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Pork producers help Iowans recover from tornado


Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Crisis reveals character. When an EF-1 tornado hit the small town of Lake City, Iowa, on May 10, pork producers from Calhoun County and Webster County were among the first to volunteer to help those in need.

“We wanted to do whatever we could to lend a hand,” said Gregg Hora, a Webster County pork producer and vice president of resources for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. “We were glad to fire up our grills and cook pork burgers.”

The burgers offered a bit a comfort on May 12 as cleanup efforts continued in town, where the tornado had ripped the roof off of the South Central Calhoun High School. Pork producers served some 300 pork burgers to cleanup crews, South Central Calhoun teachers, students, and other volunteers who were picking up debris.

“Pork burgers are always good, but these were awesome and much appreciated,” said Pati Jo Daisy of Lake City, a retired K-12 library/media specialist who helped move books out of the South Central Calhoun library. “There’s nothing like a hot, comforting meal, especially after surviving a tornado and being without electricity for hours.”

Over in 15 seconds

When the tornado hit the town of 1,700 people, more than 100 students, teachers and family members were attending a senior awards night program at the high school. Around 7:30 p.m., the crowd was warned to take cover in the basement as a tornado roared into town.

The ordeal was over in about 15 seconds, although a second storm blew up less than an hour later and pounded parts of the area with hail and heavy rain. As people cautiously stepped outside to survey the damage and check on their neighbors, everyone was relieved to have escaped Mother Nature’s wrath without a single serious injury or fatality.

The American Red Cross, which was one of the first groups to respond to the disaster, praised the local pork producers for helping feed the community during the recovery phase.

“These folks are great,” said Tammy Lee, executive director for the northwest Iowa chapter of the Red Cross. “Pork producers are always willing to do what it takes to help out and give back to the community.”

This is just one example of how producers focus on the pork industry’s We CareSM ethical principles, which include producing safe food and contributing to a better quality of life in local communities.

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“Farmland” film features Minnesota pork producer

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Hollywood has come to the Heartland, and Ryan Veldhuizen is welcoming the opportunity to shine the spotlight on modern livestock production through Farmland, a new feature-length documentary film. “Farming has always been in my blood, and it’s ..... 
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Agstar fund awards rural emergency response grants $151,820 awarded for rural departments in AgStar’s local service area

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce they awarded 54 departments for this year’s grant program. The mission of this program is to support rural communities in AgStar’s ..... 
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Timetable for Fillmore and Houston County land rent surveys

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Annual land rent surveys have been a staple in Fillmore and Houston Counties, a tradition that I intend to continue during my tenure. I have received multiple phone calls in my short time here as ..... 
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Stalk rot could hinder corn harvest

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties While the latest crop reports point to the potential for an excellent corn harvest, stalk rot is becoming an ever increasing concern. When stalk rot occurs, the internal materia ..... 
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USDA enrollment period for agriculture risk coverage and price loss coverage safety-net programs closes Sept. 30

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Tammy Martin Eligible producers are reminded that enrollment in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015 ends Sept. 30, 2015. Most producers believe they have completed the entire signup proce ..... 
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Prevent flash fires and explosions: watch for deep-pit manure foam

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Manure deep-pits under swine barns in the Upper Midwest are getting full in this time of year, and concern over pit foaming is especially high. Pork producers should be vigilant. Although the frequency of flash fires or barn explosions in deep-pit ..... 
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Staying safe during harvest

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Hello everyone! My name is Michael Cruse and I recently began working as the new Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties, replacing the late Jerry Tesmer. I grew up ..... 
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Preston garlic grower wins first place award at Minnesota Garlic Growing Contest

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Paul Schmidt, owner of Sunfresh Foods, Preston, Minn., won a first place award in the Garlic Growing Contest (The Big, The Small, and the Not-So-Ugly) at the 10th annual Minnesota Garlic Festival in Hutchinson August 15. Schmidt’s Krasnodar garl ..... 
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