Agriculture

  Rural fire departments invited to apply for grain bin rescue training, equipment from Nationwide

The goal with Nationwide’s contest and the campaign is to help prevent injuries and fatalities by promoting safe bin-entry procedures when entry is necessary.

  Ag Management Solutions debuting Northern Commodity Transportation Conference in March

  Groundwater Protection Rule to restrict fall fertilizer application in identified, vulnerable areas

  State lawmakers aim to improve farm safety education, make safety measures more affordable

  CBD: From Seed to Shelf Pt. III — An explanation of the extraction process

Public, high school students invited to attend 12th annual Ag Symposium

  Safety in grain bins stressed before warmer weather hits

Continued Coverage

UMN Extension invites public to goat-focused education event in Le Center

EPA regulatory review of glyphosate finds no health risks when the herbicide is used according to label directions

  Elected officials to bring local farmers’ concerns to new year of legislation in Minnesota

  China trade talk timeline post phase-one agreement could stretch past the upcoming presidential election

  Winter Dairy Series takes a look at mastitis diagnostics, helping producers spend their money wisely

  Minnesota Pork Producers Association addresses tough markets and African Swine Fever at annual meeting

  Crop commodity programs ARC, PLC sign-up deadline looms closer

Unlike the previous farm bill, farmers are only locked into their coverage choice for two years in 2019 and 2020 and starting in 2021 it becomes a yearly decision, but farmers still face a tricky dilemma.

  USMCA to have significant impact on local farmers

KEYC News Now at 6:30 host Lauren Andrego is joined by Alison Durheim, who discusses how the passage of the USMCA will affect local farmers.

  CBD: From Seed to Shelf Pt. II — Learn how CBD producers ensure product quality

Ingenuity is what is fueling Midwest Farms to track the hemp from harvest through production.

  Nutrient Management Conference fills producers in on ways to reduce nutrient pollution, improve nutrient efficiency

In 2017, the study found a 70% reduction in nitrate concentration after letting cereal rye grow from fall to spring, unfortunately the last two growing seasons, weather prevented good establishment of the cereal rye cover crop, which is recommended by those with experience in the practice.

UMN Extension, MAWRC to host Nutrient Management Conference in Mankato

  Cow Calf Days highlight health and profit improvement in beef cattle

Report: Family farm bankruptcies jumped 20% in 2019

  US dairy, red meat exports look to grow with USMCA trade agreement

  President Trump signs USMCA trade agreement, predicting increase of US ag exports

Scholarships available for students pursuing degree in agriculture

$1.3 million available for specialty crop development, promotion

Approximately $1.3 million is available in total, with grants awarded for amounts between $10,000 and $100,000 per project.

  University of Minnesota Extension asking farmers to share late planting and delayed harvest information

Due to wet conditions in 2019 causing planting delays and delayed harvest, University of Minnesota Extension is looking to gain a broader understanding of the impact it can have on the two main crops in the state of Minnesota.

  White House says USMCA to be signed by President Trump on Wednesday

The revised NAFTA agreement expands trade opportunities for agricultural exports, including dairy products.

  Minnesota Ag in the Classroom offering resources to incorporate ag education in all classrooms

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom provides free resources and professional development opportunities across the state that meet the K-12 academic standards and allowing teachers of all studies to incorporate ag literacy into the classroom.

  North Mankato City Council talks emerald ash borer policy

With the emerald ash borer infecting trees throughout the state, the North Mankato City Council discussed a policy in preparation at their work session.

  Minnesota FFA Foundation stresses need for agriculture educators due to shortage

The state of Minnesota welcomed nine new FFA programs last year and another local FFA program, Fairmont FFA, returned in 2013 after nearly 30 years of being absent.

  USMCA, China and Japan highlight trade talk at Minn. Ag Expo

Trade deals, such as the USMCA trade agreement and China talks, were headlines for most of 2019 as trade talks between the U.S. and China, along with Mexico and Canada, took place throughout the year.

  USMWF seeks to help families grieving with loss or injury from incidents at the workplace

The United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities organization is a national support group that strives to be a listening ear for grieving families and help them answer questions.

