Mankato, Minn.—Minnesota is cementing its role as a leader in the biodiesel industry by becoming the first state to move to a 10 percent biodiesel blend (B10) in its diesel fuel supply. Beginning July 1, diesel fuel sold in Minnesota will contain a B10 blend during the summer months.
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed May 18-24 as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week in an effort to draw attention to the destructive bug and encourage Minnesotans to not spread the pest around the state.
With nearly one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation, Minnesota could suffer a great loss from EAB. The insect is a major threat to the tourism and lumber industries, and the state's natural landscapes and recreational areas.
There's something simple Minnesotans can do to ensure they're not helping spread EAB. Don't move firewood. Here's why:
On Friday, May 2nd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2012, and where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which is reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future.
The 5th Annual Iowa's Best Burger contest just wrapped up, as put together by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Congratulations to Brick City Grill in Ames, Iowa!
Iowans submitted more than 9,600 nomination votes for 456 restaurants in February and March that selected the Top Ten restaurants. The Top Ten were then independently visited and judged based on the hamburger's taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature (160 degrees).
The 85th Annual Minnesota State FFA Convention wrapped up this week, with many area FFA members and alumni taking home high honors.
Big congratulations to Deb Martin, Worthington ag teacher and FFA advisor, as one of the 19 individuals to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree!
This honor is presented to teachers, individuals and companies who have demonstrated continued success and support of the FFA and/or ag education, and made a significant impact and contribution to the success of students and the organization.
Congratulations to the 2014 Pork Industry Scholarship winners! A total of 18 recipients were selected, hailing from 12 states and 10 universities. Several of these winners hail from the tri-state listening area (highlighted in green), with the majority of the recipients from Midwest states.
On Earth Day, April 22nd, the The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) retroactively lowered the volume of cellulosic biofuel that refiners must blend into traditional fuels, aligning the 2013 mandated volume to the actual amount of fuels produced.
We are still awaiting the final decision on the 2014 proposed Renewable Fuel Standard from the EPA and in the meantime, in conjunction with Earth Day, the Fuels America coalition has launched a campaign to counter the U.S. oil industry's campaign against ethanol. You may see the television ad on cable, as well as online.
April 22nd is Earth Day! Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) encourages everyone to recognize every day as Earth Day.
"In agriculture, every day is Earth Day. April 22 is the day where we emphasize the importance of our natural resources and share agriculture's story," said MFBF President Kevin Paap. "As farmers, we pride ourselves in caring for our water, air, land and its resources. Conserving and protecting the earth for your children and ours is our top priority."
Questions & Answers: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Reporting and Control
(As derived from the USDA APHIS website)
Q. What is Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)?
The 2014 Andrea Ruesch Regional 4-H Scholarship recipients have been selected! Congratulations to the following ten recipients, who each received $1,000 in scholarship monies: