Area Farm & Ag Headlines

Top Minnesota Dairy Herds (SCC Ranking)

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In honor of June Dairy Month, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson today released the annual list of top Minnesota dairy herds with low somatic cell counts (SCC). Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality – a lower SCC count is better for cheese production and a longer shelf life. This year, 115 dairy farms are being recognized for superior herd management skills by achieving an average under 100,000 SCC.

For more than a decade Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and University of Minnesota dairy experts have been working with the state’s dairy...


Princess Kay Finalists Selected

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The 2014 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Finalists have been selected, named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by over 70 county dairy princesses. Congratulations to the 12 finalists:

  • Meghan Connelly, 19, Rochester, representing Olmsted County, daughter of Kevin and Kathy Connelly
  • Annie Culbertson, 19, Pine Island, representing Olmsted County, daughter of Scott and Tina Culbertson
  • Jeni...

Poet Ashton Scheduled Shutdown

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Poet Ashton will NOT be receiving corn on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 due to plant shutdown.


Minnesota First State to Move to B10

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Mankato, Minn.—Minnesota is cementing its role as a leader in the biodiesel industry by becoming the first state to move to a 10 percent biodiesel blend (B10) in its diesel fuel supply. Beginning July 1, diesel fuel sold in Minnesota will contain a B10 blend during the summer months.

“I’m very pleased that common sense is still alive and well and that our legislators voted for what was good for Minnesota,” says George Goblish, president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) and a farmer from Vesta, Minn. “The decision to continue moving forward is good for air quality...


Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

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Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed May 18-24 as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week in an effort to draw attention to the destructive bug and encourage Minnesotans to not spread the pest around the state.

With nearly one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation, Minnesota could suffer a great loss from EAB. The insect is a major threat to the tourism and lumber industries, and the state's natural landscapes and recreational areas.

There's something simple Minnesotans can do to ensure they're not helping spread EAB. Don't move firewood. Here's why:

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USDA's 2012 Census of Ag Results

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On Friday, May 2nd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2012, and where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which is reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future.

“Census data provides the foundation of information needed to design programs and initiatives that...


Brick City Grill Named Iowa's Best Burger

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The 5th Annual Iowa's Best Burger contest just wrapped up, as put together by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Congratulations to Brick City Grill in Ames, Iowa!

Iowans submitted more than 9,600 nomination votes for 456 restaurants in February and March that selected the Top Ten restaurants. The Top Ten were then independently visited and judged based on the hamburger's taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature (160 degrees).

Owner Jason Mikkelsen attributes the beef with the credit. He uses a proprietary chuck...


Minnesota FFA Convention Results

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The 85th Annual Minnesota State FFA Convention wrapped up this week, with many area FFA members and alumni taking home high honors.

Big congratulations to Deb Martin, Worthington ag teacher and FFA advisor, as one of the 19 individuals to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree!

This honor is presented to teachers, individuals and companies who have demonstrated continued success and support of the FFA and/or ag education, and made a significant impact and contribution to the success of students and the organization.

Also a congratulations to ...


2014 Pork Industry Scholarship Award Winners

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Congratulations to the 2014 Pork Industry Scholarship winners! A total of 18 recipients were selected, hailing from 12 states and 10 universities. Several of these winners hail from the tri-state listening area (highlighted in green), with the majority of the recipients from Midwest states. 

2014 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients
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Final Decision on RFS Looming

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On Earth Day, April 22nd, the The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) retroactively lowered the volume of cellulosic biofuel that refiners must blend into traditional fuels, aligning the 2013 mandated volume to the actual amount of fuels produced.

We are still awaiting the final decision on the 2014 proposed Renewable Fuel Standard from the EPA and in the meantime, in conjunction with Earth Day, the Fuels America coalition has launched a campaign to counter the U.S. oil industry's campaign against ethanol. You may see the television ad on cable, as well as online.

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