Category: Young Farmers and Ranchers

Life After PAL?

How many of you have been to a conference or training that was amazing and impactful and then you get home and you put the binder of information on the shelf to gather dust? You may utilize a few strategies … Continue reading

Rainmaking Deserves a Fresh Look

In the 1950s movie “The Rainmaker,” Burt Lancaster played a smooth-talking con man named Bill Starbuck who promises to bring rain to drought-ridden western towns. Starbuck also sold rods with a gizmo on top to prevent hailstorms. This image of … Continue reading

Politics, the Farm Bill and Your Next Meal

The droughts and other natural disasters may have done damage beyond repair to this year’s harvests, but the House could still breathe life back into this bill. It’s not too late. Continue reading

Harvest is a family affair

It’s harvest time in North Dakota!  Under this year’s dry growing conditions, our harvesting machines started a little early at the end of July, first threshing wheat, then canola, and now we’ve moved on to fields of pinto beans and black beans.  … Continue reading

National Day of Prayer

The Drought of 2012 is predicted to go down in history as the worst drought in 50 years.  People all over the United States and the world are being affected by the lack of rain.  Crops have withered away, pastures … Continue reading

National Day of Prayer

The Drought of 2012 is predicted to go down in history as the worst drought in 50 years.  People all over the United States and the world are being affected by the lack of rain.  Crops have withered away, pastures … Continue reading

Never Would I Ever…..Marry a Farmer

“Never say, never.” Have you heard that before? Well I sure have had to eat my words a time or two! One of the things I said I would never do is marry a farmer. Oops! Well in my defense … Continue reading

Large Animal Veterinary Shortage?

There was an article in my newspaper this morning about the shortage of large animal vets. This has been a concern for some time and is occasionally revisited. On one hand, there does seem to be a shortage of veterinarians … Continue reading

100 Million More Mouths to Feed

Historic drought and record-setting heat have scorched the nation’s corn and soybean crops and destroyed livestock pastures. With that in mind, it may not be a good time to bring this up, but by the year 2050 the United States … Continue reading

Hormone use in livestock production

Why do you have to use hormones in livestock care? There is no law requiring farmers and ranchers to use hormones in livestock production. The choice is up to the producer. To better understand the choices being made to use … Continue reading