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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.


Charlie Nystrom - Ocheda Orchard

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Fall weather is right around the corner and that means apple season is also near! Tune in this Thursday as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Charlie Nystrom of the Worthington Ocheda Orchard to highlight upcoming apple varieties and also discuss the delicious (and nutritious!) peaches now available!

Ocheda Orchard has been the place for fresh locally grown apples for over 30 years. At last, an activity the whole family can do together that's actually fun! Picking apples provides exercise, lots of fresh air, and something to take home for your efforts. Kids will cherish the memories for a lifetime.

The first trees were planted in 1965 by the Donald Nystrom family. Early plantings were standard size but more recent plantings are dwarf size trees. Chuck Nystrom, the current owner/manager has traveled from Washington State to South Carolina in search of apple varieties suitable to SW Minnesota. However the Orchard continues to feature Minnesota-developed varieties such as Haralson, Sweet Sixteen, Zestar, and Honeycrisp.

Ocheda Orchard has approximately 5000 trees, and 15 varieties planted on 35 acres.Make a visit to the orchard part of your fall experience - taste and pick up your favorites!


No Afternoon Ag Segment

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There will be no afternoon ag segment on Thursday, August 1st due to Minnesota Twins baseball.


Aquatic Invasive Species

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This Thursday's Afternoon Ag Segment is all about Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and everything you need to know as a boater in Minnesota waters. Ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Ann Pierce, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Supervisor of the Invasive Species Program and highlights the overall programs, policy and direction and well as laws.

Find more online at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/


Weeds & Pest Concerns in 2013

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As the growing season continues, so do concerns regarding weeds and pests. Tune in this Thursday as Sonja Langseth catches up with Bruce Potter, Integrated Pest Management Specialist with the University of Minnesota Lamberton to discuss these issues.

Langseth will also chat with Liz Stahl, University of Minnesota Extension Crops Specialist to talk about weed management and weather concerns.


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