Agribusiness

‘Grey hair’ in agriculture: Opportunities in the making

It is no mistake that grey hair is becoming more and more common in the agricultural industry these days. Grey hair normally suggests a particular stereotype, but it can also be viewed as an opportunity. The average age of the Minnesota farmer, as reported in the 2012 census, was 56.6 years ...

Farm Camp being held this year

WASECA — Farmers, farm organizations, agribusinesses and volunteers have joined together to organize and host the sixth annual “Farm Camp Minnesota” for youth. This event is open to youth entering grades 3-6. This year the one-day camp will be held four days at three different ...

Photos from Sleepy Eye FFA
The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter had 15 State FFA Degree candidates for 2017. (Front l-r): Anna Landkammer, McKayla Aschenbrenner, Melissa Kral, Cheyenne Gardness, Allison Helget, Natalie Sellner, Sarah Rossbach, Isabella Portner, Johnny Rosenhammer, Lane Trebesch, Adam Steffl, Colten Gemmill, and Hunter Rose. Not pictured: Zoe Macklanburg, Tyrah Stoll.

Region FFA results announced

On Thursday, Feb. 9, Sleepy Eye FFA had members interviews for State FFA Degrees and Proficiencies in Westbrook. Thirteen members applied for State FFA Degrees, the second highest degree achievable in FFA, and many members applied for different agricultural Proficiency Awards. In order to ...

Sesquicentennial farm applications due April 3

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, over 225 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial Farm program recognizes family ...

Minnesota NFO elects officers

SAUKE CENTRE — Joe Neaton of Watertown was re-elected state president of Minnesota National Farmers Organization at the annual reorganization meeting in Sauk Centre Feb. 11. Joe and his wife LuAnn operate 450 acres of alfalfa, corn, and soybeans near Watertown and raise Holstein ...

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The overall top ten individuals of the 2017 Jr. High Crop Show: Front- l to r: Morgan Hoffmann, Carmen Lendt, Logan Mickelson, Maddison Helget. Back- Miah Braun, Mackenna Fischer, and Trey Heiderscheidt. Not pictured: Jack Schroepfer, Toby Weiss, and Emma Schieffert.

Sleepy Eye Junior High FFA has crop show

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its Junior High Crops Show on Monday, Feb. 6. It was a chance for the families of FFA members to get together and recognize the efforts of the junior high members, while announcing the winners of the 2017 Junior High Crops Show. Josie Lang created a video of ...

Photo by Ruth Klossner
Natalie Sellner, left, and Isabella Portner were crowned Brown County Dairy Princesses at the annual dairy banquet Saturday, January 28 at New Ulm.

Brown County Dairy Royalty named

NEW ULM — Isabella Portner, daughter of Tom and Mary Portner of rural Sleepy Eye, and Natalie Sellner, daughter of Dean and Karen Sellner of rural Sleepy Eye, were crowned Brown County Dairy Princesses Saturday, Jan. 28. In addition, Crystal Portner, daughter of Tom and Mary Portner, was ...

Photo by Ruth Klossner
Nicollet County Dairy Princess Emily Annexstad, center, with county dairy ambassadors Grace Pehrson, left, and Jennifer Wear.

Nicollet County Dairy Royalty crowned

NEW ULM — Emily Annexstad, daughter of Rolf and Jean Annexstad of rural St. Peter, was crowned Nicollet County Dairy Princess Saturday, January 28. In addition, two county dairy ambassadors were named at the annual meeting and dairy princess banquet. They are Grace Pehrson, daughter of Pat ...

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently held the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Council of County Presidents meeting on January 24 at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St. Paul with 165 Farm Bureau leaders, elected and appointed officials in attendance. County Farm Bureau presidents heard from state legislators, as well as Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly, Minnesota Agriculture Water Resources Center Executive Director Warren Formo, MFBF President Kevin Paap, MFBF Public Policy Director Amber Hanson and MFBF Public Policy Associate Director Cole Rupprecht. Topics discussed included state and national issues updates; affordability and availability of health insurance; property taxes; Palmer Amaranth and buffers. Pictured left to right are Bruce Tiffany – Redwood County Farm Bureau board member, Joe Sullivan – Renville County Farm Bureau president, Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska), Greg Bartz – Brown County Farm Bureau president and Andrew VanNurden – Redwood County Farm Bureau president.­

Farm Bureau officers meet with Torkelson

Submitted photo The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently held the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Council of County Presidents meeting on January 24 at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St. Paul with 165 Farm Bureau leaders, elected and appointed officials in attendance. ...

