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Kandiyohi County Board to meet Friday
Truth-in-Taxation hearing to be held Monday at Willmar council meeting
U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security
AgweekTV: Weather outlook
U.S. retirement investors not hitting post-election panic button
Dragons win first of two on northern road trip
Slagter scores 31 in Cards' tournament win
Aggressive D key to Cardinals' victory
Sartell/Sauk Rapids blanks Willmar
Gophers look to toughen up after first loss
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Around our region published Nov. 30
Willmar Senior High announces first-term honor roll
Evelyn R. Yanish
Todd D. Johnson
Helen W. Olson
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Treat all ladies with respect
Minnesota Opinion: Free Vikes-tix perk 'looks bad' for all
Estrich commentary: Living in the Trump twilight
Editorial: Time for two school sides to find agreement
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
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 28, 2013
USDA: Highest corn acreage since 1936 expected; records expected in Minn., N.D.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA's spring planting survey said Thursday. By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the...
March 28, 2013 - 1:20pm
USDA to release first look at 2013 crop estimate
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report. After a year dominated...
March 28, 2013 - 10:55am
March 26, 2013
USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding. By MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty...
March 26, 2013 - 6:27am
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
March 5, 2013
Meat inspector furloughs several months away
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has acknowledged that it will be "several months" before meat inspectors are furloughed as part of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect March 1. By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agriculture...
March 5, 2013 - 12:43pm
March 4, 2013
Annual 10-year ag projections released by USDA
WILLMAR — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its latest 10-year projections for the farm sector. Released annually in February, the projections include production and consumption for agricultural commodities, global agricultural trade and U.S. exports, commodity...
March 4, 2013 - 12:55am
February 24, 2013
Corn cob removal not a significant threat to soil conservation
WILLMAR — Researchers have discovered that corn stover, including corn cobs, could become an important raw material used in cellulosic ethanol...
February 24, 2013 - 7:41am
February 18, 2013
USDA publication highlights challenges of beginning farmers
WILLMAR — The following three numbers highlight a long-term disturbing trend that has troubled America’s agricultural industry for years: 39, 45 and 58. What do those numbers represent, and why are they so disturbing? They represent a continual and rapid increase in the average...
February 18, 2013 - 12:28am
February 9, 2013
New agreement expands U.S. beef exports to Japan
WILLMAR — Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that Japan has agreed to new terms and conditions that will pave the way for expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to Japan — a development that is expected to result in hundreds of millions...
February 9, 2013 - 12:00am
February 1, 2013
New rules would require school snacks to be healthier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed...
February 1, 2013 - 1:06pm