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Column: Minnesota’s biodiesel mandate – costly, risky and unfair

July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

By DANIEL SAVALOJA, Minnesota Trucking Association

BLAINE — On July 1, by an act of the 2014 Minnesota Legislature, many, but not all, Minnesota diesel users were required to purchase diesel blends containing at least 10 percent biodiesel. …continue reading on dglobe.com

Ravaged rails: Disasters declared, counties now assess damage

June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — Following a joint meeting via interactive television Friday morning, Rock County commissioners approved spending up to $750,000 toward an estimated $1.5 million repair bill to get the Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority (BRRRA) back…continue reading on dglobe.com

Agriculture Briefs

June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Crop planting, emergence exceeds 5-year averages Crop planting and emergence statewide has largely exceeded five-year averages, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
However, farmers are still …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Letter: Farmers hit too hard on taxes

May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

By State Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, and State Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls
Co-chairmen, Minnesota Legislature’s GOP Rural Caucus
As legislative Democrats now pat themselves on the back for supposedly providing tax relief to farm…continue reading on dglobe.com

Letter: Farmers hit too hard on taxes

May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

By State Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, and State Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls
Co-chairmen, Minnesota Legislature’s GOP Rural Caucus
As legislative Democrats now pat themselves on the back for supposedly providing tax relief to farm…continue reading on dglobe.com

Column: Investing in Minnesota’s next generation of farms and farmers

May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

By JULIAN THIES, Macalester College

ST. PAUL — While the agricultural sector has been strong economically, ecological costs of over-tilling, excess fertilizer and other modern practices are adding up. The land of 10,000 lakes struggles with…continue reading on dglobe.com

Column: Investing in Minnesota’s next generation of farms and farmers

May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

By JULIAN THIES, Macalester College

ST. PAUL — While the agricultural sector has been strong economically, ecological costs of over-tilling, excess fertilizer and other modern practices are adding up. The land of 10,000 lakes struggles with…continue reading on dglobe.com

Jansma family uses new technology to feed bottle calves

April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

ADRIAN — Warren Jansma is proud to share in the work of raising 1,200 Holstein bull calves with his two sons, Jason and Wayne, on farms near Ellsworth and Adrian.

From raising the calves on Jason’s farm to preparing them for market on Warren continue reading on dglobe.com

Robots seen as wave of future in dairying

April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

CHANDLER — Bill Post has been milking cows long enough to be able to recognize his son’s prized 4-H dairy cow by her udder and her legs below the knees. After all, that is his view of the cows these days as they step inside the chute at Middleroa…continue reading on dglobe.com

Hog farm expansion draws ire

April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Planning Commission granted preliminary approval for Son-D-Farms of Adrian to construct three new hog confinement barns this year, but not before taking public testimony from neighbors complaining about the smell.
D…continue reading on dglobe.com