Julie Buntjer / Forum News Service
BREWSTER, Minn. — A Chicago-based renewable energy company is finalizing landowner leases to construct a 125-megawatt solar farm on 900 acres in western Jackson County.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Nobles County Farm Bureau is celebrating a big birthday this month. The farmer-led organization that works to impact farm policy and programs from the grassroots level to the federal government will mark its 100th birthday in the county, with a meal and annual meeting planned for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Kendrick Bickett may have become a Cloverbud 4-H’er when he was 5 years old to carry on a family tradition, but it was the opportunity to earn ribbons at the county fair — and later, to gain valuable leadership skills — that hooked this rural Worthington teen on the youth organization. Bickett has been busy walking, primping and preparing his livestock for 4-H competitions that begin today and continue through Saturday at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington.
ELLSWORTH, Minn. — Along a quiet gravel road east of Ellsworth, the Timmer farmstead is filled with cows chewing their cud and calves basking in the afternoon sunshine. It’s break time between morning and evening milkings, but for Matt and Polly Timmer and their two sons, 13-year-old Jacob and 7-year-old Aiden, there’s always work to be done.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — From snowstorms in April to floods in June and July, southwest Minnesota farmers have had their share of weather woes this growing season. Add in hail storms and wind, and it’s anyone’s guess what harvest will bring in just a few short months.
WINDOM, Minn. — Bare land took the shape of a homestead, horses were replaced by tractors and implements eased the workload for everything from planting to harvest. Yet over the course of 100 years, one thing remained constant on the Wittrock-Swenson farm in Heron Lake Township in Jackson County, Minn.
ROUND LAKE, Minn. — Jackson, Minn.-based New Fashion Pork celebrated the groundbreaking for its new $10 million state-of-the-art feed mill in Round Lake Wednesday afternoon. Under cloudy skies, NFP’s owner and CEO Brad Freking, along with his wife, Meg, and sister, Susan, gripped shovels and took celebratory scoops of black dirt as they grinned for cameras.
AVOCA, Minn. — A chorus of bellars arose from the Big Slough Waterfowl Production Area Friday morning as cattle farmers Travis and Cory Reith first unloaded a livestock trailer filled with cows, then a second trailer of calves. The cattle talk didn’t subside until each cow had been reunited with her calf. Once all was right with the pairs, they set out across the land with its more-than-knee-high dried grasses to graze on their new temporary home west of Avoca.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday authorized $150,000 in tax abatement for New Fashion Pork LLP to construct a new, $10 million feed mill in Round Lake, Minn. The Jackson, Minn.-based company is also requesting abatement from the city of Round Lake. The county abatement will be spread over 15 years, with $10,000 in abatement each year.
READING, Minn. — On a farm not far from here, pigs are sprawled out and sleeping, rooting up the frozen cap in a dirt yard and frolicking on a weathered cement slab. It’s mid-December, but these four-legged porkers are hamming it up in the final days before they leave for market. As you may already expect, these are no ordinary pigs.