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FFA Chapters honored for Agricultural Literacy at State FFA Convention


Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Nineteen FFA chapters from across the state were recognized at the first general session of the 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for their efforts to increase agricultural literacy in their communities.

FFA Chapters recognized were:

Climax, Fulda, GFW-Pioneer Express, Herman Norcross, Le Center

Red Wing, Redwood Valley, Spring Valley Wykoff, Sprinfield, Cedar Mountain, Chaska, Foley, Forest Lake, New London Spicer, Norman County West, Sauk Raped Rice, Hutchinson, Morris and Sleepy Eye.

Top chapter will be announced at the fourth general session on Tuesday. Redwood Valley was awarded the most unique activity and Forest Lake was recognized for reaching the most people.

The 2011-2012 Minnesota FFA State Officer team challenged chapters throughout the year to conduct agricultural literacy programs. Chapters were encouraged to log their hours and activities to participate in the competition against other chapters throughout the state.

The 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention was held April 22-24 in St. Paul and drew 3,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the state. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.mnffa.org for more information.

What does it take to earn a living on the farm?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Each year when the adult farm management data becomes available, Gary A. Hachfeld, Extension Educator for Ag Business Management, University of Minnesota Extension, updates the statistics. It is designed to let non-farm (and some farm) folks know wh ..... 
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Is hay starting a comeback?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

In all the excitement about the large acreages of corn in the Prospective Planting Report on March 30, a small item that is important to Southeast Minnesota may have been largely ignored. Producers intend to harvest 57.3 million acres of all hay in ..... 
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Early season pasture thistle control

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

When the grass started greening up, it also meant other less welcome plants will soon be appearing. Normally, early May is excellent for early season pasture weed control, but if this weather trend continues, consider moving the timing up. Plants th ..... 
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Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

If you are interested in developing a Food Safety Plan for your farm, a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 1-6 pm at the Winona County Office Building in Winona, Minnesota. The cost of the workshop is ..... 
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As possible drought looms, Commissioners Rothman and Frederickson urge farmers to review crop insurance needs

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN – In light of current drought conditions, Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today issued a consumer alert encouraging Minnesota farmers to consider purchasing crop insurance ahead of thi ..... 
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Minnesota seeks lookouts for invasive pests

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

With the recent large Emerald Ash Borer infestation on I-90, the two large oriental bittersweet infestations in Red Wing and Winona, and the value of our black walnuts, there should be considerable interest in becoming Forest Pest First Detectors. T ..... 
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Fertilizing grass pastures

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Are you looking for ways to get more out of your pasture? Have you ever soil tested your pasture? Do you treat your pasture like a valuable crop? As with other crops, adequate fertilizer is needed for optimal economic production. This could mean ..... 
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Farm family recognition nominations

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Extension Committee is asking your help in identifying potential farm families for recognition by the University of Minnesota. The Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over two decades and honors farm families from thr ..... 
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