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Agribusiness

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 ...

Heavy rains drown crops in Rochester area

BYRON — It took Martin Larsen a minute to count up the inches of rain his farm had gotten in the week leading up to the Fourth of July. “About 8 and 1/4 to 8 and 1/2 inches,” said Larsen, who farms corn, soybeans and some hay in Byron. His crops can’t stand to take another rainfall ...

Producers impacted by floods and heavy moisture must report by July 22

ST. PAUL – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to file crop acreage reports for agricultural producers in Minnesota impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) ...

How the Trump administration’s 2018 trade aid package works

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Trump administration's Market Facilitation Program is meant to compensate farmers for income they've lost due to the U.S. trade war with China. Data provided to The Associated Press from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Freedom of Information Act gives some ...

Cover crop options for prevent plant acres & drowned-out areas

Excessive precipitation and persistently wet conditions have prevented the planting of corn and soybean in some fields and led to ponding and drown-out areas in others. On acres where “prevent plant” is claimed for insurance, the USDA-Risk Management Agency (RMA) requires protection from ...

Dairy Risk Management Strategies worskhops

ST. CLOUD — “Dairy Risk Management Strategies” a short workshop teamed up with Farm Service Agency and University of Minnesota Extension comparing the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Margin Coverage and other risk management strategies of Risk Management Agency’s Dairy Revenue Protection and ...

Corn, soybean prices rise

Dan Gunderson MPR News MOORHEAD, Minn. — Corn and soybean prices are rising as a result of wet conditions that delayed spring planting in much of the Midwest, creating uncertainty about this year's harvest. The situation may be propitious for Minnesota crop farmers because they've been ...

Ohio farmers: It will take years to recover losses from rain

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Farmers who have been unable to plant their soybeans and corn because of this spring's never-ending rains told Ohio's governor on Wednesday that it will take years to recover their losses. They also said the impact will be felt ...

Mankato sees more interest in community supported ag farms

By DAN GREENWOOD Mankato Free Press KASOTA, Minn. (AP) — As another round of snow fell on south-central Minnesota, blanketing the landscape in early April, bright green leaves of lettuce already were popping up, shielded by a tunnel-shaped frame covered in clear tarp. While freezing ...

How Trump tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt US economy

By PAUL WISEMAN and JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten billion here, ten billion there: President Donald Trump's escalating tariffs on imports to the United States have begun to amount to serious money — and potentially to imperil one of the most resilient ...