MINNESOTANS TAKE PORK LEADERSHIP ROLES
Leadership at the National Pork Producer's Council (NPPC) has a decidedly Minnesota flavor.
Terry Wolters of Pipestone, Minnesota, was elevated to president of the organization for 2022-2023. Wolters owns Stoney Creek Farms and is a partner in the Pipestone System. He also is a member of Wholestone Farms and is active in the Pipestone County Pork Producers Association, Minnesota Pork Producers Association, and the Minnesota Farm Bureau. Wolters is chairman of NPPC’s Animal Health Food Security Policy Committee.
Long time swine industry advocate Lori Stevermer of Easton, Minnesota was elected vice president. Stevermer is co-owner of Trail’s End Farm and has served on the executive board of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.
Steve Malakowsky of Wells, Minnesota, with Compeer Financial, was elected to a two-year term as the allied industry representative.
PORK CHECKOFF REDUCED
Delegates to the National Pork Industry Forum approved a change in the mandatory Pork Checkoff rate. The current rate of $0.40/$100 value per live animal will change to $0.35/$100 effective Jan.1, 2023. This represents a 12.5% reduction in the Checkoff rate.
MINNESOTA DICAMBA RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given approval to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) state-specific use restrictions for three dicamba herbicide products during the 2022 growing season in Minnesota. The restrictions are aimed at curbing off-site movement of the products.
Restrictions include an application cutoff date of June 12 south of Interstate 94 and June 30 north of I-94. Application cannot be made if the temperature in the field at the time of application is above 85 degrees or if the National Weather Service forecast high for the nearest available location exceeds 85 degrees.
MDA received more than 300 dicamba drift complaints in 2021. Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner says the restrictions may make it hard for some farmers to use dicamba, but the steps were necessary to keep the product available. Listen
COMMODITY CLASSIC WRAP UP
Minnesota farmers were well represented at the recently completed Commodity Classic in New Orleans. Caucuses and resolution meetings were held for National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Soybean Association (ASA)..
Among the key issues pushed by Minnesota farmers and the NCGA is E15. Pope County farmer and MCGA director Richard Syverson says several resolutions were passed in support of ethanol infrastructure and year-round E!5 use. Listen
The 2023 Farm Bill, the Renewable Fuel Standard and right to repair were topics discussed by Minnesota soybean farmers and the ASA during delegate sessions.
WORTH RECOGNIZED BY ASA
ASA honored Lake Benton, Minnesota farmer Bob Worth with its Outstanding State Volunteer Award at the ASA annual banquet during the 2022 Commodity Classic in New Orleans.
The Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes the dedication and exemplary contributions of volunteers with at least three years of volunteer service in any area of their state association operation.
Worth has been a member and volunteer of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association for more than 25 years, serving in various roles, including president, secretary and treasurer. He’s currently vice president of MSGA and chair of their membership team.
SOYBEAN FARMER TRAVELS TO THAILAND AND PHILIPPINES
Benson farmer Patrick O'Leary recently returned from a trade visit to Thailand and the Philippines, the first such visit for a Minnesota soybean farmer since the COVID outbreak. O'Leary says the thrust of the mission was to re-establish connections with customers and lay the groundwork for possible future trade team visits to support current customers and develop new buyers for Minnesota beans.
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Council, U.S. Grains Council and the Northern Crops Institute held a one-day regional trade school in Alexandria March 16 to help farmers better understand the importance of trade and what goes into successful agreements. U.S. Grains Council chair and Kandiyohi County farmer Chad Willis says global events like the Russian invasion of Ukraine underscore how actions around the world can influence market opportunities. Listen
AVIAN INFLUENZA THREAT SPREADS
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has now been detected in a poultry flock in Wisconsin. Outbreaks have now been detected all around, but not in Minnesota. MDA Commissioner Thom Peterson says farmers with flocks of all sizes need to stay vigilant. Listen
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 17-19: North American Farm & Power Show, Owatonna
March 22: National Ag Day
March 23-24: AURI New Uses Forum, Minneapolis
March can be a very fickle month. While Minnesota is currently enjoying a mild stretch of weather, March 1965 proved to be the snowiest single month on record with 66 inches recorded at Collegeville, Minnesota.