“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.
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.
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…
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.
VERNDALE, Minn. - Months after suffering third-degree burns from a gas tank explosion on his tractor, a Verndale, Minn., farmer has finally returned home from the hospital.
MOUNT VERNON, S.D. — Cole Sonne has a busy life working on the farm.
Even though most Special Olympic events have been canceled this year, people at the Special People Using Riding Skills Therapeutic Center in Aberdeen, S.D., continue to benefit by riding horses.
“My whips!” I said. “I can’t fee my whips!”
Gardening lessons are always a highlight of my summer programs.
The leaves are changing out here at the ranch at just the right pace — slowly and overnight. I can see them on the other side of my sliding glass door if I look past the kitten climbing up the screen and the other one pooping in my flowerpot.
“You’re moving the compost pile?” I asked.
Brenna Connelly is a 19-year-old student at the University of Minnesota, originally from Byron, Minn., in Olmsted County. Connelly was crowned the 67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way on Aug. 12. Agweek asked her a few questions about her background and what it’s like to be a dairy princess.
Results from the Brown County Old Time Tractor Pullers Sept. 5 competition in Mellette follow. The next pulls are Sunday in Eureka and Sept. 27 in Stratford.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Rodeo has always been a family affair for recent 2020 agricultural communications graduate Jacey Hupp. At 8 years of age, Hupp started her rodeo career in 4-H where she competed in goat tying, breakaway roping, flag racing, barrel racing, pole bending, team roping and ribbo…
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Maddie Weninger, a senior from Howard Lake, Minn., studying agricultural education and Spanish at South Dakota State University, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 National Association of Agricultural Educators Upper Division Scholarship.
Whether working cattle, or trotting happily alongside you and your horse on the trails — if you have a dog, life on the farm, or time at the barn, means you’re likely never alone. And while it may seem commonplace, cattle dogs and barn dogs live a unique lifestyle, being nearby 1,000-pound l…
There are songs that we know, tucked away in the back of our memories that come to in the form of a hum or a whistle while we’re doing dishes or laundry, pulling weeds or fixing on the tractor.
On a farm south of Redfield, a man saddles up and rides horses every day. Right now, he’s high on training a 3-year-old, getting ready for the fall futurity.
As I meandered around a store recently, I noticed that cleaning supplies were still in short supply. I found one bottle of chlorine bleach on the shelf.
If you want a great lawn, now is the time to take action.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — In 1917, Sylvester “Guy” Kimmes made his way from New York Mills, Minn., to Grant Valley Township of Beltrami County, where he purchased a 160-acre parcel of land, in the hopes of creating a farmstead for his family.
A Winfred family has been chosen as the honorary captains for Saturday’s Ag Bowl at Dakota State University in Madison.
Are you new to farming because of the pandemic? USDA can help you get started — everything from helping you register your farm to getting financial assistance and advice.
Do you know how many chokecherries it takes to make six jars of jelly? Seven billion.
“Julie, you need some cookies.”
Corn silage making season will soon be upon us.
“Getting old isn’t for sissies.”
For nearly a decade, the South Dakota Corn Growers and the National Corn Growers Associations have made expansion of broadband infrastructure a top priority for their members and rural Americans as a whole when they talk to our elected officials in Congress.
It’s election season again, so some politicians in both major parties are pushing even more stridently than usual to “buy American,” or buying U.S.-made goods instead of products that come from abroad. Doing so will strengthen our economy and help American companies and workers, the politico…
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Peterson family, operators of Twin Oaks Farms in Northfield, have been named this year’s outstanding conservationists in Rice County, Minn., by the Rice County Soil and Water Conservation District.
I was out of town for a couple of days, taking care to follow all the health precautions in place.
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in my surgeon’s office on the fourth floor of Mayo Clinic, almost 700 miles from the oak tree on the ranch in western North Dakota where we were married 14 years ago when I was on the edge of turning 23. We vowed for better or for worse, in…
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — In rural Otter Tail County, one of the biggest collections of convertibles around will be auctioned off in a month, but the collection is about more than just a love of cars.
Paul Olson suffered a massive heart attack at age 31 and lived.
The 49th South Dakota 4-H Finals Rodeo was held Aug. 14-16 in Fort Pierre. A total of 1,114 youth ages 8-18 were enrolled for the 2020 4-H Rodeo Season and 499 of those contestants qualified for the State Finals Rodeo. South Dakota is one of two states with an organized 4-H Rodeo program. It…
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency announced Aug. 19 that it will make several improvements to federal crop insurance prevented planting coverage. RMA will implement these changes for most spring crops with prevented planting coverage, starting in …
AMES, Iowa - Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredicta…