‘Wheat. So What?’

“Wheat. So what?” That’s what an irritated Capt. Kirk — who was looking at some grain — said to a self-important, semi-competent bureaucrat in the classic Star Trek episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.” I thought of that line when I recently visited the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers offices in Red Lake Falls, Minn. (The…
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The Lion In Winter

“The lion in winter” is a little-used but wonderful phrase, a real compliment. It refers to a proud, competent man who’s aging (in the winter of life) but remains active and vital. I thought of that phrase when I interviewed retired veterinarian Vernon Knudson for the May 7 Agweek cover print story and the AgweekTV…
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Hangin’ With A Veteran Vet

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. — On the right is an ag journalist, yours truly, who wasn’t wearing sunglasses when squinting into the sun. On the left is Dr. Vernon Knudson,, a now-retired veterinarian based in Cooperstown, N.D., for more than 50 years. He’s been a fixture and institution in North Dakota ag circles, working with livestock and…
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Have You Ever Eaten Lamb?

I just wrote a short story, which will be in the May 7 print issue of Agweek, about a new report that finds U.S. consumers are eating more lamb meat. That’s good but not surprising news for Upper Midwest sheep producers. More Americans want to try new and different foods, and lamb meat is one…
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Planting Or Harvest: Which Do You Enjoy More?

Unless the weather turns uncooperative yet again, many Upper Midwest farmers will begin planting in earnest in the next week or so. Which raises this question: Is planting or harvest the better, more satisfying part of farming? Well, of course they’re both essential. They’re the alpha and omega, yin and yang, peanut butter and jelly…
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