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Schroeder Honored With Lyng AwardCaledonia, Minnesota dairy farmer Glen Schroeder is the 2014 recipient of the Richard E. Lyng Award for his extensive contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion. As part of the Richard E. Lyng award, the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board will contribute $2,500 equally among the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and Ridgewater Community College in Willmar in Schroeder’s name.

FFA Members Embrace DiversitySpeaking to reporters after a speech to the National FFA Organization, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encouraged students to speak to the 99 percent of the population that doesn’t farm. Vilsack said farm groups do a good job of talking to each other, but need to do more to educate the public about their business. Vilsack also said the young people at this convention have embraced diversity and agriculture must do the same. “I’m concerned we have not sent a particularly positive message to women," said Vilsack, "When I meet with FFA leadership, about 50 percent are women, but that has not translated when I meet with boards of ag groups; it is mostly people who look like me and the future of agriculture is not being as exclusive as that.”

DuPont Earnings Rise — DuPont’s third quarter net earnings rose 52 percent, despite agricultural headwinds and sluggish global growth. Agricultural sales fell four percent. DuPont’s ag segment lost $55 million in the third quarter led by a 16 percent drop in Pioneer seed sales. The company expects challenges in agriculture this year and next, with farm income and corn acres under continued pressure.

BNSF Better Prepared for Winter — BNSF Railway is telling its customers that it will go into this winter season better prepared than ever before, especially if the US experiences another polar vortex. Each division at BNSF has conducted safety briefings, taken inventory of snow removal equipment, and reviewed winter weather operational procedures. BNSF has also added several new resources to support its operation. 

Argentine Beef Import Comment Period Extended — USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will extend the comment period for its proposed rule for importing Argentine beef through December 29. Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota wrote to USDA to encourage an extension to make sure the rule is properly assessed in light of previous cases of foot and mouth disease in Argentina.

NDSU Coop Center Gets Funding — North Dakota State University’s Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives has received $100,000 from Farmers Union Enterprises. The money will go to expand the center’s mission of education, research and outreach. The Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives promotes education to college students about cooperatives.

MN Wheat Members Receive Torch and Shield Award — Present and past members of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council have received the University of Minnesota Crookston’s Torch and Shield Award. This is the highest honor bestowed by UMC and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center to individuals and organizations who have provided leadership and aided in the development of the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Mosaic Up in Q3 — The Mosaic Company had net earnings of $202 million in the third quarter, 63 percent more than the same period last year. Net sales were $2.3 billion, up 21 percent. CEO Jim Prokopanko says the improving demand momentum for both potash and phosphates that started in the fourth quarter of 2013 continued. Mosaic is on pace to deliver more tons this year than in any of the last five years, and close to the records of 2008.

CME Earnings Rise — CME Group reports a 22.5 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by strong trading volumes. CME Group has benefited from recent stock market volatility and the Federal Reserve’s decision to reduce its asset purchase program, leading investors to turn to futures to offset risk.

Happy With Soybeans Around Benson, MNCentrol crop consultant Austin Magnuson scouts crops in the Benson and Montevideo, Minnesota area and says the soybean harvest is about done. “The beans were pretty good. They ran 45 to 55 for most guys. We did hear of a few fields up in the 60s.” Magnuson thinks corn is about 60 percent harvested. “The driest stuff has been 18 percent. For the most part, we’re still in the low 20s.” RRFN's Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by DuPont Pioneer.

Rains Slow Soybean Harvest at Jamestown — The soybean harvest was going smoothly until a few recent rains slowed things down for Jamestown, North Dakota farmer Ryan Wanzek. “The rains knocked the beans out of the pods. They really aren’t that wet as far as the beans themselves. As far as yields go, we’re a little disappointed. Soybeans were in the mid-30s and edibles weren’t anywhere near what we thought they would be.” Wanzek thinks their corn is fairly well dried down already. “There’s not going to be anywhere near as much propane usage as there was last year. That’s a very good thing given the current commodity prices. I’m thinking it’s going to be an average to above average corn crop, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high.”

