Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, N.D. — Teenagers from across North Dakota competed May 10-11 in the North Dakota Envirothon, a problem-solving natural resources competition that gets high school students into the field to experience real-world science.
I heard it faintly, late at night, above the sounds of the house settling into sleep. My 2-year-old had just finished her nightly round of crying, singing, talking and laughing when I realized the rhythmic pitter-patter I heard came not from her feet against the wall—in time with her made-up tunes—but from outside. Rain. I opened the window to see if I was right, breathing in the earthy smell we so rarely experienced last spring and summer. The drops fell steadily, wetting the porch and the dirt of the driveway.
BISMARCK, N.D. — High on the list of principles that guide the products offered at the BisMan Community Food Cooperative are emphases on local food and transparency about where the food originated and who produced it. "Since opening, we've tried to let people know exactly where our products are coming from," says Carmen Hoffner, general manager of the co-op.
STEELE, N.D. — With big machinery, big animals, things that burn and things that spin, farms aren't the safest place for children. But for the past 25 years, groups in Kidder County, N.D., have tried to give students a leg up on knowledge to keep them safe. Agriculture is considered one of the most dangerous industries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 12,000 youth were injured on farms in 2014, with 4,000 of those injuries blamed on farm work.
ASHLEY, N.D. — Tori Gross sat in the McIntosh County Courthouse, scrolling through the markets on her phone. Soybeans were down, she noted. Months earlier, Gross wouldn't have had an app on her phone to check the markets, and, even if she had, she may not have understood what it was telling her. But that was before Gross and 17 other women in McIntosh County graduated April 4 from Annie's Project, a farm management program for women that has been reintroduced in North Dakota after an absence of several years.
As cases in federal court and several state courts delve into whether there is evidence that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, causes cancer, a scientist with a consumer advocacy group says there is nothing to fear from the popular herbicide.
FARGO—Michelle Rook will join AgweekTV as anchor, effective April 30, 2018. Rook has worked for Agweek as a freelance television and magazine reporter since 2016.
STEELE, N.D.—When Kidder County, N.D., merged its two high schools for this school year, there was one major hitch: the county school district's ag program had always been based at Tappen High School. All of the students now go to Steele High School. Steele had a shop, but not the kind of facility that would house all of the agriculture and vocational education offerings.
TAPPEN, N.D. — One could be excused for thinking the central North Dakota weather on March 30 was an early April Fools' Day joke — and a cruel one at that. The northwest wind bit at exposed skin and sent snowflakes fluttering wildly, the conditions fit for neither human nor beast. But, as February, March and April are the prevalent calving times for the region, the repercussions of the weather on both humans and beasts can be a harsh reality.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A market is easier lost than gained, Valley City farmer Monte Peterson said. And that's got him worried. As the Trump administration moves forward on tariffs on Chinese products, Peterson and others in agriculture in North Dakota are worried about potential retaliation and the effect that could have on the prices local farmers receive for their crops and livestock. "If we see retaliation, oftentimes we see it within the ag sector," Peterson said.