A glimpse of the future near West Fargo, N.D.  on June 23,  2015. -- Photo by Mikkel Pates

Seeing Beyond The Horizon Vital In Tough Times

Farm meeting season gets a bit frenzied. I have heard concerns this winter about weather, about markets and about big problems in production agriculture like herbicide-resistant weeds. The facts are often challenging, sometimes daunting. One of the most important things I’ve heard lately was a quote from John Phipps, an editor with U.S. Farm Report.…
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Enoch Thorsgard, 89, of Northwood, N.D., continues as a principal in one of the biggest beef feedlots in the tri-state area.

Enoch’s Saga Is An Example And Now A Legacy

An important man in my North Dakota has passed away. Enoch Thorsgard of Northwood died Dec. 16. He was 98. His visitation and prayer service are 5 p.m., Dec. 18. His funeral is at 2 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Northwood. Enoch was an important cattleman for the region and a…
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Making Sheep Dreams Real At Stoney Hill Farms, Volga, SD

The fellow in this picture is Mark Pates — one of my big brothers. Like me, Mark grew up in the town of Brookings, S.D., a “town kid” and a son to a very earnest South Dakota State University Extension Service worker.   Unlike me, Mark had a personal vision for becoming an actual farmer — not…
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Will Hillsboro, N.D., Be An Ag UAV Launch Pad For RRV?

A reader texts me a link to the the Hillsboro (N.D.) Banner online version on July 24 that carries a story by Jack Dura, talking about an Israeli-based electronics company looking to use drones from the Hillsboro Regional Airport for gathering data on agriculture and other research. Dura writes that the Traill County Economic Development Commission goes…
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Equintissential Summer Event: Draft Horse Weekend At Towner, N.D.

If there’s a way I can get to the 2015 Draft Horse field days, June  12-14 at RX Shire Ranch at Towner, N.D., I’m sure I’ll do it — at least to look in for a few hours. It strikes me as one of the truly North Dakota events that is emblematic of summer fun…
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