The Delaneys started conducting their own sales in 1969.
MINNEAPOLIS—The U.S. attorney for Minnesota is charging former Ashby (Minn.) Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. general manager Jerome Robert "Jerry" Hennessey with two counts of mail fraud, and a newly alleged federal income tax evasion charge as authorities investigate allegations that Hennessey used co-op funds to bankroll big-game hunting trips and other personal expenses.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 21, issued a cease-and-desist order against a 21-year-old grain merchant doing business as Midwest Grain Trading and NoDak Grain, both based in Devils Lake, N.D. Wednesday's hearing in Bismarck was not attended by the grain dealer, Hunter Hanson of Leeds, N.D., or any legal representation. Hanson and his company have 15 days to request a hearing to consider the evidence in the case.
MITCHELL, S.D. — The technology of using "bale wrap" for storing large round bales has become more popular, but it's created some health problems when cattle and other animals accidentally ingest it.
FARGO, N.D. — They're far from the drought, but North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory chemists on the Fargo campus are in the middle of the action, running tests for ranchers who want to know their animals are getting safe feed and water. Brett Webb, director of the lab, say tests are about six-fold from non-drought years. Excessive nitrates in feed or water can lead to cattle losses or abortions. Typically the lab does 20 to 30 of the tests in non-drought years. So far this year, they have done about 300 for water and about the same for forages.
WEBSTER, S.D. — The South Dakota Legislature put a temporary bandage on the festering conflict between land and water rights in northeast South Dakota, but farmers say they're waiting for permanent solutions. The issue has been between landowners and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (SDGFPD), which has helped sportsmen take advantage of rising waters that have flooded farmland over the last 25 years.
MILES CITY, Mont. — The cattle industry and community leaders are hoping to have a say in whether U.S. Department of Agriculture research laboratories are closed this fall, after budget cuts were released by President Donald Trump's administration in late May. The USDA's Agricultural Research Service announced numerous cuts, including 17 ARS labs. Those include three labs in Agweek country — at Brookings, S.D., Morris, Minn., and Miles City, Mont.
FARGO, N.D. — Farmers in the region are in the midst of a nervous mind game, trying to navigate marketing decisions in the midst of a widening drought, a North Dakota State University economist says. Frayne Olson, a marketing marketing specialist with the NDSU Extension Service, says it is easy to get carried away with the price situation. "I had a phone call the other day from a farmer who asked, 'When are we going to get to $12 (per bushel) wheat?'" Olson says. "I said, 'Well, I don't know, but it probably won't be this year.'"
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A federal judge in Iowa on July 5 refused a biofuels promoter's motion to remove herself in his wire fraud and aggravated identity theft case in which he has promised to plead guilty.
VOLGA, S.D. — Sheep shearing is a chore, but the weather on April 1 was so balmy that the whole thing was pleasant for the sheep and the people on a Brookings County farm. Shearing is a part-time job for Ronny Parmely, assistant manager for the South Dakota State University Seed Testing Laboratory in Brookings. He shears evenings and Saturdays and lambs out about 125 head of sheep that are a combination of purebred Southdown and weather-type market lambs (the equivalent of a steer in beef animals).