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Funds help schools put healthy food on the plate: Farm to School Grants awarded across the state


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Several Minnesota school districts are able to upgrade their kitchens thanks to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Farm to School Grant. More than $250,000 is being awarded to fund 15 school districts and their local Farm to School projects. Half of Minnesota’s statewide student population is involved in the program, featuring a delicious pairing of agriculture and academia.

The MDA also worked with the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Minnesota to get the new food equipment into the hands of the schools. Farm to School has helped schools offset the costs of kitchen upgrades and equipment needed to prepare, serve and preserve locally grown foods. Some grants also fund studies for schools to find the best way to get food from local pasture to plate.

The Center for Prevention at BCBS of Minnesota has a history of investment in promoting healthy food environments in schools, including providing support to Farm to School programs across Minnesota. Programs linking fresh fruits and vegetables to schools can have a significant impact on student health, learning outcomes and lifelong dietary habits, not to mention positive economic impact for the local economy. In keeping with Blue Cross’ commitment to making a healthy difference for all Minnesotans, Farm to School brings people and resources together to make their community better for everyone as an important element of a local food system.

Farm to School was established to create new markets for local growers to provide fresh products for the local school cafeteria. The program coordinates at least $10 million in local purchases annually. Although most purchases involve fruits and vegetables, schools are also purchasing fluid milk, meat or poultry, and grains.

Grants are made possible through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI), established by the legislature to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries. Applications are also being accepted for 2015 Farm to School funding and can be found on the MDA’s website: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/mnfarmtoschool.aspx.

Preston Historical Society announces tractor ride dates

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Preston Historical Society has set Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14 for a two-day autumn tractor ride through the scenic Bluff Country of southeast Minnesota. The round-about ride will begin and end each day at the Fillmore County Fairgr ..... 
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Area farmers’ markets promote local in southeast Minnesota/northeast Iowa

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Shop local. Dine local. Buy local. The energy behind the movement of supporting what’s in our own backyards is massive and it doesn’t appear to be slowing any time soon. Americans are tired of not knowing what’s in a product or where it comes f ..... 
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Farmers’ Market season just weeks away

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

It may be hard to tell, given the dismal start to spring and winter’s icy grip on our area, but local farmers’ markets are just weeks away from opening. Market organizers are working to bring in vendors of all sorts and customers are equally as e ..... 
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MILC program extended and start month revisions

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. - Tammy Martin, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Fillmore County announced that the 2014 Farm Bill extended the MILC program until September 1, 2014, or until the date on which the new Dairy Margin Protecti ..... 
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Beef council’s referendum voted down by producers - Minnesota beef producers decline fee increase

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s beef producers have rejected the Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council’s proposed referendum asking for an increase in check-off dollars. Sixty-three percent of the 1,525 voting producers voted against the ..... 
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Pork checkoff leaders finding new opportunities in South America - Board members meet with farmers and trade leaders to address global challenges and expand markets for U.S. pork

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. – Examining emerging market opportunities and creating new partnerships to tackle global challenges was the focus of a recent study mission conducted by the 15 farmer-directors of the National Pork Board during a week-long tour of Br ..... 
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Fillmore County Dairy Princess crowned

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association held a Dairy Princess and Ambassador Recognition on March 30 in the afternoon at the Fillmore County Extension Office in Preston. During the recognition Melinda Woods was crowned the 2014 Fillmore Count ..... 
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Spring Cover Crop Field Day April 17 near Preston

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The benefits of cover crops are becoming more apparent as more farmers use them. A field day will be held Thursday, April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Josh Simon farm south of Preston to discuss these many benefits. The cover crop field day is located 8 mi ..... 
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