Late Thursday night, a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the Obama administration's controversial Waters of the U.S. rule which was set to take effect Friday the 28th of August. Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson agreed granted the injuction, as requested by North Dakota, along with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming, citing the potential irreparable harm it would cause the states if the rule were to go into effect August 28, 2015.
Starting Monday the 24th, Minnesota Soybean Processors will require all bean loads originating from elevators to have a paper bill of landing (they will also accept a copy of the scale ticket from the origin elevator so long as it states the party that is selling the beans to MnSP).
Please advise trucks to use the staplers provided to staple the bill of lading with a copy of the MnSP ticket that is printed at receiving and place the stapled documents in the drop box at receiving.
Any questions, contact MnSP at 507-842-6677.
SLEEPY EYE, MINN. – Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc. announced last week that it had suspended seven employees after allegations of possible improper animal care at one of its hog farms located near Luverne, Minnesota. Today LCA, a Los Angeles-based group, released a video depicting animal mistreatment from that farm.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds on Sunday, May 17, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador. The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the fair.
The finalists were named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by nearly 70 county dairy princesses. They include:
During the final session of the 86th Minnesota State FFA Convention, Career Development Event (CDE) winners were named, allowing the top chapters throughout the state to advance to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, October 28-31.
Congratulations to area competitors!
SAINT PAUL – During the final session of the 86th Minnesota State FFA Convention, six FFA members from across Minnesota were elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Minnesota FFA Officers. These six members will spend the next year representing Minnesota throughout the state and nation, advocating for the agriculture industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. [04/13/15]—U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary to make sure that measures remain in place to support the hundreds of family farms in Minnesota whose production has been hurt or threatened by avian flu.
WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer flock in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. The flock of 200,000 chickens is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time.
Nobles County 4-H announces the Win A Pig Competition for 4-H members in the county who are actively involved in or are planning to be involved in the Minnesota 4-H Swine Project. The winning entrant will receive a market pig (gilt or barrow) which will be at least two months of age at the time of selection. The market pig will be donated by Dale and Kathy Solt of Nobles County.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – In upcoming weeks, many area farmers will begin spring anhydrous ammonia (ammonia) applications. Serious injuries in Minnesota over the last several years were caused by the mishandling of ammonia. To stay safe when handling ammonia or performing maintenance on ammonia equipment, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges dealers and farmers to: