Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
WING, N.D. — Troy Vollmer can remain pretty stoic while talking about the events of the past months, the difficult calving season stacked on top of his father's health struggles. But in front of the standing-room-only crowd at the Vollmer Angus Ranch bull sale on Tuesday, April 23, he choked up as he tried to introduce his parents, the stress and worry of months showing clearly.
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.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Dawn Entzminger had been having migraines and nausea almost constantly. Thinking it was "just a headache," she powered through. "One day was so bad I had to go in," she said. Entzminger, a Jamestown veterinarian, tested positive for West Nile virus, one of 86 cases in North Dakota through Sept. 4, 2018. Jenny Galbraith, surveillance epidemiologist at the North Dakota Department of Health, said in all of 2017, the state had 62 cases. "We're a little bit high, but not ridiculously high yet this year," she said.
FARGO—Tim McGreery hasn't seen prices this low for pulse crops in 12 years. Peas, he said, are down 25 percent, lentils 40 percent and chickpeas 50 percent. McGreery, chief executive officer of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, based in Moscow, Idaho, said tariffs in India and China—formerly the two top international destinations for U.S. pulse crops—are "definitely having an impact."
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 — Producers who have raised soybeans, wheat, corn, sorghum, cotton, pork and dairy found out on Aug. 27 how much of the $12 billion trade compensation package they will receive. But many in agriculture would prefer a strong market to a government check. "It's nice to get a little money, make a little cash flow happen," said Nancy Johnson, executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association. "Everybody is appreciative of a payment; everybody is kind of wishing the payments would go away."
WASHINGTON — Soybean farmers will receive the majority of the initial payments set aside for assistance to agriculture due to trade disruption.