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Members sought for new Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority


Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking members to fill six positions on a new Minnesota Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority. Authorized by Minnesota Statute, the nine-member Dairy Authority will advise the Commissioner of Agriculture, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) about the design, development and operation of a new dairy research, teaching and consumer education facility.



Members from the following categories or sectors are needed:



Two persons currently engaged in the business of operating a dairy; two representatives of Minnesota based businesses actively engaged in working with or serving Minnesota’s dairy industry; one representative of a state trade association that represents the interests of milk producers; and, one member of the agricultural education faculty of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU).



Applicants must be residents of Minnesota and be willing to serve a four year term.



Three other members of the Authority will include a member of the Minnesota Division of the Dairy Council, a Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and the Commissioner of Agriculture.



Vacancies on the Dairy Authority will be filled through the state's open appointments process. The application form is available online at http://www.sos.state.mn.us (click the Open Commissions/Appointments icon) or by calling the Secretary of State's office at 877-551-6767. Applicants should specify the category/sector they represent and submit a cover letter with their applications. The deadline to apply is August 27, 2012.



Members will be appointed by Governor Dayton in consultation with Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson.

Bratland Family recognized as a 2012 “U of M Farm Family” for Houston County

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties Gerald and Judy Bratland (Viking Valley Farm) of Spring Grove has been named Houston County’s “2012 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. Viking Valley Farm is ..... 
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Beef rotational grazing tour

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A Rotational Grazing Tour will take place on Saturday, August 11, 9:30 am - 12 noon at the Jerry and Susie Frank farm 10775 Frank Rd., 3 miles North of Caledonia, MN, just off Highway ..... 
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County committee nomination deadline nears

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers may begin nominating eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees. “County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the pos ..... 
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SWCD extends cover crop deadline to July 31

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has extended the deadline for signup for its cover crop program to Tuesday, July 31. Anyone who is interested should contact the SWCD office at (507)765-3878, ext. 3 or email [Read the Rest]

Calling all aspiring farmers and everyone who eats meat

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

Lanesboro, MN – Consider this hot question concerning the future supply of beef, chicken and pork: Is it really possible to live a happier, healthier lifestyle and, at the same time, save the family farm, raise animals humanly, reduce your carbon ..... 
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Minnesota Pork Ambassador Winslow attends MAAI

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Minnesota Pork Ambassador Katie Winslow of Fountain attended the 17th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) in Red Wing and southeastern Minnesota. The MAAI program combines hands-on activities, speakers and tours that encour ..... 
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Nitrogen management for alfalfa-corn rotations field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension Corn Agronomists, Matt Yost, University of Minnesota Extension Research Assistant, and Michael Russelle, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist are conducting research on N credits from alfalfa to corn. This year, t ..... 
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Raspberry renovation

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jake Overgaard of University of Minnesota Extension Winona County will be giving a free on-farm workshop July 14th, from 1-2 pm on raspberry renovation at Hoch Orchard and Gardens near La Crescent, Minnesota. Participants will learn how raspberry p ..... 
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