Area Farm & Ag Headlines

Auto Steer - Good or Bad?

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With the cold, wet spring causing delays across the board here in the Midwest, we are almost to June and hearing farmers are just wrapping up planting or are still waiting for conditions to dry to complete their corn and/or beans planting.

With today's technology and size of planters, farmers are reminded just how much work they can get done in a few hours. How much of that time is spent in the tractor being absolutely bored as auto steering takes away much of the work? Watch as this farmer showcases a mockup of just what might be happening out there in the fields...hope it's some...

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PEDV Confirmed in Iowa

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The USDA has confirmed that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has been identified in the United States for the first time through testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. It has been rumored to have appeared in Iowa and Minnesota but sources can only confirm it in the Iowa hog population.

PEDV is not a new virus, nor is it a regulatory/reportable disease. Since PEDV is widespread in many countries, it is not a trade-restricting disease, but rather a production-related disease. PEDV may appear clinically to be the same as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus...


Princess Kay Finalists Selected

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This year's finalists for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way have been named. The 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds were selected at the conclusion of a three-day event for county dairy princesses held in St. Joseph. The finalists include:

  • Katelyn Blackwelder, 20, Chokio, representing Big Stone County, daughter of Mark and Amy Blackwelder
  • Katie Buckentine, 19, Chaska, representing Carver County, daughter of John and Jean Buckentine
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House Ag Committee Passes Farm Bill

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After a late-night session Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee voted to approve a $940 billion farm bill, a day after the Senate passed its version. The vote was 36 to 10, with mostly Democrats voting against the bill after nine hours of debate.

The House farm bill passed the committee with strong bipartisan support but exposed a division among committee members over the size of cuts to the food stamp program, which has long been a target of conservatives. Committee members also rejected an amendment that would strip the supply management provision of the bill's dairy title,...


Supreme Court Rules 9-0 in Bowman v Monsanto

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In a unanimous ruling delivered today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its support for protecting U.S. innovations that are a critical part of supporting the world's growing needs. The case, Bowman v. Monsanto, centered on the protection of intellectual property and its outcome was crucial for innovations that deliver benefits to millions of Americans.

The Supreme Court's decision affirms the basic purpose of the U.S. patent system – providing an incentive to innovate by providing inventors a meaningful opportunity to recover costs on their R&D investments. The decision also...


Senators Push for Breakdown of Ag Biotech Barriers

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Senator Chuck Grassley is pressing the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to engage U.S. trading partners in high-level discussions on breaking down barriers to biotechnology. Grassley is the former Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade policy.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that as much as 90 percent of commodity crop acres utilize seeds improved through modern biotechnology. Trade disruptions caused by barriers to biotechnology derived crops hurt both American farmers...


Area Youth Receive Andrea Ruesch Scholarships

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The Minnesota 4-H Foundation and University of Minnesota Extension are pleased to announce the 2013 Andrea Ruesch Regional 4-H Scholarship recipients. Congratulations to eight scholarship recipients, who received a $1,000 scholarship apiece:

  • Paige Bourne, Chippewa County 4-H 
  •  Jacob Johnson, Cottonwood County 4-H 
  • Abby Resch, Cottonwood County 4-H 
  • Adriane Rentschler, Jackson County 4-H...

Stamp Out Hunger

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On May 11th, letter carriers across the country (both for city and rural areas) will be collecting food for families in need as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, benefiting Minnesota families in need through Second Harvest Heartland. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country.

How can you help out? Easy: collect non-perishable food items in a bag and leave it by your mailbox on May 11th.

No time to go shopping? You can still help out by making a financial donation online; all online financial donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by TCF...


Voting Available for National "Farm Mom of the Year"

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For several months, anyone was invited to nominate a farm mom who he or she believed made an impact in their community. American Agri-Women and Monsanto were tasked with narrowing it down from nation-wide submissions and have selected five final regional winners. Each regional winner was awarded $5,000 in cash from Monsanto.

Congratulations to the 2013 regional winners:

  • Northwest Region: Aimee Hachigian-Gould, Ulm, Mont. 
  • Southwest Region: Mary Ann Bansen, Ferndale, Calif. ...

MFU Women's Leadership Conference a Success

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Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) recently held its inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference titled Energizing Women and Growing Our Leadership.

Women are, and have always been, an integral part of the farm and this conference brought women from all across Minnesota together to tap into the leadership skills they already possess from working on the farm, and learning how to use those skills in their community, as well as meet and greet other women to share ideas and stories.

“The women at this conference were incredible. The debates were lively, energetic and informative,” said...