Tricounty News

Schiefelbein elected Angus delegate

130th annual meeting

Donald K. Schiefelbein of Kimball has been elected as a delegate to the 130th Annual American Angus Association®Convention of Delegates, Nov. 18, in Louisville, Ky., reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.

Schiefelbein, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 336 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members in their state to serve as a representative at the annual meeting. Representing 48 states, District of Columbia and Canada, the delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.

The annual event is held in conjunction with the annual banquet and the Super Point Roll of Victory Angus show, Nov. 16-19, during the North American International Livestock Exposition.

The American Angus Association has nearly 25,000 active members and is the largest beef breed organization in the world.

Meeker County Fair names 4-H Champions

The following are the names and placings of the 2013 Meeker County Fair 4-H Champions. Listed are the project title, the placing (GC=Grand Champion, RC=Reserve Champion), followed by individual’s name and club. In this issue we are listing only the Kimball Kruisers (KK), and Valley Victors (VV).


Protect pollinators while trying to protect your crops

Minimize the risk for bees!

Honey bees and native bees forage in and near soybean and cornfields, especially during dry weather. When treatment decisions are being made for pests of these crops, it is important to consider minimizing the risk to these pollinators.

Bees are the most important pollinators of our fruits, vegetables, and crops including alfalfa hay that feed our farm animals. Honey bees and thousands of native bee species rely on the flowers they pollinate for good nutrition and health. Bees are being pushed to the tipping point by various factors, such as disruption of natural habitats, diseases and parasites, and widespread overuse of pesticides.


Vietnamese importers see Minnesota as an option

Soybean farmer Paul Simonsen hosts trade team

Vietnamese soybean importers left Minnesota knowing the quality of the soybeans grown here, thanks to a tour across the state that included a stop at soybean farmer Paul Simonsen’s cabin in Atwater.

Simonsen hosted agricultural delegates that are leaders in Vietnam’s soybean importing practices. Their visit to the United States included seeing how soybeans are produced start-to-finish. Before coming to Minnesota, they visited Grey’s Harbor in Washington State to learn about the exporting process and processing plants to show what happens to the beans after they leave the farm. They came to Minnesota to see the soybean fields and equipment used to harvest the crops, furthering the relationship between the two countries.


Libbesmeier gets a taste of agriculture abroad

According to the Institute of International Education, “U.S. student participation in study abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades.” In the U.S. higher education system, 19,903,000 students have studied abroad in the 2010-2011 school year. The top field of study for studying abroad is social sciences and the top destination is the United Kingdom.W-fam1

Bethany Libbesmeier is one of those fortunate students to study abroad, her destination; Angers, France.

For one month, May 28-June 28, Beth had the opportunity to study in the historical city of Angers. The Sustainable Food Chains program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities provided Beth with this opportunity. The whole study abroad group consisted of five students from the U of M, five from Wyoming, four from Madison, one student from Maryland, a professor from Russia and 16 students from Texas A & M.

From left are Jordan Meyer, Rene, Vony, Bethany Libbesmeier, and Dana at the Farewell Picnic at school in France.