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To the Editor: Luverne has made many positive changes in the past few years as we envision our future. I’d like to share my own thoughts on the subject, specifically regarding food and agriculture.  I grew up on a Rock County farm and have lived here all but about three years of my life. I’m...
Important Dates Aug. 31 - CRP Emergency Haying ends Aug. 31 - 2017 Expiring CRP reenrollment deadline Sept. 1 - 2018 NAP Fall-Seeded Annual Crops sales deadline Sept. 1 - 2018 NAP Value Loss Crops sales deadline Sept. 1 - 2018 NAP Controlled Environment Crops sales deadline Sept. 1 - 2018 MPP-Dairy...
Pat Von Tersch of Professional Ag Marketing, Luverne, shares insights on market trends for corn, soybeams, cattle and hogs at the 2017 Ag Seminar Feb. 1 in Grand Prairie Events.
A large crowd attended the 2017 Ag Seminar Feb. 1 at Grand Prairie Events on Estey Street in Luverne. The focus of the event was to support local communities, their residents and the economic future of the area and its agricultural producers, according to sponsors Exchange State Bank, Professional...
A statewide editorial June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population. And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants,...
This Star Herald file photo shows the need for a buffer strip between the field and river.
Gov. Mark Dayton introduced legislation last year to mandate vegetative buffer strips along waterways in an effort to clean up Minnesota’s notoriously impaired waters. Ever since those details have emerged, farm groups have pushed back vigorously, especially on the piece of legislation that...
  As farmers across Minnesota ramp up fall harvest activity, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds everyone of possible hazards of the season. Federal and state statistics show farming is one of the most dangerous professions. In 2013, the latest year reported, 17 of the 69 work-...
  The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including Federal Crop Insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the fall-seeded crop deadlines of Sept. 30 for winter wheat and forage production and...
  The recently announced Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands Program is designed to support grazing operations; maintain and improve plant and animal biodiversity; while protecting grasslands from being converted to other uses. The CRP Grasslands Program consists of three continuous...
  Hog producer Curt Schilling is proposing to expand his feedlot production from a 2,400-head finishing facility by adding a second 2,400-head barn, for a total of 4,800 finishing hogs. Schilling proposes to store manure in reinforced concrete storage pits below the new barn, similar to the...
    I receive many questions daily about land rents and land values and what direction they are going in the near future and long term. Corn and soybean prices have fallen from record highs in recent years to a level that presents a challenge for farmers to generate a profit. I thought I would try...

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