Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says the kind of bipartisan, across-the-board support the U.S. Senate's version of the farm bill received doesn't happen often. "That doesn't happen for anything but basketball resolutions," she says. "The vote ... shows the rest of the world that America has the backs of our rural communities."
KARLSRUHE, N.D.—When Nancy Beck visited California farms, she heard complaint after complaint about what wasn't working with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. But in North Dakota, that wasn't the case. "These guys are making it work," she said. "I think it's refreshing." Beck, who oversees the EPA's chemicals and pesticides program, was one of 12 EPA officials to come to North Dakota as part of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association's 25th annual E-Tour.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The word "alumni" when invoked regarding FFA alumni groups seems to indicate a gathering of former members of the agriculture education group. Perhaps a fraternity of sorts. But that's not the point at all. "A local alumni group would be comparable to a sports booster club," says Aaron Anderson, ag ed supervisor for North Dakota Career and Technical Education. The use of alumni in the name of the groups, Anderson says, can be a bit misleading. "It's just anyone who is interested in supporting agricultural education and FFA," he clarifies.
FARGO — Pasture readiness for 2018 across North Dakota has been at least a couple of weeks behind other years, and there are indications of early stress that producers should monitor. A variety of issues are affecting pastures, including continued stress from the 2017 drought, dry spring conditions, a late warm-up and, in some cases, overgrazing last year.
ST. ANTHONY, N.D. — Northern Lights Dairy expects about 4,000 people will visit the dairy on June 16 for its Breakfast on the Farm event, which has morphed from breakfast and farm tours to an event with local vendors, children's activities and more.
TAPPEN, N.D. — A group of Kidder County farmers and ranchers spent their Memorial Day helping out a family in need by hauling cattle to pasture. Kidder County Sheriff Barry Vannatta says Larry Olson, 66, died May 27 in a farm accident. Olson farmed and ranched in the Tappen area along with his son, Justin. According to Olson's obituary, he and his wife, Debbie, were named Rancher of the Year by the North Dakota Stockmen's Association in 1998. He was active in his community and quick to help when others were in need, community members say.
FARGO—Michelle Rook will join AgweekTV as anchor, effective April 30, 2018. Rook has worked for Agweek as a freelance television and magazine reporter since 2016.
STEELE, N.D.—When Kidder County, N.D., merged its two high schools for this school year, there was one major hitch: the county school district's ag program had always been based at Tappen High School. All of the students now go to Steele High School. Steele had a shop, but not the kind of facility that would house all of the agriculture and vocational education offerings.
TAPPEN, N.D. — One could be excused for thinking the central North Dakota weather on March 30 was an early April Fools' Day joke — and a cruel one at that. The northwest wind bit at exposed skin and sent snowflakes fluttering wildly, the conditions fit for neither human nor beast. But, as February, March and April are the prevalent calving times for the region, the repercussions of the weather on both humans and beasts can be a harsh reality.
FARGO — The discussion over what will happen with the Renewable Fuels Standard has quieted down somewhat, but that hasn't made the biodiesel industry relax. Some in the Trump Administration and opponents of ethanol and the RFS have tossed around the idea of capping the price of Renewable Identification Numbers attached to ethanol at 10 cents, a number far below the present market value. No definite proposal has come out of the discussions and rumors, but proponents of renewable fuels remain on edge.