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2016 Transitioning to Organic workshops December 7


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore and Houston Counties

Registration is now open for the second series of Transitioning to Organic orkshops hosted by the University of Minnesota. Our local meeting will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in room HB117 of the Heintz Center in Rochester, Minn. This is a free, one-day workshop that will build on the information presented in the first series of workshops hosted last year.

The Transitioning to Organic workshops have been developed for both producers who are seeking more information about organic transitioning and certification, and for farmers who are currently going through the process of transitioning to organic production. These workshops primarily will be directed to field crop producers, but all are welcome.

Building on the information and feedback from last year’s workshops, 2016 topics include business plan development and marketing, understanding soil microbes, weed biology, and mechanical weed management. Experienced organic farmer, Carmen Fernholz, will be returning to present and field questions. The team of presenters from the University of Minnesota includes Kristine Moncada, Adria Fernandez, Gigi Digiacomo and Constance Carlson. The Transitioning to Organic workshops are designed to reduce confusion, answer questions, and most importantly, provide guidance for navigating the process toward organic production.

Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible. Easy, one-click registration and a full agenda are available on the eOrganic website: http://eorganic.info/node/20617. If you have any questions please contact Constance Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension, carl5114@umn.edu, (612) 709-6790.

Fillmore County Land Rent Survey results

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s land rent survey. According to our survey results, 2016 land rental rates in Fillmore County averaged between $199.50-$ ..... 
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Hours of hard work pay off

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Seventeen youth from the Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project headed to the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show on the weekend of September 16-19, 2016 in high expectation. They competed in 15 events, bringing home 11 ribbons and two trophies. (Each youth ..... 
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Perennial forage reporting deadline November 15

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON – Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tammy Martin, reminds producers that raise perennial forage to report these acres for 2017 by the November 15, 2016 deadline. In order to comply with FSA program eligibi ..... 
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USDA offers flood impacted Minnesota farmers and ranchers immediate disaster assistance

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN, Sept. 26, 2016 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Grant Herfindahl, reminds farmers and ranchers of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible produc ..... 
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Partnerships will help Minnesota corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the U.S.

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Written by Zach Fore Part of the appeal of corn farming is the independence it offers. You are your own boss, using a combination of science, skill, gut feeling and a little bit of luck to grow a crop every year and (hopefully) turn a profit. But ..... 
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Sustainability programs part of MCGA’s goal of becoming most environmentally responsible farmers in U.S.

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Written by John Mages As combines started rolling and harvest season 2016 began, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) unveiled an ambitious new plan to help Minnesota’s corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally respons ..... 
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Minnesota corn farmer testifies at pollinator and neonic hearing

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

A legislative hearing last week focused on Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent executive order on protecting pollinators, specifically a section of the order that requires farmers to prove that they face “imminent danger of significant crop loss” before ..... 
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Fillmore County youth celebrate 4-H Week Oct. 2-8

Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON - October 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and Fillmore County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. The 4-H youth development program provides ..... 
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