Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — The Wilson Farm of Jamestown, N.D., has received the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award for North Dakota. Owners Jeremy and Sarah Wilson accepted the award on Monday, Nov. 19, at the annual banquet of the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Jeremy Wilson took the podium briefly, encouraging people to continue trying new things and learning from the experiences.
CLEAR LAKE, Minn. — When a pastor with Union Gospel Mission called Edling Farms about seven years ago, looking for potatoes for the mission's Thanksgiving dinner, "we of course said yes," Brett Edling says. This year, Edling Farms donated 36,000 pounds of potatoes to Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, which will put the potatoes to use to help feed an estimated 60,000 people for the mission's Thanksgiving food distribution effort.
I have a new workout routine. I'll be completely honest — I haven't exercised as regularly as I should for, oh, a decade. Or more. Who's keeping track? For years, I was as an athlete who was constantly at practice or a workout. When I "retired" from serious competition at age 21, I began jogging a little, until I remembered that I had never liked jogging. I bought an elliptical machine, which is great for hanging clothes and collecting dust. I played slow-pitch softball for a few years until I got pregnant with my older daughter.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies told attendees of his organization's annual convention that the corporate farming lawsuit was not a complete loss for Farm Bureau. "While the state and interveners claim an overwhelming victory, it was far from it," Lies said at the convention on Nov. 9. "In fact, we prevailed on numerous motions. The judged called many of Farmers Union, Dakota Resource Council and the attorney general's claims unpersuasive, meritless and then dismissed them."
MCCLUSKY, N.D. — Fridtjov "Fred" Bakk died in 1971. With no one to take over his farm, he left a legacy to future generations of North Dakota FFA members. Bakk was born in 1902 and emigrated from Norway to the U.S. in 1929. "He actually got here the day the stock market took a big dump and crashed," recounts Michael Axt, an agriculture education teacher at McClusky High School. Axt served the past year as president of the North Dakota FFA Foundation. Bakk was allowed to enter the country only because he knew people from Norway already living in Cogswell, N.D.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Not many North Dakota ranches have 1,000 chickens roaming free. Not many North Dakota ranches have cattle, sheep and pigs, all on pasture. And not many North Dakota ranches have added vegetables, fruits and nuts to their offerings, along with livestock and grain. But Brown's Ranch has never claimed to be conventional. "Other farmers and ranchers laugh at us because we look different," Gabe Brown says as he pilots a Polaris Ranger around a grove of recently planted fruit trees. "We laugh at them because they all look the same."
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring easily won another four-year term in office. Goehring, a Republican, received 67.77 percent of votes, according to unofficial results from the Nov. 6 election. Democratic challenger Jim Dotzenrod received 32.02 percent of votes. Dotzenrod won in only five counties, prevailing in Ransom, Richland, Rolette, Sargent and Sioux counties. Goehring has served as agriculture commissioner since then-Gov. John Hoeven appointed him to the spot in 2009. He farms in the Bismarck area with his son.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Terry Johnson isn’t sure why the soybean pile outside Maple River Grain & Agronomy became a political issue. The pile, Maple River’s CEO explained on Nov. 5, is part of the elevator’s infrastructure. Soybeans have been piled in the same spot for several years around harvest. “You can pile fast and pick it up fast,” Johnson said. “It’s put out there with full intentions of picking it back up within a few months.”
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 Oct. 26 debate in North Dakota's U.S. Senate race featured a lengthy back-and-forth on trade and tariffs between incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer, during which Cramer downplayed the importance of China to North Dakota in terms of trade. "In fact, China represents 1 percent of North Dakota's exports," Cramer said.