Monthly Archives: May 2016

Pesticides are chemicals that serve a significant purpose on agricultural land.  Unfortunately, these pesticides may impose negative health factors to the person working with them or people near where they are being applied.  Pesticides should not be singled out as the only chemicals that may cause health issues; some every day cleaning or automotive chemicals […]

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 […]

Weekend frost nips some farm fields By Carolyn Lange Today at 6:30 p.m. WILLMAR—Two days of early morning frost over the weekend in west central Minnesota may cause problems for early planted crops. Reports of damage vary in the region—and it will take another day or two to determine what the true impact will be—but […]

Media Contact: Stacy Bettison 612.807.6337 As one of the largest employers and contributors to the economy of southwestern Minnesota, we take our responsibilities to the region and state very seriously. We are pleased to resolve matters with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency, most of which arose from unprecedented rainfall and […]

Thoughtful, well-articulated article about how VT law requiring special labeling and other state-specific labeling laws will have significant impact on food production, food access, price of food and farmer livelihood. Minnesota farmers need Minnesota’s senators to act By Karolyn Zurn Today at 5:00 a.m. CALLAWAY, Minn.—Unless the U.S. Senate takes immediate action, Minnesota farmers stand to be seriously […]

Minnesota sugar beet growing season off to great start Posted May 3, 2016 by Mark Dorenkamp Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative vice president Todd Geselius says planting began around the 11th of April. “That is quite early for us.  With the equipment that everybody has nowadays, planting goes extremely rapidly, so we basically planted our […]

SMBSC proudly sponsored the inaugural Redwoods Falls Career Expo. The event focused on introducing students from Redwood Falls, Wabasso, Sleepy Eye, and St. James to careers in a variety of industries including: agriculture, manufacturing, technology, business administration, health services, and more. Each student had the opportunity to ask local business representatives questions about career paths, […]