A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Monday, November 04, 2019
70,000 Strong – Blue corduroy jackets took over downtown Indianapolis, as attendance at the 2019 National FFA Convention topped 70,000 this past week. Think about that. Those students learned about ag careers, participated in contests and delegate sessions. This convention really showcases what is right with agriculture’s next generation. In addition, this convention commemorated 50 years of young women participating in FFA. More activities recognizing that special milestone will be seen throughout the year. In this edition of FarmNetNews, you will also find stories on harvest conditions and progress, bills moving through Congress and more. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you don’t already!
North Dakota Officials Submit Secretarial Disaster Request – North Dakota has requested a Secretarial disaster designation for 47 out of 53 counties in the state. Governor Doug Burgum, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, the state Farm Service Agency and others sent the request to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday. The nine-page letter asks for federal assistance to be made available, estimating farmers have lost nearly $423 million for just one crop in each county with at least 30 percent loss. In addition, billions of dollars in additional crop and livestock value still at risk. Testimony gathered from the recent townhall meetings across North Dakota was included in the request.
Walz Issues Emergency Executive Order – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order to support farmers in the western part of the state. With this effort, the restrictions are lifted on drivers and carriers hauling propane and liquid fuels. The assistance is designed to alleviate the fuel shortage in the area. Walz said his team will continue to look into actions that can support the agricultural industry through these difficult conditions.
MN Farm Service Agency is Seeking County Loss Data – The Minnesota Farm Service Agency is monitoring and accessing agricultural damages across the state for a Secretarial disaster declaration. During a roundtable discussion in East Grand Forks, MN FSA State Executive Director Joe Martin stressed his office needs data from counties in order to consider and prepare a declaration. “The trigger for a USDA Secretarial declaration is a 30 percent loss on one crop in a county. We won’t know a lot of that until the crop is harvested,” said Martin. Another piece to the puzzle during this challenging agricultural economy is the relationship between farmers and lenders. Martin said farm credit is meant to be there for farmers in tough times. “The linkage between a declaration is financing. For those farmers in disaster areas there would be some potential, but it’s going to take a strong partnership with the banking community.”
Walz Hears from Northwest MN Farmers – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen heard the challenges facing farmers during a roundtable event in East Grand Forks. For sugarbeet farmer Paul Rutherford, who farms north of Crookston, it’s been a slow start to the full harvest campaign. “This past Saturday, I got five tons out of the field. Otherwise I hadn’t dug a sugarbeet since August 20.” The question Governor Walz asked to nearly everyone who chimed in on the discussion was, “Have you seen conditions like this before?” Not one yes came from the crowd. During the roundtable, Karlstad farmer Justin Dagen had one main message. “We need some form of assistance to help producers who may have a gap in crop insurance. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the weeks ahead.” Listen to the story.
Trump-Xi Meeting Jeopardized by APEC Cancelation – The Chilean president has canceled the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit that was scheduled to take place next month. This is the event where President Trump and Chinese President Xi were expected to meet and possibly sign off on a partial trade agreement. That schedule was already in doubt, but APEC’s cancelation takes away an important opportunity for face-to-face negotiations with the Chinese. Chile is dealing with national protests over a proposed increase in public transportation fees, which was cited as the reason for the cancelation of the summit.
Trade Deal Could be Signed in Iowa – According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the United States and China have been in continuous contact. President Donald Trump appeared optimistic when meeting with reporters late Friday. When phase one of the trade deal is completed, Trump wants the signing ceremony to take place in the U.S. “I want to get the deal done first, but we’re thinking about Iowa. You know why? It is because it would be the largest order in history for farmers so Iowa makes sense.”
USMCA Expected to Move Quickly When It Reaches Congress – The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement implementing legislation could be sent to Capitol Hill in the next week. Some in Washington D.C. are optimistic it could be sent in a matter of days. Once the legislation reaches the Hill, The Russell Group president Randy Russell says it will be considered quickly. “I think there are sufficient votes in the House and Senate to pass it. I’m cautiously optimistic we’ll have the USMCA done between now and when Congress breaks for Christmas.” Russell says if the legislation is sent from the administration early this week, it is possible to have something ratified by Thanksgiving. “There’s been lots of work happening to move through the final details.”
