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Forty years on

Like many fairytales, mine began with a jolt of misfortune. Once upon a time, I was a young dairyman who was living the life of a Norwegian bachelor farmer. As glamorous as that might sound, there were significant downsides to this lifestyle. The unhappiest of them was loneliness. After ...

Figuring the odds on prospective plantings

If you’re a corn and soybean farmer or an ag commodity futures trader, one of the biggest make-or-break days of the year looms: On March 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue its Prospective Plantings report. The much-anticipated report is the world’s first look at ...

Crop Watch

Spring has arrived and this year we don’t have to wonder when the snowbanks will start getting smaller. Instead, much of the upper Midwest has been having unseasonably warm weather for three to four weeks and have been able to ditch the warm jackets and start working on outdoor tasks. In ...

Immunizations protect communities

A close relative, who lives in a retirement home, is very angry that many of the staff there will not get vaccinated for Covid-19. They refused when given the opportunity. It was staff that was believed to have brought the virus into her home where it spread generating a number of positive ...

It’s a wrap

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com ROCKWELL CITY — It’s not uncommon for people to tell Dwight Dial, “Hey, I saw you up on Highway 20 today,” even when the Lake City-area farmer wasn’t anywhere near Highway 20. “It catches me off guard at first, but then they ...

It’s all about markets

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com After just a short eight days on the job as USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack was the keynote speaker during the close of the general session of the virtually held 2021 Commodity Classic last Friday. During his session, Vilsack spoke on what ...

Local growers and rural grocers should be allies

If you think growing food in rural America is a tough business, you should trying selling food—groceries—in rural America. Just how tough is it? The 2019/20 Minnesota Rural Grocery Survey Report that found 77 percent of the state’s rural grocery stores make “an average or lower than ...

Ag Decision Maker kicks off 25th year with new look

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com From a newsletter, to live, online access, Iowa State University Extension’s Ag Decision Maker has been a consistent source of information for the agricultural industry for 25 years. Ann Johanns, education extension specialist with ISU Extension and ...

Grab and Give for Food and Fun

By CLAYTON RYE crye@wctatel.net MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Farm Bureau has sponsored its annual Grab and Give Grocery Event held late each winter. The ninth annual event was held February 23 at HyVee West in Mason City. The purpose of event is to supply food and raise money for ...