LANESBORO, Minn. – Being relatively new on the scene for many farmers, the idea of adding cover crops in these northern climes can be an intimidating one. A group of Mower and Fillmorec County farmers decided to gather to share their experiences with each other, get advice from experts and mentor other producers looking at adding cover crops to their operation.

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DYSART, Iowa — Trade is a top issue for pork producers, said National Pork Producers Council president John Weber.During an interview at his Dysart farm last week, Weber, who took the helm in March, said the organization just finished its spring legislative action conference in Washington, D.C. with 130 pork producers from 27 states lobbying lawmakers on pork industry issues. Read more

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COURTLAND, Minn. — The Reuben and Judy Bode farm near Courtland is about family in the truest sense of the word.The farm has been in the family since the late 1800s. Reuben, son Ryan and his grandsons are the third, fourth and fifth generations involved in the farm. Read more

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – On a rough sea of commodity prices, pay prices for members of CROPP Cooperative, which markets the Organic Valley and Organic Prairie brands, were steady to increased this year. Sales supported that trend, boosting the co-op past $1 billion in sales for the first time in its 27-year history. Cooperative executives discussed CROPP’s success in 2015 and plans for the future in advance of their annual meeting April 7. Read more

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FARMINGTON, Minn. – Minnesota Farmers Union representatives have no shortage of issues they would like to see the Minnesota legislature take on this session. MFU Vice President Gary Wertish outlined the organization’s priorities April 6 at a Dakota County spring issues meeting while Government Relations Director Thom Petersen talked with legislators in St. Paul. Read more

ZUMBRO FALLS, Minn. — Dori Klein draws her energy to do day camps from the children who attend the camps."They get so excited," she said. "Their eyes just light up around the animals."

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DES MOINES – A new website,,  is available to help Iowa residents learn their city’s ordinances related to beekeeping. is believed to be the first searchable bee law website in the nation.

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MADISON, Wis. — A labor of love is how Corey Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman managing editor, describes his efforts as co-editor of “We Need a Show,” the limited edition commemorative book that reminisces about the 50-year history of World Dairy Expo. The international dairy show's 50th anniversary will be celebrated in 2016.

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