Agribusiness

Program to help food-related startups picks St. Paul for office

By Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune A new program aimed at spurring innovation and technology in food and agriculture will reside in St. Paul, something city boosters are calling a victory in the quest to attract entrepreneurial businesses. The Farm to Fork Accelerator Program, run by ...

Cargill squeaks through winter with slight gain

But new tax law erodes bottom line By Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune Cargill Inc.s operating results improved over the winter even while commodity price pressure grew, but its bottom line was stung by the impact of the new federal tax law. The Minnetonka-based agribusiness on Thursday ...

California judge says coffee needs cancer warning labels

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has determined that coffee companies must carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said Wednesday that Starbucks and other ...

Land Stewardship report calls for crop insurance changes

MINNEAPOLIS — The nation's biggest farm "safety net" has evolved into a program that harms family farms, the land and rural communities, while bolstering profits for major insurance companies, including one headquartered in Minnesota. That's the conclusion of "Crop Insurance: A Torn Safety ...

Sleepy Eye Chapter celebrates National FFA Week

From Feb. 17-23, 2018, FFA members across the nation celebrated National FFA Week. FFA Week is an exciting week for all members and alumni nationwide, as it celebrates traditions in the FFA that have taken place in the past 90 years. Members at the local, state, and national levels ...

Researchers seek to use imagery to cut tobacco use

By Jeremy Olson Star Tribune Tobacco companies used American Indian imagery and stereotypes for decades to sell cigarettes to the nation’s white majority. Now Minnesota researchers hope that awareness of this insensitive marketing will motivate American Indians to quit smoking. Ads ...

Schroeder receives Hub Club Service to Ag Award

COURTLAND — A January 22 blizzard postponed the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club’s annual meeting and banquet by a week, but it didn’t dampen enthusiasm. More than a hundred members and guests attended the event Monday, January 29 at the Courtland Community Center. Highlight of the evening ...

Beekeepers employ a variety of strategies in winter

By PATRICK VARINE Pittsburgh Tribune-Review MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The bees' knees stay warm inside trees. In nature, honeybees survive the winter by retreating inside their hives — often built in a tree cavity — and clustering together to stay warm. For local beekeepers, whose ...

Women in Ag Network conference on Feb. 15

WILLMARY — “Overcoming Adversity,” the third annual Women in Ag Network Conference will be February 15, 2018 in St. Cloud, MN at the Holiday Inn and Suites. This third annual event will be a day of learning and networking for women involved in agriculture. Registration begins at 8:45 ...

Sleepy Eye FFA holds Crop Show

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its annual Crops Show/Greenhand/Parents Night Program on Monday, November 13th. It was a chance for the families of FFA members to get together and recognize the efforts of the chapter�s members and parents, while announcing the winners of the 2017 FFA Crops ...

Portner named national winner at FFA convention

More than 64,000 student leaders swarmed in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 90th National FFA Convention from October 24- October 27, 2017. The streets were flooded with blue jackets as students spread the message of agriculture, learned about leadership and service, competed in rigorous career ...

Sleepy Eye FFA students ‘Tagged’ to teach Ag

SLEEPY EYE — Thursday, September 21st, 2017 was a nationwide celebration for the profession of Agricultural Education. It was National Teach Ag. Day. The Sleepy Eye Ag. Teachers are continually encouraging their students to think about a career in Ag. Education. 15 Sleepy Eye students were ...

Sleepy Eye FFA at State Fair

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter was well represented at the State Fair in 2017. The following members showed livestock at the State Fair: Josie Lang, Isaac Nelson, Brianna Polesky, McKenzie Cselovszki, Hanna Himmelman, Macy Schenk, Lauren Klein, and Cassidy Hoffmann. Maranda Braulick and Martina ...

Summer FFA All-Stars

SLEEPY EYE — This past week the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter recognized a select group of members who donated much of their time to the FFA throughout the summer. These members were named the 2017 Sleepy Eye FFA Summer All-Stars. In order for these students to become a summer all-star, each ...

Bonnie Mohr Named National Dairy Shrine Guest of Honor

DENMARK, Wis.— Bonnie Mohr, owner and president of Bonnie Mohr Studio in Glencoe, is the first woman to receive the National Dairy Shrine’s most prestigious Guest of Honor award. This award, presented annually, recognizes a contemporary dairy leader for outstanding accomplishments and ...

SE FFA spreads farm safety at Farmfest

Tuesday, Aug. 1, marked the beginning of the annually held Farmfest. Thirty-four members from the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter ventured out to the Gilfillan Estate to teach the youth who attend Farmfest about different aspects of farm safety. The following members attended the event: Sophie Portner, ...

Harvest Land and Co-op Country announce new cooperative name

MORGAN/RENVILLE — Harvest Land Cooperative (HLC) and Co-op Country Farmers Elevator (CCFE) announced today that Farmward Cooperative will be the new name of their merged companies. The name Farmward Cooperative was approved by the Board of Directors on Aug. 8, and will take effect on their ...

Family Night on the Dairy Farm July 27 at Hoffman Dairy Farm

NEW ULM — Join the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club for a night of free family fun at the 2017 Family Night at the Dairy Farm. This event, put on every other year by the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club, is set for Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Steve and Kerry Hoffman Farm, 18868 140th ...

Sleepy Eye FFA members attend State Leadership Conference

Over 200 Minnesota FFA members gathered for two sessions of the State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders (SLCCL) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack from June 25 to June 30 to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters. Members from the Sleepy Eye ...

Regional partnership invites project ideas

MORRIS — The UMN Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (SWRSDP) is seeking project ideas that contribute to the vibrant future of southwest Minnesota and connect them with UMN resources. Project ideas can be in any of these four areas: agriculture and food systems, ...

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