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Jenny Schlecht

Jenny Schlecht


Jenny Schlecht is Agweek's editor. She lives with her husband and two daughters on a farm and ranch in Medina, North Dakota — a perfect vantage point for writing agriculture and rural news.

Jenny grew up on a farm and ranch outside Billings, Montana. She graduated from the University of Mary with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in psychology. She previously worked as a police and courts reporter and assistant city editor at the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune.
Jenny can be reached at or 701-595-0425.

Losing the bank in town seemed like it could be the beginning of the end for the community. Instead, it revealed that there are still some business leaders who believe in small towns.
A series of storms brought around 4 feet of snow to some parts of the region. While the storm and its aftermath continue to stress ranchers and cattle, there is optimism that it spells the beginning of the end of a dry cycle.
"I think this one could have been way worse, for a number of reasons."
"When it comes down to it, all planting right now feels very 'prospective.' Something will go into the ground, but we don't know when and we don't completely know what. We're at the mercy of the weather, and we know well enough that we don't know what that will look like."
An unexpected crop of calves bring optimism for a good year.
More than just learning how to evaluate livestock, youth participants in livestock judging are gaining real workforce development skills.
"We aren't likely to ever have labels that really tell the story about the deep origins of our food or the conditions under which they were produced. But don't be afraid to share a little of the reality of what it has taken to get your livestock to market."
Hillsboro Public Schools has a new student. Sort of. The school's ag program's small animal care class is teaching Maura, a 4-month-old golden retriever, to be a therapy dog.
"I hope these kinds of messages mean that restaurants are showing support in the other ways that matter, too: Paying those farmers, ranchers and dairies a fair price for their products."
The demonization of “sugar” in general presents both challenges and opportunities for sugarbeet producers, Courtney Gaine, president and CEO of The Sugar Association, told the ASGA. While the challenge of overcoming consumer perceptions remains, the solution and opportunity may be as simple as getting people to see “real sugar” for what it really is — a plant-based substance with a proper place in a balanced diet.