If You Like Trees, You’ll Like This Story

I like trees, and respect other people who like trees. Tree people are stalwart. — William Safire I’m with Safire, the late, great journalist, speechwriter, columnist and language maven. Trees, and tree people, make the world a better place. (If you think Safire was a tree-hugging liberal, think again. He wrote speeches for Nixon and…
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Wolf Point, Woohoo!

WOLF POINT, MONT. — There’s a lot of variety in agriculture, and my travels with Agweek reflect that. In just the past four months, I’ve been to the White House, Monsanto’s biggest research facility, extension test plots, tiny farm towns, rolling prairies and heavily wooded Minnesota lake country, among many other places. Today, I’m in…
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Think Farming Is Easy? Think Again

Farming, including harvest in the Upper Midwest, is never easy. But sometimes (rare times, though they happen) cooperative weather and equipment make harvest relatively painless. Add good yields into the mix (a combination rarer still) and harvest is practically fun. But harvest can be misery when the weather refuses to cooperate. That’s happening right now…
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Of Farmers, People Like The Rest Of Us And Political Correctness

I grew up in a small North Dakota farm town. A businessman there, who was active in the church my family attended, was partially paralyzed. Though he had the use of his arms, he couldn’t use his legs and was confined to a wheelchair. I saw him regularly, and his unspoken, but unmistakable attitude was…
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Good For Ducks, Bad For Farmers

LANGDON, N.D. — I always visiting Langdon, a farm town in northern North Dakota. I’m here again today for two stories that will run in future editions of our magazine. This has been a tough growing season for farmers in the Langdon area. Heavy and repeated rains — one agriculturalist says he’s had 18 inches…
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