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BeefTalk: May calving is productive – and enjoyable

7/6/2015 7:00:00 AM

I remember discussing calving with a beef producer during one of the less-than-desirable mid-April days.

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NFU Highlights Importance of Youth Outreach, Leadership Training for Future of American Agriculture, World Food Production

7/3/2015 2:23:00 PM

WASHINGTON  – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson highlighted the importance of youth outreach, leadership and skills training in production agriculture as key to the future o…

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Adequate cattle handling facilities important for performance, safety

7/3/2015 7:15:00 AM

I think it is pretty neat that a lot of folks in the cow business today have become more interested in learning cattle handling techniques and better ways to set up and use cattle handling facilities.

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NDSU analyzer aids in prevented-planting decision

7/2/2015 8:15:00 AM

Wet soil conditions in a few areas of the state have forced some producers to decide whether to seed a crop well beyond the optimal planting time.

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Southwestern Minnesota crops have had ample rains

6/27/2015 9:15:00 PM

EDGERTON, Minn. – Not long ago several parts of Minnesota were listed as drought regions. That situation has changed.

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Martin County farmers glad to have missed heavy rains

6/27/2015 3:34:00 PM

WELCOME, Minn. – Across the United States, May 2015 was the wettest month in 121 years.

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News Release - New agriculture commodity leaders elected

6/23/2015 9:34:00 AM

Producers of their respective commodities have recently elected members to serve on four research and promotion councils.

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4-H Science of Ag helps pave way to careers for youth

6/22/2015 12:02:00 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (6/22/2015)—The first-ever 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge brought 12 teams of youth from across the state to the University of Minnesota last week to present their research on important agricultural issues, including soil preservation, public opinion on genetically modified organisms, food waste and more.

The Science of Agriculture program is the first of its kind in the United States. It's designed to help build the next future agricultural workforce through hands-on learning and experiences. Over the last nine months, youth have worked with adult mentors and agricultural experts to identify issues and research potential solutions. At the end of the two-day event at the University's St. Paul campus, awards were presented to three teams earning highest marks:
  • First place—Meeker County 4-H Hay Waste Team: Kayla Kutzke, Ryan Peterson and Daniel Williamson. The team researched, designed, built and tested a feed bunk to reduce hay waste of beef cattle.
  • Second place—Washington County 4-H Insects as Food Source Team: Serenna Svanoe, Theo Svanoe, Chloe Brey. The team researched insects as sustainable source of protein for humans and animals, and cultural attitudes, methods and barriers to production and consumption in western nations.
  • Third place—Le Sueur County 4-H Biodiesel Team: Brian Prchal, Anna Prchal, Tyler Fromm. The team researched and compared the efficiency and environmental impact of conventional diesel, ethanol, kerosene and 100 percent biodiesel made by team, and tested temperature, content and particulate matter.
The top three teams were awarded scholarships toward use in any accredited university, college or trade school. First place team members received $1,000 each, second place received $750 each and third place received $500 each.
"We face a shortage of ag-literate professionals.The United States Department of Agriculture reports that between 2015 and 2020 alone, there will be about 57,900 jobs annually for graduates with bachelor's or higher degrees in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment," said Josh Rice, the University of Minnesota Extension specialist who leads the program. "The 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge was developed to expose youth to the wide variety of ag-related issues that they can have a role in solving today and in the future."
The 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge sponsors were the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau, AgStar Financial Services and the Minnesota Soybean Research Council. Judges were Robin Kopel, vice-president of human resources, Jennie-O Turkey Store; Mark Hamerlinck, senior communications director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association; Adam Birr, chief executive officer, Minnesota Corn Growers Association; Ruth Meirick, director, Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation; and Amy Smith, assistant professor of agriculture education, University of Minnesota.

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News Release - MDA offers safety precautions when spraying for soybean aphids

6/22/2015 9:26:00 AM

As warmer weather continues, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) urges growers and applicators to use caution when spraying soybean fields to control aphids.

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Precision dairy conference June 24-25

6/16/2015 6:38:00 AM

The second international Precision Dairy Conference and Expo is June 24 and 25 in Rochester.

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, office 612-626-4077, ajsandve@umn.edu

ST PAUL, Minn. (6/15/2015)—The second international Precision Dairy Conference and Expo is June 24 and 25 in Rochester.

The conference is designed for producers to focus on practical applications available as precision dairy technology grows.

"Precision dairy describes several areas of innovation on dairy farms. The thing all of the various new tools have in common is that they increase efficiency in milk production," said Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Extension Dairy Scientist and conference co-chair. Technologies include robotic milkers, individual cow sensors, automated calf feeders and inline parlor sampling.

The event is co-hosted by University of Minnesota Extension and the University of Kentucky. The program includes showcase sessions for producers and industry updates. Three plenary sessions on advances in precision dairy will be presented:


  • An update on experiences and developments in The Netherlands with Henk Hogeveen of Wageningen and Utrecht universities.

  • Understanding cow sensors, with Jeffrey Bewley of the University of Kentucky; and

  • Factors that influence success in robotic milking and automated feeder systems with Endres.

The trade show offers the latest in precision technologies and equipment; industry-sponsored speakers will present on a variety of topics. Producers from the United States and Canada will share their experiences, offering virtual tours of their farms and use of precision.
Registration information is available on the conference website.

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News Release - RFA to offer low interest loans for farmers affected by avian influenza

6/15/2015 2:36:00 PM

Minnesota poultry farmers who have suffered losses due to highly pathogenic avian influenza are eligible for disaster loans through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA).

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News Release - Organic farms happy to host commercial hives

6/15/2015 10:26:00 AM

Inspired by beekeepers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has created a new “Organic Hive Hosts for Commercial Beekeepers” online resource.

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VIDEO: 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge - Bee team

6/5/2015 9:52:00 AM

ST. PAUL, MN (6/5/2015) --The 4-H Bee Team is one of a dozen 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams across Minnesota working with local experts to identify issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions. University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H has developed the first program of its kind in the country to ignite excitement about agriculture, increase ag science literacy, and expand the pipeline of youth pursing agriculture-related careers.


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VIDEO: 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge - Biodiesel team

5/21/2015 8:20:00 AM

ST. PAUL, MN (5/21/2015) —The 4-H Topsoil Team is one of a dozen 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams across Minnesota working with local experts to identify issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions. University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H has developed the first program of its kind in the country to ignite excitement about agriculture, increase ag science literacy, and expand the pipeline of youth pursing agriculture-related careers.


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Closing livestock commentary

11/12/2013 5:37:00 PM

Cattle slightly lower, hog contracts sink

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Closing grains commentary

11/12/2013 5:35:00 PM

Strong demand sends beans up, corn fizzles

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