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Legislators drop increased penalties for highway protesters in exchange for ban on undocumented immigrant driver's licenses
UPDATE: At least 19 dead in blast at Ariana Grande concert in British arena
State senator's father dies, but she's at work keeping one-vote majority for GOP
Minnesota budget talks go on behind closed doors, as legislators plan to work past midnight deadline to get work done
Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence
Baseball: Wildcats split but clinch
Local Roundup: Litchfield tennis team heading back to state
True Team Track: Willmar boys repeat as Class AA champions
Curry hits 36 as Golden State advances to NBA finals
Richard Pitino's message to Minnesota: 'We can really take the next step'
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
ABC's 'American Idol' reboot lands pop music superstar as first confirmed judge
'Scandal' will end next year, ABC president confirms
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
Lisa Rierson Axelson
Michel H. Hinrichsen
Michael Thomas Cullen
Richard G. Black
Minnesota Opinion: Taxing charitable donations is just wrong
Letter: Book doesn't belong in classroom
Letter: Reinvest in higher education
Thomas: Will America ever learn?
Mike McFeely: For Ailes, the goal was to turn back the clock
December 7, 2013
USDA program connects school cafeterias with local farmers
WILLMAR — Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it was approving grants for 71 projects, spanning 42 states, to connect school cafeterias with local farmers under its Farm to School Program.
December 7, 2013 - 10:28am
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