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Agribusiness

Biden initiative boosts soy products

Earlier this month, President Biden signed an executive order launching a national biotechnology and biomanufacturing initiative that contains many provisions important to U.S. soybean farmers, including actions that will support improved markets for biobased products, create greater access to ...

Ghent inventor named Innovation Challenge semi-finalist

WASHINGTON — Brad Hennen of Ghent has been named one of the semi-finalists in the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Hennen, creator of the Hennen Pig Chute, developed the product to help improve the accuracy of the swine vaccination process. He will receive $10,000 for advancing as ...

Organic certification rebates available to farms and handlers

ST. PAUL — Minnesota organic farmers and processors can apply for a rebate of up to half the cost of their organic certification. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its Organic Certification Cost Share Program from now until Nov. 1. Organic certification ...

Meat, poultry, dairy processing grants available

ST. PAUL — Livestock product processors seeking to start up, modernize or expand their businesses are encouraged to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant program. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding ...

How’s the harvest?

BROWN COUNTY — With cooperating weather, the fall harvest continues to move along, with farm implements often seen on local highways. “The year was dry but yields are pretty good. I’ve heard some high 50s for beans. Corn is getting ready to harvest really quick,” said Wayne Schoper, a ...

MDA offers grants for innovative crop research

ST. PAUL — State funding for ways to improve the quality, quantity, or value of Minnesota’s $9.3 billion agricultural crop industry is being offered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program crop research ...