Posts Tagged: agriculture

Agriculture and the holidays

A wreath tied onto a fence post in winter

  The holiday season is upon us. This time of the year can be hectic, whether it’s finding the perfect gift, preparing a meal, or decorating your home. What we may not recognize is the important role agriculture plays in our seasonal celebrations. Soon, people everywhere will be gathering with their families to commemorate the… Read more »

New ag landscape taking shape in Washington

A picture of the Captiol Building in Washington, D.C. at sunset

  In farm country, early support for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign held strong through the Nov. 8 election, as rural voters across the country voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Republican candidate. Now, as the president-elect starts to assemble a Cabinet and other leadership posts, here’s a quick look at some of the early contenders… Read more »

Where do Clinton and Trump stand on key ag issues?

A combine harvesting a soybean field

  We are only a few short weeks away from the election to decide whether Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.  Polls in rural America continue to show Trump carrying the farm vote by a large margin. In a recent online survey of producers conducted… Read more »

The need for mentoring in agriculture

Farmer and his son leaning on a gate in a paddock on a farm

By Bob Panzer, Risk Management Officer This past spring I heard a presentation about the topic of mentoring by Pastor Mark Schultz of Peace Lutheran Church of Eau Claire. The presentation caught my interest and got me thinking about the many farmers I have worked with over the past 35 years. If mentoring can assist individuals… Read more »

Rural America matters: America depends on its rural communities

Tractor driving through town.

  More than 80 percent of Americans live in urban and suburban areas, working in offices and homes, manufacturing and retail, food service and education. One thing every one of these more than 300 million people have in common is that they all need to eat, and the food they eat comes through the efforts… Read more »

24 students awarded scholarships from United FCS

Pictures of the 2016 United FCS scholarship recipients

CONTACT:           Jennifer Condon 320.593.7953, ext. 3012   Willmar, Minn. – With celebrating 100 years of service to agriculture and rural communities, United FCS is looking ahead by investing in the future. The member-owned cooperative is awarding 24 scholarships, totaling $12,000, to students from area schools. “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and our future… Read more »

Animal welfare: Join the conversation

A herd of brown beef cows

  At a time when animal welfare may be on the minds of U.S. consumers more than ever, fewer Americans have any personal connection to the land. In 1980, the U.S. had over 6 million active farmers, representing 3.4 percent of the nation’s labor force. Just 10 years later, the number of active farmers dropped… Read more »

Fresh Perspectives: A search for 100 agricultural leaders

A smiling woman with wind turbines in the background

  United FCS and the Farm Credit System are searching for the top 100 influential leaders in American agriculture for our Fresh Perspectives campaign. We’re looking for 100 people who are helping to shape the future of the rural communities we serve. As part of program, those successfully chosen will be able to tell their… Read more »

Large sugar beet harvest expected: What you need to know

Tractor harvesting sugar beets

                  Agriculture has always been dependent on the weather. Thankfully, the 2015 growing season has been positive across much of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This year’s weather has allowed for a potentially large crop of sugar beets. So large, in fact, that there is talk among the industry… Read more »

Bringing agriculture to the big screen

A photo from one of our public Farmland screenings

After serving agriculture for nearly 100 years, we know that each and every farmer has a unique story to tell. Maybe it’s a tale of pioneering spirit. Or maybe it’s a desire to produce food for not only your neighbors, state or country, but the entire world. Either way, each and every story can serve… Read more »