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Court report (Week of April 22, 2010) MN STATE PATROL Daralie Gibson, Beardsley, Speeding, 65/55, Fined $125. Travis Carl Fitzner, Clinton, Speeding, 65/55, Find $125. wwCw.hoeCk out our web site at rtonvilleindependent.com BIG STONE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICE held a poster contest for the Ortonville Elementary stu- dents promoting Earth Day, April 22. The students made posters on grocery bags, which were used for bag- ging groceries at Hartman's SuperValu last Thursday. Earth Day poster winners are shown above. In front from|eft to right are Marisa Hynnek and Emily Davis-Kindergarten, Tiffany Arndt and Lauren Hicks-lst Grade. Second row lifft to right are Emily Ross and Grace Adelman-2nd Grade, Bethany Danielson and Mitchell Meyer-3rd Grade. Third row left;o right are AlexHighes andNthan Strong-4h Grade, Kayla Sherod and Rachel Hocrnemann-5th Grade. ack row left to "g t are Gin e sen and Em" y Proctor-6th Grade. NOt pictured is Noah Nelson-lst Grade. Minnesota farm income drops Median net farm income dropped 63 percent in 2009 among more than 3,000 Minnesota farms, a new joint re- port by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and University of Minnesota Extension shows. The median net farm income for the combined groups of producers was ' $33,417 in 2009, down from $91,242 in 2008. The median means half of the producers earned more and half earned less. Net farm income is used for liv- ing expenses, income taxes, retirement and business reinvestment. This has been a challenging year for many of the state's farmers, said Dale Nordquist, Extension economist with the University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management. The drop in income was driven largely by reduced profits for nearly all livestock producers, higher costs for crop pro- ducers, and large reductions in the value of their crop and livestock in- ventory. The analysis used data from 2,324 : farms that participated in system's farm business management programs and 95 members of the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Associa- tion. The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Min- nesota analyzed the data. Overall, the average farm earned a 3.1 percent rate of return on assets, down from 10.5 percent in 2008, said Nordquist. This is the lowest returri on assets for farms in these programs in the 17 years that data have been col- lected. The analysis also showed: Crop farmers, who had received relatively higher commodity prices, had lower profits. Median income for crop farms dropped to $60,101, down 55 percent from 2008. Average prices received for major crops dropped to $60,101, down 55 percent from 2008. Average prices received for major commodities in 2009 were: $3.80 for corn, down from $4.17 in 2008; $9.84 for soybeans, down from $10.30; and $5.81 for spring wheat, down from $7.55. The 399 participating dairy farms experienced a severe drop m income with many farms experiencing losses. Median income for dairy farms dropped to $2,077 from $58,081 in 2008. The average price received for milk was $13.57 per hundred pounds compared to $19.46 in 2008. Although dairy producers cut their costs of pro- duction to $15.46 per hundred pounds, they could not lower costs enough to be profitable. Many hog farmers experienced a second consecutive year of losses or extremely low profits. The median hog producer lost $73,525 in 2009 com- pared to making a modest profit of $4,876 in 2008. The hoped-for price in- crease never materialized as the price- per-hundred pounds sold dropped to FCCLA to receive funds in Dream For Kids Round Up Dream for Kids has launched a new project "Round-Up for Kids and .Families." It is a project where area merchants: are asking their customers to round-up their purchase price to the nearest dollar. The change above their purchase price will be donated to the Big Stone Healthcare Foundation, Ortonville High School FCCLA and Key Club and DREAM for Kids. FCCLA stands for Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. It is a student leadership organization that focuses on youth, peer education and family. FCCLA empowers young women and men to be active leaders in their fam- ily, school and community by addressing important personal, fami- ly, work and societal issues. FCCLA programs encourage team- work, positive communications, healthy relationships, community involvement, financial management and career development. Involvement in FCCLA helps youth develop skills that are neces- sary in the home and workplace such as planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and inter- personal communication. "We continue to fund-raise to help supplement our school account. FCCLA members plan to use monies that are raised through this campaign to bring in a speaker for the entire stu- dent body, attend leadership camp during the summer, and national con- vention next year," said Peggy Duffield, FCCLA advisor. We would like to say thank you in advance for supporting our goals and mission." Businesses participating in the Round-Up project include: Jim and Sons Lumber, Cenex C-Store, Otrey Lake Gallery, Keeta Kay's, O'Kaye's Home Center, Hartman's SuperValu Foods, Ortonville Liquor Store, The Matador Supper Club, The Furniture Shoppe, Hardware Hank, Big Stone Marine and River Street Brewing, and NAPA Sturdevant Auto Parts. $43.30, down from $48.53 in 2008. Beef farms continued to show weak profitability. The beef producer with the median net income experi- enced a net farm loss of $13,138, down from a loss of $6,810 in 2008. Corn and soybean yields were higher with corn at 180 bushels per acre up from 167 bushels in 2008; soy- beans at 42 bushels an acre, up from 40; and spring wheat holding steady at 62 bushels an acre both years. Average cost of production for an acre of corn increased by 12 percent. Seed cost increased 23 percent, fertil- izer costs went up by 35 percent, and land rent was up nine percent. Details of the annual analysis are available at http://www.finbin.umn.edu through the University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Manage- ment, whichprovides educational pro- grams and software tools that are practical, timely and applicable to real- world farm situations. Each year, between 3,000 and 3,500 farmers enroll in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities farm busi- ness management education programs. Instructors teach producers how to maintain business records, create and execute marketing plans, and interpret and apply business analysis informa- tion to their farming operations. Infor- mation is available at http://www.fbm.mnscu.edu. ROUND UP FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES project is in full swing in Ortonville. . Many merchants, are partici.pating by askin, g their cus- tomers ,f they would hke to round, u p the,r purchase, p rice to the. near-. est dollar, and donate the difference to the project. Ortonvdle High School's FCCLA Chapter is one of the organizations receiving the funds. Shown above are Sue Berge of Hardware Hank, D[anne Radermacher, customer Rounding-Up; and Erin Meyer, FCCLA mem- ber. Saturday, May8,2010 1:30-4:00p,m. Watertown Event Center west Hw,/. 212, Watertown, SD Be good to your heart and join us for an afternoon of heart health information, This FREE community event will include health education, complimentary wellness screenings, speakers, refreshments and prizes, All attendees will receive a thank you gift at the door. Cardio og sts Salem: and Evelio Garcia, MDi questions regarding heart heali 2:45 p.m. Break : i!iiii i Evelio Gia, liD 'iie drawings "An Afternoon of t:t, Clristine K. Clifford will share all the have happened to her as she faced age of 40. Her mother passed awa ....... at the age of 42, and her father had his first open surgery by the age of 46. Clifford ha Better Homes & Gardens, MORE, American Health Golf Digest, and appeared or Live, New Attitudes, and the LeezaShow: Clifford will use personal stories and find the bright side :00 p,m. Christine K. 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