MnDOT extends mowing permit application period

ST PAUL, Minn. — Due to public concern regarding last fall’s mowing and baling permit announcement, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has extended the time frame for permit applications by those who want to mow and bale on state highway right of way adjacent to their land and has ...

Farm Financial Management Workshops Feb. 21 & Feb. 22

LAMBERTON — The Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association has joined with the University of Minnesota Extension to present “Taking Charge of Your Finances: How to Survive and Thrive.” This full-day workshop is filled with an interactive case study that provides information ...

Farm Outlook & Education Seminar at SMSU Feb. 15

MARSHALL — Four speakers with broad ag-related backgrounds will highlight the 33rd annual Farm Outlook & Education Seminar, set for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Southwest Minnesota State University. The event features ag experts talking about topics that relate to current agriculture ...

Farm outlook seminar at SMSU Feb. 15

MARSHALL — Four speakers with broad ag-related backgrounds will highlight the 33rd annual Farm Outlook & Education Seminar, set for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Southwest Minnesota State University. The event features ag experts talking about topics that relate to current agriculture ...

Farm financial management workshops Feb. 21-22

LAMBERTON — The Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association has joined with the University of Minnesota Extension to present “Taking Charge of Your Finances: How to Survive and Thrive.” This full-day workshop is filled with an interactive case study that provides ...

First hearing on 2018 farm bill to be Feb. 23 in Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts says the first hearing on the 2018 farm bill will be held in Manhattan in February. Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, is chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry. He announced Wednesday that the first hearing ...

Sleepy Eye FFA members received FFA jackets of their own from the Minnesota FFA Foundation. Pictured L to R, front – Cali Rossbach, Emma Fischer, Courtney Sellner, Brienna Barnes, Alexa Steffl. Middle- Lexxy Rudolph, Sabrina Arista, Kathryn Schroepfer, Abby Hoffmann, Jacob Meyer, Kyle Christensen. Back- Carter Fischer, AJ Ziegenhagen, Evan Fischer, Juan Cortez, Edwin Flores, Isaac Finstad, Josh Landkammer, Crystal Hecht. Not pictured: Isabel Martinez, Leslie Flores, and Sandy Flores. (Submitted Photo)

Sleepy Eye FFA members receive blue jackets

The Minnesota FFA Foundation is pleased to announce the presentation of the official FFA jacket to members of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter. Twenty-two members were selected by the MN FFA Foundation to receive their own FFA Jackets. As FFA welcomes thousands of young people into membership, the ...

Bartzes attend American Farm Bureau Annual Convention

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Greg and Mary Bartz of Brown County attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention held in Phoenix, Arizona January 6-11. Greg serves as the Brown County Farm Bureau president. Attendees had the opportunity to attend farm tours and different sessions, ...

Farmers Union-National Farmers party Monday in Comfrey

COMFREY — Brown County Farmers Union (FU) and Brown County National Farmers Joint Christmas Party will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16,  at the Comfrey Bar & Grill in Comfrey. Order off the menu. Gary Wertisch, Acting MN Farmers Union President, will be the guest speaker after ...

Keys to successful farm business management

WILLMAR — The new year is right around the corner and with that comes a blank page to create your financial plan for the coming year. As a farmer, do you ever struggle with what needs to be included in your financial management plan?  Are you looking to boost your farm financial management ...

Upcoming Cow/Calf Days Seminar and Trade Show in Le Center

ST. PETER — The University of Minnesota Beef Team is hosting the annual Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour and Trade Show at 10 locations across the state in January and February. This event has been held for over 40 years and continues to be the leading information, technology, and research outlet ...

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