Jenny Schlecht / Forum News Service
When I interview farmers and ranchers and ask them to tell me about their operations, the first thing many of them say is that they are the third or fourth or fifth generation on their farm, whatever the number may be. They say that because they are proud to be continuing their family legacy of farming. If they are the fourth generation, their children are the fifth. How cool is it to be so connected to your ancestors?
Most farmers and ranchers have lists of chores they want to get done. But rarely do they remember to put caring for the most important asset on their operations on their lists, said Sean Brotherson, North Dakota State University Extension family science specialist. “On that list, the first and most important thing needs to be the care of their own health and the people around them,” he said. “You can take care of your operation, but taking care of yourself is essential to being able to take care of your operation.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Friday, May 17 announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s long-standing restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef market.
SISSETON, S.D. — The vice president of a South Dakota livestock auction says allegations that his company violated federal law by falsifying information had nothing to do with the livestock auction itself. Tyler Hellwig, vice president of Sisseton Livestock Auction, would not answer questions about the complaint filed last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service against his company and on May 8 referred a reporter to “the people involved” before hanging up.
When I was a teenager, my mom and I were discussing why there were so many people around us trying to be “farmers.” They’d buy 10 cows or a little tractor and act surprised when it wasn’t as easy as expected. My mom, wise in all things, suggested a lot of people want the “lifestyle” of farming and ranching. “It’s kind of a stupid lifestyle,” I remember saying.
FARGO — North Dakota State University’s National Agri-Marketing Association marketing team’s idea for an oat milk ice cream made a big impression at the National Agri-Marketing Association conference, earning the team a national championship in the conference’s student competition.
MEDINA, N.D. — About a year ago, I talked to women involved in Annie’s Project, a farm management course for women, for a story in Agweek. That night in McIntosh County, N.D., the class heard from a speaker on bookkeeping and audits. As I gathered my photos and videos, a lightbulb went off in my head. I needed this.
BISMARCK — Representatives of ag groups are used to going to shows and conventions, talking to farmers and consumers. Talking to farmers about the importance of various crops can be like preaching to the choir, while talking to consumers at big events can be hit or miss on whether the information sets in, said Brian Gion, marketing director for the Northern Crop Growers Association.
BISMARCK — A bill to change North Dakota’s trespassing and posting laws remained alive after a vote in the state House, though many changes sought by the House Agriculture Committee were defeated. The debate on the floor of the House on Thursday, April 11, revealed numerous simmering differences of opinion along urban and rural divides and between landowners and hunters. The bill still has to be ironed out by a conference committee.
A few weeks ago, I helped my husband move some pens of calves and sort some cows. Our feedlot has an excellent drainage system, but this time of year, nothing can drain well enough to keep pens dry. An abundance of melting snow and ice jams in the culverts have created ankle-deep slop here and there. Every thwack of my boots sticking in the mud sounded like spring.