Farm Market News

Teenaged cattlewoman is tops in her field


A member of the Jackson County Central FFA Chapter is the Minnesota FFA Star Farmer. Make that star cattle farmer. Rachel Tusa, a senior at JCC High School and this year’s JCC FFA Chapter president, received the prestigious honor at last week’ Minnesota State FFA Convention in the Twin Cities. She was one of four Stars named during the convention’s […]

Bidne counting the days until county fair sheep show


Thomas Bidne’s favorite week of the summer is the week of the Jackson County Fair, and his favorite part of the fair is exhibiting sheep. Bidne and his twin sister, Julia, have been showing sheep for seven years. Though they live in Jackson, they have access to the animals through their great-uncle and keep them at a local barn throughout […]

Spring is busy season for FFA greenhouse


For some, spring means warmer weather and relief from snow. For the Jackson County Central FFA Chapter, spring means planting, growing and eventually selling flowers and plants out of its greenhouse, located at the JCC High School in Jackson. But the greenhouse isn’t just a springtime job. Planning and preparing for the spring planting, growing and selling season is a […]

Soy-based shoes?


Martin County soybean producers are taking their crop from the farm to the frontlines. In partnership with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, which directs the state’s soybean checkoff resources, Martin County soybean producers have launched the Stepping Up campaign to amplify farmer profitability and promote the value-added uses of soybeans while making community connections. As part of the […]

Locally built tractor voted one of the best in the world


A tractor engineered and manufactured in southwestern Minnesota has been voted one of the best in the world. The Fendt 1100 Vario MT tracked tractor was named the recipient of the prestigious Farm Machine 2022 Audience Choice Award earlier this year in conjunction with Agritechnica, the world’s leading agricultural trade fair, in Hanover, Germany. The award is voted on by […]

After 60 years, Hinkeldey still at the helm


Sharon Hinkeldey, leader of the Delafield Diggers 4-H Club in Jackson County for the past 60 years, briefly thought about retiring this year. Very briefly. Then she got back to work. “What would I do if I wasn’t working with my 4-H kids?” Hinkeldey said. “I just enjoy it too much to stop.” Though she’s been at the helm of […]

Best time to start farm succession and estate planning is now


Whether just starting out or nearing the end of the row, the best time for farmers to start the farm succession and estate planning process is now. That’s the advice of Ashley J. P. Schmit, attorney at law and owner of Focused Law Firm in Jackson. “The biggest hurdle in the process is just getting started,” Schmit said last week. […]

Baumgarns honored as a top farm family


The Marlene Baumgarn family of rural Round Lake has been named Jackson County’s 2022 “Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. The family was recognized at a special ceremony during last month’s Jackson County Fair in Jackson and officially honored by the University of Minnesota at an Aug. 4 ceremony at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls. […]

Three locals fare well at National Junior High School Rodeo finals


Three Jackson County girls fared well at the National Junior High School Rodeo finals in Perry, Ga., earlier this summer. Jessica Dvorak, Josie Dvorak and Sadie Hotzler earned trips to the national competition after finishing in the top four at the Minnesota Junior High School Rodeo finals in Fergus Falls back in May. Hotzler is reigning state champion in barrel […]

Volunteers headed to Jackson County for river cleanup effort

A major volunteer effort to clean up portions of the West Fork Des Moines River will kick off in Jackson County next week. Iowa Project AWARE — which stands for “A Watershed Awareness River Expedition” — is an Iowa-based environmental conservation organization that been organizing river cleanups across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa for nearly two decades, only pausing in […]

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