Ag News (March 20)
Farmers, ranchers, and the entire ag community is still working hard to help provide relief resources to the folks affected by the fires in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association & Prairie Creek Seed are also working to help fill the need of forage and cover crop seed to repair damaged pastures and protect soil that is now bare due to fire damage to crops. Monetary donations can be sent in to the MSCA with 100% of the funds going to seed donation purchases. Get more details on the ongoing relief efforts here.
It’s the final week to sign up for Farm 40 on Us where we give away a giant prize package worth over $20,000 next week Thursday, March 30th! Sign up at
• First State Bank Southwest in Worthington and Rushmore
• Jackson Sports in Jackson
• Graham Tire in Worthington
• Ag Builders in Windom
Then we kicked off National Ag Week yesterday, runs through Saturday, and it’s a time of celebrating the accomplishments of ag. At the same time, tomorrow is National Ag DAY, with the theme of “Agriculture: food for life”, highlighting the hard work of American producers who work tirelessly to provide food, fiber and more to America and the world.
Nobles County Corn & Soybean Growers Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at the American Reformed Church, Worthington. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., Ribeye Steak Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and Speaker: Chip Flory of Pro Farmer will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are for sale at First State Bank Southwest for $15/person in advance or you can purchase a ticket at the door for $20/person. Brought to you by Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers and their check off dollars and First State Bank Southwest.
Then according to findings released yesterday from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), almost 75 percent of Minnesota’s counties are already 60–100 percent compliant with the state’s bipartisan water quality buffer initiative. BWSR’s preliminary analysis comes as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the state’s water quality buffer protection map is now complete. After collecting almost 4,200 public comments from landowners and local governments, the DNR has made nearly 2,800 changes to Minnesota’s water quality buffer map to remain flexible to the needs of local landowners. In Nobles, we are 37 % compliant, Murray 71, Marshall 38Jackson 55, Rock 44, and Pipestone 63 and Redwood 53%.
Then big news as Xcel Energy announced plans to add 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation in the Upper Midwest, which would be the largest to date with a total of seven wind farms to be built in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. More details to come.