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Spring Cover Crop Field Day April 17 near Preston


Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The benefits of cover crops are becoming more apparent as more farmers use them. A field day will be held Thursday, April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Josh Simon farm south of Preston to discuss these many benefits. The cover crop field day is located 8 miles south of Preston on County Road 17 (watch for signs). The event is free of charge, and no pre-registration is required.

Winter rye was blown on with the fall application of potash and phosphorus and then worked it in with a Turbo-Till disk. Dean Thomas and Josh Simon will talk about the benefits of cover crops and how to manage them before the next crop. Jessica Bronson, Fillmore County NRCS District Conservationist, will talk about different financial assistance programs for cover crops. Funding to support this event is provided by the National Wildlife Federation Cover Crop Champion Grant in cooperation with the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District and University of Minnesota Extension. Contact Dean Thomas at the Fillmore SWCD office for more information (507)765-3878 ext. 3, or email dean.thomas@fillmoreswcd.org.

In partnership with farmers, Extension helps shape our nation

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Bev Durgan, University of MN Extension The theme of this year’s National Agriculture Day – “365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed” – carries a significant message. We all need farmers for our survival. Today, each U.S. farmer fe ..... 
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Farmers and ranchers will celebrate National Ag Day on March 25

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Debra Crusoe encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers and ranchers in Minnesota on March 25, National Ag Day. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 ..... 
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Research grants available to help boost Minnesota ag products

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking applicants for $1.3 million in competitive grants for applied crop research. The research needs to focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity and va ..... 
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Governor Dayton proclaims March 23-29 as Minnesota Agriculture Week

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 23-29, 2014, as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation is an effort to raise awareness of the significant contributions agriculture makes to the quality of life of all Minnesotans. ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Organic Crops Day to be held March 19

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The ninth annual Southern Minnesota Organic Crops Day will be held Wednesday, March 19, at the Steele County Community Center. This year’s program aims to provide current and future organic crop producers with additional tools and knowledge to hel ..... 
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Graziers: Register for planned grazing holistic management course

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

AMES, Iowa — Graziers young and old, new and experienced are invited to attend a course on Planned Grazing with Holistic Management, taking place March 21-22 at the Houston Community Center (109 W Maple St.), in Houston, Minn., located in the sout ..... 
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Snow melt poses challenges for livestock manure management

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As winter gives way to spring, rapid snow melt and potential for flooding pose challenges for farmers who spread livestock manure on cropland. Farmers who spread solid manure during winter, must ensure that it doesn’t run off w ..... 
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MDA requesting specialty crop grant proposals

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant proposals for specialty crop research and development. A federal block grant from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service was authorized under the 2014 Farm Bil ..... 
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