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Minnesota Legislative Candidate Ag Forum


Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Karen Reisner

Local candidates answered questions from Dave Mensink, Fillmore County Pork Producers, and Jeff Eickhoff, Fillmore County Farm Bureau, at a forum hosted by the Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance. The candidate ideas were broadcast live on KFIL radio on Thursday evening, October 4. A similar event will be held in Dodge County on October 16.

Rep. Greg Davids (IR - House 28B) and his opponent Ken Tschumper (DFL- House 28B), Jeremy Miller (IR-Senate 28) and his opponent Jack Krage (DFL - Senate 28), and Mike Benson (IR - House 26B) each detailed their answers to questions concerning agriculture.

Mensink asked about the growing debate on mandating certain farm practices and whether there should be legislative oversight on crop planting practices.

Tschumper: Noting he doesn’t know what the question referred to for sure, he said there was a voluntary agreement to achieve water quality standards in the Minnesota River Valley.

Krage: Was in support of protecting aquifers, plant and fish life. He added nitrates are a concern.

Miller: Based on the feedback he has heard from farmers, they are fed up with regulations. Farmers are the best stewards of their land. Supports self regulation and was against more regulation.

Benson: There already is a duplication of standards. Farmers know best and are good stewards.

Davids: Excessive regulations are harmful. Let farmers self regulate.

Eickhoff asked if they support restrictions over and above current regulations on pesticides.

Krage: No. However, there needs to be some regulation as there have been contaminated wells from over fertilization.

Miller: No more regulation. Farmers know their land best. We need to work with the farmers.

Benson: No more regulation needed beyond what the federal government has in place.

Davids: I have not supported more regulation.

Tschumper: There are over 200 farmers in Fillmore County alone that receive over $1 million in direct farm payments, and one over $2 million. The public invests a lot in farming and can expect to be protected. Farmers have to work with state agencies.

Mensink asked about whether livestock feedlots of all sizes should be permitted. Now, only those over a certain size require permitting.

Miller: Was not sure why there would be a need f .....
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Fall pasture management more important this year

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Source: John Zinn, NRCS Grazing Specialist Pastures and Producers experienced stress this year. Get your pastures ready for winter and prepared for next year’s growing season by taking action this fall. Soil Test …Don’t Guess! If you have ..... 
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Preconditioning?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Source: Timothy J. Goldsmith DVM, MPH, DACVPM, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine It is the time of the year to start considering the marketing of your calves. I ..... 
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The MN State Fair media trip

By Austen Whitacre

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The state fair is known for many things. All the animals, the great food, the fair even has rides for all ages. So with all this stuff going on, who is making sure that every one that isn’t visiting this fair knows what is going on? Well this year ..... 
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Farmers had a field day on September 14

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Barb Jeffers A Field Day was held Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Simon Farms near Harmony, Minn. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with owner Josh Simon on hand sharing his experiences with visitors. The Field Day was sponsored by Crop Production Servic ..... 
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4H at the State Fair

By Austen Whitacre

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Austen Whitacre 4-H is a national organization for youth who want to learn leadership and life skills. The youth that participate can choose a lot of different project areas to be a part of. After talking with Travis Troendle at the state fair ..... 
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Youth safety around the farm: tractors are tools, not toys

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

(ARA) - The warm summer months into the fall harvest season are some of the most beautiful times on the farm. Crops are in full-swing, fruit is abundant and families often make annual trips to local farms and festivals during this time. Whether you ..... 
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Is your ATV a farm machine?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A few weeks ago I started doing research on a topic for this Farm Safety Week column. What struck me was how often ATVs were included in the Agricultural Safety information. For examp ..... 
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Forest Pest First detector workshop in Red Wing

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Minnesota is looking for volunteers to join the hundreds of citizens who already have stepped up to help keep an eye out for new infestations of emerald ash borer and other destructiv ..... 
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