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By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

In Extension we often talk about the meeting season being January and February. This year there are a number of exciting education events that will be continue the meeting season on into March and April. I wanted to alert everyone to save these dates! I’ll provide more detailed information closer to the actual events.

•March 7- 2013 Farm to Cafeteria Workshop

Regional Farm to Cafeteria workshop to strengthen relationships between growers and institutional buyers. The Southeast Minnesota workshop will be held March 7, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel, 1517 16th St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902. The registration deadline is March 1. The cost is $20 which includes a meal.

For more information and to register go to http://www.extension.umn.edu/farm-to-school/farm-to-cafeteria-workshops/ or contact Jan Joannides, joann001@umn.edu, 612-251-7304.

•March 21- Forages 4 U Workshop

The University of Minnesota Extension Forage Workshop is designed to address key management issues relating to forage production across Minnesota. The University of Minnesota is pleased to welcome Dr. Dan Undersander from the University of Wisconsin as the keynote speaker for the Forage 4 U Workshop.

The event will be held Thursday, March 21; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, with 9:30 am registration at Lynndyn Bridge Restaurant, Rushford with a cost of $25 per participant.

Pre-registration for meal count by March 14 with Jerry Tesmer, 507-765-3896, tesme001@umn.edu

•April 6 – “Gardening We Dig It”

The Houston County Master Gardeners with Caledonia Area Community Education will hold their 3rd Annual Gardening Workshop on Saturday, April 6, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Caledonia Middle and High School. With early registration, the meal is guaranteed. Register by March 3 with Cindy Frank, 507-725-5139 cindy_frank@cps.k12.mn.us

•April 13- Multiple Practices Conservation Tour

Tour local farms in the Whitewater and Rush Pine watershed area on Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (lunch will be provided). Meet at St Charles City Hall to board a bus, .....
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Local Resident Meets With Secretary Vilsack, Governor Dayton and other Minnesota Farmers Union Members

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN - Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) member and local resident Eunie Biel of Harmony, MN, was invited to attend a meeting with Tom Vilsack, secretary, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Governor Mark Dayton. This meeting wa ..... 
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USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program

Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2013-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program ..... 
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Katelyn Ristau competing for 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen

Tue, Feb 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Katelyn Ristau, daughter of David and Deb Ristau of Preston, will be competing for the 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen. The crowning of the 2013 Simmental Queen will take place in Rochester on February 22 at the 40th Annual Minnesota Simmental Associa ..... 
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Fillmore County appoints new members to the Extension Committee

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

More than 1,000 engaged Minnesotans serve on 87 County Extension Committees, regional and program advisory committees, and Extension’s Statewide Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Fillmore County Commissioners recently appointed Don Bergey as a ..... 
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Fillmore County Farm Bureau Commemorates Food Awareness Month

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County Farm Bureau is celebrating February as Food Awareness Month. Food Awareness Month was created to bring awareness to all things food- from the farmers who grow and raise our food, to food safety and availability. “Farm Bureau’s ..... 
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The Minnesota Farm Bureau Council of County Presidents meeting

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently held the Minnesota Farm Bureau Council of County Presidents meeting on February 5 at the University Club in St. Paul with 120 Farm Bureau leaders, elected and appointed officials in attendance. Cou ..... 
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2013 Farm to Cafeteria workshops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

A series of Regional Farm to Cafeteria workshops have been planned around the state to strengthen relationships between growers and institutional buyers. The Southeast Minnesota workshop will be held March 7, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Hote ..... 
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2013 Tour de Forage

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The keynote speaker for the 2013 Tour de Forage is Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His topic will be “Benefits of Alfalfa in Crop Rotations & Soil Health.” The Tou ..... 
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