I grew up on a crop and dairy farm in Southern Minnesota. After graduating from Wells Easton High School, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. After graduation I returned to the family farm consisting of 600 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sweet corn, peas and 100 dairy cows. In fall of 1995, after 18 years, I traded the milking parlor for a radio microphone. I still get up at 3:15AM every day. In addition to Farm Broadcasting, covering the farm news, weather, markets, meetings, county fairs, FFA conventions and so on, I continue to farm our land in Southern Minnesota. I am on the air from 5:00 to 7:00 with Mornings on the Farm and then reports through out the day. My wife of 40 years, Louise, is an Occupational Health Nurse for the Jennie-O-Turkey Store. We have two children: Laura who finished Graduate school in Michigan and now is in Burnsville and Steve received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He works for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
Minnesota Grown Directory Available
The 2019 Minnesota Grown Directory is now available featuring 1,023 members from all across Minnesota.
Farmer Input Needed For E15
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is asking farmers to email the EPA supporting E15.
Illegal Pork Products Seized at U.S. Port
The U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection seized a very large shipment of illegal pork products from China.
MDA Disaster Loans Available
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Rural Finance Authority has zero percent Disaster Loans available for farmers that saw losses due to the heavy snow.
Still 17 Inches of Frost in the Soil
Even with the 1.8 inches of rain in the last week there is still 17 inches of frost in the soil at the Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca.
Vineyard and Winery Management Workshop
The University of Minnesota Extension Service and Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance will be hosting a Vineyard and Winery Management workshop on Saturday March 23, 2019.
Snow Can Disappear Before it Melts
Some substances like water can go from a solid state like snow and ice to a vapor state without going through a liquid phase.
Marketing Plan Workshop in Owatonna
The University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association will be sponsoring a workshop in Owatonna on Developing a pre-harvest marketing plan.
Agricultural Meetings Postponed
A number of agricultural meetings have been postponed because of the extreem cold weather.
USDA to Open All Farm Service Agency Offices During Shutdown
The USDA announced today that all Farm Service Agency offices will reopen during the partial government shutdown and farmers should call for an appointment.