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Willmar Police ask for public's help identifying theft suspects
Two arrested with 117 grams of meth, $1,700 during Minn. traffic stop
Feds find MNsure tech vulnerabilities, but state says they are fixed
Independent study film focuses on immigrant students
Wild stay unbeaten at home, trip up Maple Leafs
Section 5A could be dogfight as postseason looms
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Ridgewater takes two on Crossover's first day
Willmar riding win streak into postseason
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
Lady Gaga to perfom Super Bowl halftime show
Meander weekend features celebration of art, community
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Former Benson farmer leads state Farm Service Agency
BENSON — Grant Herfindahl started farming at Benson in the spring of 1976. “Horrible drought” that summer devastated his corn, leaving...
March 21, 2016 - 12:05am
July 11, 2014
U.S. soybean acreage up 11 percent, corn acreage down 4 percent
Whether it was this year’s late and wet spring over a large portion of the Upper Midwest or the stronger soybean market relative to corn, farmers were apparently convinced that this would be the year to increase their acreage of soybeans.
July 11, 2014 - 11:19pm
June 18, 2014
FSA extends deadline for farmers to report prevented planting in Minn., Dakotas
The North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota Farm Service Agency state offices have extended prevented-planting reporting deadlines to July 15 to coincide with the final acreage reporting date.
June 18, 2014 - 11:25pm
May 9, 2014
Severe drought in Calif. continues to impact state’s agriculture sector
WILLMAR — While in recent months Minnesota’s weather has been dominated by wetter- and cooler-than-normal conditions, just the opposite has been true in California. And while we tend to equate California with palm tree-lined streets, mansion-sized homes overlooking the ocean,...
May 9, 2014 - 11:12pm
May 3, 2014
PED virus reporting required by USDA in order to slow spread
WILLMAR — In an effort to enhance biosecurity and the health of the U.S. swine herd, but still allow the movement of pigs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an order that will require mandatory reporting of all herds diagnosed with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus...
May 3, 2014 - 4:49pm
April 26, 2014
U.S. hogs and pigs inventory at its lowest level since 2007
WILLMAR — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest quarterly hogs and pigs report, as of March 1, there were 62.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, the lowest inventory since 2007. Of the total inventory, 57 million were market hogs and 5.85 million were slated...
April 26, 2014 - 8:08am
March 8, 2014
Wetland banking an option for farmers seeking mitigation acres
WILLMAR — Several years of high grain prices have given farmers an added financial incentive to increase crop production. Two primary means of increasing production are to devote more acres to crop production, or increase the yields on the acres already producing crops.
March 8, 2014 - 9:00am
March 1, 2014
USDA expects net farm income will decline 26.6 percent in 2014
WILLMAR — The latest farm income forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms what farmers and lenders have already discovered — that it will be strikingly more difficult to assure that the income side of the balance sheet at the end of the year will be sufficient...
March 1, 2014 - 9:56am
February 22, 2014
USDA research finds climate change may improve production of potatoes
WILLMAR — Despite all of the attention being given to the negative impacts that climate change may have on agriculture and agricultural production, recent research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that when it comes to potatoes, climate change may actually...
February 22, 2014 - 12:00pm
February 8, 2014
2014 farm bill will reform both farm, food assistance programs
WILLMAR — When the House and Senate negotiators released the long-awaited farm bill agreement, officially titled the Agricultural Act of 2014, it contained 959 pages. But even that number will pale in comparison to the pages of regulations and procedural manuals that will need to...
February 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
February 1, 2014
Hog producers increase biosecurity measures to control deadly PED virus
WILLMAR — Our nation’s hog producers are being encouraged to follow strict biosecurity measures to control a deadly and highly contagious pig virus called porcupine epidemic diarrhea, commonly referred to as PED.
February 1, 2014 - 7:30am
January 7, 2014
Pilot areas named for new Water Quality Certification Program
On Jan. 17, 2012, officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a new program for Minnesota farmers designed to increase the voluntary adoption of conservation practices...
January 7, 2014 - 1:37pm
December 28, 2013
USDA helps fund water, wastewater projects in four rural communities
WILLMAR — Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it would provide $203 million in funds to help finance 74 water and infrastructure projects in 40 states, including projects in four rural Minnesota communities.
December 28, 2013 - 12:34pm
December 14, 2013
Production expenses rise again but less than in previous years
WILLMAR — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest farm income and expense forecast, total farm production expenses are projected to reach another nominal and inflation-adjusted record high of $352 billion in 2013. However, the expected rise in expenses is less...
December 14, 2013 - 10:14am
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