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Are GMO crops less healthy than unmodified varieties? A group of Italian scientists decided to find out for themselves, conducting a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed studies on genetically engineered corn. The results, a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports says, show that the GMO varieties have definite advantages over their nonmodified brethren.
BISMARCK — The community of Redstone, Mont., in 2016 asked to join the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network. They wanted to use the weather organization's resources on fusarium head blight, explained Daryl Ritchison, the interim director of NDAWN. Ritchison told the crowd at the Farming and Ranching for the Bottom Line conference on Feb. 27 at Bismarck State College that he had a feeling then Redstone wouldn't be using the NDAWN information just for the wheat fungus research. Already Ritchison had a feeling 2017 would be dry.
Tell us about your roles in agriculture? I am an owner/operator of a farm and ranch in south central Montana. I am a fourth-generation farmer and work alongside my dad and husband. We raise wheat, corn, safflower, sunflower, malt barley, alfalfa and forage grains. My husband and I also have a small cow/calf operation. You are the Montana Grain Growers Association's first female president. What can be done to get more women comfortable in taking leadership roles in agriculture?
How healthy are the food choices in your community? It's not a question I'd given much thought prior to a couple weeks ago, when I posted a story on agweek.com about a study that looked at food purchases across the country. The study determined the least healthy food purchases, on average, were made in Musselshell County, Mont. The story in question equated food purchases in the county with the way people eat in the county and, thus, how healthy the people there are. I don't know whether that adds up in other places, but it's probably not fair in Musselshell County.
BISMARCK — In past Giving Hearts Days, the North Dakota FFA Foundation never brought in more than $23,000 in donations. That made it all the more exciting when donations piled up to $30,000 during the Feb. 8 event. State FFA Treasurer Hannah Gress says FFA officials and the state officer team received text messages throughout the day of the progress made in donations. While they had hoped for a good result, the final number eclipsed their expectations. "We weren't necessarily expecting that," she says.
A marriage of farming and agriculture makes for some interesting days. Valentine's Day in 2008 stands out to me, for a number of reasons. At that time, I was living in Bismarck, reporting on police and courts. While I don't remember what stories I wrote that day, I do remember I spent much of my day trying to follow up on a story from the previous week about 75 Chihuahuas living in a basement. It was a strange story that I would follow up on for almost a year — and it's the reason I now can spell Chihuahua without looking.
Journalism can be a tough gig. Even when we know that what we've written is important, it's tough to judge whether it makes a difference in the world. It's not unusual for something frivolous — a cat video, for instance — to capture the attention of millions while a well-written, deeply reported article goes largely unnoticed. And reporters receive more than their fair share of negative feedback. But every once in awhile, we get a reminder that what we're doing matters.
Do you have a farmer or a farm family on your Christmas list this year? No two farmers or farm families are exactly alike, of course. But there are many practical gifts that almost any farm family would appreciate. Here are 10 ideas: Good winter boots: This is essential for anyone who spends long hours outside in the winter, especially those of us with livestock. My family likes Muck Boots, which offers styles for a variety of temperature ranges and sizes, but there are other popular brands. Boots that keep toes toasty in even the frigid winters are good gifts for anyone.
I didn't grow up in the country. Yes, I grew up on a farm and ranch. But to say it's in the "country" would be misleading at best. From my parent's house, you can get to Walmart or McDonald's in about five minutes. Houses line the horizon and block out any views that could be considered majestic. So moving out into the actual country was a new experience for me.
RICHARDTON, N.D. — As drought spreads across the upper Great Plains, some cattle producers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are reducing their herds. Joe Vetter, a field representative for Herreid Livestock, calls the situation in northern South Dakota "very grim." "There's virtually been no moisture, even starting in the month of April," he says. "Ten or 15 hundredths, maybe." The latest Drought Monitor, released June 8, shows all of North Dakota in at least abnormally dry conditions, with 13.54 percent in severe drought and 73.92 in moderate drought.