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Tell us about your roles in agriculture? I am an owner/operator of a farm and ranch in south central Montana. I am a fourth-generation farmer and work alongside my dad and husband. We raise wheat, corn, safflower, sunflower, malt barley, alfalfa and forage grains. My husband and I also have a small cow/calf operation. You are the Montana Grain Growers Association's first female president. What can be done to get more women comfortable in taking leadership roles in agriculture?
BISMARCK — In past Giving Hearts Days, the North Dakota FFA Foundation never brought in more than $23,000 in donations. That made it all the more exciting when donations piled up to $30,000 during the Feb. 8 event. State FFA Treasurer Hannah Gress says FFA officials and the state officer team received text messages throughout the day of the progress made in donations. While they had hoped for a good result, the final number eclipsed their expectations. "We weren't necessarily expecting that," she says.
BISMARCK — A new livestock group in North Dakota is seeking three additional board members. The North Dakota Livestock Alliance bylaws allow for 10 board members, and the organization currently has seven, Kenton Holle, the vice chairman of the organization said on Jan. 24 at the North Dakota Dairy Convention. The positions are open to anyone involved in the livestock industry or in livestock producer groups or commodity groups in North Dakota. Holle said the cost to have a board seat is $5,000 per year, and the positions run for three years.
Q: What is your role in agriculture? I am an owner of a ranch supply business, Western Ranch Supply, with Keith Robinson and Rob Erickson. In my eyes the ranchers and farmers are the ones that have huge roles in agriculture. They are the ones putting food on our tables. Our role would be to have expertise in the products we sell to help the rancher with his decision as to what products to use for the health and well being of his herd. Q: How has agriculture shaped your life?
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Attendees at any plot tour are likely to see plenty of green. But attendees at the Tailgate Tour through eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota saw green and gold. The North Dakota State University Tailgate Tour, featuring NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen and select Bison coaches and former players, was held in conjunction with a series of DuPont Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy plot events.
HEBRON, N.D. — When David Wanner's calves broke out of the wooden corrals at 4 a.m., he knew it was time to upgrade his operation. Cattle getting out of the Wanner ranch, adjacent to railroad tracks along the Interstate 94 corridor near Hebron, could spell disaster. Besides that, his family's herd had expanded from 100 to about 400, the old corrals tended to get too wet, and his son, Greg, was coming home to join the operation.
LINTON, N.D. — Rain has fallen in much of central North Dakota in the past week, but that wasn't enough to keep the area in severe drought in the state from doubling. The June 13 U.S. Drought Monitor, released on June 15, reports 27 percent of North Dakota is in severe drought, compared to 13.54 percent the week prior. An additional 56.4 percent is considered to have moderate drought conditions, while the remainder of the state is abnormally dry. North Dakota has the largest area of drought conditions in the country, though its neighbors also have growing problems.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has written a letter asking new U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to keep the needs of North Dakota's farmers and ranchers in mind as the country moves forward in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Senate late last week confirmed Lighthizer to the post of trade representative. Lighthizer served as a deputy trade representative in the Reagan administration and was confirmed on an 82-14 vote.
BISMARCK — Jacob Odermann in the spring of 2014 went out to fix fence before turning pairs to their spring pasture north of Belfield, N.D. He heard a popping noise and realized it was hunters shooting at prairie dogs in his direction. The two hunters told him his no-trespassing signs weren't valid because they weren't signed. Odermann asked them to leave, and they did, but the incident influenced his decision to testify in favor of a trespassing bill under consideration in the North Dakota Legislature.
WASHINGTON — Pat Wallesen, a partner with WestStar Food Co. in Corpus Christi, Texas, is the guy many North Dakota bean and pulse companies go to when they have products to be exported. Most of the beans Wallesen has shipped to Cuba in the past have come from North Dakota. But it's been almost five years since a shipment went to the Caribbean island nation. "Every time that we've talked to a Cuban buyer, credit is always an issue. They say they can't buy without credit," Wallesen says. "It's kind of stopped the dialogue between the two countries."