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Farm explosion and fire kills 1, injures 2

HARROLD, S.D. (AP) — One man was killed and two others injured in an explosion and fire at a shop building on a Hughes County farm.

Sheriff Mike Leidholt says 22-year-old Troy Hattum, of rural Harrold, was severely burned when a fuel tank he was welding exploded on Aug. 8. Hattum died of his injuries at a Pierre hospital.

Twenty-two-year-old Chalan Hedman and 52-year-old Jeff Holshauser also suffered burns. They also were taken to hospitals. Their conditions aren’t known.

The building was destroyed, along with a mobile home.

NAWG releases Farm Bill survey

This week, the National Association of Wheat Growers launched a Farm Bill Survey intended to gather feedback from growers about what policies are most important to them as NAWG begins planning for the next Farm Bill.

The survey, distributed through NAWG’s state association executives and NAWG board members, asks farmers to describe their experiences with their crop insurance coverage, Title 1 programs like ARC and PLC, and Title 2 conservation programs. It can be found at

Input from wheat growers helps NAWG as a grassroots, membership-based organization work to actively address issues that growers face every day. The information gathered through this survey will guide discussions by NAWG policy committees and support the development of policy recommendations from NAWG state associations. The planning and implementation of a functional 2018 Farm Bill depends on the active and insightful input from wheat growers, to clarify the successes and miss-steps from previous Farm Bills, improve programs that are not as effective as they could be, and maintain and improve the programs that benefit wheat growers.

— National Association of Wheat Growers

Monsanto Board approves dividend of 54 cents per share

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Monsanto Company announced on Aug. 12 that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of 54 cents per share. The dividend relates to the company’s fourth quarter of its 2016 fiscal year and is payable on October 28, 2016, to shareowners of record on October 7, 2016.

— Monsanto Company

Officials identify harmful algae at Cottonwood Lake

ALAMO, N.D. (AP) — State health and agriculture officials are cautioning people about the presence of blue-green algae in Cottonwood Lake in Williams County.

Signs have been posted at the lake saying the water can be harmful to humans and pets. Officials found the algae along boat ramp areas and the swimming beach.

Hot summer weather can contribute to the production of the algae that’s also known as cyanobacteria. People and animals who ingest affected water can get sick and even die. There’s no known antidote for the toxins.

People are urged to err on the side of caution and avoid water that looks discolored or scummy or has a foul odor.

Women in Ag fall seminar to focus on safety

Farm safety will be the focus of the Women in Agriculture Network Fall Seminar scheduled for September 13 in Morris, Minnesota. The seminar, “Women run the farm: Understanding the business and keeping my family safe,” will be hosted by University of Minnesota Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency and held at the West Central Research and Outreach Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics include how to create a culture of safety on your farm and how to balance priorities on farm safety. A tour of the West Central Research and Outreach Center will highlight new ideas for farming practices.

Pre-registration is required for this event by Sept. 9. Please RSVP at: or contact Mary Jo Fox at 320-235-0726, ext. 2001 or Cost for the program is $20. Payment can be made the day of the event via cash, check, or credit card. We thank Minnesota Corn Grower’s Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council for their sponsorship support of this program.

For more information on the seminar, please visit:

— University of Minnesota Extension

Science Cafes to focus on food and drink through November

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The University of Nebraska State Museum’s monthly Science Cafe programs will focus on food and drink topics over the next few months.

The programs are for adults 21 and older and run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of most months.

The title for this Thursday’s program is “Food and Fermentation” and it will be held at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets.

The Sept. 15 program, “Art + Science = Beer,” will be held at Zipline Brewing Co., 2100 Magnum Circle. A brewery tour is included, but the event is limited to 30 people.

There will be no event in October.

The Nov. 17 event will be held at Morrill Hall. The topic is “Farm to Table.” Participants will discuss edible plants.

2 large grain bins collapse in ND; no injuries reported

BARLOW, N.D. (AP) — No injuries have been reported in the collapse of two grain bins in the Foster County community of Barlow, N.D.

Resident Kyle Hewitt tells KQDJ radio that the two 35,000-bushel bins owned by Allied Grain Co. collapsed shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 15.

There was no immediate word on the cause.