Jenny Schlecht / Forum News Service
On a recent Monday, I found myself strolling across the street in downtown Fargo. Despite the fact that it was an early January day in one of the coldest regions in the country, I had ditched my coat earlier that morning on my way to interviews and was comfortable in just a bulky sweater. I returned home to central North Dakota that afternoon to find my husband and father-in-law scraping manure off concrete slabs, a chore that can almost never be done in the dead of winter.
NEW ORLEANS — About a month ago, Val Wagner submitted some comments regarding trade, tariffs and the farm bill for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th anniversary convention. Her comments centered on how the fines, fees and permits that come with overregulation don’t just affect a farm for today but also matter for its future profitability. Wagner got a call on Friday, Jan. 11, from the White House and learned she may have the opportunity to meet President Donald Trump and that he might base part of his speech at the convention on what she had to say.
WASHINGTON — House and Senate ag committee leaders on Thursday say they have “reached an agreement in principle” on a farm bill.
FARGO — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a list of the states most likely to be negatively affected if the U.S. withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement, placing North Dakota at third, behind only Michigan and Wisconsin. Rounding out the list were Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. North Dakota's position on the list sounds about right to officials in the North Dakota Trade Office.
MENOKEN, N.D. — Jerry Doan in the mid 1980s attended the Savory Institute, an organization focused on the importance of soil health that was started by conservationist Allan Savory. In the intervening years, Doan's Black Leg Ranch has become a paragon of a ranch striving to improve the environment. But when Savory on July 19 visited the ranch about 20 miles west of Bismarck, he promised he wasn't going to go easy on his analysis of Doan's efforts.
STEELE, N.D. — The balcony at Pifer's Auction & Realty's new Auction Center of North America filled up as the center's consignment auction began on Tuesday, July 18, as did most of the chairs below, along with much of the standing room. So, presumably, did chairs in dining rooms, offices and living rooms across the region as bidders who couldn't make it to the new central North Dakota facility logged on to watch the sale screen online.
NAPOLEON, N.D. — In the area of South Africa where Reinhardt Weygandt grew up, farming gets done by hand. Few farmers have tractors, and something like a post-hole digger would be a luxury. "At home, each hole for a post, you have to dig by hand," he says, imagining building 2 to 3 miles of fence. "It takes you three, four months to get a fence built."
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — As a high school senior, Terry Wanzek was North Dakota FFA's Star Farmer. The designation meant a trip to the National FFA Convention, where he sat next to North Dakota Gov. Art Link. "I remember being in awe kind of that the governor of North Dakota sat right beside me," Wanzek says. "And I remember thinking to myself, 'He seemed normal. He seemed human.' "