Area Farm & Ag Headlines

Propane Shortages Affect Farmers

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(St. Paul, Minn) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is concerned about the health and safety of the state's farming families and their livestock during this cold spell. The current propane shortage not only jeopardizes farm families' ability to heat their homes, but also to provide adequate care for their livestock. Governor Mark Dayton issued a Peacetime State of Emergency yesterday to stand up the state's emergency operations center to assist farm families and producers who are facing propane shortages and need help.

Any farm families or producers facing a critical...


MN Farm Bureau Offers Official Comments to EPA On 2014 RFS Proposal

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The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) submitted comments on Monday, January 27th to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the agency’s 2014 proposed volume standards. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was passed into law by the United States Congress. MFBF stated that the EPA should follow the law as written.

“The proposed reduction in volume requirements have a negative impact not only on the national economy as a whole, but will also negatively impact Minnesota’s economy,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “According to estimates by the...


Winterfest 2014

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Worthington's 2014 Winterfest is January 17 and 18th. Be sure to check out the variety of events, such as the YMCA Healthy Heart Walk/Run, the Deep Freeze Dip, and 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Tournament!


Friday, January 17th

Winterfest kicks off with the Chili Cook-Off at the Hickory Lodge. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m. with taste testing and voting for People's Choice. Heart walkers/runners can also pick up your t-shirt packet at the Hickory Lodge during this time (5 to 7 p.m.). If you...


January WASDE

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Here's a quick glance at the January 10, 2014 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Stay tuned for a further breakdown with Ted Seifried of the Zaner Group Monday, January 13th at 8:10 a.m. on AM 730 KWOA

COARSE GRAINS: U.S. feed grain supplies for 2013/14 are projected lower with reduced production estimated for corn and sorghum. Harvested area for corn is raised 436,000 acres, but the estimated yield is lowered 1.6 bushels per acre to 158.8, reducing production 64 million bushels to 13.9...


N.M. Attorney General Sues Horse Plant

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ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King is suing the Valley Meat horse slaughter plant in Roswell to prevent the company from killing and butchering horses for food.

At a news conference this morning AG King announced that he has filed a lawsuit that asks for a temporary restraining order to stop the plant from opening. Valley Meat is reportedly planning to begin slaughtering horses for human food within two weeks.

“I took this action because horse slaughter presents a genuine risk to New Mexicans’ health and to our natural resources,” says Attorney General King. “...


Three Research Promotion Councils Seek Applicants

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three Minnesota agriculture research and promotion councils are holding elections for their board members. Positions are open on the board of directors for the Corn, Barley and Soybean Research and Promotion Councils. Board members will be selected through mail ballot elections, which will be mailed March 18, 2014. Farmers who voted last year will receive ballots by mail. Those who did not vote last year can request a ballot from their respective commodity council offices or ...


Senator Franken Pushes for Open Markets in Pork Industry

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On Monday, December 16th, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told the top U.S. trade negotiator and the Secretary of Agriculture that a high priority in our nation's trade policy must be ending unfair foreign trade practices that prevent Minnesota pork producers from expanding exports.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Sen. Franken urged them to push hard to remove unfair tariffs and other barriers, including during negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive, multi-country trade deal.

Minnesota ranks...


SD Soybean Yield Contest Winners

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The winners of the 4th Annual South Dakota Soybean Yield & Quality Contest were announced on December 11th at the SDSA and SDRPC recognition banquet. Close to 300 entries were submitted, varying throughout ten categories. Congratulations to the following:

  • Joey Waldner - 88.74 bushels/acre, Beadle County, highest overall
  • Robert Swisher- 83.21 bushels/acre, Brown County, Group 0 Non-Irrigated Category
  • Todd Hanten- 79.47 bushels/acre, Codington County...

FDA Addresses Antimicrobial Use for Livestock

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.

Certain antimicrobials have historically been used in the feed or drinking water of cattle, poultry, hogs, and other food animals for production purposes such as using less food to gain weight. Some of these antimicrobials are important drugs...


Farm Rescue Aids Record Number of Farm Families

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JAMESTOWN, N.D, December 4, 2013 - Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, has finished harvesting for 2013. 50 farm families were helped this year, and the reasons ranged from paralysis, broken bones, cancer and natural disasters.

“Every year, we try to help the maximum number of farm families experiencing unexpected crises, and this year, we were able to help 50 farm families,” said Bill Gross, founder and president. “We are thankful for...