Inside Ag

Optimistic start for farmers market

Hundreds of patrons attended opening day at the 2017 North Prairie Farmers Market in Minot July 8. Throughout the day, patrons marveled at Great Pyrenees puppies, handcrafted pottery and fresh produce before embracing the scent of summer flowers and the sight of homemade jams and desserts. ...

4-H has a lot to offer

The North Dakota State Fair gives young 4-H members from across the state an opportunity to showcase their talents. Dean Aakre, 4-H Youth Specialist at the Center for 4-H Youth Development at North Dakota State University in Fargo, said there will be more than 8,000 exhibits on display this ...

Inside Ag June Edition

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Growers lean toward soybeans, canola for 2017

Acres planted to soybeans and canola appear to be going up in the Minot area. Statewide, there could be a 10 to 15 percent increase in soybean acres, said Jeff Heil, operations manager for Dakota Agronomy Partners in Minot. The Minot region is following that trend, he said. “There’s a ...

Firm relies on foreign laborers to put turkeys on your table

OREFIELD, Pa. (AP) — There are few experiences more quintessentially American than sitting at the table with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day to dine on roast turkey. And if there is a Jaindl Farms turkey on your table, it likely was made possible by foreign labor. The family-run ...

Grazing Readiness Project

The Pierce County NDSU Extension office along with 17 other ND counties will be helping to collect data for a Grazing Readiness project beginning this month and continuing through late June to early July. The goal of this project is to document the grazing readiness of key forage species across ...

China and US reach agreement on beef, poultry, natural gas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beijing will open its borders to U.S. beef, while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to landing on American supermarket shelves under a U.S.-China trade agreement. Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant advance toward boosting U.S. exports and ...

Nebraska farmers create shrimp habitats

DILLER, Neb. (AP) — A plywood hog, its paint chipped and sun-faded from years of exposure, decorates a metal feed bin outside four red-walled swine barns that sit long and squat along a quiet gravel road in southeastern Nebraska. In the distance, wind turbines spin over freshly planted ...

Flaxton auctioneer launches career with new credentials

FLAXTON – As an honorary “colonel” in the auction world, Stanley Anderson of Flaxton is eager to move into a profession that first captivated him years ago as a youth. Anderson graduated with the colonel title in February from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, ...

No cows but an emerging crop of morel mushrooms

ITHACA, Wis. (AP) — The walk in the woods was purposefully slow. There were downed branches, tangles of thickets and steep terrain. The May apples were up, wild apple trees were in bloom and the rolling hills of Richland County had a fall-like appearance as buds from oaks, maples and ...

North Dakota delegation praises Perdue as ag secretary

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s congressional delegation is praising the Senate’s confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. Perdue has assured nervous farm-state senators that he’ll advocate for rural America, even as President Donald Trump’s ...

Preparations being made for 2017 Threshing Shows

While we are just in the early stages of spring, organizers are busy at work getting ready for the various threshing shows to be held later this year in locations around the region. Threshing shows will be held in Makoti, Lansford, Crosby and Drake. The following is a plan of what organizers ...

Ag Commissioner leads ND companies to Philippines

FARGO – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring led seven North Dakota food companies to the Philippines in March with the goal of increasing North Dakota’s market share of commodities within the Philippine market. The trade mission introduced Filipino food buyers to the taste and health ...

Farm Rescue nonprofit expanding into Nebraska, its 6th state

BISMARCK (AP) — A Plains farm aid nonprofit that has steadily grown since being launched in North Dakota a dozen years ago is expanding into a sixth state. Farm Rescue will provide haying and hay-hauling help, free of charge, to farmers in need in Nebraska this year. It has already provided ...

Goat yoga craze: Oregon yoga business goes viral

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jessie Ryan was ready to move out of her Warrior II pose when she felt a nudge on the back of her leg. When she turned around, she couldn’t help but laugh when she saw Quincy, a 1-year-old mini-goat, staring back up at her. It was the moment Ryan had traveled from ...

On-the-farm research making the case for industrial hemp

BISMARCK (AP) — Real-world research in more than a dozen states in recent years is giving farmers new understanding of how to grow industrial hemp and showing that it has promise to be a viable commercial crop in the U.S. The 2014 federal farm bill allowed for university and state-sponsored ...

Group asks university to stop using pigs in trauma training

FARGO (AP) — Doctors who organized a protest at North Dakota State University are offering to pay for a surgical simulator if the school stops using live animals for its trauma-life support training. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said it will pick up the $3,235 tab for ...

North Dakota farmers to plant less wheat but more soybeans

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota farmers are planning to seed less wheat this year but more soybeans. It’s a trend playing out in many states, with more than 1 billion bushels of surplus wheat in storage in the U.S. The Agriculture Department says in its prospective plantings report that it ...

South Dakota officials work to stop spread of bovine TB

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are trying to stop the spread of a strain of bovine tuberculosis discovered in a Harding County cattle herd. It's the first case of bovine tuberculosis in the state in six years. So far 41 infected animals have been identified, the Capital Journal ...