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4H at the State Fair


By Austen Whitacre

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Travis Troendle shows dairy cows for Fillmore County at the MN State Fair. Photo by Austin Whitacre

By Austen Whitacre

4-H is a national organization for youth who want to learn leadership and life skills. The youth that participate can choose a lot of different project areas to be a part of. After talking with Travis Troendle at the state fair he explained what it was like to be at the fair. Travis shows dairy cows for Fillmore County. When asked about 4-H he said, “I have been in 4-H for seven years and it has been a great experience. In my seven years I have learned many things like leadership and speaking skills.”

Kids in 4-H take great pride in the work they do with animals. It takes a lot of hard work and there is no time for relaxing until everything is done. Travis had this to say: “This year I brought my dairy cow to the fair. Taking care of my cow has taught me what it means to work hard. When I am getting ready for the fair I have a lot of things to do. I have to train my animal so they will behave. I will also have to wash, feed, and walk my cow. I think more people should join 4-H, anyone can join and even if you’re too old to be a part of the youth you can still do the adult positions. If you asked me what 4-H was about, I would have to say it’s about learning as much as possible and meeting a lot of new people.”

Youth safety around the farm: tractors are tools, not toys

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

(ARA) - The warm summer months into the fall harvest season are some of the most beautiful times on the farm. Crops are in full-swing, fruit is abundant and families often make annual trips to local farms and festivals during this time. Whether you ..... 
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Is your ATV a farm machine?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A few weeks ago I started doing research on a topic for this Farm Safety Week column. What struck me was how often ATVs were included in the Agricultural Safety information. For examp ..... 
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Forest Pest First detector workshop in Red Wing

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Minnesota is looking for volunteers to join the hundreds of citizens who already have stepped up to help keep an eye out for new infestations of emerald ash borer and other destructiv ..... 
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Livestock gross margin - dairy insurance

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Many dairy operators are expressing concern today about milk and feed prices and how they will plan ahead to maintain and strengthen their business positions. A common recommendation in risk management states that not only should one be protecting ..... 
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Beef Ambassador team members sought in MN

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Minneapolis, MN- Applications are currently being accepted for the MN Beef Ambassador Team for 2013. The MN Beef Ambassador team provides an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship an ..... 
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Final on-farm dairy meeting for 2012

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The final on-farm dairy meeting offered by University of Minnesota Extension this summer will be held Thursday, September 20, 9:30am-12:00pm (Winona County) at the Kieffer Farm, Gary & Linda Kieffer, 26234 Cty Rd 33, Utica, MN. The farm is located s ..... 
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Crop production field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A Crop Production Field day will be held on the Lawler Farm on Wednesday, August 29. The University of Minnesota has conducted agronomic research at this location for 25 years. Come and learn about new and existing research activities in southeast Mi ..... 
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Apply today for the American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence contest

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and county Farm Bureaus across Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. This national contest is designed to celebrate and recognize successful county programs and activities. With a focus on t ..... 
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