What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets – In this week’s edition of What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets, Advance Trading risk management advisor Tommy Grisafi highlights harvest, the stock market, land sales and the FFA.
ACSC Accepting Frozen Beets – American Crystal Sugar Company has lifted its allocation for frozen beets. Growers are being asked to deliver any beets they can, provided the amount of mud in the load is acceptable. Below freezing temps are expected for the balance of the week.
Potato Harvest Put to a Stop – The freezing temperatures in North Dakota and Minnesota this week put a stop to just about the entire potato harvest. That’s according to Northern Plains Potato Growers Association marketing and communications director Ted Kreis. “Most reports we’re hearing is they’ve sustained too much frost damage already to continue harvesting. Frozen soil chunks also come through the harvester, damaging the potatoes.” A majority of the seed, chipping and fresh potatoes are grown in the heart of the Red River Valley. Kreis says about half of the crop is harvested in the Grand Forks area. That is causing concern for the industry going into 2020, especially when it comes to seed supplies. “We’ve lost seed in almost every county where potatoes are grown, so it is going to cause some issues.”
Soybean Harvest in SE North Dakota is Moving Along – A large percentage of the soybeans are out in southeastern North Dakota. Scott German, who farms at Oakes, North Dakota, says corn is another story. “It’s going at a snail’s pace. With this cold air, the grain dryers are pretty inefficient and it’s not drying out in the field.” Corn yields are all over the board and test weights are a concern. German says it will take time to bring in this crop. “There will be more crop left out in the field down here this winter than we’ve probably ever had. I think there will be a lot of Thanksgiving meals in the combine and it may be the same story for Christmas and Easter.”
Corn and Soybeans Being Harvested Near Peever, SD – In the Peever, South Dakota area, farmer Bob Metz is harvesting corn and soybeans. “We’re going to try and finish the soybeans this week. The crops are better than expected, as wet as it’s been. It’s not as good as last year, but we are pleased with the yields,” says Metz. “The corn is coming off wet, with moisture at 25 to 30 percent. It’s a slow go on drying.” Metz says combines are still getting stuck now and then in fields. “Everyone has spent a lot of money trying to get the crop out.”
Dry Bean Scene – The frost and cooler temperatures firmed up the ground this past week, making it easier for harvest equipment to travel across fields.Harvesting the remainder of the dry bean crop was a priority for North Dakota and Minnesota farmers. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, Johnstown Bean Company, FMC, SRS Commodities, UPL and Central Valley Bean Cooperative.
A Two-Edged Harvest Sword – The freezing temperatures are a two-edged harvest sword for East Grand Forks, Minnesota farmer Matthew Krueger. Temperatures were too chilly to lift sugarbeets, so he harvested soybeans instead. “Yields so far are probably about ten to 15 percent lower than I was hoping,” says Krueger. “It is the first field, so I’m always eternally optimistic that it’ll get better.” Further west and south at Wimbledon, North Dakota, farmer Joe Ericson hasn’t dived into corn harvest yet but is surprised to find most of this year’s crop made it to maturity. “Guys have tried some, but its been between 25 and 35 percent moisture. There will be varieties that we will need to get off before winter hits.” Listen to the story.
Corn Moisture Levels Vary – With the colder temps, the ground has firmed up and farmers are making progress with harvest. Dekalb Asgrow Area Business Manager Jeremy Frie says the corn moisture levels are all over the board. “You’ve got a harvestable crop from a moisture standpoint and you’ve got some that is a little wetter than you’d like to see because of the way we ended the season.” Frie says seed orders for 2020 are coming in and there’s no indication of big changes in maturities for next year.
