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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES APRIL 4, 2017 FROA00 TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY KATRINA HODNY INTERIA4 EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS The Interact may come and go but print will last fbrever. a point. Print media is currently on the fence whether or not it should be considered a way of the past or the future. Did you know that by 2007, there were 6.580 daily newspapers in the world selling 395 million copies a day with 1.456 daily news- papers in the U.S.. selling 55 mil- lion copies a day? The newspaper was the only way to know the news besides at the coffee table tbr many years un- til finally the radio, television, and computer were invented. Arguably, a computer and its technology has become an integral part in the grand scheme of creating a print newspaper. Without the In- ternet or F-mail or a computer. your newspaper wouldn't get to you. Could you imagine going back to the old-fashioned way of making a newspaper messing with ink, tiny metal letters to make words, and clunky printing presses? This leads in to my next point how does a small town newspaper survive? My answer: by the skin of its teeth. It's a competitive business with every dollar and news story being fought over or overdone, ls a person supposed to subscribe to all their local papers only to find the same thing in every one? I don't think so. Variety is also a newspa- per editor's friend. Controversy can get you by but it can't keep you tbd. Again. what's the trick? There are only so many businesses in one area, and we all know how likely it is for a new business to open and actually stay open. Once you are in a place for 50 years, I think the rule of thumb is to stop advertising. Everyone knows you're there, why tell him or her? The secret is compassion and pride. Take pride in your newspa- per no matter which one or who runs it. It's up to the community, not the owners or the editors for a newspaper to succeed. If you care as a reader, it won't fail. lfyou cart as a business, it will last a little while longer. Promote your local newspaper: send it to a fathilv member, sit down with your kids to learn some- thing ne: perhaps discuss a new word of the day out of the weekly newspaper. The success or failure of the Walsh County Press is in the hands of its subscribers and advertisers. That is the bottom-line. Do you have pride in your local paper? Let them know. For my last column. I wanted to address the need of support for lo- cal businesses including the local papers. Should they go by way of the dinosaurs? I don't think so. You can't make everyone happy and some may think there is nothing in the paper ever; those in the news- paper business do their best and sometimes can only do so much. Keep these thoughts in mind as we head into the rest of 2012. Let', not forget we aren't alone in our town or county. Get behind some- thing you can believe in whole- heartedly. 1 bid threwell to the readers of the Walsh County Press and give you back to the ever capable hands of Allison Olimb. Like "' the Bdsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walsh counz3p'ess, wo'dpres' Hello. There is a country song that talks about ranching. Goes some- thing like "not a brrke horse on the place, the pickup truck won't run" and then on to talk about "the wind is on a high". And I tell you what. as I'm writing this article, the wind is on a high! Forecasting winds of 30 to 40 and gusts to 60 mph. That'll teach you not to pee into the wind! We're kind of getting down to the end of that heifer calving deal I told you about. You remember. Those bred heifers that I bought in December that were to calf in March. ]'here were thirteen in that bunch. Eleven calved in January. Then 1 had three I bought at the same sale that were to calf on Feb. 28th. At the time I thought. "that's alright. I'll be done in March. So I have eleven January calves. Hat As of yesterday two March calves. And it looks like I should have two Aprils and a May. Just letting the cattle buyers know, the calves out of my heifers will tend to be a lit- tle uneven! Remember a few years ago, when I forgot to tell Shirley about that cow I had locked in the barn that was on the hook. And that night when Shirley was doing chores she just walked into that pen like she was feeding Molly the milk cow. ! guess her mind had drifted off a little thinking about Tips politics or something. That old cow let out a beller and blew snot all over the back of Shirley's coveralls as she was climbing the fence. At least I think it was snot. And then there was that bull that pushed her over the fence the next year. We had a heifer that calved a couple days ago. She was a pretty proud mama and chased Veto (the wonder dog) and I from the pen. I put my grandson. Evan. in a bale feeder to see the calf. That little mama cow had a caniption fit and put her head in that feeder and put the spook in Evan. He later told Grandma, "Granchna, that cow was trying to kill me"! Yesterday, I was heavily in- volved in a pinochle game in town mad Shirley was watching heifers. One had just popped a calf out and Shirley walked in there to ease the other heifers away, I guess she forgot about Evan and I telling her that 023 was a man eater and pretty proud of her calf. When I got home, Shirley was nursing a bruised ego and a couple other bruises. That mama cow had put the run on her and I guess over the years, Shirley has lost a step or tWO. And you know