DL News Staff
A dozen farmers from across the world shared their positive experiences in growing biotech crops at BIO 2006, held recently in Chicago. A record 19,479 attendees from 62 countries attended BIO, the annual meeting of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and the largest international biotechnology conference in the world. Former President Bill Clinton keynoted the conference, discussing the importance of biotechnology in addressing food security in the developing world, as well as health concerns, energy needs, and environmental issues, such as global climate change. First introduced i
The Orville L. Freeman Office Building was dedicated in St. Paul April 21. It houses the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health, two agencies that have a history of working together on common issues such as food-borne illnesses. The Freeman building, which was completed in the fall of 2005, is the first state building designed specifically for the needs of two state agencies. It features 324,000 square feet of space on five floors. Immediately next door is the new State Lab Building, which has 176,000 square feet in three stories.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service is hosting a youth workshop in Moorhead May 9. The program is geared toward community leaders and others concerned with children and youth issues. The workshop presenters are Dr. Mary Marczak, director of Research and Evaluation at the Center of 4-H Youth Devleopment, and Deborah Moore, associate director of the Minnesota Youth Work Institute at the center. The deadline to register is May 2. The session is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There is a pre-registration fee of $25, or $40 at the door.
As a lake landscape homeowner, are you doing your part in protecting your lake? Native landscapes are becoming a popular way to protect water quality, wildlife habitat, and property values. An area of native plants along a shoreline will help keep our waters clean by reducing rain water run-off, filtering out sediment, absorbing excess nutrients and other unwanted pollutants in run-off, and minimizing wave and ice erosion. A healthy shoreland buffer also attracts wildlife and can reduce the risk of invasive plants becoming established along your shoreline.
The Becker County 4-H Council continues to collect spent cartridges from printers, copying and Fax machines including ink and Laser technology. Working with LazerTek, 4-H receives cash from the company for each useable ink cartridge we collect. Businesses and individuals that are willing to donate spent cartridges are asked to call the Becker County Extension Office at 218-846-7328 or bring them to the office. Animal identification deadline Most 4-H Animals projects must be identified with the proper forms in our office by May 15.
Americans are a strange lot. We blow steam for a few days about an important matter -- pledging to do something about it -- but bow to the inevitable of everyday living and watching our favorite television program. The volcano quiets until the next disturbing news causes the cycle to begin anew. Minnesota and North Dakota grain farmers are back in the fields again, and they are already well aware what 2006 expenses are going to look like. Gas and diesel fuel prices have steadily gone up this month, and will certainly equal what we paid last year, maybe even more. U.S.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and five other congressional members have formed the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus. The announcement was made April 4 in Washington, D.C. The caucus will consider how federal policy can promote and improve the U.S. dairy industry. "Milk and dairy products are an important part of a healthy diet. There are 65,000 dairy farmers in the United States who provide the milk and dairy products we need," explained Peterson. The caucus includes Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Randy Kuhl (R-N.Y.); and Sens.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of April 14-20. Minneapolis spring wheat, May contract; Friday Closed; Monday $4.13 3/4; Tuesday $4.25 1/2; Wednesday $4.23; Thursday $4.25. Chicago corn, May contract; Friday Closed; Monday $2.36 1/2; Tuesday $2.39 1/4; Wednesday $2.38 1/2; Thursday $2.35 3/4. Chicago soybeans, May contract; Friday Closed; Monday $5.71 1/2; Tuesday $5.75 1/2; Wednesday $5.74; Thursday $5.71 1/4. Chicago live cattle, June contract; Friday Closed; Monday $75.47; Tuesday $75.
Minnesota milk production in March rose 3 percent from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Minnesota farmers produced 734 million pounds from 450,000 cows in March. Production for the first three months totaled 2.11 billion pounds, also up 3 percent from the same period in 2005. California led all states in March with 3.4 billion pounds, up 6 percent from a year earlier. Wisconsin farmers produced just over 2 billion pounds in March, up 5 percent.
A former Becker County man was arrested early Friday after breaking into a White Earth business. Scott Roy, 36, now residing in Atlanta, Ga., was being held in the Becker County Jail in Detroit Lakes pending charges of allegedly breaking into M&W Foods Convenience Store. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said deputies and White Earth tribal police responded to a burglary report from the store owner, who resides at the business. Darby McArthur was awakened by an individual who was in the business and then confronted him.