Midwest Briefs: DYI animal surgery leads to charges

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Do-it-yourself animal surgery leads to charges

Authorities say a dog died after an Iowa woman used tongs and a paring knife to perform surgery on it in her living room.

Diane McMenamin, 26, of Ames, is charged with animal neglect.

Ames Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff told station KCCI that McMenamin reported that veterinarians had told her the dog needed surgery for an internal obstruction. She said she couldn't afford the surgery and thought she could do it herself because she'd castrated pigs when she lived on a farm.

A criminal complaint filed June 15 says the dog died seconds after the surgery.


Grants help fight erosion on cropland

Nebraska farmers can apply for federal grants to help fight erosion on their land.
The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has funding available to help farmers fight erosion, but requests must be submitted by July 21.

Nebraska State Conservationist Craig Derickson says planting cover crops or using grassed waterways are good techniques to prevent gullies from forming.

Derickson says it's important to prevent these gullies from forming because they can carry away soil and create small ditches.


Conservation group adds land to preserve

A conservation group has bought 115 acres that's mostly farmland near Bloomington as an addition to a nature preserve.

The Sycamore Land Trust says the two parcels are within the Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area, which stretches across northern Monroe County from Lake Lemon to just outside the town of Gosport. The purchase gives the land trust nearly 1,350 acres in the conservation area, where it aims to provide habitat for wildlife and native plants.

Sycamore spokeswoman Abby Perfetti tells The Herald-Times that it will allow the farmland to revert to mainly wetlands and woods.

She says the new land won't be open to the public for some time, as preparation work needs to be done on the property.


Crops getting too much rain, others not enough

Sporadic rain patterns in recent weeks are making Michigan a tale of two states where agriculture is concerned.

The Michigan Farm Bureau says heavy rainfall may ruin crops in central Michigan fields where growers were worried about drought earlier this spring.

More than a foot of rain has fallen within a week in parts of Isabella and Midland counties. The Thumb area of eastern Michigan also has been hit hard.

Farm Bureau field crop specialist Kate Thiel says many producers will have to make tough choices in coming days about whether to replant. Some crops are naturally hearty, such as sugar beets and corn. Others such as dry beans and soybeans are more vulnerable to excessive rain.

Thiel says many growers elsewhere in the state are still praying for rain.


IA Governor to lead trade mission to Israel

Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced a trade and investment mission to Israel later this summer.

The governor's office says in a news release that the trip, being coordinated by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will take place Sept. 6-13. Iowa companies are invited to participate in the mission. The deadline for companies to apply is July 7.

Reynolds' office says Iowa exports to Israel exceeded $30.6 million in 2016 — a 14.5 percent increase over 2015. Key sectors that provide opportunities for Iowa companies in Israel include information and communication technology, agriculture technology, biotechnology and animal feeds.

Reynolds said the goal of the mission trip is to "open doors for Iowa companies, promote Iowa as a place to do business and ultimately create jobs in our great state."


Hemlock pest prompts quarantine request

The state of Michigan has announced a quarantine to protect trees from an Asian insect that has killed millions of hemlocks across North America.

The agriculture department recently announced the hemlock woolly adelgid quarantine. The pest has been found along Lake Michigan in the Lower Peninsula in Allegan, Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties.

The announcement means the state is regulating the shipment of hemlock nursery trees in and out of the four counties as well as the movement of hemlock forest products.
The state says the infestation is related to nursery stock brought into Michigan from eastern states prior to 2002.