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Audit: Minn. welfare programs have lax eligibility checks
It's back: Minnesota Senate has plan to revive Real ID
Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked
State Fair doughnut fry leads to political fray
Capitol Chatter: A legislative budget primer
CMCS rebounds to play for consolation crown
State Basketball: CMCS rebounds in consolation bracket
New England keeper Cropper has Minnesota roots
Gophers riding turnaround into NCAA Tournament
Relief prospect Chargois optioned to Triple-A
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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American wines are gaining in popularity
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November 30, 2013
Three Minn. nominees recently accepted for USDA veterinary loan repayment
WILLMAR — Veterinarians are critical to America’s food safety and food security, plus the overall health and well-being of both animals and humans. Major studies indicate significant and growing shortages of food supply veterinarians, and veterinarians serving in certain other...
November 30, 2013 - 1:01pm
October 26, 2013
New crop insurance pricing options available for organic producers
WILLMAR — According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, organic agriculture is now more than a $30 billion industry and is one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture.
October 26, 2013 - 11:51am
October 18, 2013
Farmers report significant yield increases when using cover crops, even in drought
By Wes Nelson Farm Service Agency WILLMAR — Based on the detailed results from a survey of producers, a recently released report indicates that during the 2012 drought, corn and soybean yields improved significantly following the planting of cover crops. Under a partnership...
October 18, 2013 - 11:33pm
October 5, 2013
New USDA report quantifies benefits from conservation
WILLMAR — A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that farmers have significantly reduced the loss of sediment and nutrients from farm fields through the utilization of voluntary conservation practices within the lower Mississippi River basin.
October 5, 2013 - 12:27pm
August 24, 2013
USDA Farmers Markets Directory updated
WILLMAR — A recent update of USDA’s online Farmers Markets Directory now lists 8,144 markets nationwide, up from 4,685 reported in 2008. The directory is voluntarily updated by managers of farmers markets, state departments of agriculture, marketing associations and others,...
August 24, 2013 - 7:43am
August 10, 2013
USDA’s August crop production forecast to be released Monday
By Wes Nelson Farm Service Agency WILLMAR — On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release one of its most anticipated reports of the year — the August crop production forecast. The reason why this report is considered so significant is because it provides...
August 10, 2013 - 12:28pm
July 29, 2013
Limited haying of CRP acres is allowed after Aug. 1
By Wes Nelson Farm Service Agency WILLMAR — Livestock producers seeking additional supplies of hay should note that local Farm Service Agency offices are now accepting requests to allow limited haying of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program after Aug. 1. In...
July 29, 2013 - 7:44am
July 13, 2013
USDA to update 2013 soybean acreage data
WILLMAR — When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its June Acreage Report on June 28, it indicated that our nation’s farmers had planted a record-high 77.7 million acres of soybeans, up 1 percent from 2012.
July 13, 2013 - 7:15am
May 16, 2013
USDA providing new satellite-based vegetation assessment
WILLMAR — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it was launching a new state-of-the-art, satellite-based crop condition vegetation assessment and monitoring service named “VegScape.”
May 16, 2013 - 9:00am
May 4, 2013
Livestock producers should document losses for potential claims
WILLMAR — Below-normal temperatures and continual episodes of snow, rain and ice made April an extremely stressful month for livestock — especially for herds confined to feedlots or open pasture. Since early spring is a primary calving season, the added weather stresses may have...
May 4, 2013 - 11:18am
April 30, 2013
USDA study looks at immigration, its importance to agriculture sector
WILLMAR — In recent weeks, the emotionally charged and politically sensitive issue of reforming our nation’s immigration policy has been debated in the halls of Congress. And while inflows of immigrants of all skill levels and categories have long augmented our nation’s labor...
April 30, 2013 - 7:34am
April 14, 2013
Wetland banking an option for farmers seeking mitigation
WILLMAR — After several years of notably higher grain prices, farmers have an added financial incentive to increase crop production. The two primary means of increasing production are to devote more acres to crop production, or increase the yields on the acres already producing...
April 14, 2013 - 11:20pm
April 6, 2013
Up to 8.5 percent reduction in direct payments proposed by USDA for required cuts
Congress recently approved, and the president has signed, a continuing resolution that provided funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies through the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. By Wes Nelson USDA Farm Service Agency...
April 6, 2013 - 10:03am
March 17, 2013
USDA report finds U.S. food supply safe from pesticide residue
WILLMAR — The recently released results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested were at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection...
March 17, 2013 - 9:36am
March 9, 2013
USDA announces CRP sign-up period beginning May 20
WILLMAR — During the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic held recently in Minneapolis, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that producers and landowners with Conservation Reserve Program contracts that expire this fall may submit offers to re-enroll their acres during...
March 9, 2013 - 12:12am