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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 »»

Prepare your farm résumé

January 13, 2012 From Wayne Schoper and Rich Baumann South Central College Competition for rented farmland is constantly on the increas. more »»

Tours, tours, tours

January 13, 2012 Wednesday was one of the busiest days I have had in a long time. Some days are like that. Don’t forget there are also days that a person wishes would be over just after it begins. more »»

Farm management strategies for 2012

January 6, 2012 South Central College Kent Theisse is a Farm Business Analyst and Vice President at Minnstar Bank in Lake Crystal. Following are his comments regarding 2012 farm business management. more »»

The most wonderful week of the year

January 6, 2012 I figure one of these times, when my column is extremely late as it is this week, Kevin is going to give me a call and let me have it. more »»

Looking back at agriculture in 2011

December 23, 2011 Following are some observations by Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst and Vice President at Minnstar Bank in Lake Crystal. more »»

Merry Christmas, merry memories

December 23, 2011 I recently read a column composed by another writer that reflected on her favorite holiday memories. It was a bit funny and got me to thinking about all my favorite Christmas memorie. more »»

The tricky business of preparing the next generation, Part 2

December 2, 2011 In the first part of this discussion, we looked at some factors that can cause a family farm transition to fail. more »»

Thank heaven for little…um, large boys

December 2, 2011 By Kerry Hoffman Ok, so my little boy really isn’t so little. He’s enormous. He is so tall he has duck to get through a basement doorway. more »»



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