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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

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

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

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

Farms ordered to report pig virus infections

April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday.
Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed mi…continue reading on

Poised for the future: Ritchie sings state’s praises on second day of Worthington Bio Conference

April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized


WORTHINGTON ­â€” When Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie attended the World’s Fair back in 1963, he’d witnessed the future of technology — the ability to combine audio and video over the phone line.
He put that technology …continue reading on

POET VP speaks on renewable energy at Bio Conference

April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized


WORTHINGTON — Renewable energy was the main focus during Doug Berven’s presentation at the Worthington Bio Conference on Friday.
Berven, who has been with POET since 2003 and is now its vice president of corporate affairs, promotes cor…continue reading on

Column: Worthington has been going hog wild since 1928

April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — That swine disease that is killing young pigs by the hundreds of thousands across America is affecting the economy of the local region. It was one year ago that scientists identified the disease. (Of course, they gave it a three-word …continue reading on

Feedlot raises concern in Evansville Township

April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

A proposed feedlot project in Evansville Township is drawing fire from nearby residents.

Prairie Lakes Farm, LLC, is requesting a permit and variance for a new feedlot operation consisting of 996 animal units, beef cattle, near the intersection of…continue reading on

15 dead horses discovered on Reading farm

March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

READING — The Nobles County Attorney’s Office is investigating a case of animal neglect after the remains of 15 horses were discovered earlier this week on a farm west of Reading.

Nobles County Sheriff’s deputies were called late Tuesday afte…continue reading on