Agribusiness

US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the ...

Farmers concerned about trade war implications

By Mike Lamb mlamb@marshallindependent.com MORGAN — Leon Wiens of Minneapolis left the Congressional forum at the 2010 Farmfest Tuesday still searching for answers on the present trade war launched by President Donald Trump. He decided to stop at the CHS tent for a presentation by ...

Pork producers urge, exercise caution in ongoing trade disputes

By Mike Lamb mlamb@marshallindependent.com GILFILLAN ESTATE — Greg Boerboom was at last sitting down at a table and was able to check his phone, while David Preisler just got off his phone after a long conversation. The two Minnesota pork advocates officials spent all day Tuesday inside ...

Trump sides with House on farm bill work requirement fight

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is siding with House Republicans in the showdown over work requirements for food stamp recipients, adding a new wrinkle to difficult negotiations that are set to begin this fall. Trump on Thursday tweeted that ...

Drought, growing conditions add to threats

(AP) — Soybeans have been caught in the crossfire of escalating trade tensions, with retaliatory Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybean exports causing particular concern among American growers. But in Missouri, tariffs aren’t the only issue for soybean farmers. Growing conditions have also ...

Sleepy Eye FFA attends St. Louis summer ag tour

FFA members from throughout Region VI recently attended the Summer Ag Tour from July 16 through July 19. Members attended along with FFA advisor, Mary Hoffmann, summer intern, Donavan Phoenix, as well as members from the Springfield and Mountain Lake Chapters. This was an excellent opportunity ...

Farmers fret and wait as US-China trade war escalates

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Many anxious American farmers are delaying purchases and investment while hoping for a truce in a U.S.-China trade war that has left their crops at a competitive disadvantage overseas. The longer the Trump ...

Issues arise around North Dakota’s cottage foods law

By JACK DURA Bismarck Tribune BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lori Martin is passionate about local foods. As a vendor and founding board member of BisMarket, she sells vegetables, baked goods and canned items at the farmers market in Bismarck. But some of the produce she cans wasn't allowed for ...

Sleepy Eye FFA attends Timberland Leadership Camp

Twenty-seven Sleepy Eye FFA members attended Timberland Leadership Camp at Sibley State Park, near New London, June 4-7. Sleepy Eye FFA Advisors, Mary Hoffmann and Nathan McMullen, along with the Sleepy Eye Summer Intern, Donavan Phoenix attended the camp. Members from the Tracy, RTR, and ...

Low milk prices contributing to loss of Indiana dairy farm

By LIZ RIETH The Goshen News GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Milking cows has been a lifelong dream for Richard Thomas. At Leann Acres, he lives out his dream each day. Thomas starts his mornings at 4:30, milking until 8:30. He then milks again from 3:30-7 p.m. — every day, regardless of weekends ...

Milford 4-H club looking for old records

NEW ULM — The Milford 4-H club celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and club members would like the residents of Brown County’s help in trying to piece together the club history prior to the 1990s, where current records start. The club, which is currently the largest 4-H club in ...

Farmers, homeowners, contractors bogged down by wet weather

By Tim Krohn Mankato Free Press MANKATO — Tell people you're doing a story on the wet weather and no one needs any prodding to jump right in. Farmer Angela Guentzel: "Rain, rain and more rain." Blue Earth County Public Works Director Ryan Thilges: "Rain, rain go away." Farmer Kevin ...

America’s Dairyland hurting; Wisconsin seeks solutions

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — America's Dairyland is hurting and a new task force plans to spend the next year figuring out how to save the industry that's integral to Wisconsin's economy and identity. Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday announced creation of the task ...

Critics say US sugar program a sour deal for consumers

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers are squaring off against the U.S. sugar industry in a familiar battle over a program that props up sugar prices. The sugar program, a web of price supports, loans and tariffs that ...

People, power costs keep indoor farming down to Earth

By RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Technology Writer SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — There's a budding industry that's trying to solve the problem of the limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes in America's supermarkets. It's full of technologists who grow crops in buildings instead of outdoors, ...

Sleepy Eye FFA takes on State FFA Convention

By Cassidy Hoffmann Chapter Reporter SLEEPY EYE — Fifty-six Sleepy Eye FFA Members traveled to the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus, where they participated in the 89th Annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. More than 3,600 FFA members, advisors and guests from throughout the state ...

New Ulm FFA succeeds at State FFA Convention

NEW ULM — The New Ulm FFA Chapter attended the MN State FFA Convention on April 22-24th, 2018. Attending were 35 FFA Members to compete in Career Development Events. The youth leadership convention attendance totaled over 3,500 attendees. Each Contest has nearly 200 contestants from the ...

Guatemalan worker arrested on dairy farm

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — A dairy farmer says seven federal immigration officers came onto his property without permission, arrested a Guatemalan worker without producing a warrant and handcuffed the farmer when he video-recorded their actions. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, tweeted that she ...

Crop progress, condition report out

ST. LOUIS -- A cold, wet week slowed most producers’ field work to light planting and anhydrous ammonia application. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 15. The average temperature was 47.3 degrees, 3.2 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 1.17 ...

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 ...

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