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2012 growing season just beginning

April 13, 2012 What a difference a year makes. Last spring we were worried about planting into cold, wet soils. more »»

Living with inspiration

April 13, 2012 I was suffering from a bit of writer’s block Wednesday morning. No matter how hard I tried, everything I typed into the computer seemed silly and uninteresting. No worries. more »»

Don’t forget the little things we do

April 6, 2012 There are a ton of things happening on the farm each and every day. I have but only scratched the surface on most of our trials, tribulations and successe. more »»

Four Important Things

April 6, 2012 Since farming is a part of a “system,” like any business, and is unique and complicated, the farmers enrolled in the Farm Business Management Program work to simplify the complicate. more »»

Spring 2012 - how early is too early?

March 30, 2012 Spring came early this year. During March, several all-time record temperatures have been set in Minnesota and Iowa. more »»

Stepping aside

March 30, 2012 Sometimes a person has to push a personal goal aside in order for another person to reach his or her goal. more »»

National Ag Week: Some facts and figures

March 16, 2012 National Ag Week was recently celebrated from March 4-10. National Ag Day was celebrated March 8. more »»

Sawdust bedding isn’t always the best

March 16, 2012 By Kerry Hoffman I know the bedding pack barn works wonders for our cows. I have also learned through the years that it causes problems in other areas on the farm. more »»

Local trio travels to Morocco with MARL

March 16, 2012 NEW ULM — Mark Berle, Gibbon, Reuben Bode, Courtland, and Steve Sorenson, Madelia, recently completed their final seminar with the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program and traveled to... more »»

Celebrate National Ag Week

March 9, 2012 I tend to get a bit excited about things most people would find not so exciting. I was thrilled when our tractor arrived from the dealer the other week. more »»

What does the next generation expect?

March 9, 2012 The second farming generation expects several things from the first generation, as well they should, if the two generations are to work together successfully. more »»

Polka Town Market Hog Show on March 24

March 9, 2012 NEW ULM — The 39th annual Polka Town Market Hog Show will be Saturday, March 24 inside the Youth Coliseum on the Brown County Fairgrounds, New Ulm. more »»

UFC feed mills receive HACCP certification

March 9, 2012 WINTHROP — United Farmers Cooperative, Winthrop, has received third-party certification by Facility Certification Institute (FCI) for the implementation of its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control... more »»

Defining the first limiting factor of farm’s financial success

March 2, 2012 (Mark Wehe is a farm business management instructor with South Central College in Mankato. He is this week’s guest columnist. more »»

Always look at both sides

March 2, 2012 By Kerry Hoffman I was out having dinner with a group of girl friends last Friday night. It is so good for the soul to gather with friends to talk a little smack and also share the lov. more »»

Your Farm Business

February 10, 2012 (This information is from the Feb. 1, 2012 issue of “The Ferguson Ag Report.”) One of the greatest misconceptions among U.S. more »»

From the Farm

February 10, 2012 For years Steve has said that he chooses to go ice fishing so that he can “put food on the table,” and he also says something about this activity being “manly. more »»

Passing the responsibilities on

January 27, 2012 We’re trying something different here at home. I am not complaining too much. I don’t have to go out to milk the cows each and every morning anymor. more »»

Ten tips for surviving challenging times

January 20, 2012 Modern farming is a challenging business. There are many decisions to be made and tough choices to make. The last crop report sent commodity prices spirally downwar. more »»

Three's a crowd

January 20, 2012 I felt a bit of empathy for my husband Wednesday morning. Don’t worry, it didn’t last very long. At least I recognized the emotion for a few seconds before I started laughing. Here’s what happene. more »»



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