• Paula Mohr

    USDA April Crop Report And Your Bottom Line

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 1, 2014

    Join the Farm Progress Farm Futures® marketing team of Bryce Knorr and Bob Burgdorfer, Monday, April 7, for a crucial preview of spring grain markets before you head to the fields for planting. With USDA's long-awaited Prospective Plantings and quarterly Grain Stocks report out, key pieces of the price puzzle are falling into place. Knorr and Burgdorfer will compare USDA's tally with Farm Futures® own survey data, along with a preview of the April 9 USDA world supply and demand…

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    A Guiding Voice For Extension

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     by Paula Mohr
     on December 10, 2013

    If you have wondered about the workings of the University of Minnesota Extension, now is a good time to consider gaining an inside edge and helping shape Extension's future. Nominations are currently open for positions on Extension's statewide Citizen's Advisory Committee. The CAC meets twice yearly, during State Fair week and in mid-winter. After the State Fair meeting, committee members have the option of attending the fair in the evening and watching the current 4-H Arts show…

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    If Animals 'Suffer,' Why Wait?

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     by Paula Mohr
     on November 4, 2013

    An animal rights group released another spliced-together video about alleged animal abuse. The most recent one showed video from a Pipestone System hog barn, unveiled at an Oct. 29 press conference. An undercover employee reportedly shot hidden-camera video in August and September while working at the farm over a 10-week period. The video shows a worker euthanizing runts by using blunt force trauma, piglets getting castrated and having their tails removed, and sows confined in gestation…

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    Educating Non-Farming Folks, One At A Time

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     by Paula Mohr
     on September 6, 2013

    There was an interesting column in the Sunday Minneapolis Star Tribune by Dennis Anderson entitled "Raising crops and awareness." The outdoors columnist attended a Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council-sponsored farm visit that was held on Spring Creek Farms near North Branch. Owners John and Jewell Peterson are currently involved with Discovery Farms Minnesota. The farm encompasses 700 acres of corn and 700 acres of soybeans, with a small acreage of locally sold…

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    Conservation And Tithing: Doing What Is Right

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     by Paula Mohr
     on August 21, 2013

    A huge annual sporting event takes place northwest of Anoka, not far from my home, called Game Fair. At Game Fair, hosted by Armstrong Kennels—a hunter, a fisherman, a dog lover, a conservationist—can find just about anything that supports and encourages the sport. You could say it's sort of like Farmfest, as that has everything for farmers. The event also hosts educational sessions and panels. A few years ago, it featured a panel of gubernatorial candidates that…

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    Corn and Cows Way Up North

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     by Paula Mohr
     on July 15, 2013

    It was a productive, story-gathering three days for me this week as I traveled to the northwest corner of the state. I joined the Minnesota Cattlemen's summer beef tour in Roseau and stopped by the Magnusson Research Farm while there. Plus, I made other visits to farms for stories you'll see in The Farmer over the next several months. I was in that part of the state last summer when I participated in the Minnesota Soybean Growers' See For Yourself tour. That trip was an…

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