Plastic Flowers

By Codi Vallery-Mills Novices stumble in search of their markers, and fuss over what looks right. The well practiced sit down in silent remembrance. A husband steps out of his pickup and surveys the sea of plastic flowers and American flags. He grabs his own offering from the cab seat, a small bundle of fragrant yellow […]

Ready For Russia

South Dakota is latest to visit country, talk cattle trade By Codi Vallery-Mills Thousands of live cattle cross the ocean each year to be placed into Russian cattle operations from the United States. The US Department of Commerce reports 61,000 head left the U.S. for Russia between May 2011and May 2012. Cattlemen in the region, […]

Consistency Plus

This summer the local grocery store played a cruel joke on me. It remodeled and switched around its layout. Just when I had the locations of all my regular items memorized too. On a Saturday afternoon I commiserated with an older man who was looking for jell-o. His wife, who needed to make a quick […]

Cafeteria Chatter

Some schools in the region have been in session for a month now. It has been interesting to hear the feedback about the new school cafeteria guidelines that went into effect this year. The United States Department of Agriculture oversees the National School Lunch Program. The objective of the program is to, “To provide a […]

Labor Day Thanks

In agriculture there is rarely idle time and so, while Labor Day is often thought of as a day dedicated to those involved in labor union type jobs, I am lifting up farmers and ranchers as my honorees this year. What qualifies them you ask? Let me tell you . . . • They often […]