Travelers of history
If it has wheels and can be pulled by a horse, Bill Nigg has an interest in it.
Big business fueled steamboat rivalry
International competition led to trade monopoly on the Red River.
Readers’ Retreat: Novel on stone arch bridge delights
It’s the summer of 1883 and James J. Hill is in a hurry to get his Minneapolis stone arch bridge done.
‘Yesterday’ museum salvages automotive memories
John and Ruth Vander Haag have accumulated a substantial collection of automotive memorabilia at their Sanborn, Iowa, museum.
Senate bill to fund ethanol plastics, co-products
“I think we will be seeing a new type of producer payment like we had at one time for ethanol.”
Mielke Market Weekly: USDA lowers milk production, ups butter price forecast
Cheese pricing is viewed by many buyers as conducive to building inventory.
Farm Programs: Finalize your crop insurance decisions by March 15
During the next few weeks, many farm operators will be finalizing their crop insurance decisions for the 2015 crop year.
Grain Outlook: Corn price up, U.S. dollar down
A contributing factor to the gain was the plunge in the U.S. dollar and push higher in the energy complex to begin the week.
Grain Angles: The need for working capital
One of the keys to helping get your plan to come together is having adequate working capital in your business.
Livestock Angles: Market volatility continues
The first week of February has not changed the volatility in the livestock markets.
There are maybe as many hopes as there are disappointments, as buyers and sellers have different ‘fair’ prices in mind for what they hope to a…
- Updated: February 14
The Bookworm Sez: Dog lovers will relate to tale of ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ dog
For the inveterate Lab fan or anyone who’s every truly loved a dog, “My Boy, Ben” could be a once-in-a-lifetime book.
Cookbook Corner: Old-time country cookbook stands test of time
“The demand among farmers’ wives is for a simple, common-sense recipe book.”
The Back Porch: When it’s more than you can bear, hand it over to God
I don’t know your story, but there have been seasons in my life when I was given much more than I could bear.
The Bookworm Sez: Chicken rules world’s barnyards, tables, metaphors
If anybody calls you a big chicken, you might want to thank them.
Table Talk: Farm wife promises for new year
Beauty is fleeting — and the weather and markets often make sure that happens.
Land Minds: Love letters
Despite the ag world’s challenges there remains a sense of optimism across the countryside.
Farm & Food File: Diverse ag future of American food?
While the Big Ag boys couldn’t be more different from New Ag’s Salatin and Brice, all hold common threads.
Letter: Legislators playing favorites, favoring mega-dairies
It looks like some legislators think that it’s only the largest one percent that deserve any attention.
Farm & Food File: With or without farmers, nitrate problems will get fixed
For over a year the Des Moines Water Works has been warning every private farmer and public official in Iowa that it would sue anyone or any entity it deemed responsible for the dangerously high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River, a key source of the water it delivers to 500,000 people in and around Des Moines.
Land Minds: Good-bye again, and thank you
"It has been a wonderful ride with all of you..."
Latest Nuts & Bolts
Farmland documentary available at Walmart March 3
FARMLAND, FROM ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING DIRECTOR JAMES MOLL, AVAILABLE AT WALMART STORES MARCH 3rd
USDA announces $9 million to support Community Food Projects program
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. NIFA is funding the grants through the Community Food Projects program (CFP), authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).
Permit for large feedlots open for public comment
St. Paul, Minn. — A draft general permit for operating livestock feedlots with 1,000 or more animal units will be open for public review and comment through March 11, 2015. The State Disposal System (SDS) permit requirement affects about 1,000 feedlots, which account for a large portion of the state’s total livestock population.
Minnesota Corn Growers elect 2 new board members
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Feb. 19, 2015) – Delegates to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting on Jan. 28 in Mankato elected Dan Root, Hayfield, and Zach Fore, Mentor, to serve on the organization’s state board of directors.
Northey receives environmental award from National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture honored for work on Iowa Water Quality Initiative