HOPE, N.D. — Nathan Lunde knows a lot about cattle. But the Cooperstown rancher doesn't know as much as he wants about farm succession — and that's something he's determined to change. "I've reached the age (60) where I need to start thinking about stepping away, especially since David (his son) has come back," Nathan Lunde said. "Coming here will help with that."
GRAND FORKS — Jochum Wiersma says that "20 years in the trenches" fighting Fusarium head blight qualifies him to offer a historical perspective on, and to evaluate future implications of, the destructive crop disease. His analysis: Though progress has been made, the disease is far from tamed and farmers and others shouldn't get overconfident. "I'm somewhat worried we've been lulled into a false sense of security," said Wiersma, a small grains specialist and associate professor and extension agronomist at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
They'd appreciate your patience, but don't want your pity. What farmers with disabilities want is to stay active on the farm. Agweek profiles three farmers — two from South Dakota and one from North Dakota, two in their 60s, one in his 20s — who combine perseverance, passion for agriculture and special equipment to continue doing what they love. These stories include information on financial assistance for other farmers with disabilities who might be helped. 'Laugh and make it work'
ST. LOUIS — It's home to 1,700 scientists and cutting-edge agricultural research. If you're interested in agriculture or the food you eat, you can't ignore the work at Monsanto's Chesterfield (Missouri) Village Research Center. And whether you agree with that controversial work or not, you shouldn't ignore the message from Monsanto scientists and executives: We're educated, experienced and know agriculture. We want to help feed the world. We care about food safety and the environment. And we want to earn your trust.