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Hearings set Oct. 1 on wheat check-off referendum vote

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council will hold a series of hearings for interested growers to explain the upcoming referendum on the wheat check-off.

The hearings will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at three locations, connected via video conferencing.

n Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Conference Room A-512, 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls.

n Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council Office, 2600 Wheat Drive, Red Lake Fall.

n Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Orville Freeman Office Building Room B-145, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul.

The Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council has proposed to change the wheat check-off to 0.5 percent of the net sale value. The present check-off rate is one cent per bushel.

Through an automatic check-off program, farmers pay a percentage of their sale proceeds to their commodity council.

Commodity councils use these funds to pay for promotion, communication and research activities aimed at increasing crop value for growers.

Beltrami Co. Farm Bureau honors Skoe

State Sen. Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook) was presented the Beltrami County Farm Bureau's 2008 Friend of Agriculture Award at the group's annual meeting Thursday night, Sept. 25 by Beltrami County Farm Bureau President Don Cloose.

Skoe was honored for his 2008 legislation to help eradicate bovine tuberculosis.