Pioneer Agronomy Update: Monitor Stalk Integrity – When prioritizing corn fields for harvest, farmers are monitoring moisture levels. Pioneer field agronomist Jesse Moch says stalk conditions are even more important. “You’ve got to know how the stalks are; that’s the number one thing,” says Moch. “As you get to the end of beans, take time to go out and determine stalk conditions and you can make decisions based on that.” Moch was part of the Pioneer Agronomy Update on Facebook Friday. The update came from Rush River Seed and Chemical at Amenia, North Dakota.
Rural Perspectives – Basis levels are remaining firm throughout much of the Northern Plains. “It’s kind of a catch 22. Why do you have good basis levels? Because there is not crop coming in,” says AgCountry Farm Credit Services Market Education Specialist Katie Tangen. Hear more of the conversation in the latest Rural Perspectives podcast, made possibly by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
Delegates Encourage Changes for National FFA – This year is all about change at the National FFA Convention. During one business session, National FFA delegates proposed a change for how regions are divided. Minnesota FFA Association State Secretary Elaine Dorn says the delegates don’t know what states will go into which region. “Instead, we will send the request to a committee made up of members and other experts to determine regions.” The National FFA Organization also updated their federal charter. North Dakota FFA Association State Supervisor Aaron Anderson says it defines FFA’s partners. “In the old federal charter, the FFA was governed by the U.S. Department of Education. It still creates a partnership with the Education Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This allows FFA to self govern and FFA as an organization can operate independently.”
Steady Membership Growth for National FFA Organization – Minnesota FFA Association President Lafe Aarsvold says there was a positive vibe at the National FFA Convention. “The energy is high,” said Aarsvold. “That’s exactly where our organization is headed, more membership and also more attendance at convention.” The National FFA has record membership this year with more than 700,000 members. National FFA Organization CEO Mark Poeschl said the growth is steady. “As an organization, we have the opportunity to continue engaging agricultural education students that aren’t involved in FFA. It’s our goal by 2028 that every person in agricultural education will be an FFA member. We’re taking tangible steps to make sure that happens.”
Developing the Next Generation of Agriculture – The National FFA Convention is filled with opportunities for members to explore careers in agriculture. Nutrien Ag Solutions Vice-President of Marketing and Innovation Brent Smith said next generation FFA members will be meeting the needs of a growing world population. “I get so encouraged and energized when I’m around these young people,” said Smith. “They’re so energetic, creative and mindful of sustainability and farming.” The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM experience received attention at convention in the Microsoft Blue Room. On Thursday afternoon, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said economics will continue to drive the industry’s technology change. “We can use space to increase crop yields, reduce water use and preserve nitrates in the soil. All of this is science related,” said Bridenstine. “There’s a lot of correlation between what FFA does and what other STEM fields do.”
Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the FFA – At the 1969 National FFA Convention, women gained full membership in the National FFA Organization. Fifty years later, the organization is celebrating the milestone. North Dakota FFA State Parliamentarian Hannah Remington had a realization at last week’s delegate session. “I told one of my state officer teammates, isn’t that insane there were people here discussing women should be part of the organization? It’s amazing to be in the FFA and I’m glad it happened 50 years ago.” About half of the membership for the National FFA Organization is women. They hold 57 percent of leadership positions in the organization. Agribusinesses want to see that continue grow. In the next year, four companies including Carhartt, Cargill, Ram Agriculture and the CHS Foundation are sponsoring the 50 years of Women in FFA initiative. Talking with state FFA officers, there is a sense of pride and encouragement in being part of the FFA. Minnesota State Treasurer Maddie Smith says everyone comes together in the end to make FFA great. “That’s where the true experience lies.” Listen to the story.
CHS Foundation Connects with the Next Generation in Agriculture – The CHS Foundation attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Communication Specialist Tera Stoddard says the foundation is connecting to FFA differently this year. “We’re trying to build on the cooperative spirit and give back. We’re sponsoring a teacher’s lounge space, the 50 Years of Women in FFA initiative and grants to help FFA chapters attend the convention.” Stoddard says it’s always refreshing to be at FFA Convention. “It’s a must see. I always leave the National FFA Convention knowing the future of agriculture is in great hands.” Red River Farm Network’s National FFA Convention coverage is sponsored, in part, by CHS. CHS creates connections to empower agriculture.
