My SDSU Value-added Speaking Gig

I’m about to do something I rarely do — public speaking. I was invited back to Brookings, S.D., March 20, to speak at the South Dakota Value-added Conference at the Days Inn in Brookings. It’s partly sponsored by South Dakota State University. That’s my hometown and my alma mater. My topic will have to do…
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What’s-in-your-hyphen?

Somebody asked me, why “ag-at-large” why not “ag at large” without the hyphens. That’s complicated. First, I’m doing it to avoid a conflict with anyone else out there with an “ag at large” or “ag at-large” moniker. Also, I’m told that the individual words are more likely to stand out in a Google search, or…
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The Wedge, A Different World

  It’s always amazing what you learn when you go to a new place – or an old place. When I was young, I’d get to Minneapolis/St. Paul quite often. I was an intern at The Farmer Magazine in St. Paul, in what was the big Webb Publishing Co. stable of ag publications. Out of…
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Grilled Beef Policy

They call it grilling. When Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., brings the head of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service into Bismarck, N.D., for an official hearing, it is an interesting process to follow, as R-Calf and other of the region’s cattle leaders get to vent about U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed rules that would…
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Bobbi’s Battle

Bobbi Talmadge, an energetic livestock development specialist for the North Dakota Agriculture Department, got some good news last week. Talmadge, a mother of three, has been battling leukemia.  "She was notified last week that a bone marrow donor had been found for her and that is was a ‘beautiful match,’" says a Talmadge friend. "She’s tentatively scheduled for…
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