Area Farm & Ag Headlines

Enrollment Open for the Margin Protection Program

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(St. Paul, Minn.), Sept. 2, 2014 — USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage...


Haler Crowned 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way

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ST. PAUL (August 20, 2014) — Jeni Haler, a 19-year-old college student from Norwood Young America, Minn., representing Carver County, was crowned the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, August 20.

Haler will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,600 Minnesota dairy farm families. Jeni is the daughter of Rick Haler and Connie Helget Haasken, and attends the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she double majors in animal science and Spanish/Portuguese studies.

Twelve county dairy...


China Delists U.S. Pork Facilities due to Ractopamine Findings

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China has suspended exports for six major U.S. pork plants and six cold storage facilities based on China's requirements for ractopamine-free pork.

The banned pork plants are:

  • Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minnesota
  • Tyson Fresh Meats in Perry and Storm Lake, Iowa and Logansport, Indiana
  • Hormel Foods Corporation of Fremont, Nebraska.
  • ...

August 3-9 Farmers Market Week

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed August 3-9, 2014, 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.
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Youth Deer Hunts Slated at Local State Parks

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Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 15, to apply for a special deer hunt at a state park or refuge. Four local state parks are offering firearms hunts for youth ages 12-15. They are among 17 special youth hunts statewide.

Participating in a youth deer hunt does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit. An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Youth and their mentor must attend a...


Letter on Biofuels Concerns

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U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar have penned a document titled "Don't Let Big Oil Bully Biofuels" in regards to the delayed RFS ruling from the EPA. See below:

It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are underway and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. America’s road warriors have long cherished affordable gas prices. Today’s drivers also value clean-burning fuel choices that help the environment and boost America’s energy independence.

Look back four decades through the rearview mirror....


2014 FFA Labor Auction

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Head to the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Sibley, Iowa at the Great Plains Building at 5:30 p.m. for the Sibley-Ocheyeden 2014 FFA Labor Auction! The following young people will be offering up four hours of their time to the highest bidder for farm and/or domestic labor in efforts to raise funds for the S-O FFA program development, educational opportunities, and more!

Support them today!


Minnesota Finalizes Move to B10

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Diesel drivers on Minnesota roads and highways will be running on cleaner fuel this summer as they start filling up with the nation’s first, required 10 percent biodiesel blend. Known as B10, this higher blend will be sold annually from April 1 through September 30. A five percent mixture that works better in Minnesota’s winter weather, called B5, will be used between October and late March each year.

“This new law puts Minnesota at the forefront of promoting cleaner, home-grown fuels,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Minnesota’s nation-leading biodiesel mandate is...


Radio Works 2014 Summer BBQ Bonanza

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The Radio Works Backyard BBQ Bonanza is back! Sign up to win our grand prize package, which includes everything you need to host your very own ultimate backyard BBQ cook-out (Details further below). You can sign up at any of the participating sponsor locations. You could win: 

Ultimate Summer BBQ Bonanza Giveaway

  • 5-piece patio set
  • Weber charcoal grill
  • FIre pit
  • Set of oversized BBQ tools
  • Tent canopy
  • 3-piece cooler set
  • $500 in beef from the Rock/...

Nobles County 4-H Hy-Vee Shop & Share

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Help out the Nobles County 4-H program by participating in the easiest fundraiser (and at no additional cost to you!) -- the Hy-Vee Shop and Share Program!

During this weekend, June 27th, 28th and 29th, bring this coupon to Hy-Vee and present it to the cashier upon your usual checkout. The Worthington Hy-Vee store will give the Nobles County program will receive 5% back of the total amount of food/product purchased when the coupons are used.

You can print out this coupon by clicking on it and printing, or you can stop by the Extension Office and pick up a stack of the coupons...