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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 ...

Projected profits of N.D. crops vary by region in 2019

The two highest acreage crops in North Dakota, soybeans and wheat, project limited returns to labor and management in most regions for 2019, says Andy Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension farm management specialist. Generally, hard red spring wheat projects a return between $5 and ...

Rare book has brands of Dakota Territory historical figures

BISMARCK – A rare book at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck contains the brands of historical figures of Dakota Territory. Mark Halvorson, curator of collections research for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the agency that preserves and presents ...

Educational opportunities coming to area producers

Beef Quality Assurance Certification Meeting Set As of Jan. 1, major industry buyers such as Tyson Fresh Meats, JBS, Cargill, and Greater Omaha began requiring sellers of finished fat cattle to be Beef Quality Assurance certified. However, all who handle and manage fed cattle are encouraged ...

Generations keep Bryn Ranch going

RUGBY – When towns sprouted across the new state of North Dakota nearly 130 years ago, homesteads appeared around them at a steady pace as settlers filed claims on land up for grabs. Members of Amund Bryn’s large family joined the land rush in the early 1880s, leaving Gudbrandsdalen, ...

Firebird Artisan Mills thrives in niche market

HARVEY – Firebird Artisan Mills has a solid foothold in a niche market that’s generating growth for the company and economic benefit for a North Dakota small town. An international leader in gluten-free ingredients, Firebird doubled its volume with an expansion last year and is hiring a ...

Growers experiment with industrial hemp

Officially it is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a narcotic. But it is being grown legally at prescribed locations in North Dakota. The state is completing its third year of an industrial hemp pilot program. “People have to apply to be processors or growers,” explained Doug ...

Relying on Mother Nature

It hasn’t been an easy year for farmers with drought and then rain coming during harvest. Paige Brummund, Ward County Extension agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources, said, as of early the week of Sept. 23, the majority of the small grains have been harvested. “There are some acres, ...

Using cows as biological combines

Cows are harvesters, sort of a biological combine, and dining on crop aftermath can be a real component to profitable commercial beef production. Yes, bison, yaks and many other four-legged precursors were company competitors, but as far as production units, the cow combines win out. Cow ...

Long-time brand inspector looks back

BISMARCK – Granville native Stan Misek stepped down this past summer as North Dakota’s chief brand inspector but that doesn’t mean he’s not checking cattle brands anymore. Misek still keeps a hand in the business as a part-time local inspector because after nearly 35 years in the ...

Groups like corporate farm law ruling for different reasons

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s two largest farm groups have been on opposite sides of a two-year legal battle over the state’s Depression-era anti-corporate farming law, but both are finding at least partial victory in a judge’s decision to uphold the law but order changes in how it’s ...

Gassy cows are bad for the planet; could seaweed diet help?

The smelly reality is that cows will always pass gas. But if farmers had more access to seaweed, cow flatulence might just stink a little less for the planet. That’s the thesis of a New England-based aquaculture company which is launching a drive to become the worldwide leader in an ...