Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BEULAH, N.D. — During a February 2018 event about rural addiction in Hazen, N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., tasked attendees with coming up with an integrated plan to address opioid addiction. That would be the most likely way to get future federal funding for the problem, she told them.
ANAMOOSE, N.D. — The lunch rush now over, Mirek and Julia Petrovic finally have time to sit down and grab a bite to eat. Their work has gotten busier since March when they opened a storefront cafe in a historic building in Anamoose.
I was just innocently standing there, watching the kids run around at a 4-H meeting and social event. That's when a couple other parents started asking if my daughter was going to bring one of her bottle calves to the fair.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says the kind of bipartisan, across-the-board support the U.S. Senate's version of the farm bill received doesn't happen often. "That doesn't happen for anything but basketball resolutions," she says. "The vote ... shows the rest of the world that America has the backs of our rural communities."
BISMARCK, N.D. — The word "alumni" when invoked regarding FFA alumni groups seems to indicate a gathering of former members of the agriculture education group. Perhaps a fraternity of sorts. But that's not the point at all. "A local alumni group would be comparable to a sports booster club," says Aaron Anderson, ag ed supervisor for North Dakota Career and Technical Education. The use of alumni in the name of the groups, Anderson says, can be a bit misleading. "It's just anyone who is interested in supporting agricultural education and FFA," he clarifies.
KARLSRUHE, N.D. — When Nancy Beck visited California farms, she heard complaint after complaint about what wasn't working with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. But in North Dakota, that wasn't the case. "These guys are making it work," she said. "I think it's refreshing." Beck, who oversees the EPA's chemicals and pesticides program, was one of 12 EPA officials to come to North Dakota as part of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association's 25th annual E-Tour.
On more than one occasion in recent weeks, I've been somewhere in public and overheard discussions regarding "kids today." They spend too much time on their phones. They don't spend enough time reading. They don't know how to socialize properly. Whatever will become of them? I kept my mouth shut then, but if you've ever found yourself complaining about the state of our youth, I want you to know that you don't need to worry.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Mark Borrett doesn't think Chinese buyers will be able to hold out from buying U.S. soybeans, no matter what the tariff imposed on them. "They really can't do without our grain," he said. Borrett, a partner with the LaSalle Group of RCG LLC (Rosenthal Collins Group), spoke in Jamestown on June 18 on the global market outlook, and specifically about what's going on with trade with China.
To talk about the importance of the farm bill for people across the country, Ed Schafer goes way back — all the way to the formation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. "When President Lincoln established the Department of Agriculture, he called it 'The People's Department.' And he called it The People's Department because it affects so many people's lives in so many ways," explains Schafer, who served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2008 to 2009. "It really touches people's lives in ways most people don't even know."
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — Pheasants Forever has kicked off a summer full of women-centric events to expose female landowners to conservation ideas and professionals. A June 5 event at the Edward M. Brigham III Alkali Lake Sanctuary near Spiritwood, N.D., was the first of eight Women Caring for the Land conferences scheduled across North Dakota this summer.