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Afternoon Ag

Join ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth, member of the NAFB, on Thursday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. for your "Afternoon Ag Segment" on AM 730 KWOA. Sonja talks about everything and anything ag-related, particularly focusing on current events and hot topics in the ag industry. She talks with a wide variety of professionals and knowledgeable experts in their respective fields, ranging as close as Worthington residents to as far as national voices, delivering the latest ag information "straight from the horse's mouth" to the KWOA listeners.


Afternoon Ag Segment Stories

Below is a listing of stories for the Afternoon Ag segment. Please click the story title to view the full story.


America's Farmers Grow Rural Communities

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Farmer enrollment for Monsanto's America's Farmers Grow Communities opened August 1st and will carry through November 30th.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, improves lives in rural communities through farmer directed donations. The program, which launched in 2010, allows farmers to enter to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments, food pantries and more. One winner is selected in each of the 1,324 eligible counties across 40 states.

Tune in this Thursday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Linda Arnold, Monsanto Customer Advocacy Lead to discuss the launch of the 2015 campaign, and how you can get involved today.


Brandon Weidert - Nobles County Fair

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The Nobles County Fair is on, starting Wednesday with non-livestock exhibits and entries and carrying through Sunday, August 10th. Get the full details and schedule at www.noblescountyfair.com!

Tune in this Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Nobles County 4-H Intern Brandon Weidert discussing fair highlights.


Jenny Andersen & Jeff Buysman - Opportunities at JBS

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JBS has teamed up with MN West to offer a one-year program in Industrial Technology and is offering up to 135,000 in scholarships and a guaranteed job after the program as a maintenance technician to those who qualify! Just imagine, getting your education for free, and one short year later having a full-time career with the region’s largest employer as a Maintenance Technician and earning an average of 65,000/year!

Opportunities like this don’t come around often! Applications are available through August 8th at MN West (or see below).

Sounds like something you're interested in? Tune in this Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. as Sonja Langseth catches up with JBS Human Resources Director Jenny Andersen-Martinez and JBS Plant Engineer Jeff Buysman to talk about this fabulous opportunity.


Farmers Markets

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In just two weeks, we celebrate National Farmers Markets Week August 3-9th, as declared by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Join us this Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Am 730 KWOA as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth and Talk of the Town Justine Wettschreck pair up to discuss local farmers markets, what to look for, and how to best utilize fresh, locally grown produce.


South Dakota Peach Festival

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Tune in this Thursday as we talk with The Fruit Club Vice President Lynn Albers about the upcoming South Dakota Peach Festival in Sioux Falls, SD at the Yankton Trail Park.

This event runs two days, on Saturday July 26th from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There's fun for the whole family, featuring games, vendors, music, and of course -- delicious peaches straight from Georgia!

For more information go to the South Dakota Peach Festival website: http://southdakotapeachfestival.com/


Minnesota State Fair - Brienna Schuette

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The Great Minnesota Get-Together is rapidly approaching, running August 21st through Labor Day, September 1st! We'll catch up with Brienna Schuette, Marketing and Communications Manager with the State Fair, to talk foods and additional updates.

As always, enjoy the traditional fair foods, with new foods for 2014! Manicini's Al Fresco is offering beer gelato, Texas Steak Out a bacon-wrapped turkey leg, R7R is offering caramel apple ice cream, and more!

In addition, be sure to get your registrations in on time if you plan on competing at the fair, be it livestock, arts and crafts, or even in the talent show!

More details at http://www.mnstatefair.org/


Waterhemp Issues / Locally Laid Egg Update

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Waterhemp has become an increasing concern in the Midwest, particularly due to its ability to proliferate at an alarming rate.

Tune in this Thursday as we talk waterhemp with ADAMA Dave Downing.

We'll also catch up briefly with Joe Sullivan of Locally Laid Egg Company to get an update as far as where they're at today.


Joel Karsten - Straw Bale Gardening

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If you recall last year in early February, we spoke with Minnesota native Joel Karsten about an up-and-coming vision set to revolutionize the gardening industry, with Straw Bale Gardening. At the time, he had also just released a new book covering the step-by-step instructions and tutorial on how to create your own straw bale garden.

We reconnect with Joel to hear about his success in the past year, and are excited to announce he will return to the Worthington area Tuesday the 10th. More details on his visit on the Radio Works Community Calendar.

It's straw bale gardening on AM 730 KWOA this Thursday, starting at 12:30 p.m.!


No Afternoon Ag Segment - Twins

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There will be no Afternoon Ag Segment this Thursday, May 29, as the Minnesota Twins will be taking on the Texas Rangers in a home game at Target Field. Tune in to AM 730 KWOA for full live coverage!


Ellen Thompson - National Teach Ag Campaign

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As previously mentioned in Farm News, Minnesota was one of 11 states that were selected to participate in a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, aimed at addressing the ongoing shortage of ag teachers.

Tune in this Thursday as we catch up with Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign coordinator to talk about what this shortage means, and how the program works to help increase enrollment, accommodate heightened interest, and more. It all starts at 12:30 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA!