Agribusiness

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 ...

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 ...

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