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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 was held at the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) office on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

At the meeting, Secretary Vilsack recognized Minnesota and specifically Minnesota Farmers Union for their progressive work in agriculture, and informed MFU members on a federal perspective of current issues.

An issue of high priority for Secretary Vilsack is supporting programs for beginning farmers. “There will be far more farmers over the age of 75 than there will be under the age of 25” predicted Vilsack. “I value this group here” he said to Minnesota Farmers Union members, “I see a lot of people that look a lot younger than I am, which is great.”

Federal budget sequestration, the importance of passing a Farm Bill this year, water quality programs, and dairy (feed costs vs. price of milk) were also important points of discussion. “The rural population is at the lowest level in history,” he warned. “Farmers need to form broad alliances and create dialogue with other groups to protect their influence.”

In spite of current problems, he is very optimistic about agriculture, as there has been record expansion of exports and increased development of local/regional food systems.

USDA is actively involved in research on the long-term impact of climate change, to develop adaptation mitigation strategies.

These issues are also high on Minnesota Farmers Union’s legislative agenda.

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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Minnesota Farm Bureau announces YF&R Discussion Meet semi-finalists

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee held the preliminary rounds of the Discussion Meet at the MFBF Leadership Conference at the Hilton Airport in Bloomington on January 26. Contestants were judged ..... 
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