Area Farm & Ag Headlines

PED Worries Continue, Senator Presses for Efforts to Step Up


U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to quickly step up efforts to prevent further incidence of the fast-spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus that has already killed millions of pigs in Minnesota and across the country, and to provide help to producers already hit by the disease.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Sen. Franken urged quick action by USDA to help producers detect PED in their herds and to develop countermeasures such as drugs and vaccines to battle the virus. He also pressed for USDA to provide...

MFB Members Traveled to Washington, D.C.


Nearly 20 Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota met with their members of Congress and Senators while in Washington, D.C. during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Farmers to Washington D.C. trip, March 24-28.

Farm Bureau members met with American Farm Bureau Federation staff and received a briefing on current issues. Attendees also attended National Agriculture Week activities.

Participants also met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; Members of Congress Collin Peterson, John Kline, Tim Walz, Michele Bachmann, Erik Paulsen and Rick Nolan and a staff...

Nobles County Farmers Donate Through America's Farmers Grow Communities


(Pictured from left to right - Shawn Vis from Dekalb/Asgrow, Jim Weidert - Lismore Fire Department, Mark Lenz - Winning Farmer, Tom Diekmann - Lismore Fire Department, Darren Jeffers with I-90 Seed Solutions)

LISMORE, Minn. (03-27-14) – Local farmers Mark and Shari Lenz have directed a $2,500 donation to the Lismore Fire and Rescue. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department purchase new...

National Ag Day


The day in which we celebrate the hard working farmers and ranchers across the US is here! Today, March 25th, National Ag Day, we recognize everything ag-related. This year's theme is "Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed" in an effort to bring attention to the day-in and day-out work that farmers and ranchers conduct in order to keep the food supply available. National Ag Day represents a day to celebrate American farmers and their commitment to the land they farm and the people who use the food, feed, fuel and fiber American farmers produce, more than just for economic...

Erdman's County Market, St. Joseph's Meats 2014 Innovative Beef Award Winners


(MBC Press Release) Minnesota Beef Council is proud to announce that two retailers have been awarded with Innovative Beef Product Awards during the 2014 Minnesota Association of Meat Processors Convention in St. Cloud, MN. Erdman’s County Market of Kasson, MN takes home prizes as the Best of Innovative Beef and the Innovative Ground Beef Category winner for their Fiesta Beef Boats entry.

The Fiesta Beef Boats product was selected for these accomplishments by our judges for the overall convenience, wonderful flavor and attractive packaging. The judges also commend the Fiesta Beef...

Day on the Hill


SHAKOPEE, Minn. (March 17) -- While corn farmers wait for the last of the snow to melt before spring planting, they went to St. Paul to meet with legislators during the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s “Day on the Hill” Thursday, March 13 at the State Capitol.

“It’s important that corn farmers connect with as many legislators as possible, even if they might not agree with our stance on every issue,” said John Mages, who farms in Belgrade and chairs MCGA’s government relations committee. “Corn farmers need to make their voices heard. Agriculture is a major job creator and a key...

Minnesota Ag Organizations Salute FFA


(St. Paul, Minn.) -- Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) salutes the excellent work of the FFA during their National FFA week February 15-22, 2014.

“The FFA does such great work in fostering the skills necessary for our youth to excel and succeed,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “The agriculture sector is strong in good part because FFA provides the tools needed for personal growth and success in our future farm generations. We thank and salute FFA for their wonderful work in keeping not only the agriculture sector strong, but our rural and urban communities as...

On-Farm Research Program in MN: Yes or No?


The University of Minnesota is working with the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) to determine the need and opportunities for on‐farm research in Minnesota. Your input is requested to determine if an on‐farm research program should go ahead, and if so, what it should look like.

The current proposal is to create two independent but closely aligned organizations. Both would support on‐farm trials using precision ag technology to apply treatments and collect yield data. One organization would focus on individual farmers improving their management by running...

MFU President Addresses Propane Shortage


(MFU Press Release) MFU President Doug Peterson addresses family farmers questions on propane shortage.

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) is calling for increased action at the state and federal levels to deal with Minnesota’s ongoing propane shortage crisis. Minnesota farmers and rural residents need real answers.

MFU thanks our Congressional delegation and Governor Dayton for their ongoing efforts in helping ease this crisis. However, there are still questions as to why and how this happened, starting with: is the federal government moving to correct the cause of the propane...

President to Sign Farm Bill Friday


The Agricultural Act of 2014 has passed the Senate 68-32! This follows closely on the heels of the farm bill being passed the House by 251-166! Of course, now the report is expected to get to the President's desk for his signature before the bill officially becomes law. Congress and ag organizations alike are calling on the President to sign the bill into law without delay.

According to the White House, President Obama will travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Friday and sign the farm bill there.