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Agribusiness

Devastation mounts from Midwest storm

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The impact of a wind storm that tore through the Midwest continued to grow Wednesday, as widespread power outages kept businesses closed, limited communication, spoiled food and caused long lines at gas stations. The rare storm ...

Food Redistribution Round 2 Held in Sleepy Eye

On Tuesday, July 28 from 2:00-5:00 pm, food was distributed to 1728 individuals in 590 households in Brown County. Each household got approximately 45 pounds of food. The fresh food that was given out could include a meat box, dairy box, and a produce box. The items inside included: MEAT BOX- ...

New FFA Display at the Museum

By Morgan Hoffmann Chapter President This summer, one of our FFA officers, Alex Joramo, asked the officer team if there was an interest in having a FFA display at the Sleepy Eye Depot Museum as his mom worked there and was looking for a new display. It was a welcomed surprise! Mrs. ...

Minnesota county cropland rental rates available

WORTHINGTON — Average, Median, Ten Percent Lowest Average Rents and Ten Percent Highest Average Rents are listed by county in the recently released publication titled “Cropland Rental Rates for Minnesota Counties.” The rental rates come from rents paid by farmers who participate in Adult ...

New FFA display at Sleepy Eye Museum

By Morgan Hoffmann Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter President This summer, one of our FFA Officers, Alex Joramo, asked the officer team if there was an interest in having a FFA display at the Sleepy Eye Depot Museum as his mom worked there and was looking for a new display. It was a welcomed ...

Summer Ag in Action

By H. James Mathiowetz Summer Ag Intern SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye summer Agricultural Education program has been busy over the month of June. Beginning on June 8th, the first of the 4 week courses began. Students had the option of choosing between 7 different classes spanning 3 career ...

Worker advocates file meat plants discrimination complaint

Several worker advocacy organizations have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that meat processing companies Tyson and JBS have engaged in racial discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic. The complaint filed Wednesday alleges the companies ...

Farm safety & health? Yeah, there’s an app for that

ROCHESTER — Technology plays a vital role in agriculture today, and it can even help us stay safe and healthy on the farm. There are a variety of applications—or apps—available for our smart phones that span a wide range of topics related to farm safety and health. Below is just a ...

Brown County food redistribution in Sleepy Eye

SLEEPY EYE — On Tuesday, June 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., approximately 36,564 pounds of food was distributed to 554 Brown County families and the Sleepy Eye Public lunch program. The fresh food given out was a dairy box, a produce box, and a meat box. Items inside included: PRODUCE BOX- lettuce, ...

US meat industry puzzled by China’s import ban for 1 plant

By JOSH FUNK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — China's decision to ban imports from a single Tyson Foods poultry plant where there was a coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns about the implications on the U.S. meat industry if the action is expanded to other plants. Chinese customs ...

Dozens of county fairs cancel while some plan to run

Hibbing Daily Tribune County fair boards and agricultural groups have been struggling for months with decisions on how to handle fairs in 2020. In many cases, they have had to decide this year against cotton candy, well-trained calves and Ferris wheels in favor of coronavirus safety. But ...

Meatpacking rebounds but high prices, backlogs to persist

By JOSH FUNK and STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meat production has rebounded from its low point during the coronavirus pandemic when dozens of plants were closed, but experts say consumer prices are likely to remain high and it will take months to work through a ...

Farm-to-table dining takes on new meaning amid pandemic

By LISA RATHKE and PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Eric Pray is used to shipping seafood all over the country. But since the coronavirus took hold, he has shifted his focus closer to home — selling lobsters from a homemade tank in his garage. Pray, of Portland, ...

Home gardeners can help the hungry by donating some harvest

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Gardening's popularity has surged during the coronavirus pandemic; it provides exercise, outdoor time, emotional well-being and wholesome produce. Home gardening also can provide some hunger relief to others during a time of rising food insecurity. Many ...

Springfield’s Richert to serve Minnesota FFA as secretary

ST. PAUL — Noah Richert of Springfield has been named as the 2020-2021 FFA State Secretary. “During my junior high years, I remember seeing people walking around the halls in their national blue corduroy jackets. I always thought it was so cool and wanted to be just like them; I could not ...

USDA announces direct assistance through coronavirus food assistance program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In ...

US meat exports surge as industry struggles to meet demand

By JOSH FUNK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. meat exports are surging even as the industry is struggling to meet domestic demand because of coronavirus outbreaks at processing plants that have sickened hundreds of workers and caused companies to scramble to improve ...

Noem considers meeting Smithfield employees facing outbreak

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Thursday said she is considering meeting with employees of the Smithfield processing plant where a coronavirus outbreak infected 853 workers after advocacy organizations called on her to enforce ...

Indiana meat plant closing after workers contract virus

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. announced Wednesday that it will temporarily close its meatpacking plant in north-central Indiana after 146 employees tested positive for cornavirus. The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Logansport produced 3 million pounds of pork daily. Tyson suspended ...