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Employment skills for today - planning for success


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

The University of Minnesota Extension will be conducting a workshop in Rochester that addresses information & strategies for agricultural workforce management. It is supported by AgStar Financial Services with promotional assistance from The Minnesota Milk Producers Association, Minnesota Dairy Initiative, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, and The Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.

The full-day workshop “Employment Skills for Today – Planning for Success.” is filled with practical information and strategies to help farm families’ deal with the regulatory and management aspects associated with a hired workforce.

“Employment Skills for Today – Planning for Success,” participants get a greater understanding of legal and tax issues related to labor workforce management. Specifically, sessions will address what tasks employers must do in order to properly document workers and will cover the newly revised Form I-9. Maintaining effective communication with employees is addressed along with the hiring process and employee compensation.

Since great diversity exists with our current available workforce, the workshop will also address cultural differences employers will likely encounter.

“Employment Skills for Today – Planning for Success” is scheduled for Rochester—June 17, 2013 from 10am until 3pm at the UCR-Heintz Center, Room HA112, 1926 College View Road SE, Rochester, MN 55904

The workshops are free, but space is limited. Lunch is included. To register, please contact Bobbi Ruesch at 507-337-2801 or email Bobbi at bmruesch@umn.edu.

Reminder! Early Registration Deadline for the U.S.

Precision Dairy Conference

The University of Minnesota invites you to the first U.S. Precision Dairy Conference and Expo! The Precision Dairy 2013 will be held at Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota with the main Program and Expo on June 26 and 27, 2013. There will be an optional Farm Tour on June 25, 2013.

I would encourage all Southeast Minnesota dairy producers to give serious thought to attending. It isn’t often that we have this level of conference on our doorstep!

Please check the website often for news and additional details: precisiondairy.umn.edu. Registration for th .....
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Summer came and so did Farm Safety Day Camp!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Another beautiful day for the joint Fillmore/Houston fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp held at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The farmer volunteers were planting corn like crazy last Tuesday, so we had a number of very capable substitutes at Farm S ..... 
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Community partners can make the difference: Stormwater Mini-Grant Program

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County SWCD has received $45,000 in Clean Water Funds to be offered as mini-grants for projects that reduce or treat stormwater runoff to local streams. Is your community or nonprofit organization interested in planting a rain garden? ..... 
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Area farmer says baby calves need protection

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Karen Reisner Mother Nature was rough on everything this last couple of months with her cold, rainy, and windy weather tantrums topped off by a heavy, wet May snow. Many beef cow-calf operations have suffered unusually heavy calf losses driven ..... 
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Farm Safety Day Camp VII

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The seventh joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 14th at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 455 students registe ..... 
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Names and Bling for the Owlets

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Karla Bloem Houston, Minn. -- The three owlets hatched in March as part of the International Owl Center’s Great Horned Owl breeding project now have names as well as bands. As a condition of the state and federal permits required for the pro ..... 
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Beef Brings $Billions

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

From Minnesota Department of Agriculture We’ve all heard the catchy slogan “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner! Well, May is Beef Month in Minnesota and if you’d ask “Where’s the Beef?” we’d say it’s right here in our state. In fact, ..... 
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Beef that’s close to home

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jason Sethre In Fillmore County, there are quite a few beef farmers and quite a few beef eaters. Whether steaks, burgers or roasts in a crock pot, local residents like their beef. But, how much of the locally raised beef circulates within Fil ..... 
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Fillmore County is home to MSA Queen

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge Royal titles of queen and princess are not just limited to the monarchies of the world as Fillmore County is considered home for 20 year-old Minnesota Simmental Association Queen Katie Ristau. But not everyone can be queen, as ..... 
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