In recognition of National Teach Ag Day March 15, I would like to take the opportunity to thank my high school ag teacher, Mr. Chris Sheehan, for all of his hard work and dedication to the Red Wing agricultural education program and FFA chapter.
Interesting farm math for an owner of 200 acres of prime Minnesota, Iowa or Illinois farmland receiving $230/acre in annual cash rent: Costs: $30/acre in real estate taxes, leaving $40,000/year in spendable income, plus the taxpayers will pay about 60 percent of his renter’s crop insurance premium ($25) to assure the rent is paid, good crop or bad.
People who attend the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag, Minn., each Labor Day weekend have an opportunity to experience a “live” museum as they learn about how the pioneers lived and worked in this community many years ago.
I sat reading “Future energy needs still depend on coal” published June 27 and my jaw just about hit the floor. How could the Bemidji Pioneer publish this in the same month that Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and Scientific America all published articles debunking these myths. The scientific reality is that “clean coal” is impossible. You cannot clean coal, you can transfer the problem from one medium to another but it is still pollution. It does not matter if it is air, water, or ground, it still contaminates.
June is Dairy Month, so it is time to thank the dairy farmers in our area. Dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter and a rich variety of ingredients for our health. Not only do they provide us with delicious and nutritious treats, but dairy farmers in Minnesota have an annual output value of $4.6 billion, and create nearly 40,000 jobs in the state of Minnesota. There are 101 cows on the average dairy farm and dairy is 24 percent of the state’s total livestock receipts.
“The smell of burning rawhide cuts through the morning air” and “it’s a social event” is a disgusting combination when combined for the same reason in The Forum article “Branding: A Way of Life” in the June 7 edition of The Forum.
Thanks to the City Council for turning down Bill Gossman’s request to raise chickens in New London. Bill, let us farmers do the farming. Don’t “horn in” on our turf — or should I say don’t “Leghorn” in on our turf!
I write in response to Tracy Muske’s May 6 letter to the editor, “Low milk prices make it hard for family dairies to survive.”
Low milk prices have made it very difficult for all dairy farms to survive. As a member of the board of directors of the North Dakota Dairy Coalition, I know firsthand that existing dairies have always been our top priority.
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