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Blue Valley Holstein to host Dairy Night on the Farm


Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

The owners of Blue Valley Holstein are celebrating June as Dairy Month and inviting everyone to join their party. Bruce and Tracy Wingert and family will be hosting the event at their farm on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. with much to see and do.

Farming runs in the Wingert family as all of Bruce and Tracy’s children are involved in farming. Their son Matt works on the farm and daughter Loni helps out on weekends after working at her regular job at Olmsted Medical Center during the week. Tracy and Bruce’s son Jim and his wife Randi also farm.

The Wingerts have three employees who help with the work that farming entails. David Leonard and Aaron Gillespie work part-time while Chris Lumbi works full time at Blue Valley Holstein.

Bruce stated they milk 210 cows in a step up walk through parlor at Blue Valley Holstein and will share information on how the cows are milked and barns will be open for self-guided tours. It will be a time for adults and children who are not familiar with farming to spend some time on the farm and find out about the milking process.

Loni Wingert stated that Dairy Night on the Farm is a great opportunity that the A.D.A. puts on for people who don’t live on a farm to come and see what farming is all about. Loni added that Dairy Night on the Farm is “a great time for families to spend time on a farm” and is looking forward to the evening.

It will also give area farmers a chance to get together and share a common interest. Kids can see and touch cows and calves which some may have never had the chance to do before. The children will also love spending time in the House of Bounce that will be at Dairy Night on the Farm. They may even get to meet a real princess -the 2014 Fillmore County Dairy Princess Melinda Woods. People of all ages will enjoy playing Cow Bingo as they enjoy the company of friends and neighbors.

A tasty supper will be served with the Fillmore County Cattlemen’s Association cooking hamburgers for hungry guests. A constant favorite at Dairy Night on the Farm is the American Dairy Associations Malt Wagon which will be serving cold treats perfect for a summer evening.

Bruce Wingert says they are planning on 300-500 people to attend Dairy Night on the Farm which is a popular annual event for both people in the farming industry and those who would like to learn more.

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Princess Kay of the Milky Way

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

For 19-year-old Chelsea Schossow being a finalist for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way is a dream come true. After candidating in the Winona County Dairy Princess competition, Chelsea was named Miss Winona County Dairy Princess. From there ..... 
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More than 200 Century Farms honored in 2014

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 215 Minnesota farms as 2014 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a co ..... 
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Beef Princess Candidates sought for 2014

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are seeking candidates for the 2014 Beef Princess. The Beef princess will represent the beef industry at various events during 2014. A candidate must be 17 years old by December 31, 2014 and not yet 20 years old by Dece ..... 
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Important 2014 deadlines for livestock disaster aid

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota livestock producers can submit notices of animal loss and apply for payment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster programs, which were reinstated with the passage of the 2014 Far ..... 
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Youth tractor safety classes offered

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The 25th joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 11. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. each day. It will be held at Rushford-Peterson High School. Our are ..... 
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2012 Census of Agriculture shows number of farms decline, market values on the rise

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota statistics of the 2012 Census of Agriculture may be on the spectrum of suprising to concerning, depending on how you interpret them. The census is completed every five years with a wide range of data collected; everything from what agr ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator hires general manager, Gordy Elliott

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) board of directors is pleased to announce that they have hired Gordy Elliott to be the new general manager. Elliott will be responsible for the overall management of FCE. Elliott brings a wealth of knowledge and exper ..... 
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USDA announces additional support for small and midsized farmers and ranchers - Second major small farmer package this year includes research awards, technical assistance and marketing support

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 29 additional support and resources for America’s small and midsized farmers and ranchers. The announcement includes $7 million in university research awards in support of small and midsized producers; ..... 
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