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AgStar awards Fillmore County Fair with Fund for Rural America grant... $3,000 awarded for funding livestock wash rack


Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, MN, June 9, 2016 - The AgStar Fund for Rural America has awarded a $3,000 grant to Fillmore county Fair in Preston for funding a livestock washrack designated for swine, sheep, and goat use.

Over the past several years, 4-Hers involved in swine, sheep, and goat projects has grown, resulting in more fair animals. The requested funding supports a livestock wash rack designated for swine, sheep, and goat use. This allows the existing wash rack to be used for large animals, preventing overcrowding and youth/animal safety concerns when large and smaller animals are in the same space. The project includes adding a wash rack roof, plumbing for water spigots, and adding lights for safety. The anticipated project cost is $4,256.

AgStar’s corporate giving program, the AgStar Fund for Rural America, awards grants to organizations of programs that support its mission of “enhancing life in agriculture anf rural America.” The funding towards the livestock rack will provide necessary changes to the facilities that will help the fair thrive.

“We are proud to present the Fillmore County Fair with a grant that will help them make necessary upgrades to their livestock rack and facilities,” explained John Monson, SVP and Chair for AgStar’s Fund for Rural America.

Eric Ruen, Financial Services Officer at AgStar, presented the grant June 9 at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Preston.

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated over $5 million to organizations that work to improve the future of rural America.

About AgStar

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 550 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 15,400 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural AMerica. Visit www.AgStar.com for more information.

Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period open

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began Wednesday, June 15, 2016. “Through the ..... 
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Fillmore SWCD 75th Anniversary poster/logo contest

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Attention, kids of all ages! The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be celebrating our 75th Anniversary in 2017. We are asking for your help by creating a poster or logo that we can use next year that represents 75 years of so ..... 
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SWCD offers $500 returning college student scholarship

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship for Fillmore County college students who will be returning to school this fall. To be eligible, students must be a returning college sophomore, junior or senior; must be pur ..... 
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Management of wild parsnip

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties You do not have to drive too far down a county road today before you see wild parsnip in a ditch, field or pasture. If you have seen some wild parsnip you have likely seen a l ..... 
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2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course recap

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the 2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course! The course was held June 6-8 at Rushford-Peterson High School and we had 11 youth from m ..... 
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Farmers care about their animals: Tipsy, our special cow

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Meet 1226. She may just look like an ordinary calf to you, but to us, she has a special history. Her mom is 639, a good cow, keeps to herself, and milks like crazy. But who I (Alicia) really want to tell you about is her grand-dam, 477. 477 was born ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Dairy Knowledge Bowlers experience success

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Janet Kappers Since 2008, Stacy Leiding of Fountain and Christine Troendle of Lanesboro have been helping Fillmore County Dairy 4-H’ers study their lessons. When their children, Haely and Kayla Leiding, and Travis and Jared Troendle, became o ..... 
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Fillmore County woman is Princess Kay Finalist

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. CLOUD – Twelve county dairy princesses have been named finalists for Minnesota’s 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, an icon for the state’s dairy community best known for the Minnesota State Fair butter sculptures associated with it. Th ..... 
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