Taxpayers giving too much to rich farmers
Interesting farm math for an owner of 200 acres of prime Minnesota, Iowa or Illinois farmland receiving $230/acre in annual cash rent:
Letter: Dairy farmers need your support
To the Editor:
Thanks to area dairy farmers
June is dairy month, so it is time to thank the dairy farmers in our area. Dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and a rich variety of ingredients for our health. Not only do they provide us with delicious and nutritious treats, but dairy farmers in Minnesota have an annual output value of $4.6 billion, and create nearly 40,000 jobs in the state of Minnesota. There are 101 cows on the average dairy farm and dairy is 24 percent of the state's total livestock receipts.
TO THE EDITOR: Here in Ellsworth, we have strong ties to the community.
Last week, Thomas Gillis of Roberts wrote telling us "nowhere is the environmental progress more apparent than on America's family farms." He said 99% of all Wisconsin farms are "family farmers."
A difference between the real Minnesota Pork Producers and the Minnesota Congressional District members of the U.S. House of Representatives is that the real Minnesota pork producers pay for their pig feed with their own hard earned money and some of our members of Congress pay for their pet pork projects with your tax money and borrowed money. The following figures from the Citizen's Against Government Waste (America's #1 Taxpayer Watchdog) 2010 "Pig Book" illustrate the differential gravity of the situation.
Farmers unite and support Dairy Bill S-1645
I am LoriJayne M. Grahn, a Minnesota dairy farmer. I am not a member of any organization, but all farmers stand on common ground where we have had enough!
Rural life was 'heaven on Earth' until cell tower went up
My husband and I moved to the country for the same reason most people do. To get away from city life, enjoy the solitude, breathe the fresh air and gaze into the night skies. From our house and backyard we can watch our horses as they graze and play in the pasture. The evenings are filled with the usual sounds of the night along with dark skies and illuminating stars. Heaven on Earth, that is until recently.
Letter: Agriculture, while changing, is still a dominant Minnesota industry
To the editor:
Letters: Time is now to be proactive on weeds
After reading about Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels infesting lakes closer and closer to the Park Rapids area, I realize it is only a matter of time before our lakes are invaded. This would be a catastrophic financial and esthetic loss to our tourist community.