  Agriculture education, FFA return to Mankato

FFA grew across the state with nine new programs popping up in 2019, including Mankato's chapter.

  Minn. Ag Expo returns with legislation and innovation updates for farmers and businesses

The annual trade show held downtown brought producers and professionals together to discuss legislation and innovation updates.

  Family of Landon Gran continues to push for grain bin safety measures

“I’m not mad at God, my faith is just as strong as ever. If I had to choose, I would’ve chose someone like Landon," said Michele Gran.

UMN Extension seeking 2019 planting data from farmers

The Extension intends to use the information gathered from the 2019 survey to help how they make decisions in the future.

  Crystal Valley Winter Conference brings hundreds of producers and ag professionals together

From vendors to lenders, producers and agriculture professionals across the industry filled the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center for Crystal Valley’s Winter Conference.

  US, China sign deal aimed to ease trade tensions

"The concern is always it will need to be improved, we can always do better," said Paap. "We know it's not going to happen overnight, but that’s ok."

  University of Minnesota Extension reaching the community through partnerships

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships program within extension consists of community members and university faculty.

UMN Extension announces 7 small grain workshops coming to southern Minnesota

Lunch is included at all workshops, except the workshop at the Mora, Minnesota, location.

Fruit, vegetable farmer-to-farmer gathering to be hosted in St. Peter

The gathering is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include lunch.

  2020 Minnesota Ag Expo set for January 22, 23

The 2020 Minnesota Ag Expo is coming up on January 22 and 23 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center and the theme this year is resiliency.

Minnesota farmers granted opportunity to nominate schools for $15k STEM grants

Grow Rural Education, sponsored by Bayer Fund, has awarded more than $18 million to more than 1,000 schools across the country since the program began in 2011.

  Educational event brings crop and grain marketing information to local and regional producers

Farmers gathered at the Hamburg Community Center next to the fire station to discuss current crop production and grain marketing information, including a program made to get producers higher prices for their product.

  Blue Earth County to propose a feedlot ordinance update

The county conducted a survey regarding the current feedlot program and regulations and what changes county residents would like to see.

  Mike Bloomberg makes campaign stop in Wells

Darin Johnson of Johnson Farms and secretary for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, welcomed Mike Bloomberg to their family farm in Wells to have a conversation with the democratic presidential candidate on what stressors they’ve been dealing with on the farm and in the community.

  Corn and soybean diseases to keep an eye on

Keeping tabs on diseases that can damage corn and soybean plants could be a way to prep for the next growing season.

  2020 Ag Research Update sessions held across the state

The University of Minnesota Extension is providing 2020 Research Updates for agriculture professionals across the state of Minnesota as they get started with the new year

Crop and soil science to highlight 2020 Winter Crops Day event

The second half of the program will examine micronutrient recommendations for Minnesota.

  Bode Land and Wool preps for lambing season

The ewes got a trim just in time for Bode’s lambing season. This once-a-year trim is done before Henry Bode’s lambing season begins with his 30 ewes.

Public invited to “Women in Dairy” event

This year’s event will feature Kim Bremmer, a nationally recognized speaker and creator of Ag Inspirations, as the event’s featured speaker.

UMN Extension invites ag professionals to 2020 Research Update sessions

The 2020 Research Update sessions will feature research-based strategies to deal with changing pests, diseases, varieties, nutrient and environmental recommendations.

MARL Class XI applications now being accepted

The Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Class XI announced on Tuesday, Dec. 31, that applications are now being accepted.

UMN Extension announces registration open for PorkBridge, SowBridge programs

The University of Minnesota Extension announced Monday that registration for both the PorkBridge and SowBridge distance education programs has opened.

  2019 Agriculture Year in Review

From Mother Nature’s constant stressors to trade turmoil, to say that 2019 has been a challenging year for producers would be an understatement.

  Minnesota Department of Agriculture program promotes conservation practices for producers

The new provisions to the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program come in addition to the ten-year certification a landowner receives in the program.

  EPA’s recent finalization of required renewable volumes falls short of Oval Office promise

A statement from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association said that it wasn’t what was agreed upon in the Oval Office and doesn’t account for the total amount of waived gallons.

