Minnesota Congressman worried about A-I

The ranking member of the House Ag committee is from Minnesota, the state hardest hit by this year’s Avian Influenza outbreak in commercial poultry flocks. Congressman Collin Peterson told farm broadcasters in Washington, D.C. that he’s met with turkey farmers in Wilmer, Minnesota where the state’s emergency center has been set up, “They’re in shock… Read more »

Consumers just don’t know about GMOs

The NPD Group analyzes consumer behavior across a host of industries.  They conducted a survey of 2,100 primary grocery shoppers across the country to gather consumer attitudes and perceptions of Genetically Modified foods or GMOs.  Darren Seifer is Food and Beverage Analyst for the company, he says they found that when asked: What are GMOs? “One of… Read more »

Quiet end to the week in the dairy markets

Very little activity in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. Prices all held steady as well while Class III futures nudged a little higher. For the week, cash cheese barrels lost a quarter-cent, blocks are unchanged, butter gained 2 cents and nonfat dry milk increased three-quarter-cent.  Class III futures for May… Read more »

Beneficial moisture ahead for the Plains

Rain—locally totaling 1 to 2 inches—will fall across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States into Friday, followed by a brief period of relatively tranquil weather nearly nationwide. During the weekend and early next week, however, precipitation will increase from the Intermountain West into the Midwest, likely providing beneficial moisture for winter grains and spring-sown crops across… Read more »

Good opportunities for good people

Earlier this week, Bill Oemichen announced he is going to retire as president and CEO of Cooperative Network later this year.  The association serves more than 400 cooperatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota but many of those like CHS and Land O’Lakes reach far beyond the two states.  In his 14 years at the helm; Oemichen… Read more »

Activists want to take meat off your plate

Commentary. In a recent column, I voiced my disappointment that in just one decade, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has managed to convince CEO’s at nearly 100 major food companies that it (HSUS) knows more about raising livestock than veterinarians, researchers, farmers and ranchers.  In this same column, I voiced dismay that executives… Read more »

Growing backyard mushrooms

Growing cultivated edible mushrooms can be done in your back yard. Gregory Ormsby is with the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. He’s been holding workshops to show people how to grow three types of mushroom. Shitake, Oyster and Wine Cap Strapheria or Garden Giant. Mushrooms are full of nutrients. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM… Read more »

I’ll have the GM burrito, please

It’s rare I agree with just about anything on the Washington Post’s editorial page.  However, this week I found myself in total sync with an editorial headlined: “Chipotle’s GMO Gimmick is Hard to Swallow.”  The Post’s editorial board took on the fast food chain’s latest feel-good marketing ploy this week as Chipotle announced its menu… Read more »

Avian flu hits large Iowa egg farms

On Monday, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) announced five more “probable” cases” of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in northwest Iowa. The five new cases involve nearly 5.5 million egg laying hens.  That brings the total number of infected layers in Iowa to approximately 9.5 million, which represents… Read more »

Agriculture needs innovation, collaboration and leadership

With a career that includes time at Oscar Mayer, Johnsonville and Con Agra; Chris Salm and his brothers formed Salm Partners in 2004.  Utilizing a new, innovative process and a partnership philosophy, Salm Partners has become the largest cooked-in-package sausage maker in the country.  Chris says that is the kind of innovation that agriculture will… Read more »

Nebraska bill could help with livestock expansion

A bill that would create voluntary state guidelines for county approval of new or expanded livestock operations has advanced to final reading in the Nebraska Unicameral. LB106 directs the state Department of Agriculture to develop an assessment matrix for county officials to use when considering livestock operation proposals.  In its original form, the bill would… Read more »

When is the best time to start grazing?

Krishona Martinson, an equine Extension specialist at the University of Minnesota, says the most frequent question she’s receiving right now is: “When is a good time to start grazing?” In this interview with Brownfield, Martinson addresses that question and offers some other tips on basic pasture management.  She also discusses the five core vaccines that… Read more »

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