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Afternoon Ag

Join ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth, member of the NAFB, on Thursday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. for your "Afternoon Ag Segment" on AM 730 KWOA. Sonja talks about everything and anything ag-related, particularly focusing on current events and hot topics in the ag industry. She talks with a wide variety of professionals and knowledgeable experts in their respective fields, ranging as close as Worthington residents to as far as national voices, delivering the latest ag information "straight from the horse's mouth" to the KWOA listeners.

Afternoon Ag Segment Stories

Below is a listing of stories for the Afternoon Ag segment. Please click the story title to view the full story.

SDSU Little International & Ecology Club


As we continue to celebrate Minnesota Ag Week and National Ag Week, we also check in at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, as this weekend is the annual Little International. This is a two-day agricultural exposition planned, organized, and implemented by students at South Dakota State University for the benefit of high school and college students. Little International is considered the largest two-day agricultural exposition in the country. The exposition provides students with an opportunity to compete in judging contests, showmanship competitions, and fitting challenges.

We'll catch up with the Little I Manager D.J. Buseman to talk the history of Little I, and what to expect for this year.

Then we turn to the SDSU Ecology Club. Does the name sound unfamiliar? That's because it's a brand new organization, founded by Gabrielle Maltaverne. We're talking the creation of the Ecology Club, the first year's activities, and what's on tap for 2014. Follow them online!

The Hog Industry


As March 1st celebrated the International Pig Day, plus the recent volatility in markets due to the spread of PEDV, for today's Afternoon Ag segment we focus on the swine industry. We'll be talking with David Preisler, Executive Director with the Minnesota Pork Board, discussing the impact of PEDV.

Then we'll turn to Minnesota Pork Board Director of Events Pam Voelkel, highlighting nutrition and grilling facts with pork, as grilling season is right around the corner.

It's all happening Thursday at 12:30 p.m on AM 730 KWOA!

Liz Stahl - U of M Extension Crops Specialist


For this edition of your Afternoon Ag Segment, Liz Stahl (University of Minnesota Extension Crops Specialist) joins us to give us updates on upcoming events, thoughts on tillage, the polar vortex and how it will affect planting. Join us today from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA!

Radio Works Farm & Home Show


The Radio Works Farm & Home Show is rapidly approaching! Be sure to mark it in your calendars, as tradeshow hours are Friday (February 21) go from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday (February 22) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday (February 23) from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No cost to attend!

Tune in as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth and Radio Works Director of News and Information Justine Wettschreck go over the farm & home show vendors, discussing farm vs home aspects. Whether you come from a city or farm background, everyone is encouraged to attend!

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Farm Bill & its Breakdown


We finally have us a comprehensive Farm Bill! We will break down what it means for producers as we catch up with a number of ag leaders, such as Bob Worth, Vice President of the American Soybean Association!

It all happens here starting at 12:30 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA!

GMOs - Wanda Patsche


We all have something in common: we eat. But how much of our grocery selections stem from our (sometimes misconstrued) perceptions of what is healthy or not?

Today we catch up again with Wanda Patsche, a volunteer with Common Ground, to break down the GMO versus non-GMO issue. We've spoken multiple times with multiple guests on the GMO vs non-GMO issue, yet it appears the public did not get the message.

Join us today as we discuss GMO food safety, the benefits of GMOs and the future of GMOs in the grocery! It's all happening from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. here on AM 730 KWOA!

Get more details on Common Ground and GMOs at the Common Ground official website of

Jay Moore (MPPA VP) and Lora Berg (Editor, National Hog Farmer)


While agriculture on a whole is facing several issues, we turn to a more detailed focus on the hog industry.

For this afternoon ag segment, we catch up with Jay Moore, Director of Environmental Services of New Fashion Pork, and also an executive board member of the Minnesota Pork Producer's Association to discuss the overall goals of MPPA. How devastating could the effects of PED virus be to Midwest farms and the pork supply overall? How does the recent announcement via Smithfield and its move to phase out gestation stalls affect the the independent farmer? These questions and more will be explored with Jay.

Then we turn to a fantastic tool available to pork producers to stay up to date on the latest hog issues and industry topics: the National Hog Farmer Blueprint App! Tune in as we join Lora Berg, editor of National Hog Farmer, to discuss its development and how-to's. It's all happening this Thursday at 12:30 p.m.!

Ice Fishing with Justine Wettschreck


With winter and the new year upon us, it's the perfect opportunity to try out Ice Fishing on one of Minnesota's many lakes.

Today, we'll talk with the Radio Works Director of News and Information Justine Wettschreck discussing her latest adventures of ice fishing, as well as the basic information on how to try this great sport.

Aside from local lakes and ponds, a few Minnesota state parks offer ice fishing programs for hands-on experience. Check out the list:

Be safe and Happy Fishing!

Wanda Patsche - Debunking Rolling Stone's "Belly of the Beast"


To the dismay of the animal agriculture world, on December 10th, Rolling Stone published a feature titled "Animal Cruelty is the Price We Pay for Cheap Meat" that went viral to over 3.3 million Rolling Stone followers, written by Paul Solotaroff. Videos and content were provided by Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group that has been causing media sensationalism across the United States and even more recently in Minnesota.

The unfortunate aspect of this is that the article is strewn with exactly that - twists on facts and misinformation which puts animal agriculture in a bad light. Many have spoken against the article, pointing out true facts and giving scientific information as opposed to working on the sensationalism side. One such fantastic article was written by Wanda Patsche of Minnesota Farm Living. Join us from 12:30 to 1 p.m. as we break down the truth and the lies of the Rolling Stone article.

The goal of Wanda Patsche and Minnesota Farm Living is to "give an accurate picture of today’s farms and rural Minnesota living by telling my story. With only 2% involved in farming, there is a huge disconnect between consumers and those that produce their food."

According to Patsche, "I want to do my part in bridging that gap. I love to talk about farming. Feel free to ask any type of question about farming or rural life."

Find the December 11th article "Animal Cruelty is NOT the Price we Pay for Cheap Meat" by Wanda Patsche here.