STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Mark Nov. 8 on your calendars
On Oct. 18, for the first time since reporting began in 1866, the federal government didn't issue a monthly crop production report. The report was another casualty of the government shutdown.
But the... Posted on 10/22/13 at 9:23 AM
MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE Let Freedom Ring -- Start with School Lunch
Well, so the election is coming up, or sort of happening, the excitement of an actual election day long watered down by a two or three or four-week voting "process." Somehow, it's just not the same th... Posted on 10/24/12 at 2:05 PM
TIME AT THE TABLE Volunteers Needed
This summer Time at the Table with the help of a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will be working with the Mitchell YWCA and the Salvation Army teaching our Kitchen Kids program. Classes occur on Tues... Posted on 7/1/12 at 7:44 AM
FATHER KNOWS LAST Potato Wars
Is the potato a major contributor to the American obesity epidemic? The United States Department of Agriculture seems to think it is, and is taking steps to almost completely eliminate it from the na... Posted on 9/27/11 at 7:35 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Pawlenty seeks farmer aid
Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants the federal government to provide low-interest loans to farmers in six northern Minnesota counties affected by wet weather in 2008 and 2009.
Pawlenty sent a letter asking U.S. ... Posted on 9/15/09 at 9:56 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its monthly report released Wednesday that farmers are expected to bring in 14 billion bushels of corn this year. That's 135 million bushels less than last month's estimate, reflecting the impact of the cooler spring.
Before the end of the year, Congress must agree on a plan to reduce the federal deficit or face drastic, automatic across-the-board cuts to almost all federal programs totaling more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
The extremely dry weather is aiding the harvest of corn, mostly, while hindering combining of some edible beans and the digging of potatoes in Minnesota and North Dakota. Still, harvest continues well ahead of normal, another marker of the warmer, dryer season.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture slightly lowered its forecast for the nation's drought-damaged corn crop in its monthly report released Wednesday, pegging the average yield per acre at its lowest point since 1995.
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