Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — High on the list of principles that guide the products offered at the BisMan Community Food Cooperative are emphases on local food and transparency about where the food originated and who produced it. "Since opening, we've tried to let people know exactly where our products are coming from," says Carmen Hoffner, general manager of the co-op.
STEELE, N.D. — With big machinery, big animals, things that burn and things that spin, farms aren't the safest place for children. But for the past 25 years, groups in Kidder County, N.D., have tried to give students a leg up on knowledge to keep them safe. Agriculture is considered one of the most dangerous industries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 12,000 youth were injured on farms in 2014, with 4,000 of those injuries blamed on farm work.
China has cancelled sales of U.S. soybeans amid an overall decline in exports to that country, leading to fears in the Midwest of what could happen with its biggest market. Bloomberg first reported that China canceled a net 62,690 metric tons of U.S. soybean purchases in the two weeks ending April 19 for the marketing year that ends Aug. 31. Bunge Ltd.'s CEO told Bloomberg that China was buying beans in Canada or Brazil and avoiding purchases from the U.S.
As cases in federal court and several state courts delve into whether there is evidence that glyphosate causes cancer, a scientist with a consumer advocacy group says there is nothing to fear from the popular herbicide.
ASHLEY, N.D. — Tori Gross sat in the McIntosh County Courthouse, scrolling through the markets on her phone. Soybeans were down, she noted. Months earlier, Gross wouldn't have had an app on her phone to check the markets, and, even if she had, she may not have understood what it was telling her. But that was before Gross and 17 other women in McIntosh County graduated April 4 from Annie's Project, a farm management program for women that has been reintroduced in North Dakota after an absence of several years.
I want to discuss something very important today, something that connects to society and perception and cultural differences. Eh, who am I kidding? I'm writing about children's cartoons. I have two daughters, which means I end up watching a lot of cartoons. A lot of cartoons. So many cartoons that it makes me miss the days when cartoons were a right-after-school or Saturday-morning thing. But I digress.
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IDEAL, S.D. — The calves at Jorgensen Land & Cattle were at least a few weeks old when a blizzard hit April 13-14. That made the storm "kind of an inconvenience of sorts," but the ranch didn't lose any calves, says Bryan Jorgensen. But elsewhere in Tripp County, where 20 to 24 inches of snow fell as strong winds blew through, other producers weren't as lucky. Ranchers with younger calves or who are in the midst of calving lost large numbers, Jorgensen says. "I've heard some horror stories," he says.
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.
I don't think it's incorrect to say that most people in this region are tired of winter weather. We're used to winter; we're not necessarily used to it lasting into April without a break. During my first job in journalism, I realized there was one sure-fire way to make sure I was writing something that would get read: by volunteering for the weather story. I don't know how it is in the rest of the world, but in North Dakota, weather drives almost everything. Conversation? Check. Travel? Check? Recreation? Check. Farm and ranch work? Double check.