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Reps. Benson, Davids, Drazkowski, Sens. Nelson, Miller Urge Minnesota’s Federal Delegation to Help Livestock Farmers


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL – With area livestock farmers struggling because of alfalfa losses, State Representatives Mike Benson (R-Rochester), Greg Davids (R-Preston), Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) and State Senators Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) and Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) have contacted officials in Washington in hopes that they will help provide our farmers needed assistance.

Through a combination of winter kill, a wet spring and the lingering effects of previous droughts, livestock farmers are dealing with severe alfalfa losses around the state, especially in southeastern Minnesota. By replanting on these damaged acres now they will not be able to harvest needed alfalfa on their land until next year.

“The winter kill of alfalfa has left these farmers wondering where feed for their livestock will be coming from this year, and that’s unacceptable,” Rep. Davids said.

“Our livestock farmers know that summer seeded alfalfa establishment is not going to help them with their needs this year,” Rep. Drazkowski noted.

The option area state lawmakers are pushing for would remove the seeding and/or harvest dates for planting cover crops on prevented planted acres. This could happen through a declaration by the USDA.

The lawmakers recently sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture urging him to issue the declaration. They also sent letters to Senators Klobuchar and Franken and Congressman Walz, asking them to lobby the agriculture secretary in order to help our livestock farmers. A declaration would also come at no cost to the government

“It is crucial that we find a way to allow our livestock producers to grow the forages they need in order to remain viable,” Senator Miller said.

“All of us realize that our livestock industry is critical to Minnesota’s economic success, and immediate action is needed in order to ensure its continued success,” Sen. Nelson added.

“Allowing farmers to plant forages that can be harvested this year on prevented planted acres is a win-win scenario for everyone,” Rep. Benson said. “It provides a needed cover crop for these non-planted acres and also keeps livestock farmers from having to liquidate herds due to a lack of feed.”

Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Committee receives grant from AgStar Fund for Rural America

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn., (June 12, 2013) – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, awarded a $3,000 grant to the Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Committee through its annual county fair facility up ..... 
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Fly Casting, Fly Tying, & Fishing Instructions with the Federation of Fly Fishers

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Join us on Saturday, June 22 at the National Trout Center, Preston, Minn. for a day of free fly fishing activities. Learn from the best. The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is a highly respected national organization, well known for producing talent ..... 
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Dairy Night on the Farm will be held June 29

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Agriculture

By Barb Jeffers Dairy night on the Farm will be held on June 29, 2013 at Boettcher Dairy near Wykoff, Minn. Curtis and Cheryle Boettcher are in partnership with their sons Brian and Chad to run Boettcher Dairy and are looking forward to hosting the ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By LaVerne C. Paulson Each of us has, more than once, cleaned up broken glass from a bottle or jar. It is not a pleasant task with all those little chips and shards that are produced during the shattering. However, we continue to purchase food in ..... 
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Prevented Plant and Cover Crops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Jill Sackett, Local Extension Educator, Conservation Agronomist, has passed along this information on opting for Prevented Plant acres this spring. Be sure to talk to your insuranc ..... 
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Should I wait longer to cut alfalfa?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Dan Martens, Extension Educator Stearns/Benton Counties, gathered these thoughts from several Regional and State Specialists on the current alfalfa situation. This is what he had to say, “I hope I’ve represented these three perspectives correctl ..... 
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Hay shortage affecting farmers

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Local farmers are dealing with a situation - which farmers often do. This time, the situation is a shortage of hay and it’s not only local farmers who are feeling the effects. There are many critical factors in farming, and hay is one piece ..... 
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Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever chapter offers financial assistance to landowners

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Winona, Minn. - The Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever chapter is offering landowners and farmers in Winona, Fillmore, and Houston Counties with additional financial assistance to make enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) a more fin ..... 
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