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Paynesville man, 22, injured in motorcycle crash
UPDATED: Rural church near Sacred Heart destroyed by fire
Clinton tabs Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate
Rural Maynard family escapes burning home
Tim Huber's attorney argues lack of probable cause in seeking dismissal of murder indictment
Richards lifts Glenwood past BOLD and into state tournament
KRA revs up after weather delays
Roundup: VFW I heads into playoffs on hot streak
Sano breaks slump, leads Twins to victory
Stingers' rally fall short in loss to La Crosse
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
'My Ocean': On the Ordway Prairie in west central Minnesota
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
Dahl -- Schow
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Robert J. Swanberg
Evelyn "Evie" M. Mulder
Carol Ann Ringler
Ardis E. Smith
Myrtle M. Knutson
Commentary: Latest VA fix creates new ills
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Letter: A credit to sports writing
Letter: Criticism of Peppin unwarranted
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
May 22, 2010
Sign up by June for next ranking of Conservation Stewardship Program funds
WILLMAR -- Applications are now being accepted for the Conservation Stewardship Program, a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones. Eligible land includes cropland, grassland, prairie...
May 22, 2010 - 12:00am
May 15, 2010
USDA data show 43 percent decline in soil erosion
WILLMAR -- According to the information contained in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest National Resource Inventory of non-federal lands, soil erosion on our nation's cropland has declined by more than 40 percent during the past 25 years. Specifically, USDA's data indicate...
May 15, 2010 - 12:00am
May 8, 2010
Program sign-up deadline is June 1
WILLMAR -- Local Farm Service Agency offices continue to accept requests to participate in either the Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment program or the Average Crop Revenue Election program. Application requests will continue to be accepted through the sign-up deadline of June1. Under...
May 8, 2010 - 12:00am
April 26, 2010
Letter: A new kind of terrorism?
Terrorism was originally defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "government by intimidation." With the IRS in charge of policing the new health care bill, it gives a new meaning to the term "home-grown terrorism." Wes Meyer Willmar
April 26, 2010 - 12:00am
April 24, 2010
USDA releases 2009 cash rent data
WILLMAR -- As required by the 2008 Farm Bill, and in response to numerous requests from the general public, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released county-level cash rent data for the 2009 calendar year. The data includes non-irrigated cropland average rental rates for...
April 24, 2010 - 12:00am
April 10, 2010
USDA forecasts record soybean acreage in 2010
WILLMAR -- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Prospective Plantings report, farmers intend to plant a record-high 78.1 million acres of soybeans in 2010, up 1 percent from last year's previous record. The largest soybean acreage increases are expected in Kansas, up...
April 10, 2010 - 12:00am
April 3, 2010
FSA has loans available to assist youth ag projects, beginning farmers
WILLMAR -- According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the average age of Minnesota's farmers is 55.3 years. That statistic alone highlights the urgency of encouraging young people to consider production agriculture as their occupation of choice. The very future of American agriculture...
April 3, 2010 - 12:00am
March 27, 2010
Despite trends, research shows small farms still vital to U.S. agriculture
WILLMAR -- To even the most casual observer, it's quite obvious that farming has changed a lot over the years. Not only is today's farm machinery bigger and more efficient, but so is the typical farming operation -- whether it be a grain or livestock operation. Those observations...
March 27, 2010 - 12:00am
March 25, 2010
Letter: Time for Peterson to go
Collin Peterson showed his insensitivity to the needs of west central Minnesota students, elderly, and the uninsured when he voted against the historic legislation that passed on Sunday. Expressing concerns about deficit spending and partisanship, he voted against legislation to...
March 25, 2010 - 12:00am
March 20, 2010
USDA and MnDOT promote creation of living snow fences
WILLMAR -- This winter season has served as a reminder that driving on snow-covered roads in Minnesota can be a real challenge, especially when the wind blows. Almost all of us have experienced driving in near white-out conditions and know personally both the fear and danger that...
March 20, 2010 - 12:00am
March 13, 2010
Minnesota authorized 10,800 additional acres to strengthen habitat for pheasants
WILLMAR -- During the recent "Pheasant Fest" event held in Des Moines, Iowa, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S.
March 13, 2010 - 12:00am
March 6, 2010
Storage facility loan program to be discussed during Ag Show
WILLMAR -- During this year's Willmar Ag Show, farmers and representatives from businesses that sell and install grain storage bins, grain dryers or grain handling equipment will have two opportunities to learn how the 2008 farm bill modified and expanded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's...
March 6, 2010 - 12:00am
February 27, 2010
USDA hopes to address veterinarian shortages
WILLMAR -- The U.S.
February 27, 2010 - 12:00am
February 20, 2010
Sign-up deadline for vegetable program is March 1
WILLMAR -- Minnesota fruit and vegetable growers have until March 1 to apply for a special program that will allow more flexibility in meeting the requirements of the farm bill, without sacrificing their eligibility for future benefits. Authorized by the 2008 farm bill, the Planting...
February 20, 2010 - 12:00am
February 13, 2010
EQIP sign-up period ends Feb. 26
WILLMAR -- Minnesota has been allocated $22.2 million for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program during the 2010 fiscal year. Initially authorized under the 1996 farm bill, and then reauthorized by the 2008 farm bill, the program provides technical assistance, cost-share payments...
February 13, 2010 - 12:00am