what I can't fig- ure out? Why is she mad at me and not the heifer? Go figure. Later, Dean HEALTH WEEK Walsh County Health District Short Shots National Public Health Week April 2-8 By Ron Smith, HoCdculturist A Healthier America Begins Today The smallest change can make the biggest difference. Small actions- eating healthy, avoiding tobacco, receiving vaccinations, and using seatbelts-can go a long way toward preventing chronic diseases and injuries before they start. Communities can shape healthier neighborhoods by supporting local farmers markets, smoking bans, substance use treatment centers, and walking trails. Health is more than the absence of disease. Lifelong health starts not when a health problem arises but through prevention. Prevention promotes the ability to remain active, independent and involved in one's community as we age. Join the movement, "A Healthier America Begins Today". D ]nt' t N[ i s s A]nt ][ s s u e Start or renew your subscription today! In--County -- $34 i C00atoofCounty -- $38 Out=of-State- P.O. Box 49, Park River, ND 58]o Credit Cde are not aopted Your Hometown Paper in the Heart ProductiviO: Assessment Curbs Farm Taxe. s ........ Ballooning land and commod- ity prices will have only a nominal impact on property taxes. The outrageous land prices, as much as $5,000 an acre in the Red River Valley, would have been cat- astrophic for farmers had the sta not changed from a market to a productivity assessing system in 1980. A property tax based on mar- ket value of farm land would be disastrous considering the wild prices being paid. By the end of the 1970s, the Legislature had decided that as- sessing fatal land on the basis of market value was no longer rea- sonable since the fan market had become clogged with questionable sales. After a decade-long crusade by then Senator Don Moore of Forbes, the Legislature established productivity as the yardstick for farm assessments. As a consequence, the high prices being paid for land will have no influence on farm property taxes. However, high commodity prices will have some impact on the productivity fommla. The determination of the pro- ductivity assessment begins in the North Dakota State University De- partment of Agribusiness & Ap- plied Economics where farm management specialists consider a number of factors, including crop production, input costs and inter- est rates. Included are all fann: crops and livestock grown and sold in North Dakota. The final calculations result in an average value per acre on crop- land, noncropland and inundated agricultural land in each county. These computations are sent to the office of the State Tax Commis- sioner who distributes these values to the 53 counties. At the county level, directors of tax equalization and assessors as- sign the values to individual farms based on detailed soils studies. Soils studies are assumed to be the best predictor of productivity of the land. Two factors will affect the im- pact of high commodity prices on land assessments. First, current commodity prices will be rolled into an 8-year base so lower prices a few years ago will moderate the effect of today's higher prices. Second, the figure coming from the 8-year base is combined with the assessments for residential and commercial property in cities and townships. The addition of resi- dential and commercial property to the base will moderate the influ- ence of the productivity valuation. The degree of moderation will de- pend on the proportion farm land carries in relation to the rest of the county's taxable valuation. While the assessment process is underway, budgets are being pre- pared by the various local govern- ments. When these budgets arrive in the county auditor's office, they are translated into mills. The increased land values caused by increased commodity prices will increase the size of the tax base of local governments which, in tuna, will result in lower mill rates because of the larger base. Anyone who understands all of the elements and compromises in- volved will recognize that the pro- ductivity system is not without its flaws. However, in the final analy- sis, it represents a real break for farm land owners when compared to owners of residential and com- mercial property who are still being assessed on market value. That disparity does not trouble me. It would be counterproductive to impose a burdensome tax on an industry that requires extensive property ownership to succeed. The productivity assessment sys- tem can be considered our state plan for keeping farmers on the land. Recently, I had occasion to visit with Farm Management Specialist Dr. Dwight Aakre at NDSU, a key analyst in developing and calculat- ing the annual productivity index. We compared the problems in the productivity system with the prob- lems in the market assessment method and came to the conclu- sion that both systems had their flaws but for farmers the produc- tivity method had fewer than the market approach. Ext, Exchange Saving $$$ To Achieve Your Goals Savings are one of the corner- stones of building financial secu- rity. The reasons for saving vary and are influenced by your age, in- come, job, stage in the life cycle and number of children. A primary goal of any savings program is to establish a fund to cushion the impact of emergency expenses. Saving is important for reaching any short and long-term goals you may have. How much to save will depend on your reasons for saving. It will also depend on your special family circumstances and on how much is needed to reach