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.
MDA Working With Local Processing Plants
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is working with local meat processors to increase capacity.
Food Safety and COVID-19
The University of Minnesota Extension Service produced a webinar Food Safety and COVID-19 What We Know.
Faribault Winter Farmers’ Market Moves Outdoors
The final Faribault Winter Farmers' Market on Saturday will be moved to the carport on the Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault.
AM Minnesota Tom Slunecka With Minnesota Soybean Growers
My guest on today's AM Minnesota Program will be Tom Slunecka with the Minnesota Soybean Growers and the topic will be Plasma Blue a new way to make biodiesel.
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Rice County
Last week the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed emerald ash borer was found in Rice County after a Faribault Public Works employee noticed a tree with symptoms.
Will it Be an Early Spring Planting Season in Minnesota?
Looking a tthe snow depth on the ground, frost depth and the soil temperature maybe we can anticipate an early spring?
National and Minnesota Grain Bin Safety Week
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared this week Grain Bin Safety Week.
January 2020 Cloudiest On Record
In case you noticed we had a lot of cloudy days in January.
Women in Ag Network Annual Conference
The fifth annual Women in Ag Network Conference, "Celebrating Agriculture" will be held February 4, 2020 at the Willmar Conference Center.
Better Fuel Initiative launch at MN AG Expo!
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association lauched a drive to increase regular gas from 10 ethanol to 15 percent.