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Agribusiness

Mother who lost son, lawmakers say grain bin safety top priority this year

By Trey Mewes The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. Michele Gran can clearly remember telling her son not to go to work on Aug. 14 of last year. Landon Gran, 18, suffered a sore back from farm work at a nearby operation two miles south of the Grans' farm in rural Norseland. Michele had wanted ...

Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ...

Soaring pork prices keep China’s inflation at 7-year high

BEIJING (AP) — Soaring pork prices that nearly doubled in December over a year ago kept inflation at a seven-year high despite government efforts to ease meat shortages caused by a disease outbreak, official data showed Thursday. Surging inflation adds to challenges for communist leaders ...

New USDA report paints grim picture for America’s most rural counties

By Sarah Mearhoff ST. PAUL — While the United States' overall economy has picked up steam in the decade since the Great Recession, some parts of America still lag behind. A United States Department of Agriculture report released in November illustrates the urban-rural divide, which has, ...

Sleepy Eye ag teacher, former student attend Nat’l Ag Education Convention

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mary Hoffmann, agriculture teacher at Sleepy Eye Public, along with Harley Braun, future agriculture teacher and former Sleepy Eye student, attended the 71st annual convention of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, Dec. 3-7 in Anaheim, Calif. At the NAAE ...

Dairy assistance program enrollment reopened

ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reopening enrollment in its Dairy Assistance, Investment, and Relief Initiative (DAIRI) program for eligible milk producers through the end of the year. Producers who have locked in five years of coverage through the USDA Farm ...

SE ag teacher, ex-student attend national ag educator convention

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mary Hoffmann, agriculture teacher at Sleepy Eye Public, along with Harley Braun, future agriculture teacher and former Sleepy Eye student, attended the 71st annual convention of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, December 3-7 in Anaheim, Calif. At the ...

Presidential race, farm economy loom large over 1st District contest

By Suzanne Rook Faribault Daily News On the eastern edge of Minnesota's 1st Congressional District sits a grocery store along the abbreviated downtown St. Charles strip. Outside that store, local resident Jim Decker talked politics. "I'm getting a little bit fed up with Democrats." St. ...

WTO protests in Seattle 2 decades ago have lasting impact

By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Nancy Haque worried about the conditions in sweatshops around the world. For Lynne Dodson, it was the possibility of attacks on public education. The plight of imperiled sea turtles got Lisa Wathne. An array of issues brought tens of ...

FFA crops show a success

By Maddi Helget FFA Reporter NEW ULM — The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its annual crops show and greenhand and parents’ night program on Monday, Nov. 18. It was a chance for the families of FFA members to get together and recognize the efforts of the chapter’s members and parents, ...

Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming ...

Sleepy Eye FFA takes on 92nd National FFA Convention

By Maddi Helget Chapter Reporter More than 67,000 student leaders swarmed to Indianapolis, Indiana, at the 92nd National FFA Convention Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. The streets were flooded with blue jackets as students spread the message of agriculture, learned about leadership and service, competed ...

Farmers tell Walz about harvest woes

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Farmers from across northwest Minnesota gathered in East Grand Forks on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to tell Gov. Tim Walz and his administrative staff about the unprecedented situation they are facing this harvest season. About 50 farmers attended the roundtable discussion ...

Delaware botanic garden blooms in a soybean field

By TAYLOR GOEBEL, Salisbury Daily Times DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — Like many land parcels in southern Delaware, the 37-acre soybean field on Piney Neck Road near Dagsboro could have easily become a residential development. But instead of having houses, the field is now in full bloom, thanks ...

APNewsBreak: Billionaire governor’s family farms get subsidy

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A farming business owned by the family of West Virginia's billionaire governor has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies, the maximum allowed from a federal program meant to help American farmers through the U.S. ...

‘Climate of Fear’ accelerates labor shortages

Sierra Garcia Stanford University Editor's note: The following article is the first in a two-part series on the impact of the foreign-worker shortage on agriculture. The second article in the series will address support of an improved guest-worker program. Gilbert Castellanos said he ...

Oregon agricultural exports hit hard by US-China trade war

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press MARQUAM, Ore. (AP) — Rancher Jerome Rosa sat in his mud-spattered pickup truck, glumly watching some of his cows resting on a grassy slope in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Rosa, the executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, told ...

GOP lawmaker vows to kill rules to reduce farm manure smell

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A key Republican lawmaker vowed Wednesday to block new state restrictions designed to protect farmers' neighbors from the stench of manure following a flurry of complaints from Wisconsin's agricultural community. The state ...

Agriculture: Government hurting crop prices, farmer income

(AP) — The biggest worry for farmers used to be the weather. Now it’s the government, specifically the Trump administration and its supporters in Congress. In June 2018, southern Minnesota soybean prices were $9.40 per bushel before the soybean tariffs were set to be imposed by China. ...

Teen killed in grain bin remembered with scholarship, safety advocacy

By Kristine Goodrich Mankato Free Press When he wasn’t doing farm work, studying or participating in the St. Peter High School trapshooting team or FFA, Landon Gran was restoring his 1978 Ford pickup. “He just got it running. He barely got to drive it,” said Michele Gran, Landon’s ...