Agribusiness

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 ...

MCGA hosts Taiwanese trade team in Minnesota

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Taiwanese swine producers and researchers visited Minnesota on June 10 to get an up-close look at an ethanol plant and a Minnesota family farm.The group began their journey at the World Pork Expo in Iowa, then visited Minnesota ...

Sleepy Eye FFA attends Timberland Leadership Camp

By Isabella PortnerSleepy Eye FFA members attended Timberland Leadership Camp at Sibley State Park, near New London, June 1st 4th. Sleepy Eye members who attended were: Nathan Jorgensen, Harley Braun, McKayla Ashenbrenner, Macy Schenk, Colton Gemmill, Colin Hillmer, Crystal Portner, Isabella ...

Hemp industry enters 2nd year with hazy market potential

FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) - The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin.The federal government has allowed limited imports of hemp seed - in Colorado's case, this month - for ...

Brown County REA holds 78th annual meeting

SLEEPY EYE - Brown County Rural Electrical Association (BCREA) hosted about 400 members, employees and guests at the Orchid Inn on March 28 for the cooperative's 78th Annual Meeting. Nearly 200 members registered for the meeting.Board President Jim Mickelson briefed those in attendance on the ...

Ag students explore coops, leadership at Co-ops Yes! conference

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - About 120 Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota high school students learned about cooperatives and honed their leadership skills at Cooperative Network's annual Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, March 16-17. Thirty area cooperatives fully ...

Harley Braun slated into Region FFA office

SLEEPY EYE - Regional Officer Interviews took place on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 in Jackson, MN. Harley Braun was elected into the Reporter position for the 2015-16 Region VI FFA Officer Team. She interviewed against other region officer candidates for the coveted leadership positions. ...

Sleepy Eye celebrated National FFA Week

SLEEPY EYE - The week of George Washington's birthday is designated as National FFA Week and it was celebrated by all members of FFA across the nation, from February 22 28, 2015.FFA Week is a monumental and exciting week for all members and alumni nationwide, as it celebrates traditions in the ...

Farm Briefs

Soil Health workshopsMarch 12, 13 at 2 sitesHave you ever wondered what makes a soil "healthy?" Have you ever walked through your fields wondering what you can do to improve the quality of your soil?Take advantage of this opportunity and attend the Soil Health Workshop on March 12th or 13th to ...

Region FFA Stars at Sleepy Eye

SLEEPY EYE - Sleepy Eye FFA had a total of 25 members interview for State FFA Degrees and Proficiencies on Feb. 11. Seventeen members applied for State FFA Degrees, the second highest degree achievable in FFA, and eight members applied for 9 different agriculturalProficiency Awards.All 17 ...

Soil Health Workshops March 12, 13

MARSHALL - Have you ever stopped to wonder what makes a soil "healthy?" Have you ever walked through your fields wondering what you can do to improve the quality of your soil? Take advantage of this opportunity and attend the Soil Health Workshop on March 12 or 13 to learn more about how cover ...

New Ulm Hub Club Farm Show March 6-7

NEW?ULM - The 34th annual New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club Farm Show will be held Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7. Friday's hours are 1-8 p.m. Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Hub Club show is the largest indoor farm show in southcentral Minnesota. It transforms the New Ulm Civic ...

What a great trip it’s been

As many of my faithful readers may have realized, I was on a glorious vacation for the past two weeks. Actually, I have been home since Saturday and adjusting quite nicely to the colder weather.Steve and I spent our time in the wonderful state of Hawaii.I wish I could live there. I told Steve, ...

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