Beautiful Harvest WeatherHarvest is moving along well in the Badger, Greenbush and Roseau, Minnesota areas. CHS Ag Services location manager Jim Rinde says the weather has been great. “I think we’re just waiting on some remaining sunflower fields and corn. The yields in our area are all over the board; there’s anywhere from 20 bushel soybeans to 40 bushel soybeans due to the weather conditions we had this past year.” Rinde says the corn is still pretty wet. “I think a lot of it will be chopped." RRFN’s Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by Minnesota soybean farmers and the soybean checkoff.

Very Pleased With Corn Yield — Thunder Seed District Sales Manager Eric Grafstrom is harvesting corn north of Grand Forks. “It’s 150 bushel corn and around 19 moisture so  it’s pretty good. Amazing actually. Test weight is 52, somewhere in there.” Grafstrom says the soybeans yields in his area were variable. “I heard some 50 in areas and down to the mid-30s.”

Feeling Good About Corn YieldsWest Central Ag Services sales manager Clyde Kringlen says corn harvest is progressing very well in northwestern Minnesota. “A lot of the corn got taken off. Moisture has come down really well.” Kringlen says yields have been good. “I’m hearing some yields well above average. There’s a field here and there that’s maybe not what they thought it would be but overall, everybody’s feeling pretty good about what they’re getting.”

Yields Better Than Anticipated — Grand Forks, North Dakota area farmer Bob Drees says this year’s sugarbeet harvest was a record finish date for them, wrapping up on October 11. “Considering we harvested about 1,000 acres of beets, it was a pretty decent crop.” Drees says part of their navy bean crop was hurt by weather. “One quarter was severely damaged by rain in mid-June. Those mornings when it dipped down to the mid-20s the 7th through the 9th or so of October, we froze one quarter of navy beans green. That created quite a mess and quite a challenge. Considering the summer we had, my edible bean and sugarbeet yield was better than I had anticipated.” Drees hopes to start on his corn in the next few days.

Very Good Corn by Jamestown — At Jamestown, North Dakota, Pioneer account manager Matt Carlson says area growers are dipping into their corn and yields great. “We have anywhere from 120 to 200 bushel corn. I think it’s going to be above average for sure.” Carlson says the moisture levels are coming down. “I’m hearing a lot of 17 to 21 or 22. With the current corn price, every cent is going to count and the drying cost goes down every day.”

Everything Varies in Sunflowers — Everything about this year’s sunflower crop is variable-yields, quality, and even harvest progress. SunOpta procurement manager Tim Petry says location makes a difference. “There are some areas that are 50 percent done and others that are just getting going. It’s been really tough because of moisture levels and the degree of frost areas have had.” Petry says the quality of the sunflower crop is all over the place. “You can find a different quality within the same field. In general, the majority of the product has been something we can use. Technology has helped us out a lot in that matter.” Petry thinks the industry may be able to expand acres in 2015.

June Rain Hurts YieldsHarvest is moving right along in south-central Minnesota. Renville County farmer Joe Sullivan says they’ve finished their soybeans and are working on their corn. “Yields are going to be down substantially from normal. We had lots of rain in June and yields really suffered. Both beans and corn are off ten to 20 percent. It’s not uncommon to see from zero to 250 on the yield monitor during on every round this year.” RRFN's Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by US Custom Harvesters, Inc.

Good Year for Canola — Northstar Agri Industries President and Chief Operating Officer Neil Juhnke is expecting a slight increase in canola acres next year. “We witnessed yields at 2,500 pounds in southwestern North Dakota in Hettinger County. It was a good crop all across the state of North Dakota. Based on that success, we think acres in North Dakota will be up maybe 100,000 or 200,000 acres from last year. We’re looking for 50,000 acres, up from 20,000, in the five-county region around our plant.” Juhnke says the plant expansion at Hallock has been completed. “We’re running at full capacity, 14,000 tons per day.”

Corn at 17 to 23 Percent Moisture, Get After ItFarmers made good progress harvesting corn last week, according to Peterson Farms Seed agronomist Adam Spelhaug. “I’d say we’re at least 20 percent or more in the southeast corner. As you go north it’s a little bit wetter, so they’re a touch behind getting started.” Spelhaug says most growers are getting average, or slightly above average corn yields. He has some suggestions on when to combine your corn. “If it’s 17 to 23 percent, let’s get after it.” Spelhaug says corn that is too dry at harvest is at the greatest risk for yield loss.