An Out of this World FFA Convention Experience – AgCountry Farm Credit Services Marketing Communications Consultant Jean Johnson attended the National FFA Convention and Expo for the first-time last week. “Walking into the general sessions and seeing all of these FFA member’s faces and energy, it’s really out of this world.” Johnson says one of the highlights of the week was hearing stories of FFA members. “It gives you such a positive feeling about where agriculture is going.” Red River Farm Network’s National FFA Convention coverage is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
Advice for Cow-Calf Operations – North Dakota State University Extension is hosting a series of webinars on the current ag challenges. Considerations for cow-calf operations were emphasized Wednesday. Area Livestock Specialist Janna Block said feed supplies are tight, especially with hay still sitting in water. “If you have damaged hay, talk to your people at FSA and NRCS. Programs for emergency livestock assistance are available.” Extension Livestock Specialist Lisa Pedersen, who was also part of the webinar, said a disciplined culling strategy is necessary. “Start with the easy decisions first, which is get rid of open cows; if you’re not an operation that preg checks on a regular basis, this is the year to do that.” Cows with a bad disposition, bad feet and legs and udder quality are also factors for culling.
A Wet Fall and Markets Points of Discussion for SD Stockgrowers – Compared to 2018, it’s been a better year for South Dakota cattle producers. South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Executive Director James Halverson says while there were some minor delays, western South Dakota is looking at a bumper hay crop. The current problem is getting that hay hauled home. “You hate to cuss the moisture, but we’ve got to get hay and the crops out of these fields.” Livestock auction barns are in the heart of the fall run of cattle. Halverson says while prices have come up lately, cattle producers were hoping for higher. This was a point of discussion during the Stockgrowers annual meeting held Thursday through Saturday in Rapid City. “A lot of the sales are two or three days sales running 10,000 head a week. Prices are down from last year at this time. There are a ton of factors influencing them right now.” Hear the story.
Hours of Service Legislation Introduced – Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress to provide flexibility and relief from Hours of Services rules for agricultural haulers. The Responsible and Efficient Agriculture Destination Act adds the same 150-air-mile radius to the back end of a hauler’s destination, which currently applies from the trip origin. It also clarifies that this exemption would apply in every state on a year-round basis. The legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Angie Craig of Minnesota and Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania.
MEAT Act Introduced in the U.S. House – Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the labeling on plant-based meat. The Marketing Edible Artificial Truthfully, or MEAT, Act aims to establish a federal definition of beef for food labels. In addition, it seeks to eliminate consumer confusion due to misleading labels and boosts the federal government’s ability to enforce misbranding.
MN Beef Update – The Iron Fork competition was recently held, with beef being in the spotlight. Minnesota Beef Council Director of Industry Relations Royalee Rhoads has more in the Minnesota Beef Update.
Plans Suspended to Implement Electronic ID Tags by 2023 – USDA’s plan to implement electronic identification tags has been suspended by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service. Originally, electronic tags were to be required as official identification of cattle and bison by 2023 under the Animal Disease Traceability program. The decision was based on livestock industry feedback. APHIS is taking time to “reconsider the path forward and then make a new proposal, with ample opportunity for all stakeholders to comment” Read the statement.
SD Senators Pave the Way for Beef Integrity Act – South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds have introduced the U.S. Beef Integrity Act. The bill addresses the “Product of the USA” labeling, making sure the description is only placed on beef born, raised and slaughtered in the U.S. These legislative efforts are headed by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and received praise from the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. The groups argue that current laws allow for packers and retailers to label beef that is not a necessarily a product of the U.S. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is in the processing of gathering information on labeling practices to fully understand the issue.
