CAPITOL CHATTER Chinese soybean delegation to visit Minnesota
A Chinese delegation looking at American soybean farming begins its tour with a Minnesota stop Wednesday.
State Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson welcomes the delegation with a St. Paul lunc... Posted on 1/14/11 at 1:31 PM
STAFF BLOG THE FARM BLEAT Just doing my job
If it were possible to bottle up kindness, excitement and surprise, I think my bottle would be overflowing after this past week.
What would I do with that bottle?
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Beaver Creek soybean grower participates in R.E.A.L. Story program
BEAVER CREEK — Fourth-generation farmer Jim Willers of Beaver Creek is one of a handful of area farmers to be featured in a new campaign launched by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) to educate consumers about the people who grow their food.
Biodiesel production declined in 2010
BREWSTER — Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster has been awarded nearly $400,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to help offset the cost of soybeans used in the production of biodiesel. The funds, authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, are funded through the USDA’s bioenergy program for advanced biofuels.
Passage of biodiesel tax credit sparks industry rebound
BREWSTER — When President Barack Obama signed the 2010 tax relief bill on Friday, making the biodiesel tax credit retroactive to Jan. 1 and extending it through the end of 2011, the phones began to ring at Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP).
WORTHINGTON — Biodiesel production at Minnesota Soybean Processors near Brewster has been cut back significantly in the last several months as a result of the federal government’s failure to reinstate the biodiesel tax credit.
“Mom, you’ve got to try edamame.” It was my son, Andy. He was calling me from Texas where he was a senior in college. That was seven years ago. I had no idea what he was talking about. Was he learning a new exotic language?
Local soybean farmer sees research dollars at work in South America
WORTHINGTON — Rural Worthington farmer and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association board member Bill Gordon recently returned from a research mission trip to Santiago, Chile.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — With 55 percent of U.S.-grown soybeans making their way into the export market in 2008-2009, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council has developed a program to show producers statewide just how their checkoff dollars are helping to fund international marketing programs.
See For Yourself participants talk soybeans with international teams
ATLANTA, Ga. - For many of the participants in the Minnesota Soybean Growers Research and Promotion Council’s See For Yourself (SFY) program, the highlight of the week-long mission trip was meeting international buyers of U.S. soybeans and soybean products.
SFY International witness dire need for lock and dam improvements
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Four years ago, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council debuted the See For Yourself (SFY) program, geared to educate the state’s soybean producers on the path their crop takes once it leaves the field.
BREWSTER — There were no injuries, no lives lost and no mass explosions, but when a fire broke out at Minnesota Soybean Processors on May 23, more than 20 fire departments from across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa responded to the scene with manpower, tanker trucks, aerials and turn-out gear.
WORTHINGTON — With one rain delay after another keeping area farmers out of the fields, Gene “Pucky” Sandager thinks farmers should start putting names to these “monsoons” of rain and snow showers that have interrupted harvest — kind of like they assign names to tropical storms and hurricanes.
WORTHINGTON — Soybean harvest across southwest Minnesota has been spotty the past two weeks, thanks to a crop that is maturing later than usual and an ongoing stretch of rainy weather that has kept farmers out of fields that are ready.
The evacuation of Brewster was lifted at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, and residents are now free to return to their homes in the community. Residents were evacuated shortly after 10 p.m., when a fire at Minnesota Soybean Processors in Brewster warranted extra precautions. More details will be posted.
LAKE WILSON — Rural Lake Wilson farmer Gene Stoel was honored earlier this month as the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council’s Director of the Year. The award was presented during a luncheon at the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association annual meeting Jan. 7.
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