FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Tim Leonard was awoken early on Monday, Sept. 10, by a steady knocking on the front door of his house in north Fergus Falls. “I yelled, ‘What the hell! It’s 4 a.m.’ ” Leonard recalls. His alarm turned to confusion when he heard the familiar voice of Jerry Hennessey, his revered friend and general manager of the Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative. There was “trouble at the elevator,” Leonard remembers Hennessey explaining. “I need your help!”
ASHBY, Minn. —With still more reports of inappropriate spending by its former general manager, the elevator at Ashby will reopen its doors Wednesday, Oct. 3, under a lease to the Wheaton Dumont Elevator Co., based in Wheaton, Minn. The Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative announced the lease in a news release after a board meeting late Oct. 2.
BALATON, Minn. — A crowd of more than 400 community well-wishers gathered Aug. 22 for what promoters bill as the launch and celebration of a new livestock industry — shrimp — that could make southwest Minnesota the center of a surf-on-the-turf revolution. Entrepreneur leaders of trū® Shrimp Company commissioned their Balaton Bay Reef Training and Innovation Center. The 12,000-square-foot building has been under construction for 11 months and will start growing shrimp this September.
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — Directors of Minnesota cooperative grain elevators are the "guardians" of those business and must be keenly aware of marketing risks and policies, especially when markets are volatile and farm-customers are facing cash flow problems. John Christianson of Christianson PLLP at Willmar, Minn., was one of the speakers on March 7 at the 111th Minnesota Grain & Feed annual meeting and trade show at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Tharaldson Ethanol quietly marked its 1 billionth gallon of fuel ethanol production last week. The company also announced Wednesday, April 5, it will increase annual production this year, making it the sixth largest ethanol producer in the United States. They'll increase by 180 million gallons — a 7 percent increase this year, but up 38 percent from its original design in 2008. The increase will be due to some changes in fermenters and cooling towers. The investment is expected to cost $2.5 million to $3 million.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A shift toward cage-free egg-laying has created challenges for egg farmers and manufacturers — as well as opportunities. And more agility training for the chickens in gymnasium-style equipment. Steve Walcott, vice president of sales in agricultural products for Big Dutchman USA, of Holland, Mich., was one of the exhibitors at the recent Midwest Poultry Convention in St. Paul, Minn., which drew 1,000 producers and 3,000 people from several states. Minnesota typically ranks seventh or eighth among states in egg production
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Aerial applicators won't be applying some of the new and improved chemical formulations on this year's new herbicide-tolerant crops, but experts are urging them to keep an eye out for illegal use anyway.
ESTELLINE, S.D.—You can see it from the road: the year-old Blue Dasher Farm LLC research laboratory is right on the east side of Interstate 29 at the Brandt, S.D., exit. High-visibility is the perfect metaphor for what founder Jonathan Lundgren describes as "regenerative" farming practices. Lundgren, 41, is an entomologist who resigned from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a dispute about research openness.
WASHINGTON — As of Monday, the federal government’s Petroleum Supply Monthly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration included more frequent data on ethanol and biodiesel transported by railroads. The...