Harvest Update from Minot Area — Dakota Agronomy Partners’ Minot location manager Steve Erdman says harvest is progressing nicely in the Minot area. “There may be one farmer or two that still has some wheat out there. I know there’s probably a little bit of flax. I think the soybeans are wrapping up. They’re just getting into sunflower and starting on some of the corn.” Erdman expects corn acres to be down a little next year but it depends on how yields come in.

No-till May Not Boost Yield — A new study lead by the University of California, Davis has found that no-till farming might not boost yields in much of the world. After examining the results from 610 peer reviewed studies, the study found that no-till often leads to yield declines compared to conventional tillage systems, with the exception of dryland areas. A co-author of the study at UC Davis says the common assumption that no-till is going to play a large role in the sustainable intensification of agriculture doesn’t necessarily hold true.

Farmers With Good Quality Durum Aren't SellingCash durum prices are listed at $15 at some western North Dakota elevators. But, Jim Peterson, with the North Dakota Wheat Commission, says farmers with good quality durum aren’t selling. “They’re holding pretty tight. We see some customers chase the quality durum just because they have a branded product and want to ensure they have the highest quality.” Peterson says the grain storage and rail movement of grain may be improving slightly. “But, what we still hear from elevators is still unpredictability and delays in getting cars. From a producers’ perspective if we look at local basis values, it’s still much weaker than what it typically is this time of year. For export customers, what they’re paying at the port is, ironically, much higher than it was a year ago.”

Quality Issues With Canada's Wheat — There are quality issues with Canada’s wheat and durum crops this year. At the Cereals North America conference Wednesday in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bruce Burnett with CWB Market Research said it’s due to late planting and some rain at harvest. “We’re forecasting about 23 percent of it in the top two grades. Only four percent is making number one. Grade three is going to be our most common durum grade.” Burnett said spring wheat quality is a bit below average, but premiums are being paid for high protein wheat. “There are very few areas of the world left to harvest that would produce higher protein wheat. We think those premiums will stick around until late spring or early summer when the hard red winter harvest comes off in the US. That’ll depend on what kind of quality we see from that harvest.”

Keeping Planting Options Open — West Central Ag Services sales manager Clyde Kringlen says farmers are putting fertilizer down this fall, but they seem to be keeping their cropping options open. “Dry fertilizer has been slow except for next year’s soybean ground. There’s been a fair amount of P and K that has been put on too. In the spring if they’re going to plant corn, they’ll throw the nitrogen on at that point.” Kringlen expects any corn on corn acres to get switched to another crop. “I think that’s the acre that will disappear for sure, the corn on corn acres. It’ll all depend on what the commodity market does and what the fertilizer input costs are too.”

Fertilizer Applications Fewer Than Normal — CHS Inc. product manager Alan Goldsby says fall fertilizer applications are running slower than normal nation-wide. “In the southern parts of the United States, they’re putting on a lot of phosphate and potash right now and very little nitrogen. Up in the Dakotas and Minnesota, there’s been some anhydrous ammonia application but it’s not up to what I would consider a normal level at this point in time.” Goldsby is expecting total fertilizer applications to be down this fall.

Dry Fall Creates Concern for SpringDry conditions this fall have been good for getting crops harvested, but South Dakota State University Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards says it also makes her concerned about the spring. “The dry conditions this fall mean we’re a little bit dry going into spring, assuming we get near average precipitation. We will rely a little more heavily on the spring moisture, at least to get started planting next year.”

Overall Revenue PictureDespite the sharp drop in commodity prices, there are some marketing similarities to last fall. President of Innovus Agra, LLC Bret Oelke says we were several dollars a bushel lower during harvest and afterwards than we were in the summer months a year ago. “That’s not really that much different than this year, other than the fact that we are considerably below our cost of production this year for most people. So we have to ignore what it cost us to grow this crop and try to find ways to generate as much revenue per bushel and per acre as we can.” Oelke says farmers need to take a look at their overall revenue picture. “They need to look at what they’re going to generate from a prevent plant standpoint, from a potential crop insurance indemnity standpoint due to the revenue drop and what the market is offering them at this point. They have to figure out how to manage their finances in this current environment.”

