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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 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.


No Afternoon Ag Segment

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There will be no afternoon ag segment this week (week of March 11th) due to broadcasting Minnesota Gophers in the Big 10 tournamnet


Roxanne Hayenga - Farmer Spring Break Conference

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Minnesota West Community & Technical College customized training will host a Farmer Spring Break Conference featuring Dr. Michael Swanson and Ed Usset on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Minnesota West Worthington Campus.

Tune in this Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Roxanne Hayenga to discuss the first ever Farmer Spring Break Conference that is coming up in less than two weeks.

There will be two breakout sessions in the morning and featured speakers in the afternoon. Registration costs $89 and includes morning breakout sessions, afternoon speakers, breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee.

In addition, during the next few weeks, stay tuned to AM 730 KWOA as Radio Works ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth will be catching up with a few of the session speakers to preview presentations and discuss importance of being tuned into the latest in the ag industry!

For more information visit the online brochure (see below as well) or contact Roxanne Hayenga at 507-372-3468 or by email.


National FFA Week - Feb 16-23

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The 2013 National FFA Week kicked off on Saturday, February 16th and carries until Saturday, February 23rd.

Local chapters are participating in a variety of events to celebrate this phenomenal week; even social media sites have seen an explosion of the blue and gold jackets - from throwback photos to current FFA pursuits.

If you've been listening throughout the week, you've heard ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catch up with local FFA chapter members, including the Worthington and Fulda FFA. Activities discussed so far include camo/hunter orange day, drive-your-tractor-to-school day, Case vs John Deere, and more.

Where did this all start and where is it going? Langseth asks this of the National FFA Organization, as she'll be talking with DeLoss Jahnke of the National FFA.


Joel Karsten - Straw Bale Gardening

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Want to get rid of the back aches, the sore knees and rough hands involved with gardening? Now you can - with straw bales instead of soil!

No, this isn't a hoax. It's a revolutionized way to garden that Worthington native Joel Karsten has come up with, called Straw Bale Gardening. By utilizing the natural fermentation process of decomposition, Karsten has found a new way to garden without soil, without the aches, but with all the benefits.

Want to find out more? Tune in this Thursday with ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth as she "gets the dirt" on this new way to garden!

For more information on this new vision, go to Karsten's website: http://strawbalegardens.com/


Talking policy with Joe Martin - MSCA & Doug Peterson - MFU

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For the final Thursday in January, this Thursday's Afternoon Ag Segment is all about politics. Tune in as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Joe Martin, Executive Director of the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association as they talk recent law changes, policy items and farm bill worries as we look into 2013. To stay up to date on all the latest with the MSCA, visit their website at mnsca.org.

Then Langseth turns to Minnesota Farmer's Union President Doug Peterson to recap MFU's Day at the Capitol. They discuss a variety of issues MFU as the organization sets its priorities for the 2013 legislative session. They discuss supporting local foods, finding common sense solutions to taxes, promoting the creation of an Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program, and the hopes to continue a second Minnesota wolf hunting/trapping season. For more information on MFU, visit mfu.org.


Randy Jacobs - FFA Meat Judging Coach

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If you've been listening to AM 730 KWOA, you heard Radio Works ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with the four members of the 2012-2013 Worthington High School FFA Meat Judging team recapping their recent competition at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.

Tune in this Thursday as Langseth talks with the WHS Meat Judging team coach Randy Jacobs as they get into the "meat" of meat judging, breaking down competition categories and goals for the upcoming year.