Category: Agriculture

Thalmann Family Hosts Taiwan Delegation on their Farm in Plato, Minn.

The Thalmann family is used to having visitors on its farm in Plato, Minn., about an hour west of the Twin Cities. It just so happens that a lot of those visitors over the years have been from other countries.

A 20-member delegation from Taiwan stopped by the Thalmann farm on Saturday. The group was in Minnesota to sign a letter of intent to purchase $3.5 billion in U.S. grown corn and soybeans and wanted an up-close look at a Minnesota farm.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Welcomes Taiwan Delegation to Minnesota

Leaders of a 20-member delegation from Taiwan signed a letter of intent during a ceremony today at the Minnesota state capitol to purchase an estimated $1.83 billion worth of U.S. corn and corn co-products in 2014-15.

The letter — also signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Tom Haag – declares the Taiwan Feed Industry Association’s intent to purchase about 197 million bushels of corn and 500,000 metric tons of corn co-products such as dried distillers grains (DDG).

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Gophers Football Farm Family of the Game: The Pace Family from Hanska, Minn.

As long as he can remember, Bruce Pace wanted to be a farmer.

He belonged to 4-H and FFA growing up and showed hogs at the state fair with his brother. By seventh grade, he was actively farming with his father and got into crop farming after high school.

Today, Bruce grows 1,000 acres of corn and soybeans, runs a custom hog feeding facility and oversees a Pioneer seed dealership. The farm,

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Minnesota Farmers are top users of USDA Conservation Program

More farmers in Minnesota than any other state have used a voluntary USDA program that aims to improve, maintain and expand on-farm conservation practices.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and encourages farmers to take measurable steps to improve soil, water quality, wildlife habitat and other conservation efforts.

Since the CSP program began in 2009, nearly 2 million acres of Minnesota farmland has been enrolled.

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Green Star Farms Initiative: Benchmarking and Accelerating On-Farm Best Management Practices

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The land that brothers Nathan and Sean Collins farm in Murdock, Minn., has been in production for 150 years. They are the fourth generation of farmers in the Collins family.

According to Nathan, the thriving of that land — as healthy and productive as its ever been — and the thriving of the Collins family goes hand in hand.

That’s why he jumped at the opportunity to join the Green Star Farms Initiative,

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Central Minnesota Corn Farmer up for Conservation Award

Want an example of on-farm conservation practices in action? Look no further than Jon Hansmeier.

The list of conservation practices that Hansmeier has implemented on 660 acres of cropland in a corn/soybean rotation on his farm in Foley is impressive. Examples include:

  • Using mulch tillage on 146 acres of cropland , keeping at least one-third of the soil surface covered with crop residue.
  • Erosion control practices using a combination of fill material,

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Corn Links: A Roundup of Corn News and Information From Around the Web

Who needs Google when you have the Minnesota CORNerstone blog? Every now and then we’ll bring you Corn Links, a collection of the latest corn and farming-related news, information, links and commentary from around the web.

  • Kudos to Star Tribune outdoors columnist Dennis Anderson, who has taken shots at farmers over the years, for keeping an open mind and coming away impressed after a visit to John Peterson’s corn and soybean farm in North Branch.

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USDA Crop Report: Dry Weather Impacting Minnesota's Corn

First it was the wet spring. Then an unseasonably cool July and early August. Now it’s lack of rain. The weather for many Minnesota corn farmers has come full circle this planting and growing season.

According to the USDA, statewide average temperatures for the week ending Sept. 1 were almost 12 degrees above normal. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels were short at 66 and 61 percent, respectively, and overall corn conditions lagged behind compared to last year.

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Farmers and Technology: Staying Connected on the Farm and Agvocating to Consumers

Written by Wanda Patsche

I will be the first to admit that I am an electronic device “junkie!” I own and use a desktop computer, laptop computer, iPad, Kindle and iPhone. And, yes at times, I do use more than one device at the same time!

Computers have been a huge part of my life and there is no such thing as too many electronic devices in my mind.

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Blame McDonald's — not Ethanol — for Increasing Chicken Prices

chartWell, don’t “blame” McDonald’s, that’s a little harsh. It’s a good thing for agriculture that McDonald’s is buying more chicken from farmers to meet demand for a new menu item. Bravo!

But this story from Bloomberg Businessweek about how McDonald’s may be influencing chicken prices as it prepares to add chicken wings to its menu is important for poultry farmers to read for this reason: There are many factors that influence food prices.

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