March 17-23, 2013 has been designated as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation is an effort to raise awareness of the positive and important contributions agriculture makes to Minnesota’s economy and its people.
As part of the celebration of Agriculture Week, our family of newspapers is proud to present our spring salute to agriculture, included with this issue.
A wide variety of stories are included, featuring individuals throughout our coverage area. If you are an e-edition subscriber, the complete electronic version of this special section will be included in next week’s Murray County AdVantage.
• Purple corn is explained. There are a variety of nutritional and other benefits involved in the purple variety.
• Many John Deere toys and more are being collected by Chuck and Cody Carlson of Heron Lake. See inside for details about them “going for the green.”
• Hippotherapy gives those with disabilities a chance to interact with horses.
• Jack and LaVonne Slater of Adrian recently returned from a trip to Brazil. The couple learned much about agriculture in Brazil and shared some of their knowledge.
• Rolling Hills Bank and Trust is proud to announce the latest Heifer Program winner, Jarred Jans of Fulda.
• A seminar in Slayton gives information about a new type of feed for horses.
• Land values throughout southwest Minnesota are investigated.
• As part of an EPA grant, feedlot inventories are being conducted in Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Cottonwood Counties.
Minnesota agriculture generated $18.5 billion in cash receipts and $6.8 billion in exports in 2011, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. More than 10 percent of the jobs in Minnesota are linked to agriculture.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says it’s important to recognize the impact agriculture has on the lives of all Minnesotans.
“Minnesota farms and agribusinesses produce high quality foods and agricultural products that we all enjoy and that are also exported around the world,” said Frederickson. “We rank sixth in the nation in agriculture production and we have our hard working farmers and ranchers to thank for that.”
The top ranking Minnesota counties in agriculture production are Stearns, Martin, Renville, Blue Earth and Nobles.
Minnesota Agriculture Week is being recognized in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of National Agriculture Day which this year was Tuesday, March 19. For more information on National Ag Day, visit the website www.agday.org.