Area Farm & Ag Headlines

N.M. Attorney General Sues Horse Plant

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ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King is suing the Valley Meat horse slaughter plant in Roswell to prevent the company from killing and butchering horses for food.

At a news conference this morning AG King announced that he has filed a lawsuit that asks for a temporary restraining order to stop the plant from opening. Valley Meat is reportedly planning to begin slaughtering horses for human food within two weeks.

“I took this action because horse slaughter presents a genuine risk to New Mexicans’ health and to our natural resources,” says Attorney General King. “...


Three Research Promotion Councils Seek Applicants

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three Minnesota agriculture research and promotion councils are holding elections for their board members. Positions are open on the board of directors for the Corn, Barley and Soybean Research and Promotion Councils. Board members will be selected through mail ballot elections, which will be mailed March 18, 2014. Farmers who voted last year will receive ballots by mail. Those who did not vote last year can request a ballot from their respective commodity council offices or ...


Senator Franken Pushes for Open Markets in Pork Industry

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On Monday, December 16th, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told the top U.S. trade negotiator and the Secretary of Agriculture that a high priority in our nation's trade policy must be ending unfair foreign trade practices that prevent Minnesota pork producers from expanding exports.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Sen. Franken urged them to push hard to remove unfair tariffs and other barriers, including during negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive, multi-country trade deal.

Minnesota ranks...


SD Soybean Yield Contest Winners

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The winners of the 4th Annual South Dakota Soybean Yield & Quality Contest were announced on December 11th at the SDSA and SDRPC recognition banquet. Close to 300 entries were submitted, varying throughout ten categories. Congratulations to the following:

  • Joey Waldner - 88.74 bushels/acre, Beadle County, highest overall
  • Robert Swisher- 83.21 bushels/acre, Brown County, Group 0 Non-Irrigated Category
  • Todd Hanten- 79.47 bushels/acre, Codington County...

FDA Addresses Antimicrobial Use for Livestock

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.

Certain antimicrobials have historically been used in the feed or drinking water of cattle, poultry, hogs, and other food animals for production purposes such as using less food to gain weight. Some of these antimicrobials are important drugs...


Farm Rescue Aids Record Number of Farm Families

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JAMESTOWN, N.D, December 4, 2013 - Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, has finished harvesting for 2013. 50 farm families were helped this year, and the reasons ranged from paralysis, broken bones, cancer and natural disasters.

“Every year, we try to help the maximum number of farm families experiencing unexpected crises, and this year, we were able to help 50 farm families,” said Bill Gross, founder and president. “We are thankful for...


Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer...with Antlers?

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Deer hunters around the area could hold a fair stance in the argument that the 2013 deer season has been somewhat of a strange one.

Earlier in the month, Georgia hunter Sam Hogan took an albino buck. Now, there's word that a Minnesota hunter has taken an 8-pointer. What's the big deal here? It's a doe.

As per OutdoorLife.com, "Phil Klein was hunting in north central Minnesota when he counted the points an took the shot. Upon reaching the deer, his father noted velvet was still present. This was the first oddity the doe presented as the deer's velvet should have been long...


Young MN Farmers Capture Top Honors in YF&R Competitions

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(Bloomington, MN) -- Young farmers in Renville, Goodhue and Stearns County captured top honors in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitions.

Joe and April Sullivan of Franklin in Renville County won the Achievement Award contest, Morgan Allen of Kenyon in Goodhue County won the Excellence in Agriculture contest, and Lucas Sjostrom of Brooten in Stearns County took home the first place honors in the Discussion Meet contest. The competitions were held during the MFBF 95th Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree in Bloomington. The...


Secretary's Advisory Committee Members Selected (BF&R)

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Thursday announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers during a trip to the University of Delaware. The Committee will provide guidance to the Secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture.

"The next generation of America's farmers and ranchers are more diverse than ever before, have new market opportunities and continue to bring innovative ideas to the agriculture industry," Deputy Secretary Harden said. "...