CASTALIA, Iowa — Trygve Lien's curiosity about agronomy led him to create a test plot and weather station, embark on a volunteer soil sampling project and start a small farming operation. People visit his Castalia Cropcam site on Weather Underground for local climate details,  follow his blog, Trygves Test Plot, and attend his open house each fall. On the land he farms, he has raised 300 bushel corn and 98 bushel soybeans.

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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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