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July' 2013

2013 FARMFEST Forums Scheduled

FARMFEST will feature an exciting line-up of feature forums in 2013, according to Kent Thiesse, FARMFEST Forum Coordinator. The forums will be held August 6, 7, and 8, in the new Wicks Buildings FARMFEST Center on the FARMFEST Site, which is located at the Gilfillan Estate, 7 miles southeast of  Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Thiesse said the forum schedule for 2013 has a heavy emphasis on National and State agricultural policy issues, and on issues affecting rural Minnesota. [ read more ... ]


Knee-High Corn by July 4

For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was “knee-high by July 4th, which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for that year. Of course, most farmers a couple of generations ago had much lower yield goals for their corn than the farmers of today. Today, “waist-high” or higher corn by July 4th is a more typical, and has resulted in some very good corn yields in most areas in recent years. It is difficult to get exceptional corn yields in the Southern half of Minnesota, if corn is only “knee-high” or smaller on July 4th. [ read more ... ]


New Farm Bill defeated in the U.S. House

After nearly two years of discussions and debate, a new Farm Bill appeared a bit closer to being enacted into law; however, on June 20th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down the new Farm Bill by a vote of 195-234. Several weeks ago, the New Farm Bill was passed by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, with strong bi-partisan support. Ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Ag Committee, MN Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson, maintained his support for the new Farm Bill, as did fellow-Ag Committee member, MN First District Congressman (D) Tim Walz; however, MN Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan (D), also on the Ag Committee, opposed the new Farm Bill. Minnesota’s Congressional delegation was split 4-4 on the vote for a new Farm Bill. [ read more ... ]