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Blois Olson is his name. If you are a happy, he’s also talking about mining, 6:30 a.m. radio buff tuned to WCCO, you pipelines and climate change.” frequently hear Blois Olson chatting with What about Minnesota millennials … WCCO’s Dave Lee. In just a 4 to 5-minthose 20 to 36-year olds that seemingly ute sound bite, it is amazing the variety doesn’t want to associate with any particof tidbits these two guys discuss. That’s ular group? Olson labels them as fiscal because Lee — with 30+ years WCCO conservatives and unpredictable because radio experience — knows how to ask their political allegiance is also unprequestions. And Olson, a young 46 years of dictable. That’s why he suggests the new age, is armed with a tremendous arsenal LAND MINDS governor shouldn’t get too excited about of chatty topics. new spending. “Millennials always quesBy Dick Hagen Olson was the 9 a.m. lead guy at the tion government spending issues … Dec 5 Minnesota Corn Growers unless it directly relates to programs Resolution event at Willmar, Minn. in their world. They’re a very indepenResolutions seldom are an exciting dent bunch. I know you corn growers agenda. And the Minnesota guys and gals aren’t even have some issues with them. Unless they see bashful: 306 resolutions were listed in the 22-page direct benefits, they’ll just ignore your organization booklet. Listed as a 6-hour session, I didn’t stay for too.” final results. But Doug Toreen, veteran Renville Olson credits Walz with his chatter on building a County association member told me the next morn- better Minnesota by everyone rolling up their ing (at the Round Table in the Chatter Box Café) all sleeves and working cooperatively — both 112 voting delegates were in a friendly, cooperative Democrats and Republicans. ”Yes, Democrats picked mood. I find that hard to believe. up 30 seats in the Minnesota House. But the Senate Resolution topics ranged from biotechnology to is still Republican and the Republican base is still federal farm programs to conservation to renewable Trump strong. If Democrats push for more taxes to fuels, ethanol and everything in between. support their new agenda and there is little evidence of results — especially on education — some Olson generated instant interest by talking the of these Democrats might start looking at the current political scene — both nationally and in Republican side of the political agenda,” he suggestMinnesota. Lots of ammunition for a political pundit in that arena. With the Corn Growers, he wasn’t ed. bashful about throwing a few darts either. In a brief private conversation, Olson shared, “It started when I was a paper boy. I delivered the Commenting about the President’s knowledge (or paper every day and I read the paper. The more I lack thereof) of tariffs and trade, Olson shared, “He read, the more interest I was getting in current tweets about tariffs. He calls himself the ‘tariff affair and politics. I learned to bridge the media gap man’. Yet the very next day the stock market in current affairs. So I started writing about it. dropped over 700 points!” People started reading, people started listening, and Blois thinks Governor-elect Tom Walz will get off here we are today.” to a good start. “He’s a new face in that chair. While growing up in Shoreview, Olson never had Governor Dayton seemed friendly towards agriculan inkling he’d become a political pundit. But his ture. But his lack of understating social and economic issues in rural Minnesota was pretty evident. profound interest in politics and a diehard work Walz, on the other hand, isn’t bashful. His campaign ethic propelled him in that direction anyway. Today, some of his political analysis gets used on CNN, included lots of talk about taxes, economic developMSNBC, National Public Radio, even the New York ment, and more funding for education — especially kindergarten and pre-school kids.” Those issues will Times and Newsweek. But he’s most visible on WCCO’s “Morning Take” with host Dave Lee. be some early victories for the new governor, said Olson. “And to keep the environmental community See LAND MINDS, pg. 4



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Olson finds midwesterners approachable, down to earth LAND MINDS, from pg. 2 him out too. I didn’t ask Olson if his ‘outrageous’ prediction on Jesse also cranked his connection with “Did I ever wake up wanting to grow up to be a the Minnesota Corn Growers. political pundit? No, but studying the media wired me in a way to glean information efficiently and So does Olson work with other commodity groups? effectively. I filter this info and put a prism on it in “I watch issues; study trends and how they impact a way that our clients and the public seem to value.” people, and the economy of communities. But with the Corn Growers, their numbers and their geoHis early venture into the political arena was graphic spread tells me this isn’t just about the assisting with the campaign of Bruce Vento, DFL commodity. It’s about the people working in this U.S. House of Representatives candidate. Later, he huge industry. It’s a really good snapshot of worked on Bill Clinton’s political ambitions. But by Minnesota.” 1998 he was weary of the constant travel. He was also getting fascinated with the burgeoning dot-com With the trend of bigger and fewer farmers, is industry. So he started a St. Paul firm New School Olson concerned about who will be running agriculCommunications to focus on database technology, ture in the future? “Yes, I think already this is an the web and media relations for clients inside and issue. Also, signs from the millennials tell me they outside politics. The company continued for nine want a simpler life. They want to be self-sustaining. years and accrued 14 employees. They want the values that rural areas provide and that’s why there is a growing number of smaller That same year, he and a partner founded farms. The first rule of sustainability is being able, an online newsletter about local politics sent to more than 1,000 readers (he stopped to take care of yourself. But millennials aren’t excited about the intense competition and the treworking for politicians during this tenure to avoid mendous capital demands of today’s agriculture. conflict of interest). But a turning point occurred They simply want a simpler life”. He thinks part of when he wrote a piece entitled “Jesse Could Win”. their attitude stems from being raised in an era He relates, “We were the first to actually print when distrust of government runs rampant. Ventura’s victory was possible.” And as you might “They’re not sure what to think about government, expect, that prediction generated awareness. or bigPlease corporations oremail even organizations such as ADinstant COPY INSTRUCTIONS read attached He was soon invited to provide election night cover- the Corn Growers. age on WCCO. Other media outlets began to seek getsAD him traveling the country. AD COPY INSTRUCTIONS Pleasework read attached email CODE AND REP NAMESOlson’s ALREADY ON THE LAND 3.7461 xAnd ” he sees a widening difference between Midwest culture and either coast. “We’re more approachable,” he CODE AND REP NAMES ALREADY ON AD THE LAND 3.7461 x ” said. “We’re more down-to-earth. We’re simply more sensible on many things. But our big cities are getting more like their big cities.”

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I asked Olson if he’d get excited to take over a Minnesota farming operation IF he had that chance? “Yes, and the reason is the tremendous amount of business in farming today. I’m always fascinated by the business dynamics of any business and to learn the business dynamics of farming I think would be special.” He credits a great staff and the intellectual curiosity of tools they are always tweaking to help generate more tidbits for his radio comments and his daily newsletter. “But ultimately I edit every newsletter. I have many sources of inputs. I always tell people, ‘you’d be overwhelmed by the inputs so don’t be overwhelmed by the output.’” His take on the daily buzz of business and politics? “You can get a curveball at any given moment, and that’s exciting,” he said. His greatest challenge? Perhaps surprisingly it’s not about politics. “People make that assumption; but about 80 percent of my work these days has nothing to do with politics.” Tremendously ambitious, Olson gets up at 4 a.m. to ‘prep his mind’ for the day. But he makes time for his wife Lou Ann, who also works in public relations; his 7-year-old son and his 5-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he likes to golf, cook or read ― generally about business. Might he consider even running for office? He answered. “I realized some people plan their lives around running for office. I will never let my life get so consumed.” This intriguing closer: Which is the largest County Corn Growers Association in Minnesota? Renville County with a current roster of 937 paid members which also makes it the largest county group in America! Membership is $75/year; $200 for 3 years. Minnesota corn checkoff is 1 cent per bushel. The two chief arm twisters: Doug Toreen and Mickey Peterson — both in the NCGA Hall of Fame. Dick Hagen is staff writer of The Land. He may be reached at v

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Giving up our selves can lead to giving to others He was flipping through the channels lives them, which is always true for those when I walked into the local fitness cenwho speak life into the next generation. ter. And though I thought he was a dude And this man had done just that. that would want to tune into the morning “This will be the death of me!” Within news, he was looking for anything but. the week I heard it twice. First in a serWhich was fine by me. mon illustration about the challenges of “But yesterday’s news was different,” I farming, then four days later from a said. “It’s the nicest I’ve seen both sides young mom with a rambunctious twoof the political spectrum in a long while.” year old. THE BACK PORCH With the death and funeral service that This will be the death of me! And, as I honored the 41st president, George H.W. By Lenae Bulthuis think about a life that outlives itself, I Bush, it seemed that with the lowering of honestly think that is key. It’s the “death the flags was the lowering of arms. A brief truce of of me” while living which leads to a life that outlives political brawl. our story at the last-breath “death of me.” We lamented that it was too bad you had to be The death of me puts others first, forgives offensdead before all things nice are said. “We should es, and refuses to hold a grudge or seek revenge. eulogize people while they are alive,” he said. I The death of me looks for opportunities to give agreed. And then he shared a story which has stuck when it’s easier to receive, and to serve when it’s with me. An accountant and his teenage son were in a car accident. The teen survived. His dad did not. And though the man was respected in the community, he wasn’t well known. Had someone eulogized him while he was living, you would have heard many Visit to view our nice things about his exemplary work and quiet life. complete calendar & enter your own events, or A man who was a good neighbor and minded his send an e-mail with your event’s details to own business. His funeral service told a bigger story. A surprise Jan. 10 — Linder Farm Network Ag Outlook story known only to his closest family and friends. Meeting — Mankato, Minn. — Meeting will focus on His casket bearers were six young pastors. Each management and marketing strategies for the coming one had been mentored as a teenager by the man year. — Contact Linder Farm Network at (507) 444most only knew as an accountant. Each one had 9224 been poured into with time, encouragement, listenJan. 17-19 — Practical Farmers of Iowa annual ing, and prayers in such life-changing ways that conference — Ames, Iowa — Topics include using when his life was over, it was these young pastors cover crops to control weeds; niche pork production; who had the privilege of carrying the one who had biodynamic farming; growing winter small grains; eggso thoughtfully cared for them. plant production; prairie habitat; organic dairy; rural At funerals, mourners pay last respects and tell mental health; regenerative grazing; marketing — stories of the deceased. But true legacy is when the Contact Debra Boekholder at debra@practicalfarmdeceased continue to tell a story. A story that or (515) 232-5661

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Veteran farmer has seen the booms and busts of agriculture By DICK HAGEN The Land staff writer In his younger years, Sandy Ludeman and two brothers, Brian and Cal, stretched their farming ambitions over 4,000 acres that reached from Lyon County to the South Dakota border. Beef cows were big business too with a herd of 140 cows grazing their rotation pastures. The Ludemans still rent the pasture land to a young man running about 200 ‘mama’ cows and calves each summer. Sandy is a hail and hearty 71 now. His special thoughts about farming in 2018? “The big kicker for us was 11 inches of rain on July 3rd.” Even pattern tiling had its challenges. “Water actually was shooting out from tile intakes for a few hours. But we shouldn’t complain about the productivity of our soils — even in this rainy season. Surprising, most of

our yields weren’t too far off target in our immediate area.” Sandy and SanMarBo Farms acquired some special recognition over the years. The big one was the National Conservation Legacy Award from American Soybean Association. In addition, SanMarBo has been recognized by the Minnesota Farm Bureau, Lyon County Zoning and Planning Board and MARL Board. And then it’s slow down time. Or is it? Some farmers admit, once removed from the daily tasks of managing farming responsibilities, life evolves into meetings, other volunteer activities and coffee chatter related Ludeman. “Just ask my wife Peggy,” chuckled Sandy, “… or my son Sander, an Edward Jones broker in Lake Crystal or daughter Dayna Bassett, a management consultant in Bloomington. They gently

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chide me saying I don’t know how to say ‘no’.” But Ludeman seems to thrive on opportunities and challenges of walking in a different pair of boots. Like right now, he’s involved in a major fund drive to renovate the old Shetek Lutheran Ministries near Slayton. This old church bible camp is used by various groups of all ages for special retreats beyond just summer campers. Ludeman suggests more farmers should do a 2-3 day break from farming. “Farmers get so intent on making every acre more productive that they even overlook a family vacation. Yet I’ve often discovered that when visiting with other farmers my own problems aren’t so unique. Usually, just the sharing of issues leads to some new thought processes that can benefit others.” Ludeman sees a strong future continuing for production agriculture. “I’ve been through several cycles from the Russian wheat deal in the early 70’s, the high interest rates and farm foreclosures of the 80’s, floods of ‘93, several droughts where we even paid rainmakers as hope dwindled. We enjoyed the boom years from 2008 to 2012. But now we’re into a tough period again with little or no profit for a four or five year run. And it could be longer. In today’s world, agriculture break-even actually sounds half-way good!” Outside of CREP acres, Sandy says the land will always be farmed — in some cases, even better than the current generation is doing. An expanding world population simply needs expanding food production. But these changing demographics of fewer and larger farm operations are negatively impacting rural communities. You see it in the loss of businesses, schools consolidating, even churches shutting down. “However, I think agriculture will remain strong,” stated Ludeman. “It may be totally different. You can’t slow down technology and that so much is what drives this ongoing evolution.” When it comes to world agricultural trade, Ludeman has total respect for the huge role of American farmers. “My first trip to China was in 1990. I was very involved with the soybean association for many years. We were guests of what we called the Department of Commerce. Two of us were farmers: myself as United Soybean Board Chairman and

Minnesota had 73,200 farms in 2017 with average size of 354 acres. In 2013, average size was 348 acres. Minnesota ranks ninth in total farm numbers. The top five states are Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma and California. Minnesota ranked fourth nationally in total ag exports — trailing only California, Iowa and Illinois. The state’s exports were valued at over $7.1 billion in 2016 with top exports being soybeans, corn, feed and pork. The state’s main ag exports are to Canada, Mexico and China. Based on U.S. Department of Agriculture data, the total number of farms in the United States in 2017 was estimated at 2.05 million. U.S. farm numbers have been declining since World War II. However, farm numbers have been more stable since 1992. There was 910 million acres of land in farms in the U.S. in 2017, a decline of one million acres from 2016. Average U.S. farm size in 2017 was 444 acres. One acre of wheat yielding 50 bushels will produce over 2,500 loaves of bread, or over 50 loaves per bushel of wheat. If a farmer is paid $4.50 per bushel, the wheat cost in a 2-lb. loaf of bread is about 11 cents per loaf. Data compiled by Kent Thiesse Merle McCann, ASA President from Virginia. Plus Dr. Ken Bader, CEO of ASA (American Soybean Association). “We spent four or five days discussing with Chinese agricultural business people the opportunities of using our U.S. soybeans to help build their livestock industry … to build crushing plants. Over time those markets really developed. We were exporting nearly 50 percent of our soybeans and China was the buyer for half of those soybeans. “But now I see all that time, effort and dollars spent by soybean growers to build overseas markets being minimized by the current tariff situation. And once you lose these overseas markets, you don’t easily recapture them. I’ve been to Argentina and Brazil and can say this: What we aren’t doing they will do. Both have become huge in soybean production and soybean exports. We’ve built those markets through trust and dependability. To now lose them is unfortunate. I somewhat understand our President’s determination to build fairness into world trade. But the cost to American farmers is millions of dollars!” v

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Firm eyes Renville County for wind farm development By DICK HAGEN The Land staff writer BIRD ISLAND, Minn. — An intriguing proposal for Renville County is generating incredible chatter —regardless of which coffee café you visit. EDP Renewable of Houston, Texas hosted an open house on Dec. 5 in Bird Island, Minn. The company had eight of its wind energy specialists on the floor along with eight tables of data and graphic information on this huge proposal. The 100-megawatt wind project would include 25 turbines with 4 megawatt capacity. It would be the largest wind farm in this part of Minnesota. Turbines would sit atop 345-foot tall towers. Proposed locations are Kingman and Osceola townships north of Bird Island. Approximately 50 landowners have expressed interest in hosting the turbines as annual payments to property owners are expected to be $600,000 to $700,000. According to EDP specialists at the Bird Island event, if and when all systems are go with a March 2020 start, this newest wind farm could be totally operational by November 2020. The proposal awaits the Minnesota State Public Utilities Commission approval. With corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas, EDP’s world headquarters are located in Spain. Regional Environmental Manager Andrew Pinger said EDPs interest in Renville County goes back to 2008 or before. “We’ve got a strong development arm which keeps abreast of prospecting efforts continually. We’re looking at marketing conditions, availability of transmission lines and other environmental issues. This area was identified years back as one that could potentially host a wind farm and that’s why we’re here.” Though not quite the source of wind power of western Minnesota’s Buffalo Ridge, EDP has been collecting Renville County wind resource data on a meteorological tower installed in 2011. Pinger said two other monitoring towers are being added. Pinger is an Indiana native. He’s a biologist by training and already has considerable data on wildlife studies in Renville County including bird and eagle data; spring bird migrations, bat acoustic monitoring; even habitat and land cover assessments. The company is not sharing cost estimates for this

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U.S. ventilation technology and six-story swine barns By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer OLIVIA, Minn. — Land is at a premium in China. So might a six-story swine finishing facility be an answer? That in essence was the challenge facing Olivia entrepreneur John Baumgartner in his recent nine-day (Oct. 12-21) visit to China. A group of enterprising Chinese swine industry people are attempting to ramp up swine production in a heavily populated area. They have already built five of these six-story facilities. Providing a clean air environment for the thousands of swine to be finished each year in these mammoth facilities is why Baumgartner was on the scene. When completed, these five facilities will be finishing 300,000 swine each year! Baumgartner’s firm, Baumgartner Environics Inc., had a six-year history in the development of air purification systems for confinement hog barns — attracting the attention of Chinese group last July. Included in that purchase was a consulting agreement with Baumgartner on the scene in China. Electrostatic particle ionization is the buzz language when talking cleaner air. What happens to filtration systems when married to ionized air? Baumgartner explained, “It makes a more porous filter that lets air through easily and costs a lot less. The longterm energy savings can be very substantial.”

