Area Farm & Ag Headlines

USDA Fact Sheet on TPP


The USDA has recently released a fact sheet on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how it will affect the U.S.

According to the release, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will boost demand for U.S. farm and food products among nearly 500 million consumers in 11 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. By reducing tari s and opening new markets for American agricultural products, the TPP will help increase farm income, generate rural economic activity, and support local jobs.

Find more details on how the TPP benefits the U.S. below, and for a full list of the 50 states...

MNSP Bean Receiving Changes


As of Monday, September 21st, MNSP will move into regular harvest hours:

Monday through Saturday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

ND Judge Issues Injuction to WOTUS Rule


Late Thursday night, a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the Obama administration's controversial Waters of the U.S. rule which was set to take effect Friday the 28th of August. Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson agreed granted the injuction, as requested by North Dakota, along with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming, citing the potential irreparable harm it would cause the states if the rule were to go into effect August 28, 2015.

“On balance, the harms...

MNSP Changes


Starting Monday the 24th, Minnesota Soybean Processors will require all bean loads originating from elevators to have a paper bill of landing (they will also accept a copy of the scale ticket from the origin elevator so long as it states the party that is selling the beans to MnSP).

Please advise trucks to use the staplers provided to staple the bill of lading with a copy of the MnSP ticket that is printed at receiving and place the stapled documents in the drop box at receiving.

Any questions, contact MnSP at 507-842-6677.

Christensen Farms Responds to Video Release in Official Statement


SLEEPY EYE, MINN. – Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc. announced last week that it had suspended seven employees after allegations of possible improper animal care at one of its hog farms located near Luverne, Minnesota. Today LCA, a Los Angeles-based group, released a video depicting animal mistreatment from that farm.

“There is absolutely no place at Christensen Farms or in this industry for violations of animal welfare,” Christensen Farms CEO Glenn Stolt said. “As a family farm, the care and treatment of our animals is our highest priority. It is unacceptable that this...

12 Princess Kay Finalists Selected


ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds on Sunday, May 17, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador. The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the fair.

The finalists were named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by nearly 70 county dairy princesses. They include:

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Area FFA Members Take Home Top Honors


During the final session of the 86th Minnesota State FFA Convention, Career Development Event (CDE) winners were named, allowing the top chapters throughout the state to advance to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, October 28-31.

Congratulations to area competitors!

Top Individuals

  • Chris Kahler - Farm Business Management - Martin County West
  • Emmalie Benson - Food Science and Technology - Jackson County Central
  • Daniel Harder - Forestry - Mountain Lake
  • Ellyn Swanson - Job Interview - Martin County West...

New MN State FFA Officers Selected


SAINT PAUL – During the final session of the 86th Minnesota State FFA Convention, six FFA members from across Minnesota were elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Minnesota FFA Officers. These six members will spend the next year representing Minnesota throughout the state and nation, advocating for the agriculture industry.

Elected to represent the over 10,000 FFA members of Minnesota and voted on by the delegates were: Sentinel, Sam Johnson of the Glenville FFA Chapter; Reporter, Madison Taylor of the Randolph FFA Chapter; Treasurer, Travis Troendle of the Lanesboro FFA Chapter;...

Sen. Franken urges Vilsack to Take Action Against HPAI


WASHINGTON, D.C. [04/13/15]—U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary to make sure that measures remain in place to support the hundreds of family farms in Minnesota whose production has been hurt or threatened by avian flu.

In a letter to Sec. Tom Vilsack, Sen. Franken urged the USDA to protect turkey growers in Minnesota from losing their livelihood by maintaining an all-hands-on-deck response to fighting the current outbreak. He also called for new, emergency resources to be made available if the financial support for farmers...

H5N2 Confirmed in Wisconsin Commercial Chicken Farm


WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer flock in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. The flock of 200,000 chickens is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time....