Mandatory COOL Called a Priority Issue – R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard says there is no compromise when it comes to mandatory country-of-origin labeling. Speaking at the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association annual meeting, Bullard said mandatory COOL is the only tool available for farmers and ranchers to compete against cheap beef imports.
Ag Labor Bill Reforms H2A Visa Program – A bipartisan agriculture guest worker bill has been introduced in the House. This bill would provide legal status to current ag workers and their families. It also makes changes in the H2A visa program, allowing year-round permitting. The National Milk Producers Federation supports the proposal, saying dairy farmers have a unique labor crisis because their jobs are not seasonal or temporary.
Senate Approves Ag Appropriations Bill for FY 2020 – The U.S. Senate approved the Agriculture Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2020. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, who chairs the Senate ag appropriations committee, said the legislation makes sure farmers have access to risk management tools and capital. Funds for implementing the 2018 Farm Bill are a part of the bill. Also included is support for crop insurance and direct, guaranteed and emergency loans.
MN Corn Matters – The Minnesota Corn Growers Association has a call to action regarding the granting of small refinery waivers. Learn more from MCGA President Les Anderson in this Corn Matters episode.
USDA Releases Interim Hemp Production Rule – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the details of its domestic hemp production program. The program will create a regulatory framework around U.S. hemp production. In the regulatory process, states will provide a hemp production plan to the USDA. The agency will evaluate those plans within 60 days of submission. States still have the choice to authorize or not authorize hemp production. “There may be a few states that choose not to authorize hemp in their borders,” explains USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “States can be more restrictive than the farm bill, but they can’t be less restrictive. We believe most states will submit plans to the USDA.” An interim final rule will be published in the Federal Register later this week. When the rule is published, it takes effect immediately. A public comment period will open once the rule is published. Hemp sampling and testing guidelines will also be released with the final rule. Read the interim final rule.
Hemp Covered Under Insurance in 2020 – If farmers are in states with a USDA plan or operating under the 2014 Farm Bill hemp pilot program, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said they can participate in USDA conservation programs. Diversified producers can also purchase whole farm revenue protection as long as they have at least a five-year history of farm income or a three-year history for beginning farmers. “The Farm Service Agency is also developing loan programs for producers that are available on a limited basis,” Northey explained to reporters. “Many hemp producers may also be able to purchase non-insured crop disaster assistance. That’s also offered through the FSA for adverse weather events.” To take advantage of these USDA programs, hemp producers must file an acreage report with FSA after spring planting. A USDA, state or tribal production number is also required in addition to the crop’s intended use.
Fed Cuts Benchmark Interest Rates by 25 Percent – The Federal Reserve has cut the benchmark interest rate by a quarter percent. This is the third interest rate deduction this year. Fed Chair Jerome Powell also indicated interest rates will likely stay at current levels unless the economy takes a sharp downturn.
AgCountry Cutting Variable Rate Loan Interest Rates – AgCountry Farm Credit Services is reducing interest rates on variable rate loans starting December 1. According to AgCountry President and CEO Marc Knisely, this move will help better position farmers during the current economic challenges. The decision comes following the announcement by the Federal Reserve to cut the benchmark interest rate by a quarter percent.
The Number of Chapter 12 Bankruptcies Increase – USDA is projecting 2019 farm income at $88 billion. That’s the highest net farm income since 2014. Farm debt is projected to be record high at $416 billion. For the 12-month period ending in September, Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies totaled 580 filings nationwide. Thirty-one of those bankruptcies were in Minnesota, 13 were filed in South Dakota and three in North Dakota.
SD Corn Comments – The enrollment period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2019 crop year is currently open. Get the details in this week’s Corn Comments, a feature from the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
Farmers Expressing Continued Interest in Water Management – Weather can be a make-or-break factor when it comes to farming, and in 2019 there has been no shortage of precipitation. Levi Otis of Ellingson Companies works with farmers on water management not only during the wet years, but during the dry ones as well. “Farmers are calling me, wishing they would’ve been tiling through the dry years too,” says Otis. “Where we’re suffering is a lot of our projects still have crop on them right now. The interest is there and we still have a good amount of capacity left depending on weather conditions.” Implementing a drainage system is a major, upfront capital investment for the farmer or landowner. In a year like this, especially with two rounds of flooding, an effective water management system can be worth its weight in gold. Otis says a couple benefits of drain tile include decreasing crop damage and increasing productivity. “In a year this this, it may pay for itself within a year.”
