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ND ranchers tackle calving season

MANDAN (AP) — Stephanie Hatzenbuhler said calving has been better than expected this year, but it’s no picnic. “You have to kind of play along with Mother Nature, what’s she’s giving you,” she told The Bismarck Tribune. Hatzenbuhler and her family run Diamond J Angus west of ...

Is that soy in your Whopper? Plant-based meat sales rising

From soy-based sliders to ground lentil sausages, plant-based meat substitutes are surging in popularity. And carnivores — not vegans or vegetarians — are among the biggest consumers. Growing demand for healthier, more sustainable food is one reason people are seeking plant-based meats. ...

Minnesota dairy farmers struggle to find workers

MILLVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Staci Sexton keeps busy at her dairy farm near Millville. "My dad, technically, kind of retired this year," she said. "Mom's not retirement age yet." That means the bulk of the work on her dairy — her parents currently own 60% of the dairy operations on their ...

Operation Haylift

The Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River in Nebraska broke on Thursday, March 14, and Farm Rescue helped coordinate the delivery of two initial loads of donated hay from Texas by March 19 for Nebraska flood relief. The first loads carried by Farm Rescue trucks, donated from North Dakota, were ...

Family ranch uses higher-end breed to produce healthier meat

FAIRMONT, Okla. (AP) — Linda Woodruff and her family raise the Japanese breed of Wagyu cattle on their family farm, Silverwood Wagyu, east of Fairmont. The name comes from "Wa," which means Japanese, and "Gyu," which means cow. Silverwood also is a hybrid name, as Woodruff's son, Jeremy, ...

South Dakota trio launches meat processing plant

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — From the Schmeckfest bratwurst to the South Dakota Chislic Festival, mouth-watering meat draws great crowds to the Freeman community. Now, this Hutchinson County town of 1,300 residents has gained a business providing an outlet for both livestock producers and meat ...

ND Corn Utilization Council names Jean Henning executive director

FARGO – The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council announced that Jean Henning will serve as executive director. “We are grateful for Jean’s leadership as Interim Executive Director since January,” said Terry Wehlander, chairman. “Jean has been with North Dakota Corn for four years, ...

New ag program at Dakota College at Bottineau

Agribusiness is a field with a lot of opportunity and Dakota College at Bottineau will be helping to educate them for the future, said Keith Knudson, specialty crops instructor. The two year college, along with Lake Region State College in Devils Lake and Williston State College, will be ...

ND Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

BISMARCK– The Sand County Foundation is seeking North Dakota rancher, farmer or forester who go above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources for nominees for the 2019 North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. The foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to ...

Snow cover and soil moisture

Snow cover is generally consistent throughout much of North Dakota. The hope is that when the snow melts it will sink into the ground rather than run off quickly. A favorable melting season would add greatly to soil moisture conditions. Ample soil moisture is required to spur the emergence of ...

Winter calving requires readiness

McHENRY COUNTY – The Frey Angus ranch near Granville saw its first calves of the season born in mid-January, just as the region began to feel the brunt of winter. The key to winter calving is to be prepared for cold weather, and the Freys have the experience to know what it takes to be ...

Best in the U.S.

Steve Knorr of Advanced Seed has been named the 2018 Golden Harvest National Seed Advisor of the Year. A local, independent Golden Harvest Seed Advisor in Minot since 2017, Knorr offers in-depth market and agronomy insights and dedicated customer service to farmers. “Steve’s ability to ...

Farmers, Ranchers have ways to manage stress

Piled-up stress can lead farmers and ranchers to develop physical or mental health issues, but they can take steps to reduce stress and create healthy ways to manage it, says a North Dakota State University Extension expert. “Farm and ranch families often experience pressure, conflict and ...

Congress approves FY19 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, outlined important priorities he worked to include in the Fiscal Year 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, recently approved by ...

Engaging in legislative process

BISMARCK – Two area couples took part in the 17th Young Cattlemen’s Legislative Conference (YCLC) hosted by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Feb. 6-7 in Bismarck. This year’s participants included area couples: Wyatt Hansen and Sarah Gessner, both of Ryder; and Hayden ...

Finally an improved outlook

Well, well, well. It’s about time, even if it may take a few more weeks. At least the end is in sight. Possibly. The Climate Prediction Center issued its monthly assessment Feb. 21 of what the weather will be like in the United States for the next three months. The issuance covers March, ...

Calf losses before birth a concern

An “abortion” is the discharge of the fetus prior to the end of the normal gestation period, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist. Many abortions occur within the first 45 days of conception (called early ...