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Sometimes, when you think about what a small percentage of our population is involved in agriculture and the even smaller percentage involved in livestock, you might ask why that is. I don’t ask why.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Tom Peters worked for 25 years in biotechnology and now is the Extension sugar beet agronomist and weed control specialist for North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. He can boil his weed control presentation down into two points. “The first one is, technology by itself isn’t going to solve our problems with weeds,” he said. “The second thing is, weed management is a learning experience.”
Once in awhile, I work with my kids at home. It’s not often, but it does happen. A few weeks ago, I knew I would be getting my girls a little early and planned to quit early. But a couple breaking news stories that day disrupted my plans. I asked my girls to play nicely while I did some quick interviews and finished things up. I was amazed both at how well my stories went and how well my children behaved. And then, just as I was giving my stories a final look, it started:
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Industry has provided plenty of interesting and exciting technology options to agriculture. But the challenge continues to be making that technology useful enough for farmers to adopt it. Technology adoption goes in phases, Chad Godsey of Godsey Precision AG, explained at the eighth annual Precision Ag Summit at the Farmers Union Conference Center. Early adopters take it on, then there’s a stage of discontent before the technology becomes useful enough for the majority to use it.
WASHINGTON — Farm Service Agency offices nationwide will reopen Jan. 24 despite the ongoing government shutdown. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will recall all staff to offer more services than were available during a previous brief reopening.
FARGO — At North Dakota State University, the budget for research extension centers took a 13 percent cut from the state during the past biennium. Federal funding has been stagnant for decades, says Greg Lardy, vice president for agriculture affairs. But still, work goes on at research centers across the state, where scientists breed new varieties, work on disease resistance, find new uses for products and look at methods for protecting and improving soil health.
WASHINGTON — Farm Service Agency offices across the nation will open up for three days to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans, to ensure the agency provides tax documents to borrowers and release proceeds from the sale of loan security.
On a recent Monday, I found myself strolling across the street in downtown Fargo. Despite the fact that it was an early January day in one of the coldest regions in the country, I had ditched my coat earlier that morning on my way to interviews and was comfortable in just a bulky sweater. I returned home to central North Dakota that afternoon to find my husband and father-in-law scraping manure off concrete slabs, a chore that can almost never be done in the dead of winter.
As we embark on 2019, I have no New Year’s resolution. I know myself better than to think that I’ll follow through with something just based on the day on the calendar. Instead, I’m continuing a journey I’ve been on for more than a decade now — a journey to match the knoephla soup served at Napoleon (N.D.) Livestock.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to move ahead with new restrictions for able-bodied adults without dependents on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.