Soybean Meal is the "Culprit" of Market Rally — Soybean meal has been leading the grain markets up for the past few weeks. Utterback Marketing president Bob Utterback says the surge has caught everybody off guard. “The meal market is historically not this strong this time of year. The first week of the rally, nobody believed it because we thought ‘harvest pressure.’ It was the second week and then this week, that the meal market has been found as the culprit for this rally.” Utterback says once the run started, farmers started to hold on to soybeans. “The avalanche started for the bear. The bull has now lost all his fear of the bear.”

Soybeans Are Up, Although Nothing Has Changed — Thursday, the soybean market was up nearly $1.50 from its October 4th lows. At the Cereals North America conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, AgResource Company Chief Economist Dr. Bill Tierney said he doesn’t see anything that’s changed. “We may be in a situation where rail logistics in the US are constantly disruptive which distort prices in the short-term. The question is how long will this transportation issue trump the underlying US and global oilseed fundamentals.”

SA's Expected Crop is Bearish for Soybeans — AGR Brazil Managing Partner Pedro Dejneka said one bearish factor for oilseeds is another record soybean crop expected next year in South America. “My number for Brazil’s soybeans is 96.2 million metric tons, that’s assuming good weather. I have a range of anywhere from 88 to about 98-plus million metric tons, depending on weather.” Dejneka expects a five percent increase in Brazil’s soybean acreage this year. Total South American soybean production is expected to rise eight million tons from this past season.

Sugar Deal Reached — US and Mexican government officials have initialed an accord to suspend the ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of sugar from Mexico. The deal includes provisions that will prevent imports from being concentrated during certain times of the year, limit the amount of refined sugar that may enter the US market and establish minimum price mechanisms to guard against undercutting or keeping US prices artificially low. Mexico agreed not to sell refined sugar for less than about 23 cents per pound, and not to sell other sugar at less than nearly 21 cents a pound.

Rousseff Win Will Make Brazilian Farmers Aggressive Sellers — Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has won a second, four-year term. Brazilian agribusiness consultant Kory Melby tells RRFN he, his friends and contacts were very surprised, given all the media attention about corruption and the economy. “All of this is very helpful to the Brazilian farmer. Every ten ticks in the dollar, acts like 40 cents. So in the last two weeks, we’ve had about a dollar rally in Chicago and a nice rally in the dollar, which adds another dollar to the perceived local price. They’re going to be aggressive sellers with this rally in the dollar.”  Brazil’s stock market had rallied 16 percent from the March low on bets that Rousseff would not win reelection. 

Record Year Expected for Ocean Demurrage — Canada’s railroad service has improved from last winter. At the Cereals North America conference Wednesday in Winnipeg, Manitoba Mark Hemmes with Quorum Corporation told RRFN that the total grain supplies in Canada this year will be second only to last year. Hemmes said this will likely be a record year for ocean demurrage. “In the third quarter of this last crop year, we were up over 28 days. It came down to about 22 in the fourth quarter, but that’s still way out of what the norm is. I think demurrage will be higher than we’ve ever seen before.”

Diesel Shortage Continues in MN and ND — The shortage of diesel has gotten worse in the last month in North Dakota and Minnesota. Along with a number of small pipeline problems, there was a major refinery turn-around in the Twin Cities that had some operational issues resurface. Jason Schwantz, Vice President of Refined Fuels Operations, CHS, says the good harvest weather is compounding the problem. “We started out with some lower-than-normal inventories. Ideal weather has allowed farmers to work really fast on harvest, so it’s condensed the season. It doesn’t allow for that diesel supply to get replenished.” Schwantz tells RRFN that the supply of number one diesel for winter is also low. “With supplies and inventories so low, it’s going to take a little longer to get it replenished and get the product into place.”

Grain Bag Business is Booming — Business is booming for Loftness Manufacturing, based in Hector, Minnesota. Loftness was the first US company to make grain-bagging equipment, six years ago. Vice-president Dave Nelson says this will be a record year. “We will sell every bagger we can build this year. It’s kind of the perfect storm. You have low commodity prices. You have tremendous yields in many parts of the country. You have trains hauling oil and not grain so the elevators are full. The farmers’ bins are full and they’ve got no place to go with this year’s crop.” Nelson says bags are a cheaper and quicker alternative to building grain bins. Loftness sells two sizes of grain baggers, 10-foot and 12-foot diameter. The 10-foot bags are 300 feet long and hold approximately 14,000 bushels. The bags cost about 6.5 to seven cents a bushel. 

