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April 2009 Archive for AgDay Inbox

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Comments, questions, opinions...this is your chance to speak out regarding anything and everything reported on AgDay. Viewer feedback updated regularly.

Spinach Search

Apr 29, 2009

I am hoping you can help me find out more about your story about the spinach farmer from Oklahoma? I walked in on the last part that was showing the harvesting of the spinach? Is there someplace to go to read the story. Very interesting since I thought this was from CA or Mexico and was hand picked. Would you know where the spinach is grown for Green Giant? Since you said this was for Popeye’s brand.

Thanks and love the show. My husband is a small beef farmer (70 head that include cows, heifers, bull, steers and calves) along with growing our own hay, corn and soybeans. We farm (150 acres and rent pasture land about 75 to 100 acres for the summer months)in Mille Lacs county north of the Twin Cities, MN.



Debbie & Larry Rahn

Editor's Note:...
The name of the farmer is Steve Conrad. He farms 2000 acres in the eastern Oklahoma town of Webbers Falls. He plants 300 acres of spinach for Allen's Canning, which is based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He also grows turnips for them.  This crop was planted last fall. It overwintered and was ready for cutting in March.

Raw Milk Debate

Apr 21, 2009
What I find interesting about the raw milk debate is the failure to remember that for decades farm families have been drinking raw milk with no apparent ill effects. Why is it that there were not illnesses of whole farm families? Why were we able to drink straight from the cow, often with only a piece of cheese cloth to filter the milk? Could it be that farm families were tougher and more healthy then the non-farm families of today? Has our cultural mania for hygiene actually made us more vulnerable to illness and thus sometimes unable to handle one of natures’ purest foods?

Brent Richlen
Peshtigo, WI

Big Sky Idea

Apr 14, 2009
Greeting From Big Sky Country,
         Much of your programing seems to be centered in the Corn Belt and the east. I am curious why I never see a clip about the great state of Montana? With its vast open space, large grain farms and the majesty of her western mountains, she is truly a sight to behold. I live in the beautiful Gallatin Valley of SW Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park. We have some of the most productive farmland in the world, raising seed potatoes, wheat, malt barley, hay and have some of the best registered Angus herds in the country.
         You should bring your film crew out around the 4th of July and take a look around, you won't be sorry I promise you that.

Douglas Espelien
Next Day Ranch
Bozeman, MT

Property Programs?

Apr 02, 2009

Good Morning,

My husband & I bought a place with 25 acres in Indiana in 2005. It was planted in corn that year, but hasn't been planted since then. We are trying to find out about government grants or other help to get the property fenced. We are wanting to get 4 or 5 feeder calves & a couple of quarter horses. Also, we are interested in information about windmills, purchase & Grants, etc. available for them. I will appreciate any help you can give me concerning these projects.


Nancy & Bob Jones

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