Agribusiness

Sleepy Eye FFA takes on State FFA Convention

SLEEPY EYE — Fifty-seven Sleepy Eye FFA Members traveled to the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus, where they participated in the 90th Annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. More than 3,700 FFA members, advisors and guests from throughout the state gathered for the convention from ...

4-H Golden Rose Riders receive donation

Members of the 4-H Golden Rose Riders Club receive a check from Steve Lax, Central Region Cooperative Board of Directors member. Brown County 4-H Federation recently received a grant of $2,500 from CHS, Inc. with a match from Central Region Cooperative to make improvements to exhibit areas on ...

Michigan House targets unlicensed pot shops still operating

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are intervening in a long-running legal dispute over unlicensed medical marijuana shops, pushing to enact a firm deadline by which the businesses must close or risk their ability to get a license. The House voted ...

Dairy safety net program expected in June

By LISA RATHKE Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won't tackle the underlying challenges they face. Dairy farmers are in ...

Some Minnesota farmers brace for Red River flooding

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers and rural residents in the Red River Valley are preparing for floodwaters that could cover roads and leave them isolated for days. Noreen Thomas is constantly monitoring the Buffalo River's flow from her farm near Moorhead. Thomas told Minnesota ...

Agriculture report shows fewer but larger farms in US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher percentage of agricultural sales. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2017 Census of ...

Ruth Reichl chats about chicken soup and Gourmet magazine

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Memoirist no more? It's hard to believe, but "Save Me the Plums" just might be the last such narrative for Ruth Reichl. Her latest, after "Tender at the Bone," ''Comfort Me with Apples" and a lifetime's worth of others, has Reichl taking ...

Flooding halts rail service to area co-ops, others

LAKE CRYSTAL — Floods in the Missouri River Valley are reducing rail service to much of south central Minnesota. Jeff Spence, vice president of grain operations at Crystal Valley Co-op, said they haven't been able to get Union Pacific cars to many of their locations. "The UP has been ...

Beef Quality Assurance Certification Class offered

LAFYETTE — The University of Minnesota Extension Service is hosting a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification Class on Tuesday, April 2, at the Lafayette Community Center, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Packing houses and sales barns are requiring all beef sold to be BQA Certified. This class will ...

Horse Bowl

Brown County collaborated with kids from Blue Earth, Watonwan and Cottonwood Counties to form two Horse Bowl teams. Horse Bowl is the second most attended event all year within the 4-H competition! Patterned after the golden-oldie television show College Bowl, 4-H Project Bowls challenge teams ...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes ...

US moves to lift remaining gray wolf protections

By MATTHEW BROWN and JOHN FLESHER Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gray wolves in the U.S. would be stripped of federal protection and subject to hunting and trapping in more states under a proposal released Thursday that declares the predators recovered following a decades-long ...

Research shows tainted Wisconsin water tied to animal waste

By SARAH WHITES-KODITSCHECK of Wisconsin Public Radio, COBURN DUKEHART of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. undefined KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) — Scientists are one step closer to understanding how dangerous contaminants from fecal matter are entering private wells in a ...

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump's tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least ...

MSU students brainstorm tech to help aging farmers

MANKATO — In a course introducing them to careers in the agribusiness field, college students recently brainstormed ways to help aging and disabled farmers remain in their fields. Minnesota’s 110,000 farm operators were 55 years old on average in a 2015 analysis by the state demographic ...

Cargill bolsters commitment to deforestation-free supply chains

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill operates at the intersection of agriculture and business, connecting farmers to consumers around the world. Today, the company took bold steps to advance its commitment to protect forests and promote rural agricultural development across its ...

Petal to metal: Rose inspections didn’t stop during shutdown

By JENNIFER KAY Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Throughout the five-week government shutdown, one essential government service continued at Miami International Airport: checking for exotic bugs in bunches of roses destined for Valentine's Day bouquets. U.S. Customs and Border Protection ...

Hemp legalization nationwide spurs push for crop in Nebraska

By GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two months after President Donald Trump signed a law to legalize hemp, Nebraska lawmakers and state agency officials are working together to help farmers get a piece of the market. Lawmakers heard public input Tuesday on a bill that ...

Elk hoof disease found in Idaho for 1st time, officials say

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A disease that afflicts elk and leaves their hooves broken and deformed has been found in Idaho for the first time, officials said. The state Department of Fish and Game has confirmed a case of treponema associated hoof disease in an animal killed by a hunter near White ...

Cover crops, grazing improve soil health and profitability

Farmers who implement cover crops in the upper Midwest see financial benefits, according to new research backed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Eight farms, six in Minnesota, used a diverse mix of cover crops on fields that had never grown cover crops from 2015-2017 growing ...