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Agribusiness

Dahms bill passes state Senate

ST. PAUL — On Thursday the Minnesota Senate approved Sen. Gary Dahms’ (R-Redwood Falls) bill to create an agriculture specialty-themed license plate in Minnesota. Proceeds from the selling of the license plate would be used to fund youth agriculture programs. “These license plates will ...

Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of US

With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government's spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially in the West where a devastating megadrought has taken root and worsened. Weather service and agriculture officials warned of possible water use ...

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies. The ...

Car dealers ask Walz to pause standards

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Auto Dealers Association today requested Governor Walz pause the California Car rulemaking process as events in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere continue to unfold and calling into question the need for Minnesota to adopt the California standards. “The political ...

Walz announces 39 new border-to-border broadband grants

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will award grants totaling $20,645,425 to 39 projects in the sixth year of the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant program. State grant dollars are matched by ...

US issues new rules for Idaho potato field quarantines

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials have released a new plan involving methods to deal with a microscopic pest in southeastern Idaho that threatens the state’s billion-dollar industry that supplies a third of the nation’s potatoes. The U.S. Department of ...

US gives Florida wider authority over wetland development

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move announced Thursday that came under immediate fire by environmentalist who worry that the country’s largest network of wetlands could be at risk of being further ...

Sleepy Eye FFA Poultry and Milk Quality Teams win Regions

SLEEPY EYE — On NOV. 18-19, the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter competed in the Poultry and Milk Quality Career Development Events or CDE’s. A CDE is an opportunity for students to learn about a certain aspect of agriculture and compete in competitions to demonstrate their knowledge. The Sleepy ...

Strategic Farming 2021: Let’s Talk Crops

WORTHINGTON — Pull up a chair and join in or bring the conversation with you as you go about your day. Whatever works best for you, we hope you will join us this winter to discuss some of the key issues and questions around crop production facing Minnesota corn and soybean farmers today. ...

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 ...