Farm

Ag-Related Ballot Initiatives

With the 2012 election wrapping up, it was imperative to also look at amendments and ballot initiatives that could have influenced ag policy and practices.

Proposition 37
Voters in California and North Dakota rejected two ballot initiatives that were opposed by agriculture groups. Californians rejected Proposition 37, that would have mandated genetically modified foods (GM) to be labeled as such.


Biodiesel Boosts Performance

In a sport where horsepower is everything, it is no surprise that higher biodiesel blends that boost engine performance have grabbed the attention of tractor pulling enthusiasts. Biodiesel has a higher cetane rating than petroleum diesel, plus it adds lubricity, two key factors in power, performance and engine life.

During competition this summer at the Rice County Fair, all of the Super Farm Class tractor pullers of the United Pullers of Minnesota (UPM) ran B100 to test its performance.


Novozymes and Syngenta enter global commercial agreement

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – OCT. 26, 2012 – Novozymes, the world leader in bioinnovation, and Syngenta, one of the world’s leading agricultural companies, today announced an exclusive global marketing and distribution agreement on the microbial-based biofungicide Taegro®, a natural solution with multiple modes of action used to combat fungal diseases across various crops. The two companies will join forces to bring Novozymes’ Taegro to farmers worldwide through Syngenta’s global organization.


Holy Cow - Cow Power?

Converting livestock manure into methane has been identified as a potential way to decrease manure pollution, generate renewable energy, and reduce GHG emissions, but a dearth of information exists on the economic feasibility and sustainability of converting animal manure into methane and other marketable energy products, like electricity.


100% Biodiesel Coming to NTPA

(Press release from NTPA) - U.S. soybean farmers, through their checkoff, support the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) to promote biodiesel among pulling fans.

The NTPA plans to return the favor by allowing the use of 100 percent biodiesel fuel, or B100, in all diesel pulling classes beginning next season. This could increase biodiesel demand by putting its performance benefits on display for the farmers, truck drivers and other diesel users who make up a large portion of the NTPAs fan base.


Area Farmers Open Doors to International Trade Members

Several Minnesota soybean farmers invited trade delegation from Southeast Asia to their family farms on Tuesday, October 16. This group, consisting of leaders in the Filipino, Korean and Hong Kong food industries, saw first-hand how U.S. farmers set the bar high in terms of crop production. During their trip to Minnesota, the delegates also visited Western Consolidated Cooperative in Holloway and Ag Processing Inc. in Dawson.


"There's an App for That" - Nitrogen Rates

It seems as though in today's age, we have an app (short for application) for anything on our smart phones, anywhere from standard weather forecasts to games like Sudoku and Angry Birds. Now, there's even "an app for that" if you're a farmer looking to measure N rates.


MNWest Foundation Grain Exchange Program

If you're a grains farmer, consider making the great impact imaginable by giving the gift of grain directly to the Minnesota West Foundation to support the students, faculty, and staff of Minnesota West Community and Technical College!

Grain donations will be exchanged for funds, to be spread and used throughout the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus locations. Farmers can specify if there is a specific division or career study they wish their funds to go directly to. In addition, farmers can write off this donation as they look into tax season.


Tri-State Area Harvest Reports

Radio Works, LLC of Worthington and BLT Seed have paired up to bring you tri-state area 2012 harvest reports! We talk to local farmers from the tri-state region about what they're seeing in their farms to get a better understanding at the 2012 harvest yields. These reports can be heard every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:10 a.m. on The Hot Country Highway US95 and every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:35 a.m. on AM 730 KWOA.