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President to Sign Farm Bill Friday

The Agricultural Act of 2014 has passed the Senate 68-32! This follows closely on the heels of the farm bill being passed the House by 251-166! Of course, now the report is expected to get to the President's desk for his signature before the bill officially becomes law. Congress and ag organizations alike are calling on the President to sign the bill into law without delay.

According to the White House, President Obama will travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Friday and sign the farm bill there.


Super Bowl Ads

In an effort to distract ourselves from the continual symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder this long winter, we throw our enthusiasm into Super Bowl commercial expectations, pinning our hopes on the 30 second ads to distract us from our wintery woes.

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So God Made A Farmer Video EXTENDED

The Super bowl is almost upon us! If you remember last year around this time, perhaps the most impactful and influential super bowl commercial was the "Year of the Farmer, So God Made a farmer" via Ram Trucks and the National FFA. In conjunction with this new year's super bowl, there is a newly revised and extended version of last year's Ram super bowl commercial.

Check it out here and tell us your thoughts!

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Propane Shortages Affect Farmers

(St. Paul, Minn) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is concerned about the health and safety of the state's farming families and their livestock during this cold spell. The current propane shortage not only jeopardizes farm families' ability to heat their homes, but also to provide adequate care for their livestock. Governor Mark Dayton issued a Peacetime State of Emergency yesterday to stand up the state's emergency operations center to assist farm families and producers who are facing propane shortages and need help.


MN Farm Bureau Offers Official Comments to EPA On 2014 RFS Proposal

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) submitted comments on Monday, January 27th to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the agency’s 2014 proposed volume standards. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was passed into law by the United States Congress. MFBF stated that the EPA should follow the law as written.


Winterfest 2014

Worthington's 2014 Winterfest is January 17 and 18th. Be sure to check out the variety of events, such as the YMCA Healthy Heart Walk/Run, the Deep Freeze Dip, and 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Tournament!


N.M. Attorney General Sues Horse Plant

ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King is suing the Valley Meat horse slaughter plant in Roswell to prevent the company from killing and butchering horses for food.

At a news conference this morning AG King announced that he has filed a lawsuit that asks for a temporary restraining order to stop the plant from opening. Valley Meat is reportedly planning to begin slaughtering horses for human food within two weeks.


Three Research Promotion Councils Seek Applicants

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three Minnesota agriculture research and promotion councils are holding elections for their board members. Positions are open on the board of directors for the Corn, Barley and Soybean Research and Promotion Councils. Board members will be selected through mail ballot elections, which will be mailed March 18, 2014. Farmers who voted last year will receive ballots by mail. Those who did not vote last year can request a ballot from their respective commodity council offices or www.mda.state.mn.us/ballots by February 6, 2014.


Senator Franken Pushes for Open Markets in Pork Industry

On Monday, December 16th, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told the top U.S. trade negotiator and the Secretary of Agriculture that a high priority in our nation's trade policy must be ending unfair foreign trade practices that prevent Minnesota pork producers from expanding exports.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Sen. Franken urged them to push hard to remove unfair tariffs and other barriers, including during negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive, multi-country trade deal.