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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.


Bob Skinner, Chair of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association

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Many cattlemen and livestock producers have found their voice against a recent "research" study released by an ex-professor of Oregon State University, titled "Adapting to Climate Change on Western Public Lands: Addressing the Ecological Effects on Domestic, Wild, and Feral Ungulates."

This study calls to phase out grazing on public lands due to climate change, claiming that livestock grazing contributes to greenhouse gases and essentially completely ignores the benefits of grazing in general, as well as the economic implications of what would happen if anti-grazing legislation were established.

Ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Bob Skinner, who sits on the Board of the Public Lands Council, to discuss grazing and how this study looks at public lands grazing, as well as the challenges in debunking the myths associated with this study.

Skinner has been a voice in many organizations revolving around grazing and livestock, and has been Past President Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Past Chairman OCA Public Lands Committee, Past Director Oregon Public Lands Council, Past Director Oregon Livestock & Marketing Board, Round Table Participant with President George W. Bush, and “OCA’s Top Hand” Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tune in this Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. on Am 730 KWOA!


Allison Gillete, Director of Cow Power Documentary

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If you remember back in October, ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth caught up with David Dunn of Green Mountain Power to discuss a new innovative way to produce electricity - using cow power. That is, GMP Cow Power which utilizes cow manure and converts it into green energy in the form of electricity.

This new renewable energy source, Cow Power, has since taken off and leapt into the arms of a film producer, Allison Gillete.

Tune in this Thursday as Sonja catches up with Allison to discuss the Cow Power documentary. They'll recap the GMP Cow Power Program, how Allison got involved, and the goals and future of this film. Watch the trailer now!

Cow Power Trailer from Cow Power on Vimeo.


Kristie Swenson - CommonGround Program

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This Thursday's Afternoon Ag Segment features an exciting organization that was founded with the purpose of sorting through the myths revolving around agriculture, finding the facts, and informing the consumer. Join ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on November 29th as she talks with Kristie Swenson of Trimont, Minn., regarding "CommonGround."

CommonGround is a volunteer organization made up of volunteer farm women, focusing on starting a conversation between women who grow food, and the women who buy it. These women in agriculture provide not only personal experience as farmers, but also scientific and research facts. For more information, read below (click to enlarge).


No Afternoon Ag Segment - Happy Thanksgiving!

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There will be no Afternoon Ag segment on Thursday, November 22nd. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! (psst..thank a farmer!)


2013 Minnesota Beef Ambassador Team

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Tune in this Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with the 2013 Minnesota Beef Ambassador Team. This dynamic ag-vocate position now includes Kelly Morrison of Belle Plaine, Shelby Schiefelbein of Kimball and Jenna White of Wadena.

Listen to the MN Beef Ambo team open up about each of their backgrounds in agriculture and reason for applying, as well as goals for the next year.


AFBF Dale Moore - 2012 Farm Bill

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The 2012 general election is over; President Obama is re-elected, meaning Democrats retain SEnate and Republicans Retain House. According to Agweb.com, hopefully this means there is no reason to put off hard decisions on the looming fiscal cliff or consideration/forward movement on the 2012 farm bill. Many ag groups are hoping the farm bill will receive top priority, without having to resort to permanent law.

What does this mean? We revisit the history of the farm bill with Dale Moore (with the American Farm Bureau Federation) and what will happen if Congress continues to put off the farm bill after returning to session.


Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA officers - National Convention

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The 85th National FFA Convention wrapped up this last weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. Join Sonja Langseth this Thursday as she catches up with seven FFA members from the Sibley-Ocheyedan Chapter who attended Nationals. Together, they discuss the best and worst parts of visiting Indianapolis, such as being able to be a part of feeding 1 million, as well as their respective biggest take-away message from National Convention.

Mike Earll, S-O FFA Chapter advisor also joins them to recap the Hawkeye Point Fall Gathering event, along with the chapter's goals for the future in regards to Hawkeye Point.


David Dunn, of Green Mountain Power, discusses renewable energy

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We've seen wind turbines. We've taken basic physics to understand energy. Yet now we hear of a "Cow Power" program from Green Mountain Power (GMP), which is a company that converts cow manure to methane and utilizes it to create electricity.

A short version explanation provide by GMP's website states: "One cow produces over 30 gallons of manure a day. Now, multiply that by 1,000, the number of cows on a typical Cow Power farm. That’s a lot of cow poop. Which, interestingly enough, means that’s also a lot of methane. And methane can be used to create electricity. And thus, we present to you, GMP Cow Power."

Want the longer version? Tune in this Thursday as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with GMP David Dunn, who has seen the inception of this program, as well as sees the vision of the future for GMP's renewable energy source. It's all happening Thursday at 1:00 until 1:30 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA! You can also check out more information on Cow Power by reading the KWOA article titled "Holy Cow - Cow Power?"


WHS Meats Judging Team

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It's MEA but that doesn't stop FFA members from spreading the latest news and information regarding their upcoming events! Join ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth as she catches up with three of the four 2012 Worthington High School FFA Meats Judging Team, digging into the FFA and judging team experience as well as the dynamics behind Meat Judging.

In addition, WHS graduate Sarah Jacobs discusses meats judging at the collegiate level as well as transitioning from CDE participant to coaching.


Stacy Bickett, National 4-H Week 2012

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It's National 4-H Week from October 7-12th! Ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Stacy Bickett, Nobles County 4-H Interim Program Coordinator to discuss National 4-H Week, corresponding events around the area, and upcoming events for Nobles County. They also chat about the importance of 4-H and the opportunities it provides to parents, youth, volunteers, donors and sponsors as well as alumni.