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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.

Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA officers - National Convention


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


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


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


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.

Mike Bjerum, Friends of the NRA


Welcome to the Gun Show! For the first October edition of your Afternoon Ag Segment, Sonja Langseth catches up with Mike Bjerum to discuss something that's very in season: hunting, gun safety, and the like.

They'll recap the Lakefield Friends of the NRA Fundraiser banquet which took place at the end of August, touch on educational courses, and of course an update on the local gun clubs.

JoAnne Berkenkamp - Farm to School


It's a full hour of your Afternoon Ag segment, as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth covers the latest in two hot topics: Minnesota Farm to School program and, of course, the 2012 Farm Bill.

Tune in as Sonja catches up with JoAnne Berkenkamp, Program Director for Local Foods
with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The pair discuss the history of Farm to School and the hopes of the 2012 Minnesota's 2nd Annual Farm to School Month (September). They also highlight how the efforts are going in Minnesota and the benefits of getting more locally produced foods in schools.

No Afternoon Ag this week - Twins Baseball on KWOA


There will be no Afternoon Ag segment for September 20th, as the Minnesota Twins will be taking on the Cleveland Indians at 11:05 a.m. Live coverage on AM 730 KWOA!

Charlie Nystrom of Ocheda Orchard


Fall is the time of year for sweaters, sweatshirts, pumpkin pie, and of course, apples. Tune in this Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. as ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth catches up with Charlie Nystrom of Ocheda Orchard. They'll be covering the different popular Minnesota varieties, such as the Honeycrisp, and then Ocheda Orchard's very own variety, the B51!

For those interested in how genetics work in apples, they'll also be discussing DNA structures and apple hybrids. For more information on the available varieties at Ocheda Orchard, visit the Ocheda Orchard website.

Farmamerica Executive Director Jim Gibson


September's first Thursday afternoon ag segment will be with Jim Gibson, Farmamerica Executive Director, as he joins ag broadcaster Sonja Langseth. Together, the two will discuss the origins of Farmamerica, past and upcoming events (such as the Fall Fair), school tours, and of course, the future direction for Farmamerica.

They will also touch on a few of the upcoming Farmamerica Fall Fair special guests, such as Kesha Henry, the Executive Director for the MN Agricultural Leadership Council and U.S. Representative Rod Hamilton.

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