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With harvest well underway, the article “Harvest Safety Tips from Nationwide”, discusses various hazards farmers experience during harvest. The article gives several precautions to take before, during, and after harvesting various crops to keep everyone involved safe.  Please Click here  to be directed to the article.  Have a Safe harvest!

(ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Sept. 26, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Grant Herfindahl, reminds farmers and ranchers of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. Continue reading on the United States Department of Agriculture’s […]

Harvest Equipment Inspections

To help increase the likelihood of having a successful and efficient harvest, a pre equipment inspection is a good tool to prevent major mechanical failures and potential incidents from happening in the future.  The inspection is also a good tool to help keep yourself, family, workers, and community safe during harvest.  The following article discusses […]

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, the Chairman of the US House Ag Committee visited Minnesota last week, including a visit and tour of SMBSC. He also visited Hultgren Farms and toured two ethanol plants during his visit. By Linda Vanderwerf / Forum News Service on Jul 31, 2016 at 9:48 p.m. WILLMAR — When he […]

Harvest Traffic Safety

With an early harvest just around the corner, the additional traffic and roadway hazards are a concern for rural communities.  The article “Everyone plays a role in safety on the roads during harvest” published in Agweek, provides safety awareness and ideas for farmers as well as their families who will be traveling on the roadways. […]

Summer time is a wonderful time to work in and enjoy the outdoors.  Unfortunately, additional hazards exist with the warmer weather.  The occupation safety and health administration has a great article which helps a person prevent and if already affected by heat stress, recognize the signs to prevent worsening conditions.  Read the article on the OSHA […]

A 388-page report, the result of two years of research by 50 scientists has found that genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMO) are safe to eat and pose no health risks. The study specifically refers to cotton, soybeans, corn, sugar beets and canola. The final sentence of the article wraps it perfectly: “It’s […]

ATV Safety

ATVs are generally used in many facets around the community.  Whether it is for recreation or work use, many will see and use them in  their endeavors through the seasons.  Unfortunately as useful and fun as ATVs can be, they present additional hazards to those who use them.  The Agri-Business council of Oregon partnered with […]

Renville, MN – April 1, 2016. Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), a shareholder-owned producer of refined sugar and sugar products, announced today it has elected Steven J. Domm to be the next President of SMBSC. Nearly two (2) years ago Kelvin Thompsen, SMBSC’s current President and Chief Executive Officer, announced his plan to transition […]

Planting Safety

With planting season coming up quick, there are items we can look at to help make planting season safe for yourself, your families, and the community.  An article in Successful Farmer discusses what can be done before hand to help prepare us and our equipment for a safer planting season. (Click here to view article).  […]