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Agribusiness

Early snowstorm fails to derail strong harvest

Despite an early snowfall, local farmers are still feeling confident that when all is said and done, a 2020 harvest that ranks among the most productive in recent years will still be strong. Tuesday saw an unseasonably early snowfall, with roughly a half-foot of snow dumped on the region. In ...

Washington state farmers adapt to pandemic with online sales

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Some farms in Washington state are turning to online sales to adapt to business challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Many small farms in Skagit County, including Farias Farm, started selling their produce online after coronavirus restrictions left fewer ...

Milford 4-H Club holds election; 21 officers elected at meeting

NEW ULM — During National 4-H Week, October 4-10, the Milford 4-H Club announced the 2020-21 officers elected at the September 4-H meeting. Prior to the meeting and elections, the club did yard work at the Milford Monument in Milford Township. Members elected to an office include: President ...

Celebrate Farm to School Month with local foods

ST. PAUL — Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed October as Minnesota Farm to School Month. During the month, Minnesotans are encouraged to celebrate connections between students and local food, share our state's farm to school stories and express gratitude for school nutrition professionals and ...

Small Minnesota farmers challenge conventional agriculture

SEBEKA (AP) — It’s hard to see how anyone could coax anything green from this sandy patch of Minnesota soil. But Kathy Connell can. Most of the vegetables have already been harvested from her vast garden, but a few plump watermelons and cucumbers still peek out from beneath the ...

Tagged to teach ag

Thursday, Sept. 17, was National Teach Ag Day, which is celebrated across the nation to recognize the agricultural education profession. Mrs. Hoffmann, and Mr. and Mrs. Manderfeld are always encouraging their students to explore careers in agriculture, one of those being an Ag. Teacher! They ...

U.S. net farm income forecast to rise 23 percent

Total net farm income in the United States is forecast to increase by 23 percent in 2020 despite a small decrease in total farm cash receipts. The main reasons for the projected increase in net farm income — NFI is a broad measure of farm profits — are a significant increase in government ...

Smithfield Foods pork plant faces OSHA fine from outbreak

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal regulators said Thursday they have cited Smithfield Foods for failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus at the company's Sioux Falls plant, an early hot spot for virus infections that hobbled American ...

Farm-City Hub Club supports youth leadership

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Farm City Hub Club made major donations toward area 4-H and FFA programs recently. When county 4-H livestock showcases were scheduled to replace county fairs that had been cancelled, the Hub Club learned that the county 4-H federations would not only lose their major ...

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 ...