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Cover crop challenges, benefits highlighted at Soils Lab Field Day
City approves water treatment plant contract, if state funding comes through
Highway 59, Highway 28 intersection closes Aug. 1
Higher minimum wage, new laws begin August 1 in Minnesota
Local FFA leaders attend summer conferences
Freeman's four hits, five RBIs fuel Braves' 9-7 win
Errors costly in postseason opener for Morris VFW
Fighting injuries, Vikings OL Loadholt plans to retire
10 possibilities for Twins' GM job
Orphans finish season with a 7-11 record
Fern Haley Rasmussen
Marion I. DeWall
Bennett "Buck" Columbus Schaffer
Steve Lang: Traversing inner space with sale-ing adventures
Katie Erdman: Celebrations are fun, but also a lot of work
Letter: Watch what Jay does, not what he says
Letter: McNamar will help landowners with ditch issues
Talking it over: Follow the chain
CotahRose James O'Brien
Grayson Scott Luthi
Jackson Dean Ver Steeg
Billy James Blaisdell
Open Houses: July 23, 2016
NRCS funding available to develop monarch butterfly habitats
July rains provide moisture boost for area crops
FSA County Committee nominations open
Three Stevens County farms recognized as 2016 Century Farms
Weekend frost nips some farm fields, time will tell if damage warrants replanting
July 25, 2015
Bruce Peterson: Water quality discussion shouldn't require a scoreboard
Unfortunately, many of us have a tendency to treat our political process like a sporting event. Who won? Who lost? Who will come out on top when one side of an issue faces off against the other? Instead of coming together to try and find practical solutions and develop meaningful...
July 25, 2015 - 5:28am
July 11, 2015
John Crabtree: Supreme Court preserves health insurance marketplaces
The Supreme Court recently announced their decision upholding tax subsidies to help people purchase individual health insurance plans through a federal health insurance marketplace. The Supreme Court made the right decision, preserving provisions of the Affordable Care Act that...
July 11, 2015 - 5:48am
Bev Durgan: 4-H Science of Ag sparks interest in ag-literate careers
Twelve teams of Minnesota youth converged on the University of Minnesota recently for the inaugural 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge. Those of us who saw their work on display got an inspiring glimpse at the future leaders of agriculture in Minnesota and beyond. The 4-H Science...
July 11, 2015 - 5:47am
July 8, 2015
Cargill to expand agronomy services in Alberta
ALBERTA — Cargill is investing $4 million in an expansion in Alberta designed to expand the facility's ability to serve farm customers with crop inputs like seed and fertilizer. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 crop year. "In the past, we shared...
July 8, 2015 - 4:38pm
June 27, 2015
John Crabtree: What's value added mean anyway?
Whether enabling dairy farmers to expand their line of product offerings or helping farm families start businesses for unique products or providing capital for the creation of farm-identity preserved regional supply chains, USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program has been...
June 27, 2015 - 5:51am
June 20, 2015
General Mills executive: Producing food while preserving planet is the issue of our time
MORRIS — Although some farmers and producers are reluctant to talk about sustainability, where food comes from and how it was cared for...
June 20, 2015 - 5:09am
Rachael Meyer: Conservation, crop insurance and tax dollars
The federal crop insurance program provides an agricultural safety net, and crop insurance premium subsidies were created to increase usage of these risk management tools. The federal government subsidizes, on average, 62 percent of crop insurance premiums annually. Crop insurance...
June 20, 2015 - 5:03am
June 13, 2015
Morris Area Farmers Market opens in new location on June 18
MORRIS — The Morris Area Farmers Market will open this year's market season next Thursday, June 18 at 3 p.m. in a new location and with plans to make the market a weekly celebration of healthy eating and local foods. "We're striving to make this market year a town square...
June 13, 2015 - 5:30am
Blaine Gomer: EPA puts oil industry agenda ahead of American farmers
It hasn't always been easy for the average American farmer. Farmers have had to work tirelessly to stay afloat amid fluctuating crop demand and a tumultuous environmental and political climate. Despite the chaos, hope springs from domestic biofuel production, which has bolstered...
June 13, 2015 - 5:14am
June 12, 2015
Requirements of proposed buffer strip bill have strict timeline
MORRIS — Although this year's legislative session had mixed outcomes in many areas, one thing that's clear is that laws related to water quality are getting more stringent. On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners met with Kurt Deter, a lawyer with Rinke Noonan...
June 12, 2015 - 3:27pm
May 30, 2015
John Crabtree: USDA farming rule creates new loopholes
A draft rule issued by USDA aims to define what it means to be 'actively engaged' in farming. The proposed rule makes some important changes, but those improvements are immediately undermined by two new loopholes introduced in the rule. The draft rule, somewhat unabashedly, only...
May 30, 2015 - 5:25am
May 23, 2015
Linda Meschke: Value of buffers not measured in bushels
Ever since Governor Dayton announced his buffer initiative there have been many conversations about it from the fence line to the state Capitol. Regardless of which side of the issue your opinion lies, the value of buffers is not measured by bushels. Buffers can be highly productive...
May 23, 2015 - 5:26am
May 16, 2015
Johnathan Hladik: Giving landowners the power
High-voltage transmission lines are needed to meet evolving energy needs. Engineers estimate that seven billion dollars of investment is required to properly maintain and update the electric grid. But building lines isn't easy. Developers will need to acquire thousands of acres...
May 16, 2015 - 5:26am
May 15, 2015
Minnesota bans bird exhibitions amidst avian flu
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — More than 3,000 Minnesota 4-H members, including about 25 in Stevens County, who planned to show birds at county fairs face a new lesson this year. "Sometimes you realize that life isn't fair," state 4-H official Brad Rugg said Friday as the Minnesota...
May 15, 2015 - 5:06pm
May 8, 2015
Stevens County reviews emergency procedures for avian flu
MORRIS – Although Stevens County is not home to any commercial turkey flocks, local emergency management officials are still monitoring backyard flocks and wild birds for signs of avian influenza. After the first reported case of avian flu in the state was confirmed in a Pope...
May 8, 2015 - 4:29pm