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Thursday, June 6, 2013  _ t. Tri-County News. www.tricountynews.mn  ommu1l[y FSA seeks committee candidates The Farm Service Agency is looking for candidates for the farmer-elected County Commit- tee election this fall and is espe- cially interested in identifying people who have not been active participants with FSA in the past. The 2013 Stearns County FSA election will be held in Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 1, which includes the follow- ing townships: Brockway, Colleg- eville, Fairhaven, LeSauk, Lynden, Luxemburg, Maine Prairie, Rock- ville, Saint Augusta, Saint Cloud, Saint Joseph, Saint Wendel, and Wakefield. This area is presently repre- sented by Joe Krippner. The County Committee is an important part of the delivery of USDA services to farmers, and FSA wants to include farmers in non- traditional operations and peo- ple whose livelihoods are made by farming. These people could include beginning farmers, spe- cialty crop farmers, truck farm- ers, spouses or business partners - anyone who would be able to add some new or different experiences to the local County Committee, and who might be able to serve. The County Committee sys- tem needs everybody - from vot- ers to active participants as candi- dates for committee membership. With one-third of the nation-wide membership of county committee members up for election this fall, it is time to begin planning on get- ting involved. All eligible voters in LAA #1 may nominate candidates of their choice by completing a nom- ination petition (FSA-669A) and returning it to the Stearns County FSA Office byAug. 1, 2013. For further information, con- tact the Stearns County FSA Office at (320) 251-7800, Ext. 2. It's easy, it's important, and it's your FSA County Office Commit- tee. Page 15 Battling resistance: Another view on crop rotation By Katelyn Asfeld Ag Writer As we near the end of the planting season, the concern for rootworm, aphids and other pests and weeds is a thought in the back of every farm- ers mind. It is especially worrisome if the crops that used to be effec- tive in the resistance of weeds and insects are now facing more resil- ient pests that have adapted to the genetically engineered seeds and sprays that have been spread over fields for the past 15 years. The res- olution: rotation of crops. It's easier said than done. Even though rotation of crops is the only environmentally friendly and, ultimately, the best way to deal with insects and weeds that have adapted, it is hard for farm- ers to do. When the economy has a high demand for corn, a farmer will plant corn. Planting a different crop will just be a loss; it wouldn't be economically feasible. Most farmers are forced to use more pesticides and herbicides to deal with the difficult pests. Seed com- panies like Monsanto are working on stronger chemicals and differ- ent genetically engineered seeds for farmers, but the pests will just keep adapting to the use of stron- ger (and more toxic) chemicals. Genetically engineered crops were created originally to replace and/or reduce the tilling of land; a method of getting rid of weeds that can cause erosion and chemical runoff in fields and can be more costly and labor intensive. "GM" seeds such as Roundup Ready soy- beans and Bt corn is a better alter- native and has worked success- fully for a while. Environmental chemicals do not affect non-tar- get species, degrade quickly under normal conditions, and remain immobile in soil. These desirable features seemed to work great, but now farmers face resistant weeds such as pigweed and insects like the corn rootworm. According to an article by Jose- phine Marcotty from the Star- Tribune, there are "an estimated 23 weeds around the world that no longer die when doused with Roundup." This is a huge problem when the agriculture industry is dominated by corn and soybeans,. A full 90 percent of the soybeans and 70 percent of the corn in the U.S. that is of the Roundup Ready brand according to the New York Times article "Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds" by Wil- liam Neuman and Andrew Pollack. Many farmers agree that agri- culture is back to where it was 20 years ago. Instead of advanc- ing, agriculturalists are going back, dealing with more pests than usual, which is a concern for everyone. This issue may cause an increase in food prices for the con- sumer and lower crop yields for the farmer. Eventually farmers will have to use rotation as a way to be rid of these pests, or use stronger chem- icals which may work only tempo- rarily until the pests adapt again. 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