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Agribusiness

“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 ...

Supercomputer helps in tracking East Africa locust outbreak

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A supercomputer is boosting efforts in East Africa to control a locust outbreak that raises what the U.N. food agency calls "an unprecedented threat" to the region's food security. The computer, a donation from Britain, uses satellite data to track locust swarms and ...

U of MN Extension Crops and Marketing Day March 10 in Fairmont

From Lizabeth Stahl University of Minnesota Extension WORTHINGTON — Reminder – plan to attend the U of MN Extension Crops and Marketing Day, Tuesday, March 10, at the Knights of Columbus in Fairmont. Registration will start at 12 noon and the program will run from 12:30 to 4:30 ...

Grain in Maine headed for the stein, not down the drain

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual conference about grain production will put a focus on growing malt barley varieties for local brewers. The Maine Grain Conference is scheduled to take place on March 13 at the Black Bear Inn and Conference Center in Orono. The state is home to a large ...

47th Polka Town Hog Show coming March 14 in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The 47th Annual Polka Town Market Hog Show will be held on Saturday, March 14, in the Youth Coliseum of the Brown County fairgrounds in New Ulm. This event is put on by the Brown County Pork Producers. The show teaches showmanship, teamwork, and fellowship as well as competition. ...

Grant sought to study new poultry processing plant in SE Minnesota

A first in the nation kind of processing plant could be constructed in southeast Minnesota. Rep. Todd Lippert (DFL-Northfield) sponsors a bill, HF3420, to provide a $250,000 grant to plan and design a poultry processing plant and industrial park to serve a group of chicken farmers who use a ...

Proposed legislation helps farmers get tax credits

MITCHELL SCHMIDT Wisconsin State Journal Republican-led farm aid legislation were proposed as a revision of Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers efforts earlier this year. Those revisions would provide farmers with tax credits and health-insurance deductions that would cost about $36 ...

Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer AKRON, Iowa (AP) — In recent years, Fred Zenk built two barns housing about 2,400 hogs between them — long, white, concrete-and-metal structures that are ubiquitous in the Midwestern countryside. The Iowa farmer didn't follow state requirements ...

Evers calls lawmakers into special session on dairy crisis

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday called the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session beginning next week to consider an $8.5 million package of bills designed to help rural Wisconsin in the face of a crisis that's caused a ...

Trump rollback could leave waterways vulnerable to pollution

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution ...

Mother who lost son, lawmakers say grain bin safety top priority this year

By Trey Mewes The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. Michele Gran can clearly remember telling her son not to go to work on Aug. 14 of last year. Landon Gran, 18, suffered a sore back from farm work at a nearby operation two miles south of the Grans' farm in rural Norseland. Michele had wanted ...

Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ...

Soaring pork prices keep China’s inflation at 7-year high

BEIJING (AP) — Soaring pork prices that nearly doubled in December over a year ago kept inflation at a seven-year high despite government efforts to ease meat shortages caused by a disease outbreak, official data showed Thursday. Surging inflation adds to challenges for communist leaders ...

New USDA report paints grim picture for America’s most rural counties

By Sarah Mearhoff ST. PAUL — While the United States' overall economy has picked up steam in the decade since the Great Recession, some parts of America still lag behind. A United States Department of Agriculture report released in November illustrates the urban-rural divide, which has, ...

Sleepy Eye ag teacher, former student attend Nat’l Ag Education Convention

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mary Hoffmann, agriculture teacher at Sleepy Eye Public, along with Harley Braun, future agriculture teacher and former Sleepy Eye student, attended the 71st annual convention of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, Dec. 3-7 in Anaheim, Calif. At the NAAE ...

Dairy assistance program enrollment reopened

ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reopening enrollment in its Dairy Assistance, Investment, and Relief Initiative (DAIRI) program for eligible milk producers through the end of the year. Producers who have locked in five years of coverage through the USDA Farm ...