Area Farm & Ag Headlines

Senators Push for Breakdown of Ag Biotech Barriers


Senator Chuck Grassley is pressing the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to engage U.S. trading partners in high-level discussions on breaking down barriers to biotechnology. Grassley is the former Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade policy.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that as much as 90 percent of commodity crop acres utilize seeds improved through modern biotechnology. Trade disruptions caused by barriers to biotechnology derived crops hurt both American farmers...

Area Youth Receive Andrea Ruesch Scholarships


The Minnesota 4-H Foundation and University of Minnesota Extension are pleased to announce the 2013 Andrea Ruesch Regional 4-H Scholarship recipients. Congratulations to eight scholarship recipients, who received a $1,000 scholarship apiece:

  • Paige Bourne, Chippewa County 4-H 
  •  Jacob Johnson, Cottonwood County 4-H 
  • Abby Resch, Cottonwood County 4-H 
  • Adriane Rentschler, Jackson County 4-H...

Stamp Out Hunger


On May 11th, letter carriers across the country (both for city and rural areas) will be collecting food for families in need as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, benefiting Minnesota families in need through Second Harvest Heartland. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country.

How can you help out? Easy: collect non-perishable food items in a bag and leave it by your mailbox on May 11th.

No time to go shopping? You can still help out by making a financial donation online; all online financial donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by TCF...

Voting Available for National "Farm Mom of the Year"


For several months, anyone was invited to nominate a farm mom who he or she believed made an impact in their community. American Agri-Women and Monsanto were tasked with narrowing it down from nation-wide submissions and have selected five final regional winners. Each regional winner was awarded $5,000 in cash from Monsanto.

Congratulations to the 2013 regional winners:

  • Northwest Region: Aimee Hachigian-Gould, Ulm, Mont. 
  • Southwest Region: Mary Ann Bansen, Ferndale, Calif. ...

MFU Women's Leadership Conference a Success


Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) recently held its inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference titled Energizing Women and Growing Our Leadership.

Women are, and have always been, an integral part of the farm and this conference brought women from all across Minnesota together to tap into the leadership skills they already possess from working on the farm, and learning how to use those skills in their community, as well as meet and greet other women to share ideas and stories.

“The women at this conference were incredible. The debates were lively, energetic and informative,” said...

MN State FFA Convention Results


Tuesday evening saw the wrap-up of the 84th Minnesota State FFA Convention held at the University of Minnesota. Several local FFA chapters brought the heat to the State FFA Convention, combining their experiences and knowledge in order to WIN State FFA in several CDEs! Congratulations to the following teams:

  • Worthington: 1st place Meats Judging (WWG Andrew Merrick took 1st individual, WHS Turner Hagen 2nd - tied for 1st but tie breaker bumped him to 2nd, - WHS Kirsten Aljets was 4th, WHS Carson Hagen was 8th and WHS Trevor...

Importance of Water Quality


Minnesota Soybean's newest issues video, featuring well-known outdoorsman, Ron Schara, shows consumers what farmers are doing to protect Minnesota land and water resources. Non-farmers are increasingly generations removed from farming, and may be concerned by the flood of messages regarding the impact of agriculture on water quality. Farming is just one of many human activities that can influence water quality. Farmers manage a lot of land, so they have more influence than most, but they also know and care more about it, and are actually doing more about it than most.

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Cabinet Members Pledge Portions of Salary


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Des Moines Register he would give up part of his salary if the department were forced to furlough employees as part of government-wide across-the-board spending reductions known as sequestration.

“I’ve indicated that early in the process,” Vilsack said in an interview. “We’ll be doing what we have to do.” All cabinet secretaries make just under $200,000 a year.

The USDA is still assessing if it will need to furlough employees, or how many it will need to if it gets to that point. If Vilsack did choose to give up his paycheck, it...

Earth Day = Free Water Conservation Kits


Happy Earth Day! Today, Monday April 22nd, Minnesota Energy Resources is offering all current residential natural gas customers in Worthington FREE Water Conservation Kits. The kits include low-flow showerheads, along with kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators. These items are easy to install so you can begin saving on your home's water heating costs right away.

The free kits can be ordered by visiting or by calling 1-877-831-...

MSRPC Fishing Trip Sweepstakes


If you recall, Minnesota Soybean gave the public several opportunities to win a year's worth of free groceries through a fantastic giveaway through March. With April turning a new leaf, the Minnesota Soybean is once more holding another giveaway; in April, you can enter once a day to win a fishing getaway for yourself (and three guests!) at McQuoid's Inn on Lake Mille Lacs!

The sweepstakes officially kicked off April 1st and will run through May 5th. Remember: limit one (1) entry per person per day.

One grand prize winner will win a fishing trip for four guests, two nights...