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Local team finishes high at National Beef competition


Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The beef industry looks large in Minnesota, accounting for more than $2 billion in revenue. Still, the industry faces challenges with less than one percent of the U.S. population claiming farming as an occupation. While the number of farmers has declined, the demand for agricultural products has only increased and those farmers have had to meet the demands of a changing market.

All is not lost for agriculture, as many of us in smaller communities knows. Today's youth are showing a revitalized interest in agriculture through programs such as FFA, 4H, and the Land Stewardship's Farm Beginnings program. In addition, 90 percent of the farms in this country are individual or family-owned and the younger generation seems eager to learn what their predecessors know.

Five young men hailing from the Rushford-Peterson and Chatfield school districts represented the area this past October at the 2010 Minnesota Beef Expo last October. Rushford-Peterson's Jordan Bergan, Ben Markegard, Ross Anderson, and Tyler Johnson, and Chatfield graduate Justin Blumer competed in both a quiz and judging bowl, placing high enough to advance to the national competition. That event was held this past February at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Denver.

The team practiced diligently in preparation for the contest and knew their knowledge of both cattle and the industry. According to parent Kari Johnson, the judging portion consists of the team examining four animals of a particular classification. This can include market steers, breeding heifers, and just about anything, at any age, in between. Competition is tough and the team must carefully observe and compare the strengths and weaknesses of the animals and then conclude with a ranking of each animal based on its merits.

Likewise, in the quiz bowl, the team must gather as much information as they can, from as many sources as possible, to build up a vast about of knowledge amount both the animals themselves and the industry surrounding them. Breeds, classes, feeding/nutrition, diseases, management, products, and more encompass the dizzying array of categories they may be drilled on.

The trip to Denver was the first national trip for any of the participants and the team did exceptionally well, placing third in quizzing and fourth overall in judging.

The group currently has one junior and one senior team, but there is no limit to the number of teams that can be formed. "We'l .....
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Livestock Programs Available

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



FSA administers several programs that provide monetary assistance to livestock producers who are dealing with problems caused by the winter weather. Producers need to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a direct resul ..... 
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Harmony Healthcare Center's memory garden

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



When the Harmony Healthcare Resident Council met and voted to create a space where residents could enjoy a visit with family and friends, the project started as a garden plan and quickly became a community project. Hired to coordinate the ef ..... 
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Harmony Healthcare Center's memory garden

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



When the Harmony Healthcare Resident Council met and voted to create a space where residents could enjoy a visit with family and friends, the project started as a garden plan and quickly became a community project. Hired to coordinate the ef ..... 
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Horseradish: herb of the year for 2011

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The International Herb Association chooses an Herb of the Year to highlight each year. Their choice involves evaluating herbs that are outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: culinary, medicinal, or decorative. Horseradish ..... 
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Greenleaf Angus named 2011 MN Breeder of the year

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Greenleaf Angus, Lavonne and the late Lynn G. Mensink of Preston, were honored by the Minnesota Angus Association as the 2011 Breeder of the Year. The award was presented to Mrs. Mensink by the association and their family by Association President, ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



CRP Signup Ends April 15

Farmers and ranchers have until April 15 to enroll eligible land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during the general sign-up period, which opened in March.

Contracts awarded under this sign- ..... 
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Extension Notes

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Visit two Winona County Minnesota grape growing operations to discuss "bud break," young shoots and other spring grape growing issues on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

In the morning, you will tour Bob and April Heiring's n ..... 
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Ninth annual Dairy Show

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The ninth annual Southeast Minnesota All-Breeds Youth Dairy Show will be held on Friday, June 10 at 10:30 am at the Houston County Fairgrounds in Caledonia, MN. This show is for all youth ages 20 years old and younger and will include all breeds, bo ..... 
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