I grew up on a crop and dairy farm in Southern Minnesota. After graduating from Wells Easton High School, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. After graduation I returned to the family farm consisting of 600 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sweet corn, peas and 100 dairy cows. In fall of 1995, after 18 years, I traded the milking parlor for a radio microphone. I still get up at 3:15AM every day. In addition to Farm Broadcasting, covering the farm news, weather, markets, meetings, county fairs, FFA conventions and so on, I continue to farm our land in Southern Minnesota. I am on the air from 5:00 to 7:00 with Mornings on the Farm and then reports through out the day. My wife of 40 years, Louise, is an Occupational Health Nurse for the Jennie-O-Turkey Store. We have two children: Laura who finished Graduate school in Michigan and now is in Burnsville and Steve received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He works for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Rice County
Last week the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed emerald ash borer was found in Rice County after a Faribault Public Works employee noticed a tree with symptoms.
Faribault Chamber Agri-Business Brunch Canceled
The Faribault of Commerce Agri-Business Committee Brunch has been canceled but will be rescheduled.
Will There Be Meat Shortages at the Grocery Store?
The USDA Cold Storage Report shows there are near record supplies of meat in coolers!
North American Farm and Power Show Canceled
This afternoon Tradexpos announced that the 2020 North American Farm and Power Show had been canceled.
Rice County 4-H Red Cross Blood Drive
The Rice County 4-H Ambassadors will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday March17, 2020 in the 4-H Building on the Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault.
Winter Dairy Meeting Tuesday in Faribault
Incorpotating beef breeds into the reporductive plan on your dairy farm is the topic of the Winter Dairy meeting in Faribault Tuesday.
Farmers Visit Jefferson Third Grade In Faribault
Friday morning area farmer Brent Fuchs and I visited the Jefferson Elementary third grade class in Faribault to talk about how farmers produce their food.
Have You Signed Up For the New Farm Bill?
Less than half of Minnesota farmers have signed up for the new Farm Bill.
National FFA Week Classroom Visit
Thursday morning I visited Lori Pagel's Intro to Ag Class at the Kasson Mantorville High School.
Markets Get Coronavirus
There is no question that the agricultural markets got a bad case of the coronavirus.