Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
I’ve always disliked the color purple — to the point of inexplicably telling my mom when I was a kid that certain shades of the color “give me a headache.” But now, I’m proudly purple if anyone asks.
FARGO, N.D. — The 200th episode of AgweekTV will air on Saturday, Oct. 25. Forum Communications Company CEO Bill Marcil Jr. in June 2014 asked Jim Manney, director of video content for Forum Communications Company, to start putting a team of people together to launch AgweekTV.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says 136 groups in 35 states have expressed interest in becoming the new home of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — The Big Iron International Visitors Program received more applications than ever from international buyers who wanted to visit the annual farm show here. But because of visa denials from the U.S. State Department, only about 50 participants ended up making it to the show, said Simon Wilson, executive director of the North Dakota Trade Office.
I made an observation the other morning: It takes me and my daughters as long to feed three calves as it takes my husband and father-in-law to feed 70 bred heifers. I've written before about our bottle calves. We ended up with three this year for various reasons. One had an abusive mother and a navel infection that meant he needed special care. One was a twin left behind by her mother. And the third had a mother get sick and quit milking.
WASHINGTON — Soybean farmers will receive the majority of the initial payments set aside for assistance to agriculture due to trade disruption.
FAULKTON, S.D. — Public art can be a beneficial part of rural communities, arts officials say. "In any community where there is an idea and a space, how you bring the people together in partnership to work on that idea is going to be beneficial to everybody involved," says Kim Konikow, executive director of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. "The arts is about everything," agrees Linda Bartholomew, a member of the Faulkton Area Arts Council.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — A pair of monarch butterflies fluttered by Grant Breitkreutz as he stood in a field of cover crops. "The wildlife we got back here on the farm is unbelievable," he said. Besides the butterflies, there are pheasants, quail and partridge, and "you can't even count" the deer, he explained in a visit to his farm this month. Many of the species hadn't been seen in decades until they reappeared in recent years. Breitkreutz attributes the increase in wildlife to the soil health practices implemented on the farm
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — The pouring rain on the first day of Minnesota Farmfest didn't keep people from pouring through the gates of the annual event that draws thousands to learn about what's new in agriculture. John Hendel, director of event sales for Farmfest, said the event, in its 37th year, has been held for 25 years at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls, Minn.
During a recent trip to Montana, my Grandma Marguerite and I somehow ended up on the topic of urban chickens. I'm not sure how we got there. It might have been something about how our new cats live in an old chicken coop on our farm or about how my aunt's neighbors in the middle of town are raising chickens. But as we were talking on the subject of the trendiness of people raising their own poultry, whether for meat or for eggs, Grandma dropped a line that I both knew to be true but sort of never really thought about: "We all used to have chickens."