Agribusiness

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 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 ...

U of M Crops Day meetings Jan. 11, 12, & 13

ST. PAUL — The University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) will hold its annual Winter Crops Day meetings at five locations. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 11 the program will be held at the Community Center in St. Charles. On Thursday, Jan. 12, programs will be held at ...

Brown County Farm Bureau receives state-wide recognition

BLOOOMINGTON — Harley and Joan Vogel received the prestigious Honorary Life Membership at the recent Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting in Bloomington. Only three nominees were selected for 2016, reinforcing the impact that the Vogel’s have had in over fifty ...

Sleepy Eye FFA travels to National FFA Convention

More than 64,000 student leaders swarmed in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 89th National FFA Convention from October 17 October 22, 2016. 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 Poultry Team wins two in a row

By JoMINNEAPOLIS - On Oct. 4, the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter sent four teams to the University of Minnesota to compete in Career Development Events or CDE's. A CDE is an opportunity for students to learn about a certain aspect of agriculture and compete in competitions to demonstrate their ...

RFA to offer zero-interest loans for farmers in flood disaster counties

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) has lowered its interest rate on the Disaster Loan program to zero percent to help farmers cover the costs to replace and repair items lost or damaged due to flooding and not covered by insurance.As with other RFA loans, the Disaster Loan ...

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 ...

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