Jenny Schlecht

Jenny Schlecht

Editor

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 jschlecht@agweek.com or 701-595-0425.

Why did we report on a Bill Gates-associated company buying North Dakota farmland from Campbell Farms? Here are three reasons.
Jenny Schlecht describes how two calves on her farm needed milk replacer to stay alive.
"Last year at this time, when we already were watching the U.S. Drought Monitor turn redder and redder every week, we would have danced with joy to see even one of the storms we've had this year. But right now, at this minute, can it please stop?"
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.
"I think this one could have been way worse, for a number of reasons."
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.
"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."