PIERRE, S.D. — The virtual 2021 Soil Health Conference on Jan. 6-7 offered more than 400 attendees the chance to hear conservation advice and encouragement from a lineup of soil health experts and innovators:
NORTHWOOD, Iowa - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a free “Mental Health Resiliency” Virtual Lunch and Learn meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. All are invited, but pre-registration is required.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Four South Dakota pork production systems were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to the state’s swine industry. The 2020 South Dakota Master Pork Producer winners were announced Jan. 13 during the 52nd annual South Dakota Pork Congress in Sioux Falls.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Monika Owczarski, who turned a dilapidated city park into an urban farm, is now working to turn her Des Moines neighborhood into a place where nobody goes hungry.
I love feeding the birds in the winter.
ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Ten years of planning, 10 years of want ads and hope and worry ended one day in October when Don Kretschmann realized it wasn’t going to work; no one was going to step in.
BOOTH, Ala. — As a child, Prattville native Jeffrey Lee remembers playing in cotton fields. These days, his own son and daughter run in a much different crop.
Meet the multi-generational family owners of Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery, one of the oldest dairy operations in northern Rhode Island. They focus on cow comfort, value-added products, and accommodating the needs of their customers.
A 2014 meeting in Aberdeen shared information about a nervous system disorder in sheep that might someday help people who suffer from Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
Gardening catalogs are arriving in the mailbox and my inbox is flooded with emails from seed companies touting the newest vegetable cultivars.
AMES, Iowa — The number of grandparents and older relatives who are caring for children, sometimes referred to as grand-families or kinship care, is significant and growing.
AMES, Iowa - Professionals who work with children and families can gain additional tools to help couples build healthy relationships during a virtual training in February.
AMES, Iowa — Orchids are a popular and colorful addition to any home setting. In this installment of Yard and Garden from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Aaron Steil, associate director of Reiman Gardens, answers some common questions about how to care for and grow orchids at h…
Let’s do a little mental exercise today.
Ask McIntosh ranchers Shari and Dennis Evenson about their off-ranch careers, and Dennis describes what they do as working in “national food security.”
Tis the season to be decorating for the holidays.
AMES, Iowa — There is no denying the pandemic has placed additional stress on schools across Iowa, but Extension councils can play a key role in helping local schools by supporting the adoption of a 4-H program called SWITCH (School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health).
Authors’ note: To commemorate the passage of the Smith Hughes Act of 1917, Dr. Hanson has written a historical summary of events that occurred in the South Dakota Agricultural Education program. Over a period of time, a series of articles will share how the South Dakota program originated an…
When I started in Extension many years ago, I took a cutting from a co-worker’s Christmas cactus.
MANAWA, Wis. — Canadian grazier Steve Kenyon helped define regenerative agriculture as “growing soil from the plants instead of just using the soil to grow plants.”
As we all know, 2020 has been an interesting year.
Throughout hunting season, biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, French toast and, of course, hot coffee, greet hunters each morning at the Konechne Red Barn Lodge. Kayla Konechne gets up to her alarm at 5:30 a.m. to make sure everything is hot and ready to enjoy.
Agriculture has always been in Brianna Posadas’s blood.
For years, I have railed against the encroachment of the Christmas holiday season on Thanksgiving.
The South Dakota Well Drillers Association is offering a total of $7,000 in scholarships to students interested in well and groundwater industries.
Forcing spring bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocus and hyacinth is a great way to brighten up the dreary days of winter.
As a physician in Aberdeen at the Sandford Clinic, Shirlene Smook deals with hundreds of patients each year, practicing family medicine since 1994. A disease turned the tables as Smook learned she had a diagnosis of a risky breast cancer and she needed surgery and treatment.
How do you spread the word when COVID hits?
If you see someone with a strand of pink hair woven into their style in October, it’s a good chance they are showing their support for those fighting Breast Cancer.
In 2019, Nicole Phillips of Aberdeen shared the story of her treatment and recovery from breast cancer. She continues to bring her message that kindness is contagious through motivational speeches, podcasts and books.
It started with a small bump. Maybe it was a zit or was it something more? A Redfield woman feels very lucky that she had breast cancer. The experience left her stronger than ever, embracing life with incredible vigor.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Erin Noel, of the North Region of the American Cancer Society, Inc. said that last year, the American Cancer Society responded to 1.4+ million calls and live chats, providing direction and answers to survivor…
“Wow!” I said as I pulled a huge carrot out of the ground. “Now that’s a carrot!”
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — In a peaceful setting not far from Holmes City in Douglas County, there is a patch of earth where vampires fear to tread.
Bill was the gentle, old horse who babysat Jessica Routier during the day while her mom trained horses.
BROOKINGS, S.D. - A group of 16 teens from across South Dakota has been selected to serve as the 2020-21 state 4-H ambassador team. Throughout their term, the group of ambassadors will serve as positive role models to other 4-H members throughout the state as they advocate for 4-H and the op…
Tucked away on an acreage near Bath, fences 10-feet tall surround pens where white-tail deer peacefully graze.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A Michigan man accused of more than 100 wildlife violations, including killing 18 federally protected wolves, was sentenced Oct. 13 to 90 days in jail and fined more than $36,000 as part of a plea agreement.
Those of you who have been following along here know that this spring I was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor that laid a good portion of real estate down in my airway, nearly blocking both of my lungs entirely.
“Do you want to go see the cows?” my grandpa asked me when I was a young child.
BRAINERD, Minn. - Two is truly better than one.
A retired North Dakota State University Extension agent has received the National 4-H Council's North Central Volunteer of the Year Award for 2020.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. - When Jamestown residents Brandon and Austin Kinzler head out to the river for a day of fishing, they don’t buy bait or pack lures; they bring magnets and grappling hooks.
There have been many moments in my life when my “ruralness” has shown up in all its glory.
PIERRE, S.D. — When David Neuharth started his 3Y3 Ranch in the 1980s near Hayes, S.D., he noticed a trend among area producers.
One day I was writing my “Prairie Fare” column at my desk when the phone rang.
Meet John Bitter and Amy Van Scoik, first-generation farmers in Hawthorne, Fla., who practice organic, small-scale, sustainable growing practices and sell directly to their customers. John and Amy both attended the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, where they s…
MINOT, N.D. — Blood is thicker than water, they say, and horses and rodeo is thicker than most ... or at least stronger in holding family members together.
Thick fog lifts out of the valley at sunrise, unveiling steep hills of green pastures and black cattle. The soft lowing of calves calls John Grimes to his morning trek to the barn.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed lives across the world. Farmers and ranchers have served through it all, with many directly marketing goods to meet increased demand and others providing product to businesses that have lost access to critical supply channels. While caring for their crops…
I came across one of my husband’s old T-shirts while folding laundry recently. It was there in the basket with underwear and worn jeans and socks that somehow never match up right, the gray shirt with the blue collar I bought him when we were just kids.
NIMROD, Minn. — With her bright beaming smile, pep in her step and her contagious laughter while standing in front of a backdrop of hay bales, one thing is obvious: Sarah Kuschel exudes passion. From talking about her chore filled mornings to late night cattle checks, Kuschel is living out a…
I love autumn, although I usually get rather nostalgic at this time of year.