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 by Maine University.

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 of grain.  Read the article from the University of Missouri Extension service by Clicking Here.

Three Decades of Sugar: Kelvin P. Thompsen


A Completed Tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative

Kelvin Thompsen, pictured in 2013, near Renville, MN.

Kelvin Thompsen, pictured in 2013, near Renville, MN.

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 a South Dakota ranch to help out a family member. Grungy, sweaty work is no big thing for Kelvin – the dirtier the better. It was the perfect way to spend a few days – working outside, helping others, with ample time to reflect on what was and plan for what’s next.

October 1, 2016 also marked the day he completed his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. Two years ago Kelvin announced his planned departure from the cooperative, so he could usher in new leadership and set a course for the next phase of his career. Kelvin served as President and CEO for the cooperative since 2009, and has worked in the beet sugar industry since 1983.


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 website.

Continue reading on the United States Department of Agriculture’s website.

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 the benefits an inspection can have on the profitability and safety on the farm.  It also discusses the resources you can use to complete an inspection.   Please Click Here to access the article.

Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, visited Minnesota late last week. One of his stops was at Hultgren Farms in rural Raymond, just west of Willmar Saturday afternoon.

Conaway said he looks forward to working with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking minority member on the committee on the next Farm Bill.

Read the full article at Daily Globe