Area Farm & Ag Headlines

Optimistic Propane Forecast

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The propane industry reported a positive winter outlook as officials met to brief governors at the Midwestern Governor’s Association Propane Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook. The report projected warmer winter temperatures and a 34 percent reduction in heating bills for propane-heated homes in the Midwest this season compared with last winter. The report also showed propane stocks in the Gulf Coast and Midwest were 10 million barrels, or 17 percent higher, than...


Minnesota Business Selected as Semi-Finalist in Entrepreneurship Challenge

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas announced the 10 national semi-finalists of the first-ever Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being developed in rural regions of the United States.

AFBF President Bob Stallman made the announcement at the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University...


EQIP Application Deadlines Set

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Worthington, MN, September 16, 2014 – Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Application acceptance deadline for FY 2015 in Minnesota for EQIP is:
• October 17, 2014
• November 14, 2014
• December 19, 2014

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to...


Receiving Hours Extended

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With harvest here, Poet will have extended harvest hours
Extended Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster will also have extended receiving hours
Extended Hours

  • Monday-Saturday: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ted Siefried on Market to Market

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If you missed it on Friday, September 19th, one of our favorite market analysts, Ted Siefried of the Zaner Group, was featured on Market to Market with Mike Pearson. Check out the video below, or click here for the script only.

Of course, you can always hear Ted joining us every Monday and Friday around 8:10 a.m. for market analysis as well here on AM 730 KWOA!

 

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Enrollment Open for the Margin Protection Program

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(St. Paul, Minn.), Sept. 2, 2014 — USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage...


Haler Crowned 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way

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ST. PAUL (August 20, 2014) — Jeni Haler, a 19-year-old college student from Norwood Young America, Minn., representing Carver County, was crowned the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, August 20.

Haler will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,600 Minnesota dairy farm families. Jeni is the daughter of Rick Haler and Connie Helget Haasken, and attends the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she double majors in animal science and Spanish/Portuguese studies.

Twelve county dairy...


China Delists U.S. Pork Facilities due to Ractopamine Findings

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China has suspended exports for six major U.S. pork plants and six cold storage facilities based on China's requirements for ractopamine-free pork.

The banned pork plants are:

  • Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minnesota
  • Tyson Fresh Meats in Perry and Storm Lake, Iowa and Logansport, Indiana
  • Hormel Foods Corporation of Fremont, Nebraska.
  • ...

August 3-9 Farmers Market Week

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed August 3-9, 2014, as “Farmers Market Week” in Minnesota to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the agricultural products farmers provide.

The popularity of farmers markets has increased, in part, because of the interest in healthier foods and lifestyles and an increased understanding of the importance of maintaining small, sustainable farms. Local farmers are able to offer consumers a variety of products including heirloom vegetables, heritage breeds of livestock, and other specialty products.
Minnesota...


Youth Deer Hunts Slated at Local State Parks

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Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 15, to apply for a special deer hunt at a state park or refuge. Four local state parks are offering firearms hunts for youth ages 12-15. They are among 17 special youth hunts statewide.

Participating in a youth deer hunt does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit. An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Youth and their mentor must attend a...