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This photo shows four of the five swine finishing facilities on the Chinese campus. Once fully operational, the site will finish about 300,000 swine each year. So are multi-story finishing barns the new trend in the rapidly-expanding Chinese swine industry? Baumgartner would only suggest that this is the first of such structures. “But in view of the competition for land in this huge country and their increasing concerns about odors and air pollution, these barns will be closely monitored.” These new facilities are within a kilometer (about twothirds of a mile) from a densely populated area and an elementary school. China has the world’s highest population with 1.39 billion. Neighboring John Baumgartner points out the locaIndia comes in with a population of tion of his visit to China. His company’s 1.27 billion. These two together encom- air purification system will allow hog operations to co-exist in densely populated areas.

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pass 36.4 percent of the world population. Current U.S. population is 323.13 million. But back to these six-story finishing barns … these are tunnel ventilated buildings drawing outside air through the air filtration systems with discharge into a 60-foot wide corridor with vertical exhausting of air. The plan is to scrub that air through ceiling electrostatic ionization technology developed by BEI. “The physics side of this equation is really pretty simple,” explained Baumgartner. “Surrounding particles in the air with a negative charge brings movable positive ions in the particles to the surface and drives movable negative ions into the core of that particle which results in a magnetic particle.”

Baumgartner snapped this photo of his first meal upon arriving in China. He had to stay on the farm 24 hours before he was allowed access to animals. Aren’t you glad you asked? Baumgartner added the five-man team he was training was quick to grab the concept. “These are bright, welleducated people. Two spoke English; one attended the University of Wisconsin.” The other three understood John’s discussion provided he talked slowly. The other side of the equation is the biochemical side. Baumgartner used the term valance which refers to the different charges of various particles in the air. “If ions in the air collide with a hydrogen sulfide molecule, it will convert that molecule. The same for ammonia and other volatile organic compounds. What happens is a reduction of the disagreeable odors. The vast majority of air control will be the capturing See CHINA, pg. 14

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Swine facility’s operation on hold due to African swine fever CHINA, from pg. 12 of these different particles through the ionization process which scrubs the air.” He also said pathogens tend to attach to dust particles. So if we can scrub the particles from the air exhausted we are doing a lot to reduce pathogens in the process. Yes, this suggests periodic cleaning of the filtration systems. Labor is readily available in China, so manual use of wands and a vacuuming system will do the job. The company which purchased Baumgartner’s technology has a team well-versed in ventilation and filtration. They understand static pressure, fan performance and the importance of proper ventilation for the animals. “We spent four of the nine days meeting in conference sessions working through different issues on different projects relating to animal welfare and human welfare. Most of this group was trained engineers or veterinarians.” They would scan Baumgartner’s notebook drawings and upload them to the conference room projector. With total candor, Baumgartner said this was his first trip to China so he had some reservations of how he was going to transfer the workings of his technology. “But that vanished quickly with my first session with the team.” So does China have some economic doldrums much like the U.S. and other parts of the world? “It was surprising to me how modern China is. The big cities are gleaming. The highways are like ours — only better — because they are newer. They drive the same size cars we do — none of the tiny cars we used to think were their only transportation. They like bigger cars … favorites seemed to be Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, quite a few Buicks, and Land Rovers.” And where is China on electric cars? Baumgartner sees electric autos mushrooming in China. Some great incentives too: Currently, if you buy a gasguzzling car, you pay half again the purchase price of that vehicle as a pollution tax. Anyone who buys a

The six-story finishing barns are tunnel ventilated buildings drawing outside air through the air filtration systems with discharge into a 60-foot wide corridor with vertical exhausting of air. The plan is to scrub that air through ceiling electrostatic ionization technology developed by Baumgartner Environics Inc., “new energy” car — be it electric or hybrid — is excused from paying that tax. They also reduce the license plate fees on new energy cars. Most cities in China already have many charge stations. “It appears China government is doing everything they can to incentivize individuals to buy electric,” stated Baumgartner. He said he rode around in a Tesla during his China visit. But he noted there are already several Chinese electric car models available. I asked Baumgartner if African swine fever poses a serious threat to Chinese swine industry? “It has really slowed down the entire industry,” he replied. “Swine cannot be transported beyond limited local borders. Right now the six-story enterprise cannot get pigs. So its start will be delayed. Yes, the disease definitely has put the brakes on their swine industry.” Baumgartner added the electronic industry is very much alive in China. “As we entered Suzhou, it seemed block after block was another electronic manufacturing facility with Samsung, LCD TV, and

other brand names now common in America,” he said. “I would say general prosperity was evident. People are working; they seem carefree and happy. I was really stimulated by this five-person team I was working with. They’re really into business. And even though this is a Communist government, when it comes to business they have pretty well embraced capitalism. “But they have intense sanitation standards on their livestock farms. I went to inspect one farm, but their biosecurity required that you live there 24 hours before you have access to the animals. But it went good … you eat with chopsticks at this farm or you don’t eat.” Baumgartner admits he quickly got sold on China and its people. “I encourage others to consider China a travel destination. You would simply be amazed how well this country functions. Foods are totally different … and most are good. Several I couldn’t recognize what I was eating. Yes, I knew when I was eating beef or pork.” Do the Chinese seem concerned with the political turmoil in America? “They are bamboozled over this trade and tariff war,” commented Baumgartner. “They don’t understand why. We spent little time on politics. I did overhear a comment at one table, ‘…. well at least you can change parties.’” The smog of China is very real. Baumgartner said on some days he could see the inverted atmosphere which was almost overwhelming. “They’ve got air quality issues, but I didn’t feel challenged in my breathing. When you consider how many people and cars are packed into major cities it’s not surprising that smog is present.” Farms he observed were small, single-family farms. No large farm equipment was seen where he traveled. Most were vegetable farms for self sufficiency plus local markets. And how do they provide feed for their growing livestock industry? You’re right —they import it, but no longer from America. However, Baumgartner thinks they would prefer purchasing from America.v

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Al Kluis talks hogs, soybeans, no politics By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer WILLMAR, Minn. — Always current for what’s happening around the agricultural world is Al Kluis, a 40-year veteran of keeping tabs on the industry. At a Nov. 27 Willmar, Minn. meeting hosted by North Star Genetics, Kluis shared a few thoughts. A quick Q & A works best when dancing around the globe with Kluis. The Land: We’ll start with the easy stuff. What’s likely to happen when President Trump and China’s Xi get together? Kluis: I’m optimistic. Hoping they can agree to a framework on trade issues. But this likely will take time to hammer out the details. And as we know so well, the devil is in the details on any trade negotiations. The Land: Already U.S. soybean producers have lost millions because of Trump’s tariff issues. Are these bushels lost forever? Kluis: We’ve lost months of opportunity and we won’t gain those opportunities back again. They’ve gotten a lot of beans out of Brazil. Brazil is off to an early start on their next cropping season. By Christmas, China will be able to get new crop beans from Brazil. So our window for recapturing what we’ve lost is getting pretty darn small. The Land: Because of the explosion of African swine fever in Chinese swine industry, will there be a reduction in soybean demand? Kluis: Yes. Also, they are changing their feed rations — cutting back on the amount of soybean meal in the ration. In my 20 years of tracking soybean markets into China, rather than the usual 3 percent growth each year, there more likely will be at least a 3 percent cutback in demand. And most of that demand unfortunately will be filled from South America. The Land: How big has the swine industry become in China? Kluis: Fewer hogs are inevitable. They had rapidly expanded and were producing about four times more hogs than U.S. producers. But already, 70 cases of swine fever have been reported and I don’t think every case does get reported. My point being, there likely is considerably more of this disease in China than they are telling us. It’s scary if that disease spreads — what it could do to soybean demand and corn demand as well. The Land: So how contagious is this disease? Kluis: It is very spreadable. It’s very toxic. There’s See KLUIS, pg. 18

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Kluis: Those who sold grain ahead should be in good shape KLUIS, from pg. 15 no known cure for the disease. Very deadly … the infected pig isn’t sick; it’s dead! Yes, very likely it could lead to greater sales of U. S. pork to China. And that is already happening. The Land: What triggered this problem just in China? Kluis: That’s a question for the animal disease scientists rather than a market adviser. Some 20-30 years ago, this disease practically wiped out the entire Russian swine industry. And you need to wait some time before you can repopulate. I think part of China’s problem is that there are still lots of unsanitary conditions in the many back-door hog operations that are still prevalent in much of China. You don’t walk onto a modern swine facility in Minnesota or the Midwest. You’re banned unless you have gone through all the security precautions — even showering before you enter. Unfortunately in China, there are a lot of feed salesmen that go door to door without even washing off their boots.

The Land: Some U.S. feed companies import certain ingredients from China simply because they cost less. Is that still happening? Kluis: I would doubt it. It would be very cautious for any feed company to be sourcing any feed ingredients from China today. The Land: We’re now getting reports of Federal Land Bank clients shutting down some farm loans and resulting in new farm bankruptcies. Is that likely to continue? Kluis: Two things are hurting farming: The price of soybeans and the price of dairy products. And it’s not a matter of surviving two years. Many farmers have now survived three tough years. A lot of very good farmers are just simply running out of operating capital. So far, it hasn’t had much impact on farm land prices or asset prices, but that’s likely to happen. The Land: Guys like you provide a constant and dependable source of marketing information that


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assists farmers even in their daily farming operations. Might some farmers not be able to afford your services? Kluis: Our business is stable; it’s good. We’ve a good track record this year. We had a lot of commodities hedged ahead and sold ahead. Sometimes the farmers most needing our services won’t write the check. Yes, we are looking at a diminishing supply of farmers to buy our service. And we do have a lot of competition in our industry. The Land: This weird question: Is technology advancing so rapidly in agriculture that we are over-producing for current market demands? Kluis: Yes, in a sense we’ve gotten too good! We’re over-producing and in that scenario it’s a matter of who is left standing. This year, if you were in an area with 220-250 bushel corn and you had 50 percent of it sold ahead, you’re in good shape. Likewise, 50-60 bushels beans with 30 percent sold ahead, you’re likewise okay. But if you harvested only 140 bushel corn and didn’t have it forward priced, there’s just not enough revenue. The Land: Hemp — is it on the doorstep of becoming a new industrial crop for American farmers?

Kluis: Not on any scale. It will be good for the people that get approved to grow the crop. But it’s an arduous process to become a hemp producer. For 2019, we’re talking 90 million acres of corn; 90 million acres of soybeans. Maybe in 20 years there will be 5 million acres of hemp. So to say it will help in the short term, even the next 10 years, i’m very skeptical. Its biggest problem is there simply aren’t enough markets. Farmers might quickly learn how to produce it profitably, but where are the processing plants? It will take time and money to build those plants. It’s taken us 40 years to build the soybean industry. It may be beneficial for a select few who get in early, but to say that hemp may be a cure-all is a real stretch. The Land: How do you see President Trump continuing his favorable connection with farmers? Kluis: I have two rules: I don’t talk about foreign policy and I don’t talk about politics. No matter what I say, I run the risk of upsetting half my audience. So on these issues, I’m a “no comment” guy. More insights from Kluis and his team are available at, v

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Custom cover crop seeding provides extra income By DICK HAGEN The Land staff writer WILLMAR, Minn. — With commodity pricing in the tank these days, finding alternatives is a new twist in crop farming. For Bryan Biegler, veteran Minnesota corn/soybean producer in Murray County’s Lake Wilson, becoming a custom cover crop seeder became his alterative. Biegler was interviewed at the Dec 5 Minnesota Corn Growers Resolutions event in Willmar. He serves as secretary of MCGA. Biegler is now five years into this somewhat specialized custom farming venture. The biggest thing that got him into cover crops was what apparently drives lots of farmers adding this new dimension to

Extension offers online horse courses This January, University of Minnesota Extension is offering four horse online certificate courses. The first offering is entitled, “Pasture Establishment and Management.” Topics include pasture layout and design; pasture establishment and management; pasture resources and research updates. “Growing and Feeding Horse Hay” covers establishing and managing hay fields; harvesting and storing hay; estimating hay needs; and hay analysis. “Basic Horse Nutrition” includes key nutrients; types of feedstuffs; and nutritional requirements of different horse age groups. A new offering this year is “Manure Management.” Topics include environmental concerns; manure handling rules and regulations; composting and stockpiling manure; and land application. Each course is self-paced, costs $75 and lasts six weeks. Registration is limited and is required by Jan. 13. For more information and to register, to to https:// This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension. v



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plow, I was running a 27-foot rig. Now I’m doing a 40-foot swath with the same horsepower; plus applying fertilizer at the same time. And that’s less fuel also because I simply spend less time getting the crop planted each year.” He soil tests each year and he’s thinking he can cut fertilizer inputs too because of the root zone activity of the cover crops. “It’s a work in progress, but I’m seeing some yield benefits and that’s the bottom line,” he said. ”My main seed is cereal rye,” said Biegler. “I also apply turnips, radish, rapeseed, clover and oats — plus wheat and annual rye. The type of seed depends on what I’m trying to accomplish and the time that I’m applying. My seeder is a Hagie high-clearance sprayer. I switch out the liquid tanks and put on a seed box which blows the seed down tubes that drop it between the rows. It is 120 feet wide. The average price I charge is $12 per acre, but that depends on the job and rates. And that is only for the application. Seed is an additional charge. I have a couple of seed sources in Brookings, S.D.” Speaking of alternatives, Biegler tried some hemp two years ago. He planned to try some in 2018, but the weather didn’t cooperate. However, he’s looking into hemp for 2019. Now that it has been approved in the new farm bill, hemp might get on the agenda of lots more farmers. v




their crop farming program. “Seeing too much soil erosion — especially after big heavy rain events,” Biegler explained. “I just got tired of seeing all my soil wash away.” Biegler’s farm topography is a bit of everything — some flats, some gently rolling hills too. And 2018 rains were generous in Murray County. Mostly 5 or 6-inch deluges. “June and into the first half of July … we got about a year’s rain.” Farmers often ask Biegler about what cover crops to plant. Pointing out the benefits means discussing the different applications of how to put cover crops to work. Yes, soil conservation is the easiest issue. But for Biegler, improved soil health is his bell ringer. “My soil health has definitely changed,” he admitted. “Weed control is a lot better. And erosion is now very minimal — even with these cloud bursts. Now I can routinely skip a pass with the herbicides.” Biegler used to be a conventional tillage guy, but now everything planted to corn the following season is strip-tilled in the fall. “And I’m pretty much no-till on my soybeans the last couple years.” That strip is 8 to 10 inches wide and 6 to 7 inches deep. He bought various pieces of equipment; then cobbled together his own unit. Biegler has found cover crops and strip tilling requires less power and less field time. “With chisel






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Iowa seeing modest farmland value loss in 2018 AMES, Iowa — After a reprieve in 2017, commodity prices, interest rates and trade disruptions drove Iowa farmland values down for the fourth time in five years. The average statewide value of an acre of farmland is now estimated to be $7,264. This represents a decrease of 0.8 percent, or $62 per acre, from the 2017 estimate. The $7,264 per acre estimate represents a statewide average of low, medium and high-quality farmland. The survey also reports values for each land quality type, crop reporting district (district hereafter) and all 99 counties individually. Farmland values hit a historic peak of $8,716 per acre in 2013; however, they immediately declined by 8.9 percent, 3.9 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively, the following three years. Farmland owners received a small reprieve in 2017 when the statewide average increased 2.0 percent. While modest when compared to 2014, 2015 and 2016, 2018 marks the fourth time in five years that statewide average farmland values have declined. In

nominal value, the statewide average for an acre of farmland has fallen 17 percent since 2013. Commodity prices were one of the biggest factors driving down farmland values this year, according to Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Economist Wendong Zhang. He also noted that despite the downturns, farmers don’t need to worry about a sudden collapse of the U.S. agricultural sector similar to the 1980s farm crisis. “Limited land supply and strong demand by farmers still seems to hold up the land market,” Zhang said. “For five consecutive years, survey respondents have reported fewer sales than the year before, and the ag economy is still robust with 82 percent of the land in Iowa fully paid for.” Seventy of Iowa’s 99 counties reported lower land values; the remaining 29 reported higher values. For the sixth year in a row, Scott and Decatur counties reported the highest and lowest farmland values, respectively. Decatur County reported a value per acre of

$3,488, a gain of $8, or about 0.2 percent, from last year’s report. Scott County reported a value of $10,537, an increase of $40 per acre, or about 0.4 percent. Hamilton County reported the largest dollar decrease in value, $285 per acre, and Humboldt and Wright counties reported the largest percentage decrease, 3.3 percent. Floyd and Mitchell counties reported the largest percent increase in values, 3.1 percent. Despite decreases across all other types of land in all districts, low-quality land in the northeast, south central and west central districts increased in value. Low, medium and high-quality farmland values statewide are $4,609, $6,805 and $8,863 per acre, respectively. “Land value equals farm income divided by interest rates. Local market competitiveness, local land availability and local income shocks tend to drive variations in land market changes across districts, counties and land quality classes,” Zhang said.

The most common positive factors influencing land prices noted by survey respondents were limited land supply, strong yields and low interest rates. The most commonly cited negative influences were lower commodity prices, higher long-term interest rates and recent tariffs on U.S. soybeans, pork and other agricultural products. The ISU land value survey is based on reports by agricultural professionals knowledgeable of land market conditions such as appraisers, farm managers and agricultural lenders, and actual land sales. It is intended to provide information on general land value trends, geographical land price relationships and factors influencing the Iowa land market. The 2018 survey is based on 792 usable responses from 605 agricultural professionals. Results of the 2018 land value survey can also be found at https://store. This article was submitted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. v

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EPA biodiesel volumes set The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Nov. 30 the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volumes will be increased above previous year levels, which is good news for the soybean industry. The increase, however, is mitigated by the absence of reallocation of the significant gallons that were waived under exemptions issued previously by EPA to refineries.

The final rule sets the 2020 requirement for biomass-based biodiesel volumes at 2.43 billion gallons, which is a 330 million-gallon increase over the 2018 and 2019 levels. Total advanced biofuel volumes, which are largely filled by biodiesel, are increased to 4.92 billion gallons. This article was submitted by the American Soybean Growers Association. v

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Grain elevators battle ever-changing marketing By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer OLIVIA, Minn. — Retiring after 38 years as Executive Director of the Grain Dealers Association of Minnesota, Bob Zelenka shared a few parting thoughts at a Nov. 28 breakfast meeting hosted by the Renville County Corn and Soybean Bob Zelenka Growers. In view of growing challenges in overseas marketing, Zelenka opened with this cautionary statement: “Make certain what you grow is eligible for overseas markets.” He also shared some amazing statistics like these: In 1975 there were 287 elevators in Minnesota. In 2018 there are 75 elevators in Minnesota. There used to be two to three unit trains (110 cars) moving to Mexico daily. Now there is only one. Minnesota grain handlers now have 52 unit train loading facilities.

Unit trains can be loaded in less than nine hours. Total costs to install such a facility are now about $25 million. However, thanks to technology, grain handlers with unit train facilities only need five employees. Minnesota elevators currently have 60 million bushels of grain storage capacity. There is an estimated 2 billion bushels of on-farm storage. Ashby Farmers Co-op Elevator — due to apparent swindle of $4.8 million of alleged grain marketing transactions by its long-time manager — has a questionable future. Zelenka complimented grain elevator managers and directors on their tasks of staying with the constantly-changing marketing world. “The uncertainty of our current administration in canceling NAFTA and imposing tariffs on any and all grain shipments to China creates tremendous uncertainties. Yes, his intentions are commendable. But the ongoing question is, at what price to American farmers?” Zelenka also commented that grain dust is more

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explosive than gun powder; so maintenance of storage structures needs to be a high priority. In old times, virtually every structure was built of wood. That is why a few elevators (three he said) were built of brick before concrete and steel rapidly became the safest building material. Grain grading schools are provided to all elevator employees three times per year. Weed seed and foreign material complaints used to be “probable causes” by Chinese importers. Today, said Zelenka, blending of Midwest grains shipped to west coast terminals is a growing complaint. Regarding the Ashby Elevator situation, Jerry Hennessey, elevator manager for 15 years, allegedly skipped town in early September just as a bank loan to the elevator came due with no grain in the bins to back it up. He’s been missing ever since — leaving state and federal investigators to sift through the tangled transactions that have left several hundred local farmers holding the bag. “This action has triggered considerable concern about local elevators creating indemnity funds to cover such potentials. It is smart business for local elevator boards to understand these circumstances,” summed up Zelenka. v

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Grain Outlook Corn price drop was big surprise

Cash Grain Markets corn/change* soybeans/change*

Stewartville Edgerton Jackson Janesville Cannon Falls Sleepy Eye

$3.23 -.07 $3.36 -.04 $3.33 -.03 $3.37 +.03 $3.27 -.06 $3.29 -.06

$7.94 -.31 $7.99 -.31 $8.04 -.35 $8.06 -.35 $7.92 -.31 $7.99 -.31

The following marketing analysis is for the week ending Dec. 21. CORN — Corn finally broke out of its December trading range this week, but not in the direction producers were hoping for. The break lower on Dec. 20 caught the market off-guard after such a sleepy December. We are now back to pre-trade truce levels after filling the upside gap left on Dec. 3. Expectations that Chinese would buy as much as 3 million metric tons of U.S. corn beginning next month; and corn would also benefit from Chinese soybean purchases, was cut short when soybeans were unable to stage a rally on announced sales to China. Corn export demand PHYLLIS NYSTROM has been steady, but concerns are CHS Hedging Inc. mounting over the negative ethSt. Paul anol margins. The increase in ethanol stocks and steady production were cited as factors behind the weaker price movement in the latter half of the week. The week began in the same sideways trading fashion it had established all month. The market’s disappointment with the quantity of Chinese soybean purchases lent pressure to corn. Up until Dec. 20, March corn had traded a 7.75 cent range from $3.80 to $3.87.75 for the month. On Dec. 20, March corn traded a daily 7.75 cent range from $3.82.75 down to $3.75 per bushel. Finally, some action! Losses were extended slightly as we closed out the week, but prices were able to rebound for a daily gain. For the week, March corn fell 6.25 cents to close at $3.78.5, July down 5.25 cents at $3.93.5, and December 4.5 cents lower at $3.99.25 per bushel. Weekly ethanol production was steady at 1.046 million barrels per day, but stocks climbed 1 million barrels to 23.9 million barrels. This was the largest one-week inventory increase since March and was 7 percent greater than a year ago. Margins did improve 7 cents per gallon but remained in the red with a negative 8 cent per gallon margin. There was at least one new announcement of an ethanol plant closing during the week, with others reportedly slowing their grind. Weekly export sales were within expectations and a marketing year high at 77.7 million bushels. Total commitments for export are 1.17 billion bushels,

The livestock markets were very quiet during the week leading up to the holidays at the end of December. The cattle market was the leader in a very quiet trade, while the hog market saw a little greater activity especially in the futures trade. It appears that both markets will remain relatively quiet until we advance into the new year. At that juncture it is likely will move into a more normal market conditions and volume and interest will expand. The overlying outside influences could affect markets in the weeks ahead as fear could dominate these markets in either JOE TEALE direction so be aware of any Broker developments that could affect Great Plains Commodity market directions. Afton, Minn. Cattle have remained fairly quiet for the most part through the month of December. However, it is interesting that the market has quietly moved higher in both the cash market and the futures market. The beef cutouts have stayed steady to slightly higher during the period in a pre-holiday type of trade during the same time period. On Dec. 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the monthly Cattle on Feed report which was interpreted as neutral to slightly friendly. The market reaction in both the futures and the cash trade was very minimal. The Cold Storage report released the following day was encouraging — showing a slight decrease of beef in storage. As the calendar changes to 2019, interest

See NYSTROM, pg. 23

See TEALE, pg. 25




Year Ago Average: $2.91 $9.03 Grain prices are effective cash close on Dec. 24. *Cash grain price change represents a two-week period.

Livestock Angles Livestock markets see silent night

Grain Angles Passing on your legacy As we prepare to close the books on 2018, I encourage you to take time to reflect on the past year to understand what went well, what didn’t, but may be improved. By taking those opportunities into account, making sure that finances, marketing and business plans are updated, you can set goals or objectives for the year ahead. For those looking to pass the operation onto the next generation, is succession planning on your list of goals in 2019? Succession planning should be an on-going process — one that certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Even if you believe succession is years off, it is never too early to start discussing those plans and STEVE SCHEAFFER getting a formalized plan in writCompeer ing to work from. I would like to Financial Officer discuss three specific areas to Oregon, Ill. focus on as you work through the process. Communication. It seems simple enough, but time and time again communication or lack thereof seems to be one of the largest contributors to succession planning going well, or not. Often times, the different generations make assumptions about how things will proceed. Until it is verbally discussed or written down, you shouldn’t assume. I would urge you to have these conversations earlier rather than later to manage expectations. Whether you are the one passing on the operation, or the next generation taking it over, be open and honest. I like to use the saying, “it’s better to know a plan you don’t like than to not know the plan.” Discussing a plan and the reasoning behind it will allow all those involved to better understand it and be prepared. If you are dealing with both on-farm and off-farm heirs, it can be difficult to come to terms with what is fair vs. what is equal. They are not the same. Having, strong, open and frequent communication is important and will help manage expectations. Ensuring the operation is viable. When discussing succession planning, it is important to evaluate the financial performance of the operation and understand the whole value of what is being passed on. Ensuring that the operation is viable for the next generation, while making sure that the older generation is taken care of, needs to be part of the equation. During all of the highs and lows facing agriculture, the operation needs to remain viable while succesSee SCHEAFFER, pg. 23

Information in the above columns is the writer’s opinion. It is no way guaranteed and should not be interpreted as buy/sell advice. Futures trading always involves a certain degree of risk.

