Ag Journalism In The Nation’s Capital

Here I am (left) at the National Portrait Gallery with Jonathan Knutson at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., as part of a tour with members of the North American Agricultural Journalists group. The picture we’re standing near is called “The Farm,”  by Knjiro Namura, an oil-on-canvas made in 1934. The Washington state farm…
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Beijing: Great Spot For World Potato Congress In July

    Here’s a photo I took of Ron D. Offutt of Fargo, attending a potato field day at the World Potato Congress in Boise, Idaho, in 2006. At right is Gary Secor, a North Dakota State University plant pathologist, and to the left is Neil Gudmestad, an NDSU colleague.  (By the way, this photo…
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ND, MT Wines Score At International Wine Competition

The 15th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is a big deal. It benefits Camp Good Days,  a summer camp for children with cancer. This is the world’s largest charitable wine competition. This year the competition was held in Rochester, N.Y., on March 21-22. It was open to commercial wineries and distilleries from all producing…
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Jeff Broin: Poet LLC Executive Chair Is A Pioneer In His 40s

It’s been 35 years since I was an undergraduate at South Dakota State University in Brookings. I wrote about the 1978 and tractorcades to Washington, D.C., for The Collegian, the SDSU student newspaper. I was an agricultural journalist, and Editor Kevin Woster from the famed Woster journalism family in South Dakota was my boss. He…
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Prevented-plant Crop Insurance Adjustments, Weaknesses

Above is a photo I took of some cropland east of Dickinson, N.D., that wasn’t planted on July 2, 2014. It was a prevented-plant (PP) crop insurance situation because of some very wet planting season weather. Of all of the input I receive from readers, PP is the tops. Several times a year I will…
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