COOL Appeal Will Wait — The Obama Administration isn’t expected to appeal the World Trade Organization ruling on country of origin labeling until January. In an interview with DTN, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the WTO wants the US to wait until early next year due to a backlog in cases. The US Trade Representative’s Office will make the final decision on an appeal.

Global Trends in BeefThe head of the animal sciences department at North Dakota State University is home after a week in Argentina. Greg Lardy spoke at a joint meeting of the American Society of Animal Science and the Argentinian Association of Animal Production. Lardy focused on global trends in the beef industry, including a growing middle class. “When that happens, it tends to results in budgets that want more animal protein products. We also talked about the growing corporate and societal interest in how food is produced.” Lardy also had the opportunity to tour Argentine ranches and a large auction market, which is how most of the slaughter cattle sell in Argentina. Lardy says the Argentine cattle market is quite a bit lower than the prices seen in the US. As an example, 900 pound fed steers sold for less than $1 per pound.

Dairy Program Sign-up Deadline Extended — US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced an extension in the signup deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until December 5 to enroll. USDA also extended the comment period for both the Margin Protection Program and the Dairy Product Donation Program until December 15. Comments can be submitted to USDA.

Rebuilding Fluid Milk Consumption — Seven businesses are working together to increase milk and milk-based beverage consumption worldwide. Dairy Management, Inc. CEO Tom Gallagher says the businesses are committing an investment to put milk back in the center of the growing health and wellness beverage market. “These companies are willing to invest, over the next several years, in excess of $500 million. That covers mostly infrastructure, plant development, marketing activities and otherwise.” The seven partners are Dairy Farmers of America; Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.

MN Dairy Wins Stray Voltage Lawsuit — A Cass County jury has ruled in favor of a Pine River, Minnesota couple. Randy and Peggy Norman was awarded $6.3 million for losses suffered from stray voltage on their dairy farm. That’s the largest amount ever awarded in a stray voltage lawsuit in Minnesota history. Crow Wing Power, which is based in Brainerd, is considering an appeal.

APUC to Review Funding Requests — The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission will review funding requests for 11 projects totaling $346,000 at its quarterly meeting November 20th in Carrington. The largest request, for $120,000, is from Firehouse Ribs, LLC in Medina to educate customers on its products and services. North Dakota State University’s Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials is requesting $88,000 as part of its development costs for a new vaccine against Swine Influenza Virus. Renuvix is seeking $59,000 to promote its line of soybean byproducts. 

Ag Product Handling and Transportation Meeting — North Dakota State University has scheduled a conference on Ag Product Handling and Transportation for December 8 and 9 in Fargo. NDSU says the purpose of the conference is to identify important and emerging issues related to transporting agricultural products from the upper Midwest to final domestic and international markets and to discuss alternative solutions. The conference is set for December 8 and 9 at the Ramada Plaza Suits in Fargo. Registration is $125 until November 15 and $150 after that date.

Bee Money — The USDA says more than $4 million is being made available to provide technical and financial assistance to improve bee health in four upper Midwest states. USDA says funding will be made through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQUIP. The funding will be available to honey producers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Bunge Reports Lower Earnings — Bunge Ltd is reporting lower third quarter earnings than a year ago but still in line with expectations. Bunge reported third quarter earnings of $316 million compared to $371 million a year ago. CEO Soren Schroder says the transition from tight to plentiful global grain and oilseed supplies, coupled with some of the slowest South American farmer selling created a challenging market environment for the third quarter. Bunge reported net quarterly sales of $13.67 billion compared to $14.7 billion a year ago.

Goodyear Earnings Drop — Goodyear Tire’s third quarter net income dropped 3 percent but adjusted earnings were above trade expectations. Goodyear reported net third quarter income of $161 million, compared to $166 million a year ago. Revenue fell nearly 7 percent to $4.7 billion.

BASF Grows in 3Q — BASF says third quarter earnings grew by 3 percent from a year ago reaching 18.3 billion euro. BASF says the increase fell short of expectations due to a considerable earnings decline in its Agriculture Solutions segment. BASF says it will not meet its financial target of 80 billion euro for 2015.

Zoetis Funding PEDv Research — Zoetis is seeking research proposals that target Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. Zoetis says it will award a total of $125,000 to a study or studies under its PEDv immune response research grant program for PEDv research. Zoetis veterinarian Steven Sornsen says there is a critical need to better understand immune response to control PEDv. University researchers or practicing veterinarians are invited to submit research proposals for consideration.

