Area Farm & Ag Headlines

Stearns Farmer Guilty of Improper Food Handling

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two recent legal decisions have found a Stearns County farmer improperly handled and illegally sold food without a license.

Last week a Stearns County jury found Alvin Schlangen guilty of five misdemeanor counts of food handling and storage, including failure to have a food handler’s license, improperly storing eggs at the correct temperature and misbranding food.

The charges stemmed from a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) investigation that began in 2009 when Schlangen was found to be illegally selling raw milk, meat, poultry and other food...


Congrats to Nobles County Fair 4-H Livestock Winners

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Beef
Champion Cow Calf-Mitchell Wagner
Champion Coop Calf- Haley Ruesch,
Champion Co-op Calf Rate of Gain- Taylor Ponto
Champion Junior Beef- Marshal Wagner
Champion Prospect Steer- Kennedy Cummings
Champion Prospect Heifer -Christopher Christians
Champion Prospect Market Calf – Kennedy Cummings
Champion Dairy Steer- Been Ahlschlager
Champion Breeding Calf- Mitchell Wagner
Champion Breeding Yearling- Brynn Bullerman
Champion Breeding Heifer- Brynn Bullerman
Champion Market Heifer- Brandon Weidert
Champion Market...


Aug WASDE Report

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Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2013/14 are raised slightly this month as small increases for Soft Red Winter wheat and Durum are mostly offset by decreases for White, Hard Red Spring and Hard Red Winter wheat. U.S. wheat exports for 2013/14 are raised 25 million bushels reflecting continued strong early season sales and an increased outlook for China imports. Despite larger expected crops in several major exporting countries, strong early season demand and higher projected world imports and consumption also boost prospects for U.S. shipments. Ending stocks are projected 25 million...


Road to Higher Yields Farm Tour Starts Soon

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Starting Aug. 20, The Mosaic Company will begin a 10-day tour across the Corn Belt -- coined The Road to Higher Yields Farm Tour -- and travel by branded bus to visit six farms in six states to spotlight the crop nutrition programs and experiences of the Pursuit of 300 Farmers as they push for higher yields.

Each stop along the Farm Tour will feature a two-part morning and afternoon event. The first part will give members of the media an opportunity to talk with an industry-leading Pursuit Farmer as well as take a detailed look into that Pursuit Farmer's Pursuit Field--showcasing...


Radatz Named New MFBF Executive Director

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(MFBF News Release) -- Chris Radatz, a 37-year employee of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), has been named as the organization’s executive director and will manage and coordinate all activities of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated companies effective August 1.

Radatz has served as MFBF’s director of Public Policy since 1994, where he has represented Farm Bureau members on a day-to-day basis on state and national legislative and regulatory issues.
Radatz joined MFBF in 1976, where he began as the southeast district field representative. He has also...


Happy Farmers Market Week!

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed August 4-10, 2013, as “Farmers Market Week” in Minnesota to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the agricultural products farmers provide.

The popularity of farmers markets has increased, in part, because of the interest in healthier foods and lifestyles and an increased understanding of the importance of maintaining small, sustainable farms. Local farmers are able to offer consumers a variety of products including heirloom vegetables, heritage breeds of livestock, and other specialty products.

Minnesota Grown spokesman...


Taiwan Delegation Visits Minnesota Locations

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(From Minnesota Corn Growers Association News Release) A delegation of eight leaders from Taiwan’s poultry, swine, feed and agriculture sectors visited Minnesota last week to meet with farmers and other agribusiness leaders.

The U.S. Grains Council brought the delegation to Minnesota to learn more about dried distillers grains (DDGS), which are a by-product of the ethanol process and a high-nutrient feed source for livestock and other farm animals. Every bushel of corn grown can produce 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 18 pounds of feed.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association...


July WASDE

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The USDA has released its July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Projected 2013/14 U.S. feed grain supplies are lowered this month with
reduced beginning stocks for corn and sorghum and lower forecast harvested areas for corn and
sorghum. Corn beginning stocks for 2013/14 are projected 40 million
bushels lower.

Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2013/14 are raised slightly this month with lower
beginning stocks more than offset by higher production.

Stay tuned for a breakdown of the report on Friday morning at 8:10 a.m. with Ted...


Water Quality Pilot Program Launched

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On Monday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton officially launched a new agricultural water quality pilot program designed to enhance water quality in the state. The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification program is the first of its kind in the nation and is the product of a state-federal Memorandum of Understanding signed by Governor Dayton, Secretary Vilsack and former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in January 2012.

Under the certification program, farmers who implement and maintain approved conservation plans will be certified and...


Franken Requests Feed Aid to Minnesota Farmers

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Yesterday, U.S. Senator Al Franken sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting assistance in alleviating the feed and forage shortage facing livestock producers in southern Minnesota. In his letter, Franken expresses an urgen request for waiving USDA rules against harvesting emergency forage crops before the November 1st date.

Find the full letter below, as dictated by the Al Franken official website.


The Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250

Dear...