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Farmers Co-op Elevator hires general manager, Gordy Elliott


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Gordy Elliott, new general manager of Farmers Co-op Elevator. Photo submitted

The Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) board of directors is pleased to announce that they have hired Gordy Elliott to be the new general manager. Elliott will be responsible for the overall management of FCE. Elliott brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences that will lead FCE into the future. Board President Steve Oian noted, “Gordy’s resumé statement that he ‘cares about people’ is a strong indication of what our employees, members and community can anticipate.”

Elliott spent many years as an agricultural cooperative general manager at Pine Island Farmers Elevator and Hayward Cooperative and got his early management training with Midland Cooperative in Whitelaw, Wis., and Northfield, Minn. Most recently he has been a senior commodity risk management consultant with INTL FCStone, a global commodity broker. He has helped many people with marketing programs to lock in a price to protect their margins and manage volatility and will apply that same level of marketing to our farmer-owned elevator.

“It’s exciting to be part of an organization of patron-owners — farmers working together, investing in the co-op to help them be more successful on their own farms,” according to Elliott. “FCE has wonderful people - employees and the board - and I look forward to working with them to continue the FCE tradition and heritage that started over 100 years ago. Our challenge is to help producers become efficient as possible and embrace technology and conservation practices.” Elliott believes our employees are up to that challenge, but some of our facilities and equipment will need improvements to prepare us for the next 100 years.

On a personal note, Elliott says that after raising his family and working in the Twin Cities for the past 25+ years, he and his wife, Bonnie, were anxious to get back to rural Minnesota and are thrilled to be moving to what he calls “God’s little secret - the beautiful farm country in southeastern Minnesota.” They’re looking forward to getting involved in the local community and taking advantage of the many venues for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing this summer.

USDA announces additional support for small and midsized farmers and ranchers - Second major small farmer package this year includes research awards, technical assistance and marketing support

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 29 additional support and resources for America’s small and midsized farmers and ranchers. The announcement includes $7 million in university research awards in support of small and midsized producers; ..... 
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Funds help schools put healthy food on the plate: Farm to School Grants awarded across the state

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Several Minnesota school districts are able to upgrade their kitchens thanks to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Farm to School Grant. More than $250,000 is being awarded to fund 15 school districts and their loca ..... 
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Preston Historical Society announces tractor ride dates

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Preston Historical Society has set Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14 for a two-day autumn tractor ride through the scenic Bluff Country of southeast Minnesota. The round-about ride will begin and end each day at the Fillmore County Fairgr ..... 
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Area farmers’ markets promote local in southeast Minnesota/northeast Iowa

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Shop local. Dine local. Buy local. The energy behind the movement of supporting what’s in our own backyards is massive and it doesn’t appear to be slowing any time soon. Americans are tired of not knowing what’s in a product or where it comes f ..... 
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Farmers’ Market season just weeks away

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

It may be hard to tell, given the dismal start to spring and winter’s icy grip on our area, but local farmers’ markets are just weeks away from opening. Market organizers are working to bring in vendors of all sorts and customers are equally as e ..... 
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MILC program extended and start month revisions

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. - Tammy Martin, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Fillmore County announced that the 2014 Farm Bill extended the MILC program until September 1, 2014, or until the date on which the new Dairy Margin Protecti ..... 
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Beef council’s referendum voted down by producers - Minnesota beef producers decline fee increase

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s beef producers have rejected the Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council’s proposed referendum asking for an increase in check-off dollars. Sixty-three percent of the 1,525 voting producers voted against the ..... 
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Pork checkoff leaders finding new opportunities in South America - Board members meet with farmers and trade leaders to address global challenges and expand markets for U.S. pork

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. – Examining emerging market opportunities and creating new partnerships to tackle global challenges was the focus of a recent study mission conducted by the 15 farmer-directors of the National Pork Board during a week-long tour of Br ..... 
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