A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Monday, September 07, 2020
Counting Down to Big Iron – The Big Iron Farm Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The show will be held in just over a week, September 15-17 in West Fargo. The Red River Farm Network will be there with a full slate of forums. We’ll be in a new location this year. Our building is the East Horse Barn on the west side of the grounds. We’ll be located just across the road from the new location for the food court. RRFN is also partnering with Your Live Event to deliver our forums online. You can subscribe to each of those programs now.
Lawmakers Start to Return to D.C. This Week – Lawmakers start to return to Washington D.C. after Labor Day. One item on the agenda is restarting earlier failed talks on another coronavirus relief package. Crops, livestock and biofuel producers are still trying to recover from billions of dollars in losses. Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told state Ag officials that President Donald Trump could deal out more help for farmers this year. The most recent approval was an extra $1 billion for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program’s Food Box Program.
No Riders Will be Attached to Stopgap Spending Bill – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have a tentative agreement to avoid a government shutdown. A continuing resolution is needed to fund the government after September 30. Mnuchin and Pelosi agreed to a clean stopgap spending bill, which means a new coronavirus assistance package will need to be addressed separately.
CFAP Details Coming This Week – USDA will announce details about the next round of coronavirus relief payments this week. During a stop in Iowa, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the rules will be announced before Friday’s deadline for enrolling in the current CFAP program. The second round of CFAP payments will cover COVID-19 related losses from April 15th to the end of the year.
CFAP Sign-Up Lags with Extended Deadline – With just days left in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program sign-up period, the Farm Service Agency says they’ve paid out more than $9.4 billion of the $16 billion allocated for the program. So far, Minnesota farmers received more than $583 million, with South Dakota farmers not far behind at $456 million. North Dakota farmers received more than $263 million in CFAP payments so far. Cattle, milk, corn, hogs and soybeans are the top five commodities receiving money in this program. The program sign-up is open through Friday, September 11.
Banker Cautions Farmers: Don’t Fully Rely on Gov’t Payments – The USDA’s Economic Research Service says a record $37 billion in payments from the Trump administration will help boost farm income in 2020. Bell Bank Senior Vice President of Agriculture Lynn Paulson acknowledges government payments can turn red ink into black ink at the bottom line of an income statement, but farmers shouldn’t fully rely on those payments. “We need to be cautious about government payments masking underlying issues an operation may have that we don’t address due to outside money.” In the Red River Valley, Paulson says farmers are generally optimistic about the farm economy. Part of the optimism is fueled by government payments, trade with China and what that’s done with commodity prices. Paulson will join RRFN at the Big Iron Farm Show on September 16.
NASDA Members Hear From Agriculture Secretary – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue kicked off the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting. Perdue cited two major trade successes; the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the phase one trade deal with China. Perdue said China has stepped up over the past six weeks. “We think we will own that market probably through January when the next Brazilian crop comes in.” North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring asked Perdue about the WHIP+ program. When implemented, WHIP+ was open-ended for 2018 and 2019. Goehring said a deadline is needed for those past two years so the current crop year can be addressed. “That’s frankly a mistake in that regulation,” said Perdue. Goehring is NASDA’s president and was scheduled to host the meeting in North Dakota. After the pandemic is over, Perdue said he’s like to visit the state.
NASDA Meeting Focuses on Rural Resiliency – Rural resiliency was one common theme during the virtual edition of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting. The meeting was supposed to take place in association president and North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring’s home state. However, that wasn’t possible because of COVID-19. “I missed seeing and hosting everybody,” said Goehring. During Tuesday’s opening plenary session, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen asked Land ‘O Lakes CEO Beth Ford about planning for the unknown. “How do we provide some stability for farmers in this tough situation with the food supply?” Ford responded by saying Lank ‘O Lakes is focused on the growing food retail sector and helping farmers succeed. “We have to have good resilience.” Both agriculture commissioners – Goehring and Petersen – will join the Red River Farm Network Tuesday, September 15 at the Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo. View the full schedule. Also, listen to the full story here.
Perdue to Participate in MFBF Shop Talk – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will participate in the next Minnesota Farm Bureau online ‘Shop Talk’ program. Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap said Perdue likes the town hall format. The program is scheduled for noon on September 24.
