Icelandic sheep offer desirable meat, milk, wool
Travis and Chelsea Kleine can give a number of good reasons for raising Icelandic sheep. “They’re hardy,” was Travis’ immediate response.
Artist raises sheep, spins wool, shares craft
Karen Aakre is a fiber artist and teacher who raises Icelandic sheep, llamas, and Angora goats with her husband Jim Aakre on an 80-acre farm in the rolling hills near here.
Great Pyrenees prove to be loyal guards, friends
Courageous guard dog whose size alone helps scare predators away from sheep, or big white cuddly pet?
Children of migrant ag workers get seasonal assist
One of the biggest challenges for migrant children is the disruption of their education.
The Land's 2015 Seed Selection Guide ~ Corn Hybrids
New corn hybrid selections for 2015 from Albert Lea Seed, Dahlman, Dairyland Seed, DuPont Pioneer, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, Legend Seeds, Inc., LG Seeds, Mycogen Seeds, NuTech Seed LLC, Titan Pro, and Wensman.
The rain-slowed harvest, stagnant grower sales, and fund buying led to a stronger corn market this week; but in general many were puzzled by t…
- Updated: October 26
Livestock Angles: Livestock markets remain uneasy
The volatility is still present in the livestock markets, as well as the continual change of direction.
Grain Angles: Transportation strained
Grain producers faced spring planting challenges, extreme commodity price declines, and now they’re looking at challenges with transporting a projected record production.
Mielke Market Weekly: Cash butter in meltdown
It was a continued meltdown on butter this week as the bleeding turned to hemorrhaging.
Grain Outlook: Corn stages rally on slow harvest
The following market analysis is for the week ending Oct. 10.
Mielke Market Weekly: How low will they go?
Eyes were on the cash dairy markets this week to see if last week’s price declines would continue. They did.
The Outdoors: After 34 years, adios
All things eventually come to an end. Today marks the last time I will be featured in this space.
The Bookworm Sez: Minnesota girl goes Hollywood
You’d sit down and cry, except it won’t help anything. Besides, you know it could be worse so maybe, as in the new novel by Lorna Landvik, it’s just “Best to Laugh.”
In the Garden: Preserving fresh-picked flowers
When fresh garden flowers are no longer available, dried materials can add colorful decoration in your home.
The Back Porch: Relationships happen around dinner table
Relationships don’t happen at arm’s length. It takes place up close and personal, and what better place than at the table?
Cookbook Corner: Cooking Brazilian
A recent trip to the enchanting — and huge! — country of Brazil was the chance of a lifetime for me to sample a whole new cuisine.
Unfortunately, there is a large disparity between the significant size and importance of this industry and the insignificant attention it is r…
- Updated: October 27
Land Minds: Sheep’s role in civilization
If cotton is the fabric of our lives, then wool is the heritage of our lives. Irish sweaters, red-and-black plaid lumberjack shirts, Army blankets, Navy pea coats, kilts and Nordic sweaters. Chances are if you’re male, you were married in a wool suit or tuxedo. Many a wool suit hangs in the back of men’s closets awaiting weddings and funerals.
Farm & Food File: Grain markets daze, confuse
Sure, you’re confused. Hey, your neighbor is confused. Your uncle’s confused. Your dog’s confused. Fact is, everyone’s confused. But we’ve been confused worse than this before and we all managed to somehow find our way to less confusion by working it out together.
Farm & Food File: Want beef checkoff reform? Audit
Year-in, year-out, meeting after meeting and report after report, nothing ever changes in the beef checkoff.
Letter: Buy seed later, get discounts
When your seed dealers come around this fall, and if nobody orders the seed, companies will do some heavy discounting by February or March.
Commentary: Farm to School creates new opportunities
An investment in the health of America’s students through Farm to School is also an investment in farmers and ranchers.
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Minnesota Ag News – Cattle on Feed
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in
Iowa Ag News – Cattle on Feed
October 24, 2014 Media Contact: Greg Thessen
Minnesota Crop Progress & Condition
Warm and dry weather resulted in 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork,
Brian Ahrens Joins Marrone Bio Innovations as Vice President of Sales
DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) (Nasdaq:MBII), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, today announced that BrianAhrens has joined the company as its Vice President of Sales. In this role, Ahrens will be responsible for driving U.S. and international sales of MBI's portfolio of products to growers through distributors and retailers of agriculture products.
Larson Electronics Releases New Innovative 450 Watt Explosion Proof LED Light Fixture
Larson Electronics releases an explosion proof high bay light fixture that provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and a compact design make this lamp an excellent replacement upgrade option for the older, bulky and high maintenance cost fixtures.