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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.


Ag Connect 2013 - Rusty Fowler & Rob Kolb

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The 2013 AG CONNECT Expo & Summit is right around the corner, coming up January 29-31 in Kansas City, Missouri. If you've been listening to AM 730 KWOA this week, you heard ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catch up with Sara Mooney, AG CONNECT show director and Charlie O'Brien, Senior Vice President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers about the upcoming grand show of the Midwest.

Tune in this Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. as Langseth catches up with Rusty Fowler, President and CEO of Krone North America highlighting a few featured products as well as the importance of having quality haying equipment this year. As many farmers know, with the drought of 2012, hay has become scarce and high priced. Langseth asks the question of how equipment prices will change as a reflection of the drought.

Rusty also served as chair for AEM last year.

In addition, Langseth will also talk with Rob Kolb, Vice President of GEA Technologies about the company's new products as well as the latest - and quickly spreading - innovation in the dairy industry: dairy water beds.

Sounds great, right? Want to register? The early bird registration discount has been extended and is good until Friday, January 18th! Register now! It's all about AG CONNECT this Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA!


Randy Markl & Dan Stark - Deer & Wolf Season Recap

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Curious how the 2012 Deer Season went, both for antlers and antlerless? Tune in Thursday from 1 until 1:30 p.m. as Sonja Langseth catches up with Randy Markl, DNR area wildlife manager at Windom, recapping Minnesota's 2012 deer season.

Sonja will also talk with Dan Stark, Minnesota DNR large carnivore specialist to recap Minnesota's first wolf hunting season. For more information and a more detailed recap on each respective season, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.


Kara Owens and Gary Nordseth of the MN DNR - Ice Fishing

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It's winter time and that means Mother Nature is cranking out ice on the area lakes! Are you caught up on the latest ice fishing regulations? Join Sonja Langseth as she catches up with Conservation Officer Gary Nordseth this upcoming Thursday for your first Afternoon Ag Segment of 2013 on January 3rd!

Langseth will also talk with MN DNR Boat and Water Safety Specialist Kara Owens to gloss over the important safety tips and tricks when dealing on ice, in order for everyone to enjoy a safe and happy ice fishing season.

It's this Thursday on January 3rd from 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on AM 730 KWOA!


Bill Broadie, Chairman of All American Beef Battalion

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Promote beef and agriculture, while feeding a soldier a steak along with all the fixings. Sound like a great idea? Bill Broadie, creator and Chairman of the All American Beef Battalion thought so as well, starting a dynamic non-profit organization aimed at feeding homecoming troops a hearty meal as a way of "thanks."

The All American Beef Battalion is the vision of Bill Broadie of Ashland, KS. Bill is a 4th generation cattle man in KS who served with the 3rd Marine division in Vietnam in 1967. The AABB is a wonderful way to consider giving this holiday season. Find out more about AABB this Thursday from 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. with ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth as she catches up with Broadie to discuss the dynamics behind this organization, and of course, how to show support this Christmas.

Who wouldn't want to buy a soldier a steak?

For more information on the AABB, visit the AABB homepage.


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.