  University of Minnesota Extension, FSA discuss coverage plans in 2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs and producers have until March 15, 2020, to make their decision.

EPA releases finalized rule on required renewable volumes for RFS program in 2020

The United States Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule establishing required renewable volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2020, but some organizations and producers said it falls short of promises made in the Oval Office.

  Land Stewardship Project addresses farm crisis

For six years, more than half of farmers and ranchers have lost money on their crops or herds. The Land Stewardship Project cites that loss to farmers not getting a fair price for what they produce.

USDA opens applications for Tribal Scholarship Program

All applications must be postmarked prior to Feb. 9 to be considered eligible for the scholarship.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture reopens enrollment for dairy assistance program

Dairy producers with five years of coverage through the USDA's Dairy Margin Coverage Program who have not already successfully enrolled in Minnesota's dairy assistance program are eligible to apply.

  Industrial hemp industry making strides

Minnesota is submitting its own plan and is open for comments from the public as they write it, and banking regulators are following suit to stay ahead of the growing industry.

Deadline extension to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage and Market Facilitation Program

Due to the continuous extensive impacts of weather events this year, the USDA is extending the deadline to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage Program and the Market Facilitation Program to December 20.

  Nobles County farmer elevated to President of the American Soybean Association

Previously holding the vice president position in the American Soybean Association, Bill Gordon will begin his term in the new year.

  USMCA: a Deal for Dairy

Canada and Mexico are the two largest export markets for the United States for food and agricultural products. Experts now say this agreement will open new doors for the agricultural industries.

  Maintaining opportunities in agriculture; prepping students for the future

Agriculture, food and related industries contributed more than $1 trillion dollars to the United States gross-domestic product in 2017.

  USMCA agreement makes advances after being stuck in limbo

The agreement between the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, brings new life to the trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States, that before seemed to be standing in limbo.

UMN Extension, FSA offering free Farm Bill crops seminars

The seminars will be hosted across 46 Minnesota counties and will be led by Extension educators and FSA members.

Registration now open for Minnesota Organic Conference

The early-bird registration period is scheduled to end on Dec. 27.

USDA announces open sign-up period for Conservation Reserve Program

Starting December 9 and going through February 20 of next year, land is eligible for enrollment in the current sign-up period.

  Rural Forum discusses hot topics in agriculture industries

The forum is in its 37th year and this year’s theme of Navigating Perspectives brought in agriculture professionals, elected officials and college students.

  Governor Walz stops in Lake Crystal on bonding tour

Governor Walz is getting input from Minnesotans as he prepares to allocate bonding dollars across various capital investments, including the Rural Finance Authority loan programs.

  U of M Extension hosts Fair Farm Rental Agreement workshop

The U of M's Extension educators said determining a fair rental agreement is a challenge in today's Ag economy as farmers deal with low corn and soybean prices.

  Minnesota National Farmers Organization holds state convention

The Minnesota National Farmers Organization has a focus on collective bargaining to help farmers market and price their products.

MDA announces dicamba herbicide cutoff date

Dicamba used on dicamba-tolerant soybeans will have a cutoff use date of June 20, 2020.

SCC offering Farm Business Management Program

The program is course and credit-based and coursework is selected based on the specific person’s needs.

  Mental health in rural America; recognizing the signs at the table this Thanksgiving

With low commodity prices and inclement weather taking a beating on producers and rural America, it’s important to notice the signs of faltering mental health for suicide prevention.

  37th Annual Rural Forum looks to “Navigate Perspectives”

The annual event hosted by GreenSeam and presented by Gislason and Hunter LLP, is bringing speakers of all ages to address hot topics in agriculture and the rural economy with the event title of “Navigating Perspectives.”

  Governor Walz appoints 15 members to Governor’s Council on Biofuels

The council’s goal is to grow the biofuels industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  Winter weather threatens end of harvest; basis narrows between CBOT and local prices

A storm is brewing and the USDA Crop Progress Report for this week indicates nearly 100% of soybeans in Minnesota have been harvested but corn still sits under 90%.

UMN Extension announces Strategic Farming webinars

The webinar series will allow farmers and others in the agricultural industry to gather and learn about research-based crop production information and strategies throughout the year.