Latest NewsJerseydale Farms sells raw milk, man dies in grain bin accident and DuPont Pioneer supports Farm Rescue.
By: Agweek wire reports,
Jerseydale Farms resumes distribution of bottled raw milk
• PIERRE, S.D. — Jerseydale Farms of Brookings, S.D., has resumed distribution of bottled raw milk according to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Jerseydale Farms’ permit was suspended on Jan. 21 after a positive test for listeria from a sample of bottled raw milk. A follow-up sample was collected and tested negative for Listeria. Further testing of the original sample determined the species to be listeria innocua. This species of listeria is generally not considered pathogenic bacteria.
Minn. man dies in grain bin accident
• GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A rural Yellow Medicine County, Minn., man died Feb. 3 after apparently being accidentally buried in a grain bin. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office identified him as Richard Rosetter, 77. The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 4:40 p.m. Feb. 3 that Rosetter was missing and was believed to be in a grain bin that was in the process of having the contents removed. Workers at the farm told deputies that Rosetter had been in and out of the grain bin and was last seen around 2 p.m., but was believed to have left with his wife. When the wife returned and workers realized Rosetter wasn’t with her, they began to search the property, then called 911 when they were unable to find him. Rescue personnel searched the farm and still couldn’t find Rosetter. The grain bin then was emptied, a process that took six and a half hours, and Rosetter was found inside. The sheriff’s office says he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Yellow Medicine County deputy coroner.
Farm Rescue receives grant from DuPont Pioneer
• JAMESTOWN, N.D. — DuPont Pioneer donated $5,000 toward 2014 Farm Rescue efforts. DuPont local account manager Matt Carlson sponsored this grant. Farm Rescue is a North Dakota-based nonprofit that plants and harvests crops free of charge for family farmers who have suffered a major injury, illness or disaster. “We are proud to support the dedicated efforts of Farm Rescue and their volunteers who come to the aid of farm families in times of crisis in the Upper Midwest,” Carlson says. Farm Rescue was founded by Bill Gross in 2005 and has assisted more than 250 farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. “We want to thank DuPont Pioneer for their generous gift. Only with the assistance of businesses like this, organizations and individuals can we continue to provide this service,” Gross says.
Apply now for Organic Transition Cost Share program
• ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture reminds growers of the Feb. 14 deadline to apply for the Minnesota Organic Transition Cost Share program. The program helps farmers who are transitioning their land or livestock to certified organic status. It reimburses part of the cost to work with a U.S. Department of Agriculture-accredited organic certifying agency during the transition period, which typically lasts 36 months. Certifying agencies visit farms and verify that the farmers’ practices comply with federal organic regulations. In addition, farmers can request reimbursement for soil testing costs and registration fees to attend an organic education conference in Minnesota or a neighboring state. Farmers transitioning to organic can receive a rebate of 75 percent of these eligible costs. The maximum payment is $750 per year for three years or until they achieve organic certification, whichever comes first. “We’ve already had several farmers apply for this program, which was brand new in 2013,” says program administrator Meg Moynihan. Application forms for both the 2013 and 2014 programs and a set of Frequently Asked Questions are available at www.mda.state.mn.us/organic or by calling 651-201-6012.
MSU Extension offering free herbicide recommendations
• BOZEMAN, Mont. – Montana State University Extension has a new research bulletin on glyphosate-resistant kochia. The guide outlines best management practices and herbicide recommendations for growers, and it is available from MSU Extension at no cost. “Glyphosate-resistant Kochia in Montana,” gives an introduction to kochia weed biology and helps readers understand the development and spread of the evolutionary weed, and the best practices to contain and manage herbicide-resistant weed populations. Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide, known as Roundup or by other generic names. Authors Prashant Jha, weed scientist at the MSU Southern Agricultural Research Center and Kent McVay, Extension cropping systems agronomist, included full-color photos in the eight-page guide that shows full-grown plants, close-up leaves and field growth characteristics to aid in identification. The publication was printed in part with funding obtained from Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. “It is important for growers to combat herbicide-resistant kochia with as many tools as they can now to mitigate the risk of further spread in Montana,” says Jha. Furthermore, development of kochia populations with stacked and multiple resistance to two or more herbicide groups would be a concern for growers, if not managed proactively, he says. The glyphosate-resistant kochia bulletin is free, and can be ordered from MSU Extension Publications at 406-994-3273, or at firstname.lastname@example.org or downloaded at www.store. msuextension.org.