August 23, 2017

Nation’s First Solar Honey Featured in New Ice Cream at MN State Fair

While new and inventive foods abound each year at the Minnesota State Fair, only one new food is responsible for creating new honeybee habitats, while simultaneously harvesting the nation’s first ever solar honey, deliciously drizzled throughout the new food – Solar Honey Swirl Ice Cream!

This new treat features ribbons of solar honey, produced and harvested fresh from Minnesota honey producers, Bolton Bees, springing forward on a simple backdrop of vanilla ice cream. Solar Honey Swirl will be served up at the Minnesota Honey Producers Association booth (a State Fair staple for more than 70 years) in the horticulture building, in partnership with Fresh Energy and Bolton Bees, at the Minnesota State Fair. The solar honey is sourced from solar arrays around the metro that are planted with pollinator-friendly native flowers.

About Bolton Bees

Bolton Bees, is a first-generation business, that breeds Minnesota-hardy queen bees and produces the nation’s first-ever solar honey, using Twin Cities solar arrays. Travis and Chiara Bolton are beekeepers who believe in promoting the collaboration between solar energy, pollinator habitat, and local beekeeping. They are passionate about encouraging the creation of new foraging habitat under and around ground-mounted solar panels for a wide variety of pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.

http://boltonbees.com/

About Fresh Energy

An independent energy nonprofit, Fresh Energy’s mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive.

http://www.fresh-energy.org

About the Minnesota Honey Producers Association

The Minnesota Honey Producers Association (MHPA) is a nonprofit organization made up of commercial and hobby beekeepers. The goal of the organization is to promote the use of honey and to provide a better understanding of the role of honeybees throughout the Midwest. The organization was founded in 1907, and is one of the largest in the United States today. The MHPA is one of the founding fathers of the Minnesota Agricultural Society.

http://www.minnesotahoneyproducers.org/

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USDA Designates More Counties in ND/SD as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

In response to a request from Jamie White, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in South Dakota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Aurora, Charles Mix and Gregory counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in South Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Bon Homme Douglas Lyman
Brule Hutchinson Sanborn
Davison Jerauld Tripp

Farmers and ranchers in Boyd, Keya Paha and Knox counties in Nebraska also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

In response to a request from Brian Haugen, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in North Dakota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Burke, Lamoure and Renville counties in North Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in North Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Barnes Logan Ransom
Bottineau McHenry Stutsman
Dickey McIntosh Ward
Divide Mountrail Williams
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Audio Update: Ideas on the New Farm Bill Flow Freely as the Rain Falls at Dakotafest

Everyone was thankful to be indoors as South Dakota’s congressional delegation listened to policy concerns and gathered input for the next farm bill from a panel of agricultural producers and then fielded questions from the audience on a number of topics during a town-hall style forum sponsored by the South Dakota Farm Bureau at the Reaves Buildings complex on the grounds of Dakotafest in Mitchell, S.D., Wednesday.  The state’s variable weather conditions were a common talking point as a steady rain fell on the event throughout the morning.

Sen. Rounds, Sen. Thune, Rep. Noem at Dakotafest

During the opening introductions, American Farm Bureau vice president Scott VanderWal offered the top priorities of his grass-roots organization as lawmakers on Capitol Hill draft a new bill.

Farm Forum 1

Republican Senator John Thune stressed the importance of trade as a path to better prosperity for the rural economy in his opening remarks.

Farm Forum 2

Dakotafest continues through Thursday in Mitchell.

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