Agribusiness

GFW FFA to hold Corn Drive

WINTHROP - The GFW Pioneer Express FFA will hold a Corn Drive on Oct. 12 to raise money for Camp Courage.Last year the FFA group gave $8,301.06 to Camp Courage, a camp for kids and adults with disabilities. FFA members will collect corn and monetary donations on Wednesday Oct. 12 in the GFW ...

Fairgoers get Agricultural Education from CHS Miracle of Birth Center

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - Nearly two million people experienced the Minnesota State Fair during a 12-day period with over half of those fairgoers visiting the FFA Chapter House and Leadership Center, CHS Miracle of Birth Center and Christensen Farms Stage. Alec Harder from the New Ulm FFA chapter ...

Palmer amaranth detected in Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Crop scientists at the University of Minnesota and officials at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) urge farmers to check fields for Palmer amaranth, an aggressive weed that can put corn and soybean crops at risk. A plant detected in a native seed planting plot on a Yellow ...

Sleepy Eye FFA brings back awards from State Fair

By Josie LangSE FFA chapterSLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter was well represented at the State in 2016. The following members showed livestock at the State Fair: Josie Lang, Josh Nelson, Isaac Nelson, Brianna Polesky, McKenzie Cslovszki, Hanna Himmelman, Cassidy Hacker, Cassidy Hoffmann, ...

Sleepy Eye named Outstanding Ag Program of the Year

ST. CLOUD - Sleepy Eye FFA?Advisor Mary Hoffmann and the Sleepy Eye Ag Program were recognized at the 2016 Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) Conference held in St. Cloud, Minnesota July 5-8, 2016,Sleepy Eye was named the Outstanding Middle/ Secondary Ag Program of the Year ...

Cold snap damages wine grape crops in Minnesota, Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Vintners in southern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota are reeling from a weekend cold snap that ruined huge swaths of their grapes.Temperatures dipped below freezing in much of those areas late Saturday and early Sunday, wiping out grape shoots that had emerged early ...

Sleepy Eye FFA atstate FFA convention

Fifty-eight Sleepy Eye FFA Members traveled to the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus,where they participated in the 87th Annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. More than 4,000 FFA members, advisors and guests from throughout the state gathered for the convention from Sunday, April 24 to ...

Pioneering ethanol plant shuts down in S.D.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - An ethanol plant in northern South Dakota, which was one of the first in the country, recently was shut down because the facility is outdated.The Advanced BioEnergy plant in Aberdeen began operating in the early 1990s, when it was known as Heartland Grain Fuels. But the ...

Filings open for SWCD supervisor on May 17

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Brown County should consider filing by May 31 to run for supervisor of the Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).Supervisors play an important role in how the community deals with a wide variety of natural resource ...

Farmers start early on spring planting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Many of Minnesota's farmers are getting an early start on spring planting, taking advantage of warm weather in hopes of higher yields and an earlier harvest.The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the state's corn planting is now 45 percent complete. The agency's ...

Economy struggles at start of election year

WASHINGTON (AP) - It was not a great start for the U.S. economy.With consumers and businesses turning cautious, the U.S. struggled to grow in the first three months of a presidential election year that is shining the spotlight on the economy's fitful recovery.Gross domestic product, the ...

AMPI dairy farmer-owners will meet March 21, 22

NEW ULM - Growing Midwest milk production and rising foodservice sector sales are among the performance highlights to be shared at the annual meeting of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI). The cooperative's dairy farmer-owners will gather as part of a two-day annual delegate meeting, which ...

Register for 2016 Farm Camp Minnesota

Looking for a fun and educational day camp for your kids entering grades 3-6? Register today for the fifth annual "Farm Camp Minnesota." This year, the one-day camp is expanding and will be held in three different locations. The camp is put on by and sponsored by farmers, farm organizations, ...

Sleepy Eye FFA celebrates National FFA Week

By Isabella PortnerSleepy Eye FFA ReporterFrom Feb. 19-26, 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 88 years. Members at the local, ...

Hub Club presents scholarships at annual meeting

NEW?ULM - The New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club presented scholarships at its annual meeting on Jan. 25.Scholarship recipients for 2015 were Daniel Hayes, Loran Dauer, Alex Portner, Blake Schnobrich, and Alex Stark.Scholarship Chairman Duane Laffrenzen reported that the club has awarded scholarships ...

CRP enrollment underway, ends Feb. 26

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) started Dec. 1, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016.December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists ...

Sleepy Eye FFA holds crop show

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its annual Crops Show/Greenhand/Parents Night Program on Monday, Nov. 9. 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 2015 FFA Crops Show.The ...

Sleepy Eye FFA competes at National FFA Convention

Editor's Note: Article submitted by Sleepy Eye FFA advisorMore than 64,000 student leaders swarmed in Louisville, Ky., at the 88th National FFA Convention in late October.Thirty-two Sleepy Eye FFA Members attended the national convention including: Allie Helget, Becca Rosenhammer, Bethany ...

’16 farmland rentals addressed in workshops

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Average corn and soybean budgets for cash-rented farmland will be unprofitable, according to projections based on currently available input costs and market prices for 2016.To assist agricultural landowners, renters, agri-business professionals and others, University of ...

Buffer mapping project details released

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is providing a timeline and other details about its production of maps for the state's new law requiring vegetative buffers around bodies of water. The information is available at www.mndnr.gov/buffers."We understand people have questions ...

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