DuPont Market Share Down — DuPont says it lost one to two percent of its market share to its competitors in 2014. DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman says overall, farmers planted fewer acres of corn this year and the loss comes after DuPont gained a similar amount in market share last year.

Agco Sales Down From Last Year — Agco Corporation posted third quarter net profit of $65 million, down 42 percent from the same period last year. Net sales were $2.2 billion, down 13 percent from a year ago. Agco’s sales through the first nine months were down nine percent.  North American sales were down 22 percent in the third quarter.

CWB Rejects Investor Offer — CWB has rejected a letter of intent from Saskatoon-based Farmers of North America to buy a majority stake. CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, is now under government control and seeking a majority investor. 

Wheat Growers Earns Safety Awards — Wheat Growers has been awarded 15 of the 50 company Meritorious Safety and Health Awards at the 22nd Annual South Dakota Governor’s Safety and Health Conference in Sioux Falls. The 15 Wheat Growers locations were honored for their efforts toward achieving safety excellence. 

Activist Hedge Fund Buys Into Agrium — An activist hedge fund, known as ValuAct Capitol, has purchased a 5.7 percent ownership stake in Agrium. This makes the hedge fund the second largest investor in the Canadian fertilizer company and ag retailer.

Canola Seed Processing Deal — Legumex Walker Inc. has entered into a long-term strategic alliance with The Scoular Company. Scoular will procure all canola seed for processing at Legumex Walker’s Pacific Coast Canola subsidiary and will market all of the canola meal and oil produced by PCC. Scoular will also invest $16.5 million Canadian in a Legumex Walker convertible debenture that is expected to help link Scoular’s marketing and transportation networks to Legumex Walker’s specialty crops business. 

China Agri-Industries Expects Lower Earnings — China Agri-Industries Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong unit of state grain trader Cofco Corporation, says it expects to lose $158 million due to falling soybean prices in the first nine months of this year. The loss is blamed on the high cost of soybeans that the company and its subsidiaries bought in the first half of the year. As soybean prices fell, soybean meal prices fell 23 percent between May and September, and soybean oil lost 12.5 percent.  

Pardey to Lead U of M Global Research Department — The University of Minnesota has named economist Philip Pardey to lead its new global research strategy department. Pardey will be the first director of the global research strategy at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. College dean Brian Buhr says creating a position specifically aimed at developing global research partnerships and innovation reflects the priorities of the college and the university. Pardey will be responsible for creating new international opportunities and partnerships in policy, technology and research for CFANS and the university’s Ag Experiment Station.

Davis Joins MN Beef Council — The Minnesota Beef Council has hired Katie Davis as the council’s office manager. Davis will be responsible for collecting and processing beef checkoff remittance, overall financial management, coordination of contracts, collection/compliance, along with administrative and program support.

MN FFA Foundation Elects Officer Team — The Minnesota FFA Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Scott Hislop of Winnebago as chair. Rebecca Hoeft of Minneapolisis vice chair and Veronica Bruckhoff of Minnesota Lake is secretary. The treasurer and executive sponsors board chair is George Peichel of Fairfax.

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Last Week's Trivia — Snickers is the brand that uses the advertising slogan, "You're Not You When You're Hungry." David Scholand of Treasure Valley Seed came through with the first correct answer and is our weekly trivia winner. Pete Carson of Carson Farms, Josh Tjosaas of Northland FBM, Laurie Hoffman of Vistacomm, and Pennock dairy farmer Stephanie Larson earn runner-up honors. The 'first 20' list includes Mark Schmidt of Betaseed, David Fraser of the US Potato Board, Annette Degnan of CHS, Teresa Determan Schwartz of Highwater Ethanol, Greg Guse of Paulsen, Mark Bernard of Agro-Economics, Chico Jensen of Wood and Conn, Erin Nash of Woodruff Sweitzer, Dennis Duvall of Dakota Environmental, Brian Rund of Nufarm, Duane Maatz of US Dry Bean Council, Bob Lebacken of RML Trading, Doug Brown of AGP Grain Marketing, Jim Altringer of Columbia Grain and Dennis Sabel of Minnesota Farm Bureau.