Area Farm & Ag Headlines

MNSP Changes

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Please note that bean receiving and meal/pellet loadout will be closed April 30th and May 1st due to the annual shutdown at the Minnesota Soybean Processors or Brewster.


Sen. Franken urges Vilsack to Take Action Against HPAI

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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

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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....


Nobles County 4-H Win A Pig Competition

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Nobles County 4-H announces the Win A Pig Competition for 4-H members in the county who are actively involved in or are planning to be involved in the Minnesota 4-H Swine Project. The winning entrant will receive a market pig (gilt or barrow) which will be at least two months of age at the time of selection. The market pig will be donated by Dale and Kathy Solt of Nobles County.

Contest Rules: Contestants will submit a personally written, one page ONLY typed essay on what ownership of this pig would mean to them, including how they would...


Safety Tips for Handling Anhydrous Ammonia

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – In upcoming weeks, many area farmers will begin spring anhydrous ammonia (ammonia) applications. Serious injuries in Minnesota over the last several years were caused by the mishandling of ammonia. To stay safe when handling ammonia or performing maintenance on ammonia equipment, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges dealers and farmers to:

  • Never wear contact lenses.
  • Always wear ammonia-rated goggles and cuffed gloves.
  • ...

Apply for the MSR&PC See For Yourself Trip to Vietnam

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The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council understands that international markets play a crucial role in providing value to Minnesota soybeans. With more than half of Minnesota’s annual soybean crop exported each year, the MSR&PC invests soybean checkoff money to grow markets and build relationships with international customers.

And because the MSR&PC takes investing Minnesota soybean farmers’ checkoff dollars seriously, the Council is offering Minnesota soybean farmers the opportunity to evaluate those investments with a See For Yourself mission to Vietnam. The...


National FFA Week

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Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington's birthday.

This year's National FFA Week runs February 21-...

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Receiving Changes

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Poet Ashton will not be receiving corn today, Monday, February 23rd due to scale Maintenance.

In addition, there will be no bean receiving at Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster for today


Farm 40 On Us

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5th Annual Farm 40 On Us is DONE!

Congratulations to Troy Vande Hoef, the 2015 Farm 40 on Us Winner! Thanks again to all who participated, and another huge thank you to all of our sponsors, who make Farm 40 on Us possible! 

2015 Farm 40 Registration Box Locations

January 26-30

  • Ag Builders in Windom...

MCGA President Responds to Buffer Strips Proposal

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The following is a statement from Bruce Peterson, a farmer in Northfield and President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, on Gov. Dayton’s plan to propose 50-feet of buffer strips along all Minnesota waterways:

"By investing $4 million annually in third-party research through institutions like the University of Minnesota, and by supporting initiatives such as Discovery Farms, Minnesota corn farmers have taken the lead on issues related to agricultural water quality and wildlife habitat. We look forward to reviewing Gov. Dayton's buffer...