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Agribusiness

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 ...

Summer FFA All-Stars announced

This past month the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter recognized a select group of distinguished members who donated much of their time to the FFA throughout the summer. These 31 members were named the 2019 Sleepy Eye FFA Summer All-Stars. In order for these students to become a summer all-star, each ...

FFA Members teach farm safety at Farm Fest

By Cali Rossbach Chapter Reporter SLEEPY EYE — Twenty-five FFA members from Sleepy Eye traveled to Farm Fest Aug. 6-8, to teach youth about various areas of farm safety. The following members helped with setting up and conducting activities for the week: Morgan Hoffmann, Sophie Portner, ...

Members of the agricultural community honored at the SCFF prior to opening

By Annie Harman OWATONNA — As the fairgrounds buzzed with excitement and vendors focused on setting up for the inevitable large crowd, the Steele County Free Fair took a moment to recognize prominent players in the local agricultural community. The Equine and Livestock halls of fame ...

USDA crop report sends corn prices tumbling; local crop progress improved

By Tim Krohn MANKATO — The latest crop production report from the USDA surprised farmers and analysts and sent corn prices tumbling this week. “It caught people off guard. It’s been quite a downward spin,” said Kent Thiesse, farm management analyst at MinnStar Bank in Lake ...

U outreach, education aimed at agriculture’s future

This is the fourth and final in a series of articles detailing the University of Minnesota’s outreach to farmers in Greater Minnesota and around the country. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its Census of Agriculture earlier this year, it revealed the changing face of ...

Two from Sleepy Eye FFA attend National FFA’s Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands of FFA members from throughout the country are converging in Washington, D.C. this summer to evaluate their personal skills and interests, develop leadership talent, and create service plans that will make a difference in their communities. More than 2,300 ...

Midwest wildlife officials discuss chronic wasting disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Midwest wildlife officials gathered Wednesday to discuss how they might better combat chronic wasting disease, which has been spreading through the region's deer herds with no end in sight. Among those at the two-day conference in Madison were wildlife officials from ...

Brown County Farmers Union meeting July 30

SEARLES — The Brown County Farmers Union will hold a meeting on Tuesday, July 30, at the Searles Bar & Grill. Dinner will be at 7 p.m.(on your own) and the meeting will follow. The meeting is open to members and non-members alike. Guest speaker will be Stu Lourey, the new Minnesota ...

United Prairie supports FFA students

NEW ULM — United Prairie Bank in New Ulm has partnered with the New Ulm High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) in support of their fundraising efforts. Those funds raised paid off when four FFA students were awarded with $500 scholarships. For the past couple of school ...

MDA reminds produce growers of news safety inspections

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding Minnesota produce growers of new on-farm inspections that are required under the Produce Safety Rule which is part of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The MDA's Produce Safety Program began inspecting ...