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(Records hit, not just Tons Per Acre) One of my favorite times of the year is when harvest is underway. The crispness in the air and the smell of what farmers harvest is as pleasing as a warm apple pie out of the oven. When harvest wraps up, I like to go to the local […]

Media Contact: Stacy L. Bettison 612.807.6337 Renville, MN – July 21, 2017. Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), a farmer-owned producer of refined sugar and sugar beet co-products, announced today it has reached an agreement with its labor union for a five-year labor contract. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International AFL-CIO/CLC, Local 369 has […]

Planting Safety

Rural roads can be dangerous to travel, especially during planting and harvest.  An article from Nationwide discusses some of the additional hazards rural areas face, as well as some key actions to take to heighten safety.  Please click here to be directed to the article.  Have a Safe Planting Season.

Farm planting safety tips

With planting season upon us, it is an optimistic time of year.  It can also be a dangerous time as well.  Roadways not only being operated on by motor vehicles, but also farm vehicles can cause hazards on the roadways but also on the farm site as well.  An article written by the United Soybean […]

Spring Driving Tips

Additional hazards exist on Minnesota’s road ways during spring time weather.  The Minnesota Safety Council has an article that provides tips to help drivers be more alert in a variety of situations.  Please Click Here to be directed to the article.  Safe Travels!

Grain Bin Safety

With spring shortly upon us, it is a good time to discuss grain bin safety.  The article titled Grain Bin Safety by Grinnell Mutual Insurance discusses items to be cautious of when loading grain for transport.  Please Click Here to be directed to the article.

Working outside in Winter

Winter as we have seen this year has thrown us various types of precipitation.  Even though the precip. changes, the cold is still here.  In the following article by the University of Maine, several ways for people to stay safe while working outside in the cold are discussed.  Please Click Here to access the article […]

Winter Driving Tips

With the season of freezing temperatures upon us and precipitation in various forms causing hazardous roadways, additional preparation and attention is necessary to keep us safe.  The follow article discusses several tips that will enhance ones safety when on the roadways.  Click here to be forwarded to the article.

Storage and handling is an integral part of work that each farm operation is use to.  Unfortunately, it is the cause of debilitating injuries and fatalities each year.  Provided by the University of Missouri Extension service is an article that offers various practices to help keep yourself, family, and workers safe during handling and storing […]

Three Decades of Sugar: Kelvin P. Thompsen   A Completed Tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative On October 1, 2016, Kelvin Thompsen returned to what he did as a boy growing up in Illinois and Wyoming – working in agriculture. On this sunny day it was harvesting milo on […]