More COVID-19 Support Expected, But Details are Unclear – According to American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton, the USDA is trying to get farmers the support they need to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency is working on another round of assistance, but what that looks like is an unknown. “We look forward to engaging with the USDA as they begin to roll out a CFAP 2.0 sometime after September 11.” There are unknowns regarding these future government payments. “The second economic stimulus package is still being debated and it may come in a continuing resolution at the end of the month,” says Newton. “Ad-hoc doesn’t necessarily come as soon as you need it. Farm programs are lagging a little bit and I think bankers are starting to look ahead at next year, saying let’s pencil out the balance sheet. How do we make planting corn and soybeans work if demand doesn’t accelerate enough to get to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic?”
US-UK Trade Talks on the Schedule – The United States and United Kingdom will meet Tuesday for the next round of trade talks. England has been anxious to secure a trade deal with the U.S. after it left the European Union and all EU trade agreements.
UK-EU Skirmish Over Trade – The United Kingdom wants to finalize a trade agreement with the European Union by mid-October or it will blow up portions of Brexit. Britain left the EU at the end of January, but a status-quo transition on trade is in place until the end of the year. Without an agreement, nearly $1 trillion in trade between the UK and EU is in jeopardy.
Resolution Expected on Brazilian Tariff on U.S. Ethanol – Heading into the holiday weekend, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said an announcement is forthcoming that will resolve a tariff dispute between the U.S. and Brazil. At the end of August, Brazil’s tariff rate quota moved to 20 percent on U.S. ethanol. A coalition of 20 House members has sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, encouraging negotiations between the two countries to restore the zero-tariff on U.S. ethanol exports to Brazil.
Small Grains Harvest Wrapped Up for Belfield, ND Farmer – Field pea and small grains harvest is complete for Belfield, North Dakota farmer Greg Kessel. This year’s field pea crop was a little disappointing, but there was a fair amount of hail damage. Malting barley yields were better than expected come harvest. “The malting barley made plump, protein was where it needed to be and yields were respectable,” says Kessel. “The crop came off dry, as did the wheat. We were also pleased with that, with some test weights in the 64-pound range.” Timely rains are helping the row crops finish. Kessel says, once again, that hail damage is the main limiting factor. “The doesn’t look too bad, either, other than the fact it’s got two or three hailstorms on it. Overall, considering the amount of rain we had, we’re pretty happy.”
Aneta, ND Farmer Finishes Barley Harvest – Aneta, North Dakota farmer Fred Lukens is finished with barley harvest. The window to get the crops planted was tight, and June did not offer an overwhelming amount of moisture. However, timely rains throughout the growing season shined through. “Very hot temperatures in late June did take the top end of the yield off,” says Lukens. “It does, however, appear all of our barley will make malting quality and some of it did come off dry. Yields are down from normal expectations, but if it all makes malting that’s okay.” Lukens also planted a small amount of wheat acres, which also yielded well despite being planted on sandier ground.
Canola Harvest is Coming Fast in Devils Lake, ND Area – BASF Seed Advisor Rob Hamann says farmers are starting to desiccate the crop. “There’s been a few odd fields getting harvested and I haven’t heard yields on those yet, but the majority of harvest will be around the corner here,” said Hamann. “We’re expecting a good canola crop. In the southwest part of North Dakota, the crop is being harvested and people are pleased with how the crop is performing.” Fall 2019 still looms in the back of farmers’ minds. “I think we all remember what happened last year with the early snow and the weather turning on us. With that in mind, we’re getting later in the season so farmers may want to speed up crop drying down as much as possible where it’s allowed.”
Timing Recommendation for Harvest Aid Application – A lot of dry edible beans have been desiccated and more will be completed very soon. BASF Technical Services Rep Ken Deibert says the optimal timing for the harvest aid application is when the pods take on a tan-to-yellow color and there should be no more than 30 percent of green vegetation at the canopy. “At the upper portion of the canopy, several pods will still be green an that’s okay.” The rate for the harvest aid is two ounces of Sharpen with a pint-per-acre of MSO and AMS.
Rural Perspectives – This bump in the grain markets is pretty unusual during harvest. AgCountry Farm Credit Services market education specialist Katie Tangen has more in the latest Rural Perspectives podcast. Listen now.
ND Mill Reports Good Quality Wheat Coming In – North Dakota Mill President Vance Taylor says the quality of the spring wheat coming into the mill is excellent so far. “I think we have 20 percent of the new crop wheat on the belt and it’s performing well. The test weight seems to be up from last year and the falling number situation is better than 2019. Protein is similar to last year, too.” Taylor reminds farmers there is also some work being done at the elevator. “We’re putting in a new scale system and conveyors to further speed up our wheat unloading at the mill,” says Taylor. “We hope to have the first phase of this done in the next few months and then, finish up the second phase in the spring. This should speed up truck unloading by 25 to 30 percent.”
Spring Wheat Harvest Progressing Near Rolla, ND – In the Rolla, North Dakota area, Tim Mickelson is half done with the spring wheat harvest. So far, the crop has good quality. “In this whole area, the spring wheat yields are off probably 10 to 15 bushels per acre, in general, but the quality is there.” Canola harvest isn’t far away. Mickelson is trying to decide when to desiccate the crop. Weather is a big factor and it’s been a variable year. “We’re going to take the canola straight instead of wind rowing it. Usually by this time we have more harvested. This year, there’s only about 25 percent of the crop harvested in the area.”
A “Phenomenal Wheat Harvest” in South Dakota – South Dakota’s wheat harvest is coming to a close ahead of Labor Day. “It’s been a phenomenal wheat harvest,” said Reid Christopherson, Executive Director, South Dakota Wheat Commission. “We have to move beyond the situation of low acres and current prices. Looking at the results, the winter and spring wheat has excellent test weight, bushels, quality and very limited dockage at the elevator.” The remaining wheat acres to harvest is mixed across the state. In about two weeks, farmers will start planting winter wheat.
Harvest Rolling Right Along Near Grace City, ND – Farmers in central North Dakota experienced variable conditions all growing season long. Near Grace City, Justin Topp says there were a fair amount of prevent plant acres of his farm. Then, conditions turned dry in June. “We had some really good and some really poor barley fields. The richer soil definitely held on and the sandier soil definitely did not.” With small grains harvest complete, Topp is working on pinto bean harvest. “They survived the heat early on and look really good. The pods filled nicely and I’m hopeful the late season harvest will go smoothly.”
Small Grains Harvest Complete for Badger, MN Farmer – Badger, Minnesota farmer Shayne Isane is done with small grain harvest. “We had a nice stretch of weather, finishing spring wheat harvest the last week of August. We are happy to get it harvested and there’s not much small grains left to harvest in the area.” The crop was highly variable. “We had too much water early on and then, a lot of heat. The crop yielded anywhere between 50 to 70 bushels per acre. The quality has been good, no falling numbers issues, with decent protein.”
A Shift to Cooler, Fall-Like Weather – The summer months in the Northern Plains were hot and humid. That trend is now shifting to a cooler weather pattern. There will be a lot of cloud cover, so daytime maximum temperatures will be on the low side,” says Daryl Ritchison, director, North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network. “We could see only a high temperature of 50 degrees in some places.” One positive of the high heat and humidity was evaporation. Records were set during the summer months. “For Fargo, the coolest high temperature this summer so far is 71 degrees. We’ve never had a summer where there was not at least one day with a high in the 60s.” Ritchison will join the Red River Farm Network at the Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo on Thursday, September 17. The full event schedule is available at rrfn.com/big-iron. Listen to the story.
Potential Frost Forecast for the Northern Plains – Grand Forks, North Dakota-based National Weather Service meteorologist Timothy Lynch says there is potential for frost on Tuesday morning. “The northwestern side of North Dakota around Langdon and Devils Lake will have temperatures near freezing. In other places, we’re expecting mid-to-upper 30s, but we could still see some frost on Tuesday.”
Crop Maturity Shouldn’t Be an Issue Unlike 2019 – A cold snap has arrived in the Northern Plains. According to Syngenta agronomy service representative Jason Snell, the early maturing soybeans are turning color and dropping leaves. Most of the corn is dented and a large chunk has either reached or is approaching black layer. Therefore, Snell says reaching full crop maturity shouldn’t be an issue, unlike one year ago at this time. “If we make it through this week, I think most of the row crops will be at a point where they are not at as much risk,” explains Snell. “The exception would be a very late maturity soybean or a long maturity corn hybrid planted on the late side.” This time of the year, Snell says farmers are also focused on improvements for next year. Now is the time to be scouting for weed outbreaks from the combine and making notes. Listen to the full RRFN interview with Snell here.
Crop College – The corn and soybeans across the Northern Plains look encouraging. Hear more on the crop from Peterson Farms Seed President Carl Peterson in the latest edition of Crop College.The program is presented by Peterson Farms Seed.
A Better Fall Season Anticipated – We aren’t generating many GDUs to start this week, but the corn crop remains far ahead of last year. West Central Ag Services territory sales manager Clyde Kringlen is pleased with the condition of the row crops in northwest Minnesota. “There’s some areas that definitely got too much water, but corn and soybeans in a large area look very, very good.” After a couple years with difficult fall conditions, there is hope more fieldwork can be done this fall. “We’ve got some corn at black layer now and it will dry down quicker. Maybe, we’ll get some fall fertilizer done, it will certainly take the pressure off of everybody next spring.”
A Decent Growing Season for Crops Near Roseau, MN – As the crops finish out the growing season, Roseau, Minnesota-based South 89 Seed agronomist Carl Gaukerud is reflecting on how well the weed control plan worked. “With last fall’s conditions, not much tillage got done. This made spring work more hectic and not as many pre-emergent herbicides were applied. The spraying was done post-emergence and there was a lot of common ragweed pressure with the rains. We’ll start desiccation on a few fields that got out-of-hand in the next few days, but overall weed control has been good.” Owner Amy Brateng says in general, the crops are doing well. “The summer was better this year compared to last year. Many of the products are denting and the corn will likely reach black layer in the next few weeks.” Watch the video.
Factors Influencing the Soybean Market Rally – There’s been a nice rally in the soybean markets lately. NDSU Extension Crops Economist Frayne Olson says it’s unknown how long the gains will last, but there is a combination of four driving forces causing the rally. “There’s weakening U.S. yield expectations and simultaneously, there’s strong U.S. export to China. There’s also increased hedge fund activity and there’s a weaker U.S. dollar.” Olson says a shift in any of these factors may or may not tilt the markets a certain way. Olson has been closely watching China buy U.S. products. “Think about the phase one agreement as really making it easier to do business. There’s an expectation China will come in to buy more U.S. ag products. In my opinion, I don’t think the dollar commitments made in the agreement are the driving forces behind the purchases. In my assessment, it’s an additional benefit, but not the major driving force.”
Data Collection Key for Picking the Best Seed Varieties – Pioneer product agronomist Zach Fore is closely evaluating the new corn and soybean varieties available for farmers. “We’ll continue collecting data on products through harvest,” says Fore. “We collect data all year long on agronomics. For corn, it’s looking at stalks, roots and brittle snap. For soybeans, it’s white mold and iron chlorosis tolerance. Then, the yield data comes in, we pull it all together and rank the products.” Hear the full interview.
Potato News – Fresh potato harvest is underway in the Grafton, North Dakota area. Associated Potato Growers Incorporated CEO Mike Torgerson has more in this edition of Potato News. This program is made possible by Corteva Agriscience, Bayer, Sipcam Agro and BASF’s Provysol fungicide, the new standard for early blight.
August Ag Economy Barometer Shows More Farmer Optimism – The August Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer showed an increase in farmer sentiment compared to July. Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture Director Jim Mintert said farmers are more optimistic about current economic conditions, but the biggest driver in the August survey is the outlook for future expectations. The index of future expectations improved 33 points from July. Mintert said the improvements are due to a few things including the expectations for decent crop yields, commodity price rallies and additional export sales to China. Mintert is also surprised with some responses to a question focused around virtual meetings. One in five people surveyed attended a virtual meeting this summer. “It will be interesting to see down the road, how many programs will continue to be virtual going forward and the reaction people have to this,” said Mintert.
Other Solutions Being Sought in Conservation Compliance – The USDA has finalized a rule defining highly erodible land and wetland conservation. NDFB President Daryl Lies says more needs to be done to help farmers. “I think everyone that deals with wetland compliance issues agrees we wanted them to do more, but that’s probably a continuing battle we’ll have.” Lies says a new rule can be created for items not addressed in this final rule. “Maybe we need to have hearings on the appeals process and get some changes implemented there. It seems like the same people are the judge and jury throughout the process. They can delay things out and make it costly to address these issues.”
Burgum Puts In Disaster Request for ND – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has put in a request for a major presidential disaster declaration. This request comes as a result of high winds, hail and flash flooding that occurred from June 29 to July 1 in six counties. A presidential disaster declaration would unlock federal dollars for the state to use recovery efforts.
Walz Addresses COVID-19 and Section 179 in MFBF Webinar – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joined the Minnesota Farm Bureau Shop Talk webinar on Thursday and answered questions on the COVID-19 pandemic, including the use of emergency powers. “I want our businesses open, I also want our kids back in school and I want this done safely,” said Walz. “If the Legislature is willing to take over some of these responsibilities and do it, they need to show they can do it. No one anticipated a 100 year health event that would continue beyond 30 days. Rural areas may not have high infection rates, but the impact is dramatic once they start to spike up.” Walz also addressed the status of Section 179 conformity. “Full implementation was in my budget and it wasn’t accepted in 2019 so we put it forward again in 2020. I think it will be a difficult sell now, because of where the budget situation is at, but I think Section 179 is the right policy.”
MN Corn Matters – The Minnesota Soil Health Expo is coming up on September 9. Hear more from Jodi DeJong-Hughes with University of Minnesota Extension in the latest Corn Matters, made possible by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
Rural Areas Seek Broadband Access – COVID-19 has brought to light the problems with rural broadband. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says the issue comes down to access. “For farms, it is tough. Just like when we put in electricity, the farm is often at the end of the line. Farmers are businesses and generate a lot of money and it is important to have broadband.” Petersen participated in the Minnesota Farm Bureau online shop talk program Thursday.
Work Continues on Line 3 Pipeline Project – Earlier this summer, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the certificate of need for the Line 3 replacement project, the route permit and the adequacy of the environmental impact statement. Since that time, there have been appeals to that ruling in the appellate court and the Department of Commerce. While the appeals process moves forward, Enbridge Project Director Barry Simonson says work is continuing, “but, we know our original goal of starting in the summer is not a reality; we’re planning for winter construction.” This $2.6 billion private investment pipeline plan is described as a safety and maintenance project. “If you think about northwest Minnesota, which is predominately agriculture, we have six or seven pipelines that have existed since the 1950s throughout the region. The familiarity and transparency has been there since Day One.”
First Anthrax Case of the Year Reported in ND – The first case of anthrax this year has been reported in a Morton County, North Dakota beef herd. The positive case was confirmed within the past 48-hours by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller reminds producers to take action to protect livestock against the disease. Producers within Morton County and surrounding areas should consult their veterinarian to see if a first-time vaccination again anthrax is warranted. An anthrax fact sheet is available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website.
MN Beef Update – The next board meeting of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association will be held September 12. Learn more from MSCA Executive Director Allison VanDerWal in the latest MN Beef Update.
3D Printed Protein Cuts in the Works – The Israeli company Redefine Meat is developing a 3D-printed faux meat product that resembles a steak. This area, whole protein alternative cuts, is one that not yet hit the mainstream market. In a Reuters interview, the company CEO said the idea is for the 3D printers to produce up to 250 kilograms of the protein alternative in a single day. Redefine Meat plans on debuting the products at high-end restaurants in Israel, Switzerland, and Germany by the end of this year.
Roundup Lawsuit Heads to the California Supreme Court – Bayer has asked the California Supreme Court to review a lower court decision over the use of Roundup. In July, the California Court of Appeals upheld a $20.5 million award for a groundskeeper that claimed glyphosate was the reason for his cancer. Bayer argues it should not be punished for complying with federal law, which has determined the weedkiller is safe.
New Cereal Seed Treatment Options Available From BASF – BASF is expanding its seed treatment options for cereal grains with the introduction of Poncho XC seed treatment and Relenya seed treatment. The products are commercially available for use in the 2021 winter wheat growing season.
Two Modes of Action with Nufarm Americas Product – Nufarm Americas is introducing a new herbicide called Panther MTZ. This product delivers broad-spectrum control of more than 90 weed species and is labeled for a number of crops, including soybeans. Nufarm is an Australian-based agricultural chemical company.
Canadian Companies Collaborate on Biopesticide Technologies – Vive Crop Protection and A&L Biologicals have working together to develop new biopesticide products. This collaboration uses Vive’s nanotechnology delivery system and A&L’s novel microbial-based technologies to create new products. This effort a Sustainable Development Technology Canada project that helps Canadian companies develop technology solutions for environmental issues, like climate change and soil health.
FBN Offers Environmental Transparency with GRO Network – Farmers Business Network has launched new technology for the sourcing and pricing of low-carbon grain from the farmer to feed companies, ethanol plants and other grain buyers. The GRO Network is designed to bring environmental transparency to the market and create a premium price for that grain. The biofuels company, POET, has signed on as a customer for the low-carbon grain.
Diversified Crop Insurance Services Sold to Japanese Firm – A Japanese company is buying Diversified Crop Insurance Services, which is the crop insurance business unit for Consolidated Grain and Barge. Sompo Holdings is one of the largest crop insurance providers in the world and is expected to pay approximately $400 million for Diversified. Sompo already owns another U.S. crop insurance company, ARMtech. The deal is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter.
MGEX and Miami International Holdings Move Forward with Merger Talks – Members of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange have voted in favor of demutualizing. That’s the process where a customer-owned mutual organization or cooperative changes its legal for to a stock company. This allows MGEX and Miami International Holdings to move forward with their plans to merge.
Salford Group Teams Up With Case IH – With this alliance, Salford is manufacturing air-boom application technology for the Case IH Titan Floater chassis. A Case IH spokesman said the Case IH FA 1030 air boom delivers higher throughput, higher capacity and longer booms. This technology is designed to cover more acres in a tight application window.
New Track Tractor Hits the Field – The Fendt tractor brand is introducing a line of track tractors. Fendt, which is an AGCO brand, has three models available ranging from 380-to-431 horsepower.
Planter Promoted at Plot Day – Butler Machinery showcased its lineup at a field day near Davenport, North Dakota Wednesday. Director of Ag Business Mark Madson cited the new design for the Fendt Momentum planter. “Compaction certainly becomes part of any conversation in row crops and we limit compaction with a complete new design from a planter bar perspective.” The Precision Planting technology, which can be added these planters, was also highlighted.
New NASDA Policy Adopted – The nation’s top agricultural officials have unanimously approved a new diversity and inclusion policy during the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting. In a statement, NASDA CEO Barb Glenn said the future of agriculture is best served when all are empowered regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion The newly adopted policy also recommends supporting programs and encourages all levels of government to do the same.
FMC Hires New Marketing Director – Eric Kalasz has joined as the U.S. marketing director. Most recently, Kalasz was brand manager for the BASF crop division in the U.S. In addition to BASF, Kalasz has held marketing, account management and sales positions with Dow AgroSciences and Bayer.
National Proficiency Finalists Named – The National FFA has announced the finalists for its agricultural proficiency awards. There are four finalists competing for this award in nearly 50 areas. Minnesota has six national finalists. Those students are Adrienne Lipinski of Eden Valley-Watkins for agricultural communications, Brennan Kluender of United South Central FFA for ag mechanics, Page Stuber of the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture for agriscience research for integrated systems, Cayden Buysse of Tracy for diversified crop production, Morgan Johnson of Dawson-Boyd for equine science and Zachery Ruppert of Tracy for vegetable production. South Dakota has one national finalists; Hunter Eide of Gettysburg for agriscience research in animal systems.
Kentucky Ag Commissioner is New NASDA President – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is the newly elected National Association of State Departments of Agriculture president. Quarles succeeds North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who now claims the role of NASDA past president. Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Petersen was selected as vice chairman of the Rural Development and Financial Security Committee.
Last Week’s Trivia – The Big Mac from McDonald’s had an ad campaign in the 1970s that touted two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. Mark Mettler of PreferredOne Administrative Services is our trivia winner this week. Special recognition goes out to Linda Skelly of Columbia Grain, Jody Saathoff of CHS-Alma, Nebraska, Badger farmer Shane Isane and Mike Trosen of Meadowland Farmers Co-op. The ‘first 20’ rounds out with retired North Dakota Farmers Union economist Dale Enerson, Hallock farmer Theresia Gillie, Ron Lerner of Ultima Bank Minnesota, Mark Haugland of Bayer CropScience, Crookston farmer Tim Dufault, Twyla Wulf of Clear Springs Cattle Company, Keith Rekow of Dairyland Seed, Ernie Barta of Barta Farms, Kevin Praska of Stone’s Mobile Radio, Bob Lebacken of RML Trading, Kevin Schulz of National Hog Farmer, Ron Dvergsten of Northland FBM, Carver County feedlot officer Alan Langseth and Ray Kotchian of Prairieland Ag.
This Week’s Trivia – The original lineup of the 1960s pop music group, the Monkees, included Micheal Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and two other singers. Name at least one of them and send your answer to email@example.com.
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