Agribusiness

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 ...

New Ulm FFA members exhibit, win honors at Minnesota State Fair

NEW ULM - New Ulm FFA had 13 members exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair FFA Livestock Show, Sept 2-4. New Ulm FFA received the Reserve Champion Dairy Herdsmanship Award and New Ulm FFA Members received numerous Grand and Reserve Champions and Division Champions and reserves.Members included: ...

Sleepy Eye FFA member attends Ag Ed Immersion Camp

MINNETONKA - Twelve high school students from across Minnesota, including Harley Braun of Sleepy Eye, took part in a three-day Agricultural Education Immersion Camp to determine if the career is right for them.With a shortage of agricultural education teachers throughout Minnesota and much of ...

Nicollet County Fair 4-H results

ST. PETER - The 2015 Nicollet County Fair has been completed. Here is a list of 4-Hers who received honors.Dairy Overall Champion - Matt Seitzer - Norseland; Res. Champion - Megan Struss - CourtlandProduction Class Champion - Matthias Annexstad - Norseland; Res. Champion - Matthew Seitzer - ...

Some Midwest farmers’ crops falter in record rains

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb's cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and capable of producing little, if any, grain.The 48-year-old central Indiana farmer can't recall anything like the deluges he's seen from ...

Brown SWCD provides buffer legislation update

SLEEPY EYE - In June of this year, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a new buffer initiative aimed at enhancing protection of Minnesota's waters. The buffer initiative will help protect the state's water resources from erosion and runoff pollution by establishing roughly 110,000 acres of ...

USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity.About 3.8 ...

Students sought for 4-H Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture

ST. PAUL - Applications are being accepted for college students who want to help 4-H members serve as spokespersons for animal agriculture during the Minnesota State Fair 4-H Livestock Encampment.Interested persons are urged to to apply for the position of Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal ...

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