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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.


No Afternoon Ag Segment

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There will be no afternoon ag segment this Thursday due to broadcasting a Minnesota Twins' baseball game.


Lori Lubben - Nobles County 4-H Intern

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Lori Lubben will be back in studio with ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth for this Thursday's edition of your Afternoon Ag Segment, returning for another year as the Nobles County 4-H Summer Intern to discuss upcoming events


Invasive Species

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As weather continues to warm and summer finally gets rolling, it's important to keep an eye out for invasive species that are hazardous to our native Minnesotan lands, grasses, and waters.

Tune in this Thursday as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Susan Burks, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry Invasive Species Coordinator, as they talk about the new PlayCleanGo initiative and the PlayCleanGo Day that coincides with National Get Outdoors Day and DNR State Park Open House Day on Saturday, June 8th. Find out how you can get involved as a PlayCleanGo volunteer and how to learn about preventing the spread of invasive species while encouraging outdoor recreation.

Did we mention all state park admission is FREE on Saturday, June 8th? It's a great opportunity to get the family off the couch and enjoying the outdoors.


The Farm Bill

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Juanita Reed-Boniface, Project Manager for State Fair Mentor Program

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Minnesota Foundation for Responsible Animal Care (MnFRAC) is inviting college students with an interest in serving as spokespersons for animal agriculture to apply for the position of Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal Science Peer Mentor. Six positions are available.

Persons in these positions will serve as mentors to selected 4-H State Fair livestock exhibitors in all species (beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goats, poultry and rabbits) to encourage, model and role-play positive interactions with State Fair visitors to livestock displays.

In case you missed it today, ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth caught up with State Fair Mentor Program Project Manager Juanita Reed-Boniface discussing the Minnesota Foundation for Responsible Animal Care's invitation to college students.

MnFRAC is seeking college students age 18 or over, with an interest and/or experience in 4-H and livestock exhibits. Other qualifications are communication, teaching and coaching skills, ability to work with a variety of adults and youth, expertise in production, processing and promotion of one or more animal species and experience as a livestock exhibitor and industry spokesperson. A copy of the job description may be found on the MnFRAC website, www.mnfrac.org.

The program will include a one-day orientation/training led by MnFRAC, 4-H and Midwest Dairy staff, written materials for review and coaching and daily support by MnFRAC staff during the State Fair.

Applicants must be available the five days of the 4-H Livestock Weekend, August 21-25. A $450 stipend per person, fair entry tickets and 4-H meal tickets will be provided.

To apply, applicants must submit a resume, transcript and statement describing why they are interested in this position and the industry knowledge, communication and leadership skills they bring to the position. Application deadline is July 1. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Send completed materials to Juanita Reed-Boniface, Project Manager, JRB Associates, Inc., 2462 Lake George Dr. N.W., Cedar, MN 55011. For more information contact AgriFolks@gmail.com.

Minnesota Foundation for Responsible Animal Care (MnFRAC) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. It is a coalition of food and fiber producers, processors, educators and private citizens in support of the livestock industry. Its mission is to build consumer confidence in animal origin product quality and product safety. We promote responsible animal care in production, processing and research. MnFRAC is an equal opportunity employer.


Beef Bucks Program

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May is Beef Month! What are you doing to celebrate? Eating more beef is a great way to start; so is participating in the Beef Bucks Program!

What is the Beef Bucks Program? The Beef Bucks program has been incorporated as a non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting the beef industry as well as educating consumers, since its formation in De Smet, SD in 1997. Get more specifics by tuning in today at 12:30 p.m. as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth checks in with Nancy Montross of the Beef Bucks Program to talk BEEF!

Still looking for more information or missed the segment? No problem. Beef Bucks are pre-paid checks that can be used to purchase beef or beef meals backed by one of two financial institutions: First Dakota National Bank of Yankton, SD or Wells Fargo Bank of De Smet, SD in the amounts of $5, $10, and $20. Beef Bucks have been used in more than 40 states in an assortment of establishments from fast food restaurants, steak houses, retail meat markets, grocery stores and home delivery services. Expired Beef Bucks that are unused, may be returned and replaced with a like amount. Retailers accepting the Beef Buck need only to deposit the check as they would any other check accepted in their establishment. Get more information at www.beefbucks.org


2013 Minnesota Horse Expo

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The Minnesota Horse Expo 2013 is right around the corner, featuring Minnesota's largest equine trade show and breed exhibition as sponsored by the Minnesota Horse Council. It's three days of horsing around, April 26th through the 28th, all at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.

Interested in hearing more about what the Expo will consist of, aside from generic sessions and booths? Tune in this Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Dr. Tracy Turner of Anoka Equine Vet Services and one of the Horse Expo board directors, to talk about the "Own Responsibly" seminars.

Langseth will also chat with Glen Eaton, the MN Horse Expo President, to highlight the history of the Expo, future goals, and of course, the best features at the Expo. For more information, visit the official Minnesota Horse Expo website at mnhorseexpo.com


No Afternoon Ag Segment

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There will be no Afternoon Ag Segment this Thursday due to the Minnesota Twins baseball game against the Detroit Tigers


John Baumgartner & Jay Moore - EPI Air Systems

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EPI, or Electrostatic Particle Ionization, has been a technology around for many years. However, it was only recently that it has been developed into an air system designed for livestock purposes. In essence, these EPI Air Systems "scrub" the air particles, creating a cleaner environment in livestock confinement units, and consequently boosts ADG and overall health.

Join ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth as she catches up with John Baumgartner, president of Baumgartner Environics, Inc., to discuss BEI's EPI Air System and how it works.

Still skeptical? New Fashion Pork of Jackson, Minn. has been using EPI Air Systems for a few years and have found them to be incredibly beneficial. Langseth catches up with Jay Moore, Director of Environmental Services of NFP to discuss how it works in their system.

It's all happening this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA!


Barry Nelson, Agriculture Council of America Chairman

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The 40th Anniversary of National Agriculture Day (which this year is Tuesday, March 19) is a day worthy of celebration. In correspondence with this celebration, March 17-23rd has been made into National Agriculture Week working to increase the public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society.

In addition, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has declared March 17-23 as Minnesota Ag Week. This is an exciting announcement, as Nobles County has earned the placement of one of the top ranking Minnesota counties in agriculture production.

Tune in this Thursday as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) Chairman Barry Nelson to discuss National Ag Day/Week along with its events and reason for the celebration.

For more information on National Ag Day, visit the website www.agday.org.