Dealing with Addiction – Farmers are under extreme stress due to the ongoing harvest struggles. University of Minnesota Professor of Neuroscience Dr. Mark Thomas says people often turn to alcohol or drugs during these times of stress. Thomas is part of a roundtable discussion about addiction in Crookston. “They’re battling something that they don’t understand and we can’t understand from the outside; compassion and patience are needed to deal with this.”
3Q Income Higher for FMC – For the third quarter, FMC had revenues of $1 billion. That’s up ten percent from the same quarter in 2018. FMC reports growth in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, France, India, China and Pakistan. Sales declined three percent year over year in North America, driven by lower demand for herbicides in the Midwest and Canada.
Better-Than-Expected Profits for ADM – Archer Daniels Midland’s income totaled $16.7 billion in the third quarter, up six percent from last year. ADM’s nutrition business surged, up 76 percent in profits. Specialty products, such as pea protein, contributed to that strength. Lower margins in the ethanol business cut into the earnings for ADM’s carbohydrate solutions business segment, down 36 percent from a year ago.
Corteva Agriscience Seed/Chem Sales Influenced by Weather Delays – Corteva Agrisciences is reporting third quarter net seed sales of $681 million. That’s up from $551 million one year ago. The volume growth was attributed to planting delays, shifting corn and soybean seed sales in the third quarter. Crop protection quarterly sales totaled $1.2 billion, down from $1.4 billion one year ago.
Cargill Malt Business Sold to Axereal – France’s largest grain cooperative has acquired Cargill’s malt business. Axereal’s subsidiary, Boortmalt, will have access to the global market with this purchase. Cargill’s malt business includes 15 facilities on four continents. Cargill operated a malt plant at Spiritwood, North Dakota, but shut that facility down last year.
AMPI Discontinues Production at Two Plants – Due to a decline in dairy farm numbers and milk production in the region, Associated Milk Producers, Incorporated is shutting down two of its plants. Those facilities are the Rochester, Minnesota cheese plant and the Arlington, Iowa nonfat dry milk plant. The milk that had been processed at these plants will be routed to other AMPI plants.
BASF and NRGene Collaborate to Accelerate Crop Breeding – BASF and NRGene have announced a research collaboration that includes the adoption of NRGene’s cloud-based artificial intelligence technology into BASF’s soybean research projects. This effort is expected to accelerate trait discovery and breeding across diverse crops.
New Deere Tractor to be Available in December – John Deere has introduced its new 8RX tractor for 2020. This is a four-track, fixed frame tractor is designed to have the turning characteristics of wheeled tractors the pulling performance of tracks.
Ag Banking Layoffs – Reuters is reporting Wells Fargo has laid off more than 200 bankers in recent months. A large share of those layoffs were in the agriculture business unit. The agriculture group at Wells Fargo reportedly cut 25 percent of its ag bankers. The American Bankers Association lists Wells Fargo as the largest commercial bank in the country for farm sector.
Halstad to Create World’s Largest Sugarbeet – Halstad, Minnesota will soon be home to the world’s largest sugarbeet. The Halstad Business League has been fundraising and commissioned an artist to create a 21-foot tall sculpture in the city. History and information about the sugarbeet industry will be placed around the giant beet.
FFA American Star Award Winners Named – On Friday night, the National FFA Organization named its American Star Award winners. The American Star in Agricultural Placement went to Andrew Streff from South Dakota. The American Star in Agriscience is Courtney Cameron from Georgia. The American Star in Agribusiness went to Blake Kennedy from Oklahoma and the Star Farmer is Willis Wolf from California. Learn about about Streff’s Supervised Agricultural Experience project.
