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Angry cow killed after running over officer in Washington

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A cow that escaped a county fairgrounds in southern Washington was killed after it ran over an officer and its owner.

The Daily News in Longview reports the cow somehow got out of the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds on July 26 and strode through Longview.

The farm animal, estimated to weigh 800 pounds, at some point charged out of a slough and ran over an officer who suffered a leg injury.

Longview Police Department patrol officer Mike Berndt says the cow then took off running. During an hour-long frenzy, it also ran over its juvenile owner, dented several patrol vehicles and ran into two other cars.

Police used a taser on the cow and then killed it with a shotgun in a residential yard.

California-based ag tech company expanding in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A California-based agricultural technology company is adding more than 90 positions in the next two years at its national operations center in Sioux Falls.

Farmers Business Network says that will triple the number of employees in South Dakota’s largest city.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the expansion is good news for South Dakota’s growing information technology sector.

Sioux Falls Development Foundation Vice President Dean Dziedzic says the expansion will help farmers throughout the Midwest.

Event in Nebraska will showcase benefits of cover crops for farmers

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska farmers will have a chance to visit a field with cover crops next month to learn more about the potential benefits of using them.

The free event on Aug. 11 is designed to teach farmers about the benefits of the practice.

Cover crops are planted between growing seasons to limit erosion and replenish nutrients in the soil, which can reduce the need for fertilizer.

The field day sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will be held at Mark Allen’s farm north of Lexington.

For more information, call (308) 325-1056.

Attendance at 2016 ND State Fair down 4 percent

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Attendance at the North Dakota State Fair was down only slightly this year, despite the state’s challenging economic conditions.

Manager Renae Korslien said 293,123 people walked through the gates at the State Fairgrounds in Minot this year, down from 305,093 last year.

The fair wrapped up its nine-day run on July 31 — two days before the state Legislature goes into a special session called by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address shortfalls in the state treasury caused by slumping oil and agriculture industries.

“In the tough economic climate of our region, our attendance was down only 4 percent,” Korslien said. “That is truly incredible,”

The fair, which was the 51st, had the usual carnival rides, food vendors, animal shows, 4-H exhibits and musical entertainment. Grandstand acts this year included country superstar Kenny Chesney and rockers KISS.

Chesney’s concert had the biggest attendance, at 11,342 people. KISS drew 9,688 fans.

Next year’s fair is scheduled for July 21-29.

Deadline approaching for SD Century Farms recognition

HURON, S.D. – The deadline is quickly approaching for South Dakota families who have owned land for 100 or 125 years, to be honored at this year’s Farm & Ranch Recognition Program at the State Fair, Thursday, Sept. 1.

Application forms are available online at by clicking “programs” and then “Century Farms” or call the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) at 605.353.8052. Return the form & documentation of Date of Original Purchase to the SDFB office by Aug. 11, 2016. To qualify as a South Dakota Century Farm or Ranch, a family must have retained continuous ownership of at least 80 acres of original farmland for 100 years or more. If the family ownership of land has reached 125 years, they may apply to be recognized as a Quasquicentennial Farm or Ranch. Documentation of the original date of purchase must be included with the application.

The SDFB started the farm and ranch recognition program in 1976 as a Bicentennial Project. It became the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition program in 1984. There have been 2,837 century farms and ranches and 295 quasquicentennial farms and ranches recognized thus far.

— S.D. Department of Agriculture