Mental Health Awareness

Workshops teach skills to help someone with thoughts of suicide

Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Health are sponsoring workshops across Greater Minnesota focused on preventing suicide in ag communities. Titled safeTALK, the free-to-attend, half-day seminars focus on how to recognize signs of someone considering suicide and help.

Each seminar will be led by Glen Boomstrom, who is a retired U.S. Army chaplain trained in handling post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. Boomstrom will be using his experience to teach each workshop training people to use their senses to identify thoughts of suicide and how to engage—all in an interactive format.

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Accuracy in grain moisture testing

Grain moisture testing at Minnesota grain elevators is performed with an instrument that measures changes in electrical conductance when a grain sample is placed within the instrument, between two conducting surfaces. The device then measures the change in electrical conductance because of the grain sample, and uses predictive algorithms to estimate the moisture level in the grain.

While this process is fast and quite accurate, farmers may have some questions about its reliability.

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Ag & Food Day returns this Saturday before Gophers take on Cornhuskers

The 7th Annual Ag and Food Day will put agriculture in the spotlight prior to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday. The tailgate tradition brings together Minnesota’s ag and food sector outside of TCF Bank Stadium for a celebration of their impact on the state.

On a day honoring all things agriculture, Saturday’s matchup appropriately features schools from two of the top four corn-producing states in the nation.

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MCGA: Trump Admininstration announces positive first step to restore ethanol markets

President Donald Trump announced today he would be directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow the law set by the Renewable Fuel Standard and offset damage caused by the EPA’s actions to date.

Under the Trump administration, the EPA has removed more than four billion biofuel gallons from the nation’s fuel supply through small refinery exemptions that were issued at an unprecedented rate. Today’s announcement reopens the rulemaking for the 2020 RFS volumes to account for waivers in the volume requirements and outlines other actions that will promote higher blends of ethanol,

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Landscape Arboretum reveals the Farm At The Arb

(The Arb at the Farm was unveiled during a festival event in September.)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With a classic big red barn overlooking the scene, visitors to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s new “Farm at the Arb” exhibit can now begin to better understand how plants, specifically crops like corn, are grown by farmers today.

“As farmers, one of our goals is to help people better understand their food and food production,

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