Agribusiness

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 ...

FFA leaders engage with state leaders at ag policy experience

SAINT PAUL — Forty high school students from Minnesota FFA Chapters attended the Ag Policy Experience (APEX) Conference in Saint Paul, MN on January 27-29. These elite chapter leaders met elected officials, hosted a legislative reception and developed their own policy agendas. Members from ...

Faribault-based Living Greens expands, looks to control North American market

By Jacob Swanson Randal Hauptmann’s apartment door in Monterey, California, opened up to the beach, with temperatures ranging in the 50s and 60s during the winter. Still, he moved to Faribault, Minnesota. He left bagged-salad pioneer Fresh Express after more than a decade to take a ...

Hemp sees high interest from Minnesota farmers, city leaders

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Organizers of Minnesota's hemp program say they have been inundated with calls from farmers, municipal leaders and producers looking to invest in the newly legal crop. Hundreds of Minnesota farmers have expressed interest in growing hemp in the month since Congress ...

Private pesticide applicator recertification workshops

WORTHINGTON Minn. — If you need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification, you can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension. These workshops offer a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues ...

Register now for ‘Strategic Farming’ workshops

In crop production, what is the likelihood of seeing a positive economic return from a foliar fungicide application or a “build and maintain” soil fertility program? Which strategies are worth the time and money when managing soybean aphid? What seed and technology trait decisions are the ...

Hemp gets green light from farm bill; offers value

Decades of hemp prohibition came to an end Thursday as President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill. Under the legislation, hemp will no longer be under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice but will fall under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2014, President ...

USDA moves to tighten work requirements for food stamps

By JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year's farm bill didn't: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday proposed a rule ...

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have traced a food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce to at least one farm in California. But they cautioned Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing ...