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Evening Edition | Tuesday, September 20, 2022

In this Evening Edition, read about agriculture's role in the rural economy, upgrades to planters and balers, and grants available to livestock processors.

Rural Economy

More and more of America’s farmers rely on off-farm income at the same time that agriculture accounts for a smaller share of rural employment nationwide, said a University of Missouri study on Monday. 

The analysis, commissioned by agricultural lender CoBank, said the majority of principal farm operators worked off the farm and off-farm income accounted for 82% of farm household income.

“The rural economy has become more diverse and complex than it was even 15 years ago,” said Dan Kowalski, of CoBank. “In many cases, the historical concept of ‘rural’ no long applies.”

Planters and Balers

Editor Alex Gray reports on the machinery announcements from Claas and CaseIH.

For Claas, that includes technical upgrades to the Quadrant Evolution series square baler and the​​ new Variant 500 series round baler.

Case IH has announced further upgrades to the 2000 series Early Riser planters, including the 2150S announced earlier this year. 

Among these new updates are a further increased liquid capacity, dealer-installed 48th row option, and software upgrades for the AFS Pro 1200 display.

Grants for Minnesota Processors

Minnesota livestock product processors looking to start or change their businesses may be eligible for a grant program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The intent of the two-year old program is to increase sales of Minnesota-raised livestock products by investing in equipment and physical improvements that support processing, capacity, market diversification, and market access.

The department anticipates awarding up to $1.4 million through a competitive review process.

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