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Britton Fuglseth’s agricultural career didn’t enjoy a promising beginning. When she took her first ag class in seventh grade at Fertile-Beltrami School in northwest Minnesota, her initial reaction was, “This is stupid. I don’t want to be here.” But the 18-year-old high school senior now embraces both agriculture and FFA, so much so that she was selected to a Minnesota State FFA leadership post — and even plans to become a high school agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor herself.
BUFFALO LAKE, Minn. -- Brian Ryberg and Ryberg Farms are relatively new to some farming practices that promote soil health. He’s also a fairly new member of the Soil Health Partnership. But Ryberg, who farms with his wife Sandy at Buffalo Lake, has taken well and quickly to both. He received the Soil Health Partnership’s “Super Sprout” Award at the 2019 Soil Health Partnership Summit Jan. 15-16 in St. Louis. The award honors him as a first-year member of the organization who “has jumped right into active involvement” with the group, according to the Soil Health Partnership.
Specialization generally is beneficial in economics. But too much of anything, even economic specialization, may not be a good thing. “We need to be asking if putting all our eggs in one basket is wise when the basket is more sensitive,” said Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, assistant professor of applied economics and management at Cornell University.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Minnesota often is associated with lakes, trees, corn and soybeans. But cattle are important to the state, too, Minnesota cattle industry officials say.