Agweek Wire Reports
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s state veterinarian says the state’s first reported case of anthrax this year is a reminder to livestock producers to take action to protect their animals from the disease, especially in areas with a past history of the disease. The case, in Sioux County, was confirmed Thursday morning by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory based on samples submitted by a veterinarian with the Mandan Veterinary Clinic.
WASHINGTON – During a U.S. Department of Agriculture trade mission to São Paulo and Recife, Brazil, Sept. 25-29, leaders from 24 U.S. agribusinesses and trade organizations will explore opportunities to expand their agricultural exports and further develop their business relationships in Brazil.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today urged State Foresters to join in calling on Congress to address the way the U.S. Forest Service is funded. Currently, the agency has to borrow money from prevention programs to combat ongoing wildfires. Secretary Perdue believes Congress should treat major fires the same as other disasters and be covered by emergency funds so prevention programs are not raided. Secretary Perdue made his remarks earlier today at the National Association of State Foresters’ annual meeting in Charleston, W.Va.
KENNEBEC, S.D. — This is no bull. There was a bull moose in South Dakota. Steve Halverson, 52, of Kennebec, S.D., spotted a moose Tuesday wandering through central South Dakota.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. — The stockholders of Kragnes Farmers Elevator, Kragnes, Minn., and Rothsay Farmers Co-op, Rothsay, Minn., approved the vote on the merger resolution of the two companies. Kragnes stockholders approved the vote with 51 patrons voting in favor and four voting against. Rothsay stockholders approved on a vote of 70-23.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate unanimously approved a key piece of bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that will enable family farmers in Minnesota, Iowa, and across the country to get a fairer shake when they fall on hard times.
MANDAN, N.D. — The Morton County Sheriff's Department is warning that numerous hay bales in the county have ignited by spontaneous combustion. Local fire departments remind farmers and ranchers to keep a close eye on bales they are moving into storage. Approximately 300 hay bales burned near St. Anthony, another 100 near New Salem and about 10 burned west of Mandan so far this month.
MANDAN, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced that Ken and Bonnie Miller, Fort Rice, have been named the winners of the 2017 North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award® Sept. 12 at a dinner party held at Black Leg Ranch near McKenzie.
"The North Dakota Stockmen's Association's strength as an organization lies within its members - the people who are the 'boots on the ground,' producing the world's best beef, caring for the land and the livestock and embodying what makes this nation great," said NDSA President Warren Zenker, a rancher from Gackle, N.D.
MOIESE, Mont. – Citing safety concerns, the National Bison Range (NBR) announced today that its annual bison roundup is postponed indefinitely. The event was previously scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3, 2017. Significant amounts of smoke, combined with Stage II fire restrictions, have created conditions that make it impossible for NBR staff to safely prepare for and conduct activities that are necessary for this annual event.