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Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, owner and founder of Regeneration Farms LLC, and founder and president of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, talks about what regenerative means to him, and how his experience farming in the Guatemalan rainforest informs his life today.
Volunteer corn is more prevalent in the 2022 growing season and can cause some yield losses, but Bruce Potter, an integrated pest management specialist at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton, Minnesota, said the bigger issues are the insects and diseases that the corn can bring. Of particular concern is the corn rootworm.
About 35 representatives of foreign governments spent a week touring farms, research sites and agribusinesses across Minnesota. Visits ranged from Hormel and soybean farms in the southeast to sugarbeet farms and processing in the Red River Valley.
"I know 125 years isn't a long time in the whole scope of human history, but it's pretty impressive for this part of the world. What's more impressive to me is that the town hasn't just stayed alive but has recently found new and interesting ways to stay lively."
A Halstad, Minnesota, family has created a business of producing early-generation potato seed for potato seed producers. The business is a two-generation effort, with numerous employees here on H-2A visas.
Jill Murphy, North Dakota State University Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Traill County, estimated that 2022 corn yields will be slightly above or slightly below the long-term average.

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This week on AgweekTV, we'll visit a unique, multi-generational seed potato company. The USDA unveils its plan to finance close to $3 billion worth of climate smart ag projects. Ag labor reform is being called for during an ag industry worker shortage. And our Agweek Corn and Soybean Tour continues.
Though the soybeans in Casselton, North Dakota, were planted later than normal, the crop appears to be doing better than anticipated.
United States Sugar Corp., a Florida company that markets sugar cooperatively with Red River Valley sugarbeet growers through United Sugars, wants to purchase Imperial Sugar Co. The U.S. Department of Justice was suing to block the purchase.

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