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Twenty-four years of youth tractor safety


By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Rushford-Peterson Ag Instructor Colby Lind for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Rushford-Peterson High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, lining up tractors, arranging facilities, and all the miscellaneous things that need to be ready on site.

With the addition of the nineteen students who completed the joint training in 2012, we are now at 676 students who have now participated in the Joint Tractor Safety Training over the last twenty-four years. We do this joint training because no one school has enough students to justify individual classes.

In addition to Colby Lind, I would like to thank Ag Instructors Dennis Rud, Mabel-Canton; Tim Willette, Lanesboro; Brad Harguth, Caledonia; and former State Patrolmen Carl Ukkestadt. Carl has an excellent presentation of on-road farm accidents and hazards that he shares with the students.

I believe having many voices not only makes it more interesting for the students, it emphasizes that fact that many people consider this safety training important. Hammell Equipment was very generous in providing the tractors and manure spreaders for the driving portion of the training.

The students completing the course this year were from many communities. Rushford: Tucker Eide, Jered Brand, Dustin Brand, Blake Lawston, Eric Courier, Phil O’Shaughnessy, Kjersta Lind; Houston: Benjamin Maynard; Peterson: Benjamin Markegard, Jordan Markegard; Lanesboro: Steve Rein, Cory Mensink; Lewiston: Owen Sannes, Logan Sannes, Tristan Westphal; Altura: Dillon Kreidermacher, Lucas Herber; Rollingstone: Dustin Kriedermacher; and Caledonia: Brennon Schulte.

No-till Field Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A No-Till Field Day will be held Thursday, June 28 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Arden and Travis Willford Farm 4.5 miles southeast of Harmony (watch for signs). There is no pre-registration and no fee to attend. Speakers and topics include: Jim ..... 
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Ag values up about twenty percent

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt gave an overview of property valuations across the county at the Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization on June 12. One fact that stands out is that agricultural land has again seen a marked increase over ..... 
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Ag nutrient storage and heifer grazing field days

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Two for the price of one! Two field days will take place at Brian Hazel’s farm on Tuesday, June 19. Brian has graciously consented to host an Ag Nutrient Storage Field Day in the morning and Dairy Heifer Grazing Field Day following lunch. You are ..... 
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The Do’s and Don'ts of Dairy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

“Drink milk. No, wait! Don’t drink milk. Oh, wait; our bad. Drink milk after all.” Similar to the butter versus margarine debate of the 90s, this is the rhetoric that bounces around, confusing the lot of us and making healthful nutrition decis ..... 
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Dairy is big business in Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County has many dairy farms; 86 of them as of 2010, the vast majority of them run by families. These farms provide much more than milk and other dairy products. They do a lot for the local economy by supplying jobs as well. The milk they pr ..... 
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Sheep management practices workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Sheep are a great animal to raise on farms both large and small, and large numbers aren’t necessary to make it worthwhile. That fact is demonstrated by the USDA Statistical Service (NASS) numbers released for 2011. Of all sheep operations in the U ..... 
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Farm Safety Day Camp VI

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The sixth joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 485 students registered, representing all fifteen schools in the two counties. During the d ..... 
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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 ..... 
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