Farm

Phone Scam Claiming FSA Relations

It has been brought to the attention of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) that a phone scam is being perpetrated on FSA customers.

The caller, who identifies themselves as a Farm Loan Services representative out of Washington, D.C. states that FSA “owes” you disaster assistance funds and proceeds to request your checking account information or requests a credit card number alleging that funds will be credited to these accounts.

SHOULD YOU RECEIVE A SIMILAR CALL, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PROVIDE PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO THE CALLER.


Top Minnesota Dairy Herds (SCC Ranking)

In honor of June Dairy Month, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson today released the annual list of top Minnesota dairy herds with low somatic cell counts (SCC). Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality – a lower SCC count is better for cheese production and a longer shelf life. This year, 115 dairy farms are being recognized for superior herd management skills by achieving an average under 100,000 SCC.


Princess Kay Finalists Selected

The 2014 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Finalists have been selected, named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by over 70 county dairy princesses. Congratulations to the 12 finalists:


Poet Ashton Scheduled Shutdown

Poet Ashton will NOT be receiving corn on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 due to plant shutdown.


Minnesota First State to Move to B10

Mankato, Minn.—Minnesota is cementing its role as a leader in the biodiesel industry by becoming the first state to move to a 10 percent biodiesel blend (B10) in its diesel fuel supply. Beginning July 1, diesel fuel sold in Minnesota will contain a B10 blend during the summer months.


Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed May 18-24 as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week in an effort to draw attention to the destructive bug and encourage Minnesotans to not spread the pest around the state.

With nearly one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation, Minnesota could suffer a great loss from EAB. The insect is a major threat to the tourism and lumber industries, and the state's natural landscapes and recreational areas.

There's something simple Minnesotans can do to ensure they're not helping spread EAB. Don't move firewood. Here's why:


USDA's 2012 Census of Ag Results

On Friday, May 2nd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2012, and where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which is reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future.


Brick City Grill Named Iowa's Best Burger

The 5th Annual Iowa's Best Burger contest just wrapped up, as put together by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Congratulations to Brick City Grill in Ames, Iowa!

Iowans submitted more than 9,600 nomination votes for 456 restaurants in February and March that selected the Top Ten restaurants. The Top Ten were then independently visited and judged based on the hamburger's taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature (160 degrees).


Minnesota FFA Convention Results

The 85th Annual Minnesota State FFA Convention wrapped up this week, with many area FFA members and alumni taking home high honors.

Big congratulations to Deb Martin, Worthington ag teacher and FFA advisor, as one of the 19 individuals to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree!

This honor is presented to teachers, individuals and companies who have demonstrated continued success and support of the FFA and/or ag education, and made a significant impact and contribution to the success of students and the organization.


2014 Pork Industry Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Pork Industry Scholarship winners! A total of 18 recipients were selected, hailing from 12 states and 10 universities. Several of these winners hail from the tri-state listening area (highlighted in green), with the majority of the recipients from Midwest states.