Ag

What do rural Minnesotans think?

May 2, 2017

What do rural Minnesotans think?
The Minnesota Farmers Union unveiled its report What Do Rural People Think? on April 26, 2017.  It is a distillation of 14 conversations in 14 rural communities held between March 27 and April 26, 2017. Here’s the quick summary (broadband is #3!) Since the 2016 national, state and local elections, there seems to be an ever-present question on the minds of policymakers, elected officials, the media and organizations of all kinds: What do rural people think? $43,429 per year is too much

Survey shows power of ag on Kandiyohi County economy

April 10, 2017

Survey shows power of ag on Kandiyohi County economy
WILLMAR—The surprising optimism of farmers in spite of bleak revenues and the powerful punch agriculture has on the local economy were two key points revealed by an in-depth survey of Kandiyohi County ag producers. A report on the survey, which was commissioned by the Ag and Renewable Energy Committee of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, was presented last week at two public forums. The report will help the committee “develop a plan and a vision”

Gauging the health of agriculture

November 22, 2016

Gauging the health of agriculture
WILLMAR—A survey that will gauge the current health and provide a glimpse of the future growth of agriculture in Kandiyohi County will be conducted this winter with the goal of finding solutions to issues that farmers identify as problems. Multiple teams of volunteers are being recruited to conduct face-to-face surveys with 65 active farmers who will be asked to respond to questions about their operations and what they see for their farms’ future. The survey may reveal “red flag”

Dealer offers ag data collection via airplane

January 19, 2016

Dealer offers ag data collection via airplane
WILLMAR, MN—In an era when unmanned aerial systems seem to be the inevitable future for agricultural data collection, one implement dealer has started offering a service of collecting data for customers with a Cessna airplane, flown by an actual pilot. Haug Implement of Willmar, Minn., offers data gathering and processing service in central Minnesota, and is expanding. The company captures images at a 2- to 10-inch resolution. They are Minnesota’s dealer for AgPixel Agricultural Service,