Area Farm & Ag Headlines

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.
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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! This is your opportunity to win and throw your backyard bbq celebration, feeding up to 50 people per winner! Then keep your eyes out for details on how to win our grand prize package, which includes everything you need to host your very own ultimate backyard BBQ cook-out (Details further below).

Weekly Registration Box Locations

More weekly sign-up locations to come, check back regularly

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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...


U of M Hail Clinic

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A hail clinic is coming up on Monday, June 23rd. University of Minnesota Extension Agronomists Dr. Seth Naeve and Dr. Jeff Coulter along with Extension Educators Liz Stahl and Mike Boersma will be on hand to answer questions on managing crops damaged by the June 16th storm that went across Southern MN.

The meeting will be held 1:30 PM, Monday June 23rd on the John Busman farm. The clinic will be located 1 ½ miles East of Hwy 91 on the county line (1st Street/County Road 71) at the farmsite, 776 1st St., County Road 71.

Bring your questions. Topics include evaluating...


Free MN State Park Admission on National Get Outdoors Day

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Minnesota state parks celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with free admission and family fun on June 14!

The Department of Natural Resources will waive the requirement for a vehicle permit ($5 one-day or $25 year-round) and provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, June 14 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to introduce first-time visitors, especially families with young children, to the fun of outdoor recreation at state parks, state trails, fishing piers and other public lands.

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