Area Farm & Ag Headlines

Safety Tips for Handling Anhydrous Ammonia


ST. PAUL, Minn. – In upcoming weeks, many area farmers will begin spring anhydrous ammonia (ammonia) applications. Serious injuries in Minnesota over the last several years were caused by the mishandling of ammonia. To stay safe when handling ammonia or performing maintenance on ammonia equipment, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges dealers and farmers to:

  • Never wear contact lenses.
  • Always wear ammonia-rated goggles and cuffed gloves.
  • ...

Apply for the MSR&PC See For Yourself Trip to Vietnam


The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council understands that international markets play a crucial role in providing value to Minnesota soybeans. With more than half of Minnesota’s annual soybean crop exported each year, the MSR&PC invests soybean checkoff money to grow markets and build relationships with international customers.

And because the MSR&PC takes investing Minnesota soybean farmers’ checkoff dollars seriously, the Council is offering Minnesota soybean farmers the opportunity to evaluate those investments with a See For Yourself mission to Vietnam. The...

National FFA Week


Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington's birthday.

This year's National FFA Week runs February 21-...

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Receiving Changes


Poet Ashton will not be receiving corn today, Monday, February 23rd due to scale Maintenance.

In addition, there will be no bean receiving at Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster for today

MCGA President Responds to Buffer Strips Proposal


SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The following is a statement from Bruce Peterson, a farmer in Northfield and President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, on Gov. Dayton’s plan to propose 50-feet of buffer strips along all Minnesota waterways:

"By investing $4 million annually in third-party research through institutions like the University of Minnesota, and by supporting initiatives such as Discovery Farms, Minnesota corn farmers have taken the lead on issues related to agricultural water quality and wildlife habitat. We look forward to reviewing Gov. Dayton's buffer...

Holiday Hours


Due to the holidays, the Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster bean receiving will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on December 31st, and closed on January 1st. Normal hours will resume January 2nd.

On December 31st at Poet Ashton, corn receiving will run from 7:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Co-products load-out will go from 7:30 a.m. to noon. On New Year's Day, Poet Ashton will be closed.

The futures markets (CME) will also observe the holiday. On Wednesday, December 31st, markets will close as normal. On New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1st, markets will be closed with no overnight session...

AgStar Fund for Rural America Winners


The 2014 AgStar Fund Emergency Response Grant Program recipients have been announced! Congratulations to the following area recipients

  • Ellsworth Fire & Rescue Department (for Portable ES-51 fire radios) based in Ellsworth, MN
  • Lismore Fire and Rescue (Personal protective equipment) based in Lismore, MN
  • Pipestone County Ambublance (800 mhz portable radios) based in Pipestone, MN
  • Rushmore Fire &...

EPA Delays 2014 RFS Ruling Until 2015


In a document released Friday, November 21st, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will not release an official final ruling for the Renewable Fuel Standard program prior to the end of 2014.

(Please note this is not the official version of the EPA's submitted document. Official version is pending signature, which will be able to be accessed via this link.)

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa made the...

Optimistic Propane Forecast


The propane industry reported a positive winter outlook as officials met to brief governors at the Midwestern Governor’s Association Propane Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook. The report projected warmer winter temperatures and a 34 percent reduction in heating bills for propane-heated homes in the Midwest this season compared with last winter. The report also showed propane stocks in the Gulf Coast and Midwest were 10 million barrels, or 17 percent higher, than...

Minnesota Business Selected as Semi-Finalist in Entrepreneurship Challenge


WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas announced the 10 national semi-finalists of the first-ever Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being developed in rural regions of the United States.

AFBF President Bob Stallman made the announcement at the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University...