your specific goals. Just thinking about the lump sum required to reach any one of the goals may be overwhelming. Change your approach! Break the lump sum down into smaller amounts that can realistically be saved each pay period. Saving and investing are not in- terchangeable terms, although many people use them that way. Savings instruments experience virtually no risk for either the prin- ciple (the dollar amount placed in the instrument) or the interest (amount earned on the principal of a loan). Typical savings instru- ments include passbook savings accounts, savings bonds, money market deposit accounts and cer- tificates of deposit. Examples of investments in- clude stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other securities. These types of investments guarantee neither re- tuna &the principal nor earnings. For these reasons, investing may be speculative and involve a high degree of risk. But. there is the possibility of a greater return on your money than with savings in- vestments. The main purpose of both sav- ing and investing is to increase your,financial assets. Before be- ginning an investment program, you should have a sound financial base which includes risk protec- tion (insurance) and an emer- gency savings fund of two to six months take home pay. The "'Rule of 72" is an easy way to estimate how long it will take for your investment to dou- ble. To use it. divide the number 72 by the interest rate (APR I. As- suming all interest will be rein- vested (compounded), the result will be the number of years it wi 11 take for your money to double. For example, 72 + 5.00% - 14.40 years How much you can save will always be a battle between current wants and future needs. Success- ful savers know that one of the keys to acquiring wealth is to make your money work tbr you. Setting aside a portion of your earnings on a regular basis and placing it in interest bearing ac- counts will help you reach those all-important goals! Women in Agriculture The Lake Region Chapter of the ND Agri-Women is again honoring the hard working farm women with their Farm Woman of the Year contest. Contestants need to be farm women whose primary source of income is or was fann- ing. Applicants are judged on their involvement with the farm operation along with other Ag and community organizations. Applications are available at the Walsh County Extension Office. All applications should be in by May 30, 2012. All candidates will be honored at the annual Spring Fling event hosted by the Lake Region Agfi-Women Chap- ter on June 11, 2012. in Devils Lake and one will be chosen as Farm Woman of the Year, Hortiscope Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication I hired my neighbor's son to prune my roses. He cut them about 12 inches from the ground instead of the branch line. How can I save my beautiful roses? Will the roses grow ifI give them fertilizer and water? I live in the South, so I do not have to worry about freezing. I am scared I have lost all of them and all of my hard work. (email reference) , You should have nothing to worry about. Roses bloom on the current season's growth, so yours should break dormancy and send up new shoots when the tem- peratures are right. At that time, you can shape the plants the way you wish as they grow and pro- duce flowers. . Last spring, I planted some dwarf Norv)ay spruce sh" rbs. I fbllowed all the rules. This spring, all of the plants have dropped the majority of their green needles. I see there are buds at the tips. lfI break offa twig, it is green inside. Will these plants survive or should I start over? What caused this? I hate to kill plants. Thank (email reference) I have no idea what would have caused this to happen. The likelihood of the shrubs re- covering into anything decent is very remote. You need to contact a horticulturist in the Colorado Ex- tension Service. Go to rectory/countylist.cfm and click on your county to get ill touch with an agent who should be able to guide you in determining what went wrong and how to keep it from happening ag/in. .I would like to establish some native species in beds on our farm. Some of these plants have tap roots that are very difficult to transplant. Is there a propagation method you would suggest? I live in central South Dakota and .would get the plant material from my own land. (email reference) , Collect seeds and mix them with sand before scattering them or dig and move the seedlings before the tap roots become too extensive. With perennials, try to take fleshy cuttings after they have flowered and root them in a sand/peat mix. Transplant them when the roots are established enough to support the plant on its own. fiQr" Would now be a good time for seeding a lawn? I always e the sooner the better. How- ever, the way this year is going has me scratching my head! (email ref- erence) A: As long as the frost is out of the ground and the soil sur- face is not too wet, go ahead and seed. Moist soil is OK but satu- rated soil is not. Even if the tem- peratures dip again, it won't hurt anything because the seed will be going through a priming process while it is sitting there waiting to germinate. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith Editor's Note The Around the Cotmty columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. Dates to Remember: 4-11 - Final Private Pesticide Applicator recertification and certification meeting; Extension Office Park River 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm for recertification and 9 to 4 for initial