2019-2020 National FFA Officer Team Named – A new officer team was named during the final session of the National FFA Convention on Saturday. The team includes President Kolesen McCoy from Ohio and Secretary Kourtney Lehman from Oregon. There were four Regional Vice-Presidents named. The Western Region Vice-President is Lyle Logemann from New Mexico. The Central Region Vice-President Mamie Hertel is from Montana. The Eastern Region Vice-President is Tess Seibel from Virginia and Yomar Roman from Puerto Rico is the Southern Region Vice-President.
Two Area FFA Members Make Top 25 for National Officer Team – Two FFA members from the area were considered for the National FFA Officer team. Kegan Zimmerman from Minnesota and Clayton Sorum from South Dakota advanced to the Top 25 candidates. Sorum says the interview process is long, but so essential for the National FFA Organization. “It’s a week long emotional roller coaster where you’re trying to go and show the nominating committee who you are and what you bring to the table,” he says. “Based on a two hour interview, they have to form a team of six that will travel across the country.” Sorum is majoring in agricultural education at South Dakota State University. He wants to teach agriculture after graduation. “About 99 percent of the students who come through agricultural education aren’t going on to be farmers, but we can build agriculturalists and smarter consumers for the future.”
MMPA Honors Miron Farm – The Minnesota Milk Producers Association has named Miron Farm of Hugo as its 2019 Producer of the Year. The Miron Farm includes Fran and Mary Ann Miron, their sons Paul and Andrew and their families. Miron Farm was established in 1887 and now milks 120 cows.
Stockgrowers Recognize Maher – The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association has honored State Senator Ryan Maher with its Legislative Friend Award. Maher, who is an Isabel native, has been in office since 2007. Also honored during the association’s annual convention were Matt Reints of Genex, Chase Adams of the American Sheep Industry, Ryan Donnelly with Senator John Thune’s office and Leon Garrett of Vit-A-Zine.
ND Banker Elected to Mpls Fed Board – The president and chief executive officer of First Western Bank and Trust in Minot has been elected to the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Board of Minneapolis. Brenda Foster is a past president of the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota and will serve a three year term on the Fed board.
Sipcam Agro USA Announces Promotion – Sipcam Agro USA has promoted Sam Wineinger to director of marketing. Most recently, Wineinger was the marketing manager for Sipcam Agro’s turf and ornamental division.
A New Sales VP for HELM Agro – HELM Agro US has hired Aaron Locker as its vice president of sales. Locker has 30 years of experience in the crop protection sector, including time with Vivid Life Sciences, FMC and Syngenta.
Sikes Joins Agricultural Retailers Association – Danielle Sikes is the new Director of Public Policy for the Agricultural Retailers Association. Sikes previously served as the Director of Congressional Relations for the National Pork Producers Council.
Last Week’s Trivia – The 1974 black and white Mel Brooks movie was ‘Young Frankenstein.’ Former farm broadcaster Kristi Osterlund, who is now with the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, wins our weekly trivia challenge. Congrats, Kristi. Grant Lien of Versatile, Troy Gerding of Meridian Seeds, Brian Rydlund of CHS Hedging and Cody Dedow of Bader Rutter earn runner-up honors. The ‘first 20’ rounds out wtih Carver County feedlot officer Alan Langseth, Stephen auctioneer Jason Rominski, Mark Dahlen of Benson County FSA, Joan Hoovestol of North Dakota Beef Commission, Erc Lahlum of Corteva Agriscience, Kent Braathen of Braathen Harvesting, Dianne Bettin of LB Pork, Kevin Praska of Stone’s Mobile Radio, California Department of Pesticide Regulation Director Val Dolcini, Mark Bernard of AgroEconomics, Nick Revier of SES VanderHave and Dennis Sabel of Minnesota Farm Bureau.
This Week’s Trivia- The Swiss have the franc. Europe has euro, China has the yuan and India has the rupee. What is the currency in Japan called? Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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