"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | > | >>

Dairy is big business in Fillmore County


Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A truck from Caledonia Haulers stops at Foremost Farms in Preston for a milk delivery. Photo by Jade Sexton

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 produce travels many miles and goes through many processes before ending up in the grocery stores.

Foremost Farms in Preston receives milk from many different haulers. Plant manager John Ebner said that things have changed a lot in the last few years as far as the process.

“Milk is now going directly to the processing plants,” said Ebner.

Because of this, many trucks are now making longer trips to haul the milk where it needs to go. Milk from the area goes to places like Kwik Trip, Kemps, Zumbrota, and even to plants in Wisconsin. Foremost Farms in Preston has patrons in many states across the country.

Ebner has worked in the plant for 33 years, and has been Plant Manager for five years. The plant itself has gone through many changes over the years.

“We are organic certified,” explained Ebner. “We have organic customers ship us their skim milk and we send it out east for yogurt production.”

Foremost also condenses organic skim milk and dries it into a powdered form, and they do the same with buttermilk and why protein. These dried forms are sold to wholesale retailers, and are used in many different food products.

Ebner also explained that when they send whole milk from the farm to the processing plants, it is separated. The cream is used to make butter, and the skim milk is used in making cheese.

Milk is also condensed to one-quarter the amount at the plant, making it easier and cheaper to haul. Sometimes the long trips hauling milk can cause it to separate, so trucks stop in to places like Foremost to have it mixed up. This helps maintain the quality of the milk.

“The milk around here gets used a lot,” commented Ebner. “We run 24/7 around here. We are very busy.”

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | > | >>