Archive | July, 2012

USDA Announces 2.0 Version of Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

Updated Compass offers new case studies, updated map data, and enhanced search functions WASHINGTON, July 17, 2012—USDA today unveiled an updated version of its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. The KYF Compass is an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects through successful producer, business and community […]

U.S. and South American Farmers Unite to Support Biotech

United Soybean Board Directors and South American Farmers Meet with European Union Officials ST. LOUIS (July 17, 2012) – Farmers who produce 90 percent of the world’s soybean exports have joined forces to support biotechnology in the European Union. Soybean farmers from the United States and their counterparts from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, though […]

Pride of Dakota Day slated at the State Fair

BISMARCK – More than 50 vendors will be displaying, sampling and selling North Dakota products at the 24th annual Pride of Dakota Day, Monday, July 23, at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot. “It’s a great time and place for fairgoers to meet, shop, and share lunch,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “You’ll find […]

USB Continues Transition with Farmer Profitability in Mind

The 69 farmer-directors of the United Soybean Board (USB) will hold their next meeting on July 18-19 in Williamsburg, Va., to outline clear goals to maximize U.S. soybean farmers’ potential for profitability. USB continues to transition the organization around its core objectives: increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil; ensure U.S. soybean farmers […]

Crystal Sugar Profits Continue to Deteriorate During Ongoing Lockout

Cooperative’s Bottom Line Suffers Once Again Moorhead, MN – On July 13, 2012, American Crystal Sugar released its earnings statement for the nine months and quarter ended May 31, 2012. Since August 2011, less experienced replacement workers have operated Crystal Sugar’s factories, due to the lock out of 1,300 workers represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco […]

Tips for pork producers to beat summer heat

By Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota Extension ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/16/2012) —The summer months can bring about heat stress in livestock. Pigs are especially challenged because they do not have functional sweat glands to assist them in efficiently reducing body heat. Although most pigs today are raised in modern facilities that provide some climate control, […]

Goehring urges McHenry ranchers to apply for grazing permits

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging McHenry County farmers and ranchers impacted by the 2011 Mouse River flood to learn if they qualify for special use grazing and haying permits on the J. Clark Salyer Refuge. “The regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has informed me that the agency […]

Federal Partners Continue to Support Response Efforts Combating Western Wildfires

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2012 –The U.S. Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Department of Defense and FEMA continue to support efforts to protect life, public safety and aid in community recovery from wildfires and subsequent flash flooding in multiple Western states. On June 28, President Obama approved a disaster declaration for Colorado providing additional support to […]