Area Farm & Ag Headlines

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...


Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer...with Antlers?

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Deer hunters around the area could hold a fair stance in the argument that the 2013 deer season has been somewhat of a strange one.

Earlier in the month, Georgia hunter Sam Hogan took an albino buck. Now, there's word that a Minnesota hunter has taken an 8-pointer. What's the big deal here? It's a doe.

As per OutdoorLife.com, "Phil Klein was hunting in north central Minnesota when he counted the points an took the shot. Upon reaching the deer, his father noted velvet was still present. This was the first oddity the doe presented as the deer's velvet should have been long...


Young MN Farmers Capture Top Honors in YF&R Competitions

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(Bloomington, MN) -- Young farmers in Renville, Goodhue and Stearns County captured top honors in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitions.

Joe and April Sullivan of Franklin in Renville County won the Achievement Award contest, Morgan Allen of Kenyon in Goodhue County won the Excellence in Agriculture contest, and Lucas Sjostrom of Brooten in Stearns County took home the first place honors in the Discussion Meet contest. The competitions were held during the MFBF 95th Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree in Bloomington. The...


Secretary's Advisory Committee Members Selected (BF&R)

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Thursday announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers during a trip to the University of Delaware. The Committee will provide guidance to the Secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture.

"The next generation of America's farmers and ranchers are more diverse than ever before, have new market opportunities and continue to bring innovative ideas to the agriculture industry," Deputy Secretary Harden said. "...


USDA Announces Additional Grants through Farm to School

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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday announced grants for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program.

"In rural and urban communities across the country, farm to school programs teach students where food comes from, while providing healthy foods that are grown locally on farms and ranches across the nation," said Vilsack. "These programs also create new market opportunities for local farmers and ranchers...


EPA Proposes Lower Renewable Fuels Requirement

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Earlier Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. The proposed rule released by the EPA lowers the required consumption of conventional renewable fuel to 13.01 billion gallons, despite the law mandating consumption of 14.4 billion gallons, and below the 2013 level of 13.8 billion gallons. It also provides that biodiesel remains at 1.28 billion gallons; EPA has also proposed to reduce the total advanced biofuels requirement, which also limits the opportunities for biodiesel.

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Senators Push for Biodiesel Support in RFS

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(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, November 14th, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Al Franken (D-MN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led 28 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the Obama Administration to support the American biodiesel industry in its upcoming 2014 regulatory proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Current projections indicate that the industry will produce 1.7 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2014, continuing its pattern of exceeding annual RFS targets. In light of the this production estimate, the Senators urged the Administration...


MN Soybean SFY Mission Trip Applications Open

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Mankato, Minn.— There’s no better way to learn about what is happening in the global soybean market than to see it for yourself. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSRPC) is coordinating a See For Yourself trip to Japan and the Philippines to show Minnesota soybean farmers where their soybeans are going, to build relationships with foreign buyers and to help farmers better understand how their checkoff dollars are being invested. It also provides you with a chance to evaluate your investment.

“This isn’t a trip you or your travel agent could arrange,” says Joel...