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Brazil soybean harvest underway, 41 percent of crop sold NYSTROM, from pg. 22 keeping us 17 percent ahead of last year and export shipments 76 percent ahead of last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2.45-billion-bushel export projection is essentially unchanged year on year. They increased Parana’s first corn crop slightly from 3.18 mmt to 3.2 mmt and put the second corn crop at 12.66 mmt vs. 9.16 mmt last year. Second crop corn acres are expected to be up 4 percent year-onyear to 2.2 million hectares. In other markets this week, the U.S. dollar index fell to its lowest level in a month and crude oil to its lowest in 17 months year! The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time this year by 25 basis points to a range of 2.25 to 2.50 percent. They indicated there would be two hikes next year. The second round of aid package payments were approved for U.S. farmers. Outlook: March corn may be setting up its new trading range from $3.67.5 to $3.87.75 per bushel. Demand has been supportive, but technically it was a disappointing week. Holiday mode has taken over. The trade wants to see China step in and buy U.S. corn. Outside markets were mixed as energies plunged along with the U.S. dollar index. We will have to contend with a big crop coming out of South America and on-going politics moving into 2019.                SOYBEANS — The soybean market this week was a classic “buy the rumor, sell the fact” scenario. China did return to the U.S. soybean market to make purchases. However, the market was unimpressed with the quantities. Traders were anticipating new sales to China to total at least 5 mmt in the short term, and up to 8 mmt longer term. As of now, they have bought approximately 2.8 mmt. The trade talks are in progress, but at the recent World Trade

MARKETING Organization meetings neither the United States or China were acting very friendly to each other. The technology “theft” issues are a stumbling block. And remember, that’s what got us here in the first place. Weekly export sales exceeded trade expectations at 104.2 million bushels. Total commitments are 30 percent behind last year and shipments are 40 percent behind last year. The USDA’s export forecast for 1.9 billion bushels is a year-on-year decrease of 10.7 percent. Based on private outlooks, China needs to buy at least 8 mmt of U.S. soybeans to make a dent in our 955-million-bushel carryout forecast. Since the truce was announced, they have bought approximately 2.8 mmt — well below the minimum 5 mmt the market was anticipating. There continues to be rumors that China will be in for another tranche of U.S. beans around Christmas. Price action on the futures exchange indicates the “buy the rumor, sell the fact” market mentality. We are already hearing of non-Chinese soybean buyers heading to South America for February forward purchases due to lower prices. With a looming U.S. government shut down (at this writing), if China does make another buy, we may not see confirmation since the USDA would be part of the shutdown. The on-going spread of the African swine fever in China’s hog market is concerning. There have been over 90 reported cases, and many believe the situation is underreported. The CEO of Smithfield Foods indicated the fever in China could have “a real potential to have significant market impacts in 2019. Just how many soybeans will China need to import?” Brazil harvested their first soybeans this week!

Southern and central Brazil have been dry, but going into Christmas week, rain is in the forecast. Early harvest means early availability to the world market. It estimated 10-15 percent of their soybeans could be harvested by the end of January. Brazilian farmers have sold an estimated 41 percent of their new crop soybeans and 36 percent of their new crop corn. Brazil’s state statistics agency cut their bean production estimate for Parana 0.5 mmt to 19.1 mmt due to drought conditions. This decline could be mitigated if the forecasted rains develop over the next two weeks. The November National Oilseed Processors Association crush report indicated 167 million bushels of soybeans were crushed during the month, a record for the month of November, and slightly less than the 168.4 million expected. Soyoil stocks were 1.5 billion pounds, right at the projection. Outlook: A holiday shortened week is ahead of us that usually sees thin volumes and an absence of many players. Smaller volumes can sometime push us around for little or no reason, so be cautious during this season. Until China’s purchases top 5 mmt, the trade is reacting in buy the rumor, sell the fact fashion. If Brazil’s rains materialize in the coming week, this will lend additional pressure to prices. For the week, March soybeans dropped 16 cents to $8.97.75, July lost 15.75 cents to $9.23, and November was 14.5 cents lower at $9.36.5 per bushel. Nystrom’s Notes: Contract changes for the week ended Dec. 21: Minneapolis March wheat plunged 22.75 cents to $5.61.25, Chicago was 16 cents lower at $5.14, and Kansas City declined 15.5 cents to $5.02.75 per bushel. Crude oil collapsed $5.59 to $45.88, ULSD tumbled 11.25 cents, RBOB crumbled 11.5 cents, and natural gas was just a penny lower. The U.S. dollar index was down a full point. v

Transition planning is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ process SCHEAFFER, from pg. 22 sion planning continues. As stated previously, succession planning is an ongoing effort, a long term process that needs to focus on long term planning, not just focusing on what’s happening in the short term. Build a team around you. Succession planning may start with a discussion between those involved in the operation. However, the entire process doesn’t need to be faced alone. Intent does you no good if you do not have things properly documented or signed by the designated parties. Bringing in resources to help you through the process is another way to try and alleviate any undue stress. I’ve said many times, one of the best thing about farm families is that you get to work with family. And the most difficult part of family farms can be having to work with family. Succession planning can be an emotional rollercoaster. Trying to focus on the business aspects, rather than just the family ties can sometimes help. Bringing in a third party resource to help drive the

discussion is common. They can serve in an advisory role to ensure that the plans are sufficient for all parties involved. Hold interviews to understand how the consultant works or thinks and to gauge if they will be a good fit for your operation during the process. Be sure to take the whole picture into account. Use an attorney, CPA, tax advisor, trusted lender and understand the different purposes that each of these roles serves. They can help moderate conversations, document the plan, confirm viability, or act as a sounding board. Be prepared to hear items in the plan you may or may not like, while being open to different ideas and challenges. The process will allow you to create a well thought-out and cohesive plan. Whether you are just getting started or have been planning for several years, I hope these three areas serve as a starting point or as a reminder. This is a process — one that doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all option, or one that will likely follow the same plan through the entire way. It will take time to discuss, plan and then execute. Start and maintain open com-

munication of the plan, evaluate financials to ensure the viability of the operation, and build a team of trusted advisors around you to help you through the process. I hope that you all take time to enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones, and I wish you all a safe and productive 2019. For additional insights from Scheaffer and others from the Compeer team, visit v

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Dairy Trade auction prices continue to inch upward This column was written secutive month of gain. for the marketing week endMatt Gould, analyst and ing Dec. 21. editor of the Dairy and Increased output in milk Food Market Analyst newsper cow again pushed letter, said in the Dec. 24 November production above Dairy Radio Now broadcast, a year ago, the 60th consec“That’s a low enough utive month that output growth in supply that contopped that of the year sumption likely outpaced MIELKE MARKET before. Preliminary U.S. supply during the month.” WEEKLY Department of Agriculture Meanwhile, dairy cow By Lee Mielke data in the top 23 producing culling dropped in states shows output at November but was well 16.4 billion pounds, up above a year ago, just 0.8 percent from according to the 2017, with the 50-state total, at 17.37 USDA’s latest Livestock Slaughter billion pounds, up 0.6 percent. report. An estimated 268,000 head Revisions lowered the initial 50-state were slaughtered under federal October estimate by 18 million pounds inspection in November, down 20,200 to 17.89 billion, up 0.7 percent from head from October but 24,300 head or 2017. almost 10 percent above a year ago. A November cow numbers in the 50 total 2.89 million head have been states totaled 9.36 million head, down culled in the 11-month period. This is 8,000 from October and 38,000 less up 150,600 head or 5.5 percent from than a year ago. This is the fifth time 2017. that cow numbers were below a year n ago since May 2016. Output per cow The last Global Dairy Trade auction averaged 1,856 pounds, up 19 pounds of 2018 ended on an up note. Traders from the year before and the 37th con-



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took the weighted average of products offered up 1.7 percent, following the 2.2 percent rebound on Dec. 4, which ended seven sessions of decline. The gains were led by butter, up 4.9 percent, following a 2.7 percent rise last time. Anhydrous milkfat was up 4.0 percent, after a 3.9 percent rise. Skim milk powder was up 3.4 percent, after it inched 0.3 percent higher last time, and cheddar cheese was up 2.2 percent, after dropping 2.2 percent last time. Lactose was up 1.6 percent and whole milk powder inched up 0.3 percent, after it jumped 2.5 percent. Rennet casein showed the only loss, down 2.1 percent. FC Stone equates the GDT 80 percent butterfat butter price to $1.7381 per pound U.S., up 8.1 cents from the last session. Chicago Mercantile Exchange butter closed Dec. 21 at $2.2050. GDT cheddar cheese equated to $1.4799 per pound, up 3.6 cents from the last event and compares to Dec. 21’s CME block cheddar at $1.39. GDT skim milk powder averaged 92.63 cents per pound, up from 89.35 cents last time, and whole milk powder averaged $1.2129, up from $1.2095. CME Grade A nonfat dry milk closed Dec. 21 at 94 cents per pound. n November butter stocks saw another good drawdown and fell below a year ago for the first time since February, according to the USDA’s latest Cold Storage report. American-type cheese, which includes cheddar, slipped to 803.4 million pounds, down just 8 million

pounds, or 1 percent from October, but 70 million or 9.5 percent above a year ago. The “other” cheese fell to 520.5 million pounds, down 8.3 million pounds or 1.6 percent from October but was 20.2 million pounds or 4 percent above a year ago. The total cheese inventory stood at 1.35 billion pounds, down 17.3 million pounds, or 1 percent from October but a bearish 94.2 million pounds or 7 percent above a year ago and the 49th consecutive month stocks topped a year ago. Cash block cheese closed the Friday before Christmas at $1.39 per pound. This is down 1.75 cents on the week and 10.25 cents below a year ago. The barrels finished at $1.2950, down 1.5 cents, 11.5 cents below a year ago when they plunged 25 cents, and 9.5 cents below the blocks. Only four cars of barrel were traded. Demand is mixed in the Midwest cheese sector, says Dairy Market News. Some cheddar demand is seasonally slower, but mozzarella and other pizza cheese producers suggest orders are steady to better than expected. Milk availability is varied but a number of contacts suggested that milk was less available than expected. Spot prices were only slightly lower than the previous week at $3 under to $2 over Class III. Western cheese sales have been solid, but contacts say the supply chain is full. Demand from mozzarella has been strong and lower market prices have generated more interest See MIELKE, pg. 25

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Milk consumption dips a bit below last year, organic is up MIELKE, from pg. 24 from international buyers, but inventories are quite heavy. With plenty of milk on hand, cheese output is expected to continue strong and that may make it difficult for the industry to reduce cheese stockpiles in the near future, says Dairy Market News. n Butter closed Dec. 21 at $2.2050 per pound, up 1.5 cents on the week and 2.5 cents above a year ago when it lost 6.5 cents. Cream supplies are now primarily sourced regionally, as opposed to recent months when most Class IV spot loads were being supplied from the west. Cream prices are not as low as a number of contacts expected them to be, says Dairy Market News. Butter churning is busy and will be through the rest of the month, as manufacturers look to utilize

holiday cream availability and rebuild inventories. Western manufacturers are trying to estimate poGrade A nonfat dry milk closed at 94 cents per pound — unchanged from the previous week, but 27.5 cents above a year ago on three cars sold for the week. Futures prices in 2019 were pointing to prices topping $1 per pound, a level not seen at the CME since January 2017. Spot dry whey finished the week at 49 cents per pound, up 4 cents and the highest CME price since Oct. 22. Only one car was traded on the week. n Milk pricing starts 2019 with a 7-cent increase in the Class I base milk price. The USDA announced the January Class I mover at $15.12 per hundredweight, up 7 cents from December but 32 cents below January 2018. It is the lowest January Class

TEALE, from pg. 22 will once again pick up once again and the fundamentals will once again dominate the direction of the market. Producers should stay aware of conditions that could influence the direction of the market and act accordingly to those conditions. The hog market has continued to remain in a quagmire over the past few months as prices have continued to remain under pressure. The pork cutouts have been waffling back and forth recently, giving little or no direction while the cash and futures markets continue to slide lower. There is a general fear surrounding the market over several situations that keep the market at bay. The African swine fever which is encompassing the Asian continent and the trade disruption with China has the market in a conundrum. The release of the USDA quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released on Dec. 20 was seen as neutral to slightly friendly as the major categories were at or lower than anticipated. However, the futures reaction was mixed as the February contract was carrying a large premium to current cash index and finished lower in reaction. The futures market is very close to being oversold at this writing and in the next few weeks

there is the possibility that a recovery rally may ensue. On the cash side, the pork cutouts appear to be trying to stabilize and if this continues the likelihood of the cash finding a bottom will increase. Obviously there has to be some changes in the current fundamentals for a change in direction of the cash trade. On that note, demand for pork products remain fairly good both in the export and the domestic markets. Producers should keep a close eye on market developments and respond accordingly to any changes in those market conditions. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. v

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I since 2010 and equates to $1.30 per gallon, up from $1.29 in December and compares to $1.33 a year ago. Americans drank more milk in October than September, but not quite as much as a year ago. The USDA’s latest tracking data out October sales at 4.1 billion pounds, down just 0.3 percent from October 2017. Conventional product sales totaled 3.9 billion pounds, down 0.6 percent from a year ago. Organic products, at 228 million pounds, were up 4.7 percent. Whole milk sales totaled 1.3 billion pounds, up 3.6 percent from a year ago, up 1.5 percent year to date, and made up 31.1 percent of total fluid sales in the month and 31.8 percent for the year so far. Skim milk sales, at 313 million pounds, were down 8.4 percent from October 2017, down 9.9 percent yearto-date, and made up just 8.0 percent of total milk sales for the year so far. Total packaged fluid milk sales in the 10-month period climbed to 38.9 billion pounds, down 2.2 percent from the same period a year ago. Conventional products year-to-date totaled 36.8 billion pounds, down 2.4 percent. Organic products, at 2.2 billion pounds, were up 0.7 percent. Lee Mielke is a syndicated columnist who resides in Everson, Wash. His weekly column is featured in newspapers across the country and he may be reached at v

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Parcel 1: Note high return. 131A m/l @ $383/A (CRP + towers). CSR2 76.6 Parcel 2: 75A m/l. 48.16A tilled. 16.74A CRP @ $253.69/A. + Bldgs. CSR2 56.0 Parcel 3: 117A m/l. 77.56A tilled. 38.87A CRP @ $300/A. CSR2 77.2 Schwarm Law Lake Mills, IA closing attorney. Full bill see Gary Garst Auction Buffalo Center, IA (712) 229-0148

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bucket, 400 hours. 507-381‘04 JD 9320 tractor, LOADED! 5781 P/S, Auto Trac Rdy (plug & FOR SALE: Yorkshire, Hampplay), 710/70R42 tires (70%), NEW AND USED TRACTOR shire, Duroc & Hamp/Duroc PARTS JD 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, Xenon lites, active seat, very boars, also gilts. Excellent nice w/ only 4600 hrs. $89,500/ 55, 50 Series & newer trac- selection. Raised outside. tors, AC-all models, Large Exc herd health. No PRSS. OBO. Call 507-789-6049 Inventory, We ship! Mark Delivery avail. 320-760-0365 ‘11 JD 7930 MFWD, IVT, guid- Heitman Tractor Salvage ance ready, duals, Deluxe 715-673-4829 Spot, Duroc, Chester White, cab, 3060 hrs. Upgraded Boars & Gilts available. HID lights, 320/90R54 tires, Monthly PRRS and PEDV. Harvesting Equip $110,000/OBO. (320) 295-2397 Delivery available. Steve Resler. 507-456-7746 ‘13 JD 7215R, 4672 hrs, 4 valves, 2007 C-IH 8010 combine, 1000 PTO, Active Seat, Auto 2407/1500 hrs, 620/70R42 duTrucks & Trac Ready, MFWD, Power als, big top topper, lot of Trailers Quad, 320/90R50 Rear Tires recent work, exc shape, w/duals, Thru Service In- $87,500. 612-685-5743 FOR SALE: ‘99 Ford F350, spection at 4500 hrs, $68,500. dually 4x4, extended cab, 7.3 Call 1-320-979-9460 diesel, 6 spd manual, 8’ flatWanted bed, new complete engine, FOR SALE: ‘89 Case IH 7130, clean, sharp truck, $9,900. FWA, 5400 hrs, 18.4x42 rears at 60%, duals at 25%, 16.9x28 All kinds of New & Used farm 320-583-0881 fronts at 90%, rock box, re- equipment - disc chisels, field cent eng OH, asking $42,000. cults, planters, soil finishers, cornheads, feed mills, discs, Miscellaneous 507-421-4732 balers, haybines, etc. 507FOR SALE: Int’l 856 w/ ldr, 438-9782 PARMA DRAINAGE PUMPS 7500 hrs, 2nd owner, 100% New pumps & parts on hand. Firestone rubber on rear, Call Minnesota’s largest disLivestock nice original condition, cab, tributor heat, always stored inside. HJ Olson & Company $8,950. 320-359-2692 FOR SALE: Black Angus 320-974-8990 Cell - 320-212-5336 bulls also Hamp, York, & Sell your livestock in The Land Hamp/Duroc boars & gilts. REINKE IRRIGATION with a line ad. 507-345-4523 320-598-3790 Sales & Service New & Used For your irrigation needs 888-830-7757 or 507-276-2073

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FOR SALE: JD 4440 very FOR SALE: 9 Shorthorn Winpower Sales & Service good condition, new tires, steers, avg weight aabout Reliable Power Solutions 5060 hrs, quad shift, in- 500 lbs, shots and poured. Since 1925 PTO & automatic spected in John Deere Shop, Nelson Family Shorthorns at Emergency Electric Gener$25,900. 320-359-2692 Renville. 320-894-6271 ators. New & Used Rich Opsata-Distributor FOR SALE: JD 6115D, MFD, 800-343-9376 w/ JD H310 loader & snow

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‘14 JD 9560R, 1045 hrs, 5 hyd valves, 800x38 tires & duals, whl ‘09 NH TV6070, bi-directional, 3543 hrs, cab, air, 3pt, 540/1000 wgts ..............................................................................$205,000 PTO, 2 hyd valves, NH ldr w/84” bkt ............................$54,000 ‘13 JD 9360R, 1970 hrs, 1000 PTO, pwr shift, 620x42 tires & ‘11 Case SV300 skidsteer, cab, air, 1040 hrs, 2spd, ride control, duals .............................................................................$150,000 aux hyd, 72” bkt .............................................................$26,900 ‘02 JD 9320, 5341 hrs, pwr shift, 1000 PTO, 3 hyd valves, 8 new 18.4x46 tires & duals, universal auto steer ...................$89,000 ‘92 JD 8760, 7558 hrs, 24spd, 3 hyd valves, eng OH at 6264 hrs, 20.8x38 tires & duals ..............................................$31,000


‘13 NH T9.390, 2557 hrs, pwr shift, 1000 PTO, 480x50 tires & ‘13 JD S660, 1066 sep/1598 eng hrs, 4x4, 2630 display, duals, susp cab ..........................................................$120,000 Contour-Master, chopper, long unloading auger, 20.8x32 tires ‘11 NH T9.390, 905 hrs, pwr shift, 4 hyd valves, hi-flow, HID lights, 480x50 tires & duals ........................................$120,000 ‘14 C-IH Steiger 370 HD, 7052 hrs, 1000 PTO, big hyd pump, 710x38 tires ......................................................................................... $82,500


Agri Systems ....................................................................................... 8 Anderson Seeds .................................................................................. 10 Beck's Hybrids ..................................................................... 1, 9, 16, 17 Blethen Berens ................................................................................... 14 Broskoff Structures ............................................................................ 25 C & C Roof ing .................................................................................. 11 Corteva SureStart ................................................................................. 3 Courtland Waste Handling .................................................................. 19 Crysteel Truck Equipment .................................................................... 5 Curt's Truck & Diesel ......................................................................... 11 Dahl Farm Supply .............................................................................. 25 Dairyland Seed .................................................................................. 13 Dan Pike Clerking .............................................................................. 27 Doda USA ........................................................................................... 4 Gary Garst Auction ............................................................................ 27 Grain Millers ..................................................................................... 20 Grizzly Buildings ............................................................................... 18 Henslin Auctions ................................................................................ 26 Keith Bode ......................................................................................... 30 Kerkhoff Auction ............................................................................... 24 .................................................................................... 28 Larson Implement ........................................................................ 27, 31 Letcher Farm Supply .......................................................................... 21 Linder Farm Network ......................................................................... 15 Minnesota Soybean ........................................................................ 6, 12 Northland Buildings ............................................................................. 4 Palmer Bus Service ............................................................................ 26 Pruess Elevator .................................................................................. 30 Roy E Abbott Futures ......................................................................... 24 Schweiss Doors .................................................................................. 30 Smiths Mill Implement ....................................................................... 29 Sorensen's Sales & Rentals ................................................................. 29 Southwest MN Farm Business ............................................................. 21 Southwest MN K-Fence ...................................................................... 19 Spanier Welding ................................................................................... 7 Steffes Group ..................................................................................... 27 Upper Midwest Management .............................................................. 26 Whitcomb Brothers ............................................................................ 25 Wingert Realty ................................................................................... 27

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& duals ........................................................................$139,000 ‘13 JD S660, 892 sep/1180 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper, 520x38 tires & duals ...................................................$139,000

‘94 C-IH 9270, 8533 hrs, pwr shift, 4 hyd valves, front wgts, ‘04 JD 9760, 2268 sep/3460 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper, 650x42 tires & duals, Outback auto steer .....................$33,500 480x42 tires & duals .....................................................$54,000


‘01 JD 9750, 3013 sep/4156 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper,

520x38 tires & duals .....................................................$42,000 ‘15 C-IH 500 Quadtrac, 2750 hrs, 36” tracks, cab susp, HID lights, Pro 700 monitor & receiver ...............................$175,000 ‘01 JD 9650 STS, 3014 sep/4325 eng hrs, Contour-Master, ‘14 C-IH 350 Rowtrac Quadtrac, 1865 hrs, 1000 PTO, 120” spacing, 18” tracks, 4 hyd valves, hi-flow ...................$152,000 ‘14 C-IH 340 Magnum Rowtrac, 290 hrs, lux cab, susp front axle, 18” belts, 6 hyd valves, 1000 PTO, 3pt .......................$180,000

chopper, 520x38 tires & duals .......................................$39,000 ‘00 JD 9650 STS, 2645 sep/3623 eng hrs, single point hookup, chopper, bin ext. ............................................................$42,000

‘14 C-IH 5130, 660 sep/928 eng hrs, rock trap, chopper, ‘04 Cat Challenger MT 755, 4844 hrs, 16” tracks, 3 pt, 1000 PTO, 88” track spacing, JD ATU ..........................$65,000 tracker, 700 monitor, 900x32 single tires .....................$132,000


‘11 C-IH 5088, 1541 sep/1743 eng hrs, rock trap, chopper,

tracker, 30.5x32 single tires. ..........................................$88,000 ‘12 Challenger MT 665D, 1332 hrs, front susp, 3pt, 1000 PTO, 5 hyd valves, 480x50 duals & front duals .......................$95,000 ‘09 C-IH 7088, 1275 sep/1807 eng hrs, rock trap, chopper, tracker, HID lights, Pro 600 monitor, 520x42” duals .....$92,000 ‘12 JD 8235, 2WD, 1235 hrs, pwr shift, 3pt, 1000 PTO, 4 hyd valves, 18.4x46 duals, extra clean...............................$110,000


‘13 C-IH Magnum 260, 577 hrs, 540/1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 hyd ‘13 Drago 6R30 chopping, fits JD combine............................$25,000 valves, hi-flow, 420x46 tires & duals............................$110,000 ‘13 C-IH Magnum 290, 1250 hrs, 1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, ‘09 Drago 6R30 chopping, fits JD combine ........................$19,000 big pump, 480x50 tires & duals, front duals & wgts...$110,000 ‘06 Drago 8R30 chopping, fits flagship C-IH combine .............$14,500 ‘12 C-IH Magnum 260, 1784 hrs, susp front, 1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, 480x50 rear tires & duals, front duals ........$99,000 ‘13 C-IH 3408 8R30, hyd deck plates, fits flagship combine ....$21,000 ‘04 C-IH MX285, 5540 hrs, 4 hyd valves, 3pt, 1000 PTO, 10 ‘08 C-IH 3208 8R30, hyd deck plates, fits flagship combine...$12,500 front wgts, 18.4x46 tires & duals, fresh eng OH ...........$59,000 ‘02 C-IH 2208 8R30, hyd deck plates, fits older 1600-2000 series ‘13 NH T8.360, 1200 hrs, lux cab, 1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, 480x50 tires & duals, complete auto guide syst...........$110,000 C-IH combines ...............................................................$11,500 ‘06 NH TG210, MFWD, 4240 hrs, pwr shift, 540/1000 PTO, 3pt ‘05 Geringhoff 8R30 chopping, fits JD combine ................$17,500 hitch, 4 hyd valves, 380x46 rear tires & duals, 380x30 front tires & duals ...................................................................$56,000 ‘83 JD 643 6R30, low tin, oil drive ..................................... $6,500 ‘03 NH TG230, MFWD, 3346 hrs, pwr shift, 540/1000 PTO, Mega flow hyd, 4 valves, 3pt, 380x46 tires & duals......$59,000


‘11 Versatile 305, MFWD 690 hrs, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, 1000 PTO, HID lights, 480x46 tires & duals ....................................$95,000 JD 512 5 shank disc ripper .................................................. $9,500

LOADER TRACTORS ‘06 JD 7420, MFWD, cab, air, 5164 hrs, IVT trans, 3pt, 540/1000 PTO, 3 hyd valves, JD H360 ldr w/QT bkt ....$62,000

JD 980 field cultivator, w/ JD harrow ................................$11,000


‘04 JD 7320, MFWD, cab, air, 3pt, 540/1000 PTO, 2 hyd valves, ‘15 JD 4045R, 855 hrs, 1200 gal tank, 120’ boom, well equipped, Power JD 741 ldr w/QT bkt & joystick ......................................$52,000 Train, 480x50 tires, warranty to March 2020.......................... $229,000

LARSON IMPLEMENTS 5 miles east of Cambridge, MN on Hwy. 95 763-689-1179

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This week’s Back Roads is the work of The Land Correspondent Richard Siemers.


The plaza of the people

ulie (Skorczewski) Haskins had a big idea for her eighth grade civics class project — big enough that she recruited her friend, Michelle Thomsen, to help. She is surprised and grateful when she looks back to see what her project did for her small town of Ivanhoe, Minn. At the time, there was a television commercial about rebuilding a rundown area in a big city neighborhood. “It was just a little blip, but it really made an impact on me,” Julie said, who now lives in Mankato. “There was an open space [between two buildings] in downtown Ivanhoe and I thought it would be nice if there was a sitting park. Every time we drove by, there was this vacant lot eyesore and I thought, let’s make it pretty and put some flowers in there. I think it became more than what I originally anticipated.” After the city council gave approval, she and Michelle started making plans. They got their parents involved, as well as the rest of the community. Fundraisers brought in more money than anticipated, so they bought pavers, and planted bushes and trees. The FFA made benches that the Knights of Knowledge Study Club donated. The miniature urban park was

dedicated in 1995 during Ivanhoe’s annual celebration and named Norman Street Plaza Park. Julie had to be pleased that her original idea had developed beyond her first thoughts, but it sparked something more. With the town centennial approaching in 2000, the centennial committee decided to celebrate with murals of the town’s history. And what better place to display them than the downtown park. Area artist Patti Jeremiason designed a large panel with a train and depot (the town was founded by the railroad), with other panels showing the Lincoln County courthouse and jail, a farm scene, and an old street scene. People of the community painted the panels. In July of 2000, the installed panels were dedicated. Norman Street Plaza began as a civics project when a couple students wanted to beautify a vacant lot in their town. It developed into a lovely little park where people can relax and enjoy the story of the town. “It became much more than I originally thought,” Julie said. “I’m still real proud of it. When I go back there, I go in and pull weeds and spruce it up the best I can for the time I have.” v

Ivanhoe, Minn.

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