Day-to-day stresses can often be nothing but little bumps in the road in the whole scheme of things, and then life is back to normal. But what about ongoing negative stresses that threaten your livelihood? That is the type of stress many farmers in the region are experiencing right now, and it can have a huge impact on their mental health.
AgweekTV Soy Insight is brought to you by the North Dakota Soybean Council. A group of Fargo-area dieticians and nutrition experts got a lesson in the benefits of soy nutrition. Mark Messina, the director of the Soy Nutrition Institute, stressed that soy is a source of high-quality protein, has healthy fatty acids and is easy to incorporate into the diet. He says there's a lot of misinformation about soy, including that it can cause or worsen breast cancer. But in fact, Messina says research shows the opposite is true.
LAKOTA, N.D. — Pavel "Diesel" Danil knows how good the pork industry is in the U.S., and that's part of the reason he's so adamant about telling the story of pig farming and how it's a good neighbor. Danil came to the U.S. from Moldova about 10 years ago on a cultural exchange visa. He liked it so much that he came back on a work visa to work for Nelson County Pigs Cooperative. Eventually, he got a green card and now he's working on becoming a U.S. citizen.
ENGLEVALE, N.D. — Anyone hanging out on the gravel roads near the Ransom County Multiplier, a 2,500-sow barn near Englevale, isn't likely to smell anything coming from the barns. They may not see trucks hauling manure to neighboring fields. Brian Zimprich, North Dakota State University Extension Agent for Ransom County and a member of the North Dakota Pork Council, explains that is because modern pig operations have taken careful steps to ensure that they are taking care of the environment and natural resources.
FARGO, N.D. — Pork has had a bit of a reputation for being difficult to cook to perfection. But local food writer and recipe developer Sarah Nasello says pork can be an easy and versatile addition to a menu, with just a few easy techniques. "There are so many good virtues about pork," she says.
CARRINGTON, N.D. — When people see a large livestock operation, they often don't realize the impact it can have on the community's economy — and especially the economy for nearby farmers. "They're a huge consumer of commodities," says J.W. Schroeder, former North Dakota State University Extension dairy specialist. And it's not just commodities, as the feed list at VanBedaf Dairy in Carrington shows. They use byproducts from the local pasta plant, as well as from the sugar beet, canola and ethanol industries.
CARRINGTON, N.D. — For livestock producers, taking care of their land and animals isn't incidental to their jobs — it's their whole purpose. "It's something we do everyday," says Kenton Holle, vice chair of the North Dakota Livestock Alliance and a third-generation dairy farmer in Morton County, N.D. It starts, he says, with making sure animals are safe and comfortable.
CARRINGTON, N.D. — In the 10 years since VanBedaf Dairy opened, the surrounding community has come to regard it as an important employer and resource, as well as a provider of safe, affordable dairy products. VanBedaf Dairy, owned by Conny and Corne van Bedaf, is a first-generation dairy farm. The couple farmed in the Netherlands and Canada before moving to Carrington in 2009.