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Agribusiness

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 ...

SE ag teacher, ex-student attend national ag educator 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, December 3-7 in Anaheim, Calif. At the ...

Presidential race, farm economy loom large over 1st District contest

By Suzanne Rook Faribault Daily News On the eastern edge of Minnesota's 1st Congressional District sits a grocery store along the abbreviated downtown St. Charles strip. Outside that store, local resident Jim Decker talked politics. "I'm getting a little bit fed up with Democrats." St. ...

WTO protests in Seattle 2 decades ago have lasting impact

By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Nancy Haque worried about the conditions in sweatshops around the world. For Lynne Dodson, it was the possibility of attacks on public education. The plight of imperiled sea turtles got Lisa Wathne. An array of issues brought tens of ...

FFA crops show a success

By Maddi Helget FFA Reporter NEW ULM — The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its annual crops show and greenhand and parents’ night program on Monday, Nov. 18. It was a chance for the families of FFA members to get together and recognize the efforts of the chapter’s members and parents, ...

Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming ...