×

Agribusiness

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 ...

Dozens of county fairs cancel while some plan to run

Hibbing Daily Tribune County fair boards and agricultural groups have been struggling for months with decisions on how to handle fairs in 2020. In many cases, they have had to decide this year against cotton candy, well-trained calves and Ferris wheels in favor of coronavirus safety. But ...

Meatpacking rebounds but high prices, backlogs to persist

By JOSH FUNK and STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meat production has rebounded from its low point during the coronavirus pandemic when dozens of plants were closed, but experts say consumer prices are likely to remain high and it will take months to work through a ...

Farm-to-table dining takes on new meaning amid pandemic

By LISA RATHKE and PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Eric Pray is used to shipping seafood all over the country. But since the coronavirus took hold, he has shifted his focus closer to home — selling lobsters from a homemade tank in his garage. Pray, of Portland, ...

Home gardeners can help the hungry by donating some harvest

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Gardening's popularity has surged during the coronavirus pandemic; it provides exercise, outdoor time, emotional well-being and wholesome produce. Home gardening also can provide some hunger relief to others during a time of rising food insecurity. Many ...

Springfield’s Richert to serve Minnesota FFA as secretary

ST. PAUL — Noah Richert of Springfield has been named as the 2020-2021 FFA State Secretary. “During my junior high years, I remember seeing people walking around the halls in their national blue corduroy jackets. I always thought it was so cool and wanted to be just like them; I could not ...

USDA announces direct assistance through coronavirus food assistance program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In ...

US meat exports surge as industry struggles to meet demand

By JOSH FUNK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. meat exports are surging even as the industry is struggling to meet domestic demand because of coronavirus outbreaks at processing plants that have sickened hundreds of workers and caused companies to scramble to improve ...

Noem considers meeting Smithfield employees facing outbreak

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Thursday said she is considering meeting with employees of the Smithfield processing plant where a coronavirus outbreak infected 853 workers after advocacy organizations called on her to enforce ...

Indiana meat plant closing after workers contract virus

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. announced Wednesday that it will temporarily close its meatpacking plant in north-central Indiana after 146 employees tested positive for cornavirus. The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Logansport produced 3 million pounds of pork daily. Tyson suspended ...

Germany flies in seasonal farm workers amid virus measures

By DAVID RISING Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Two planes carrying Eastern European farmhands arrived Thursday in Germany as an ambitious government program to import thousands of seasonal agricultural workers got underway amid strict precautions to protect both the laborers and the ...

“Essential Row Crop Management” Spring 2020 Webinar Series

WORTHINGTON — Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of short, daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties from April 6 to April 10. The theme is “Essential Row Crop Management for Spring ...

Ten NUHS FFA members earn state degrees

NEW ULM - Ten New Ulm FFA members completed their applications and were to receive their FFA State Degrees at the State FFA Convention this spring, but like most events, the convention was postponed. Students earning FFA State Degrees this year are Russell Hellendrung, Lillian and Alice ...

Have land? Want land? Put the word out

LA CROSSE, Wis. – A good farmland lease helps both landowners and land seekers. Farmland leases also can help launch beginning farmers who don't have large lines of credit. Best practices for farmland leasing was the subject of a workshop held at the recent Midwest Organic and Sustainable ...

Coronavirus hitting livestock markets especially hard

By Michelle Rook Rochester Post Bulletin The spread of coronavirus has hit agriculture markets hard, especially livestock sectors that fear weak demand as restaurants close in response to the pandemic. As the stock market reels, the commodity sector also has been a casualty of the ...

Bill providing $50M in loans to Minn. farmers moves quickly at the Capitol

By ANDREW DEZIEL adeziel@faribault.com A bill in the Minnesota's legislature to provide $50 million in new loans to farmers in crisis is needed now more than ever, according to the Rice County Farmers Union president. Steven Readsaid says the program provided a crucial safety net when ...