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Farm safety day camp a success


Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

"Thank you for a great day! It was awesome!" That was the e-mail message waiting for me when I arrived at my office the morning after the Fourth Grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

I don't know how we continue to be so fortunate. We had beautiful weather again for the joint Fillmore/Houston fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp held at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The students were enthused, the presenters and FFA helpers were at their best. I just know it takes a lot of community support to make an event like this possible!

And now, these are the people I would like to thank!

The 402 students, their teachers, and chaperones from 12 schools, the fourth grade classes from Fillmore Central, Houston, Rushford-Peterson, Lanesboro, St. John's Wykoff, Caledonia, St. Mary's Caledonia, Chatfield, Mabel-Canton, Spring Grove, La Crescent, Crucifixion La Crescent, and six independent students.

The City of Mabel provides much needed support from the EMT Ambulance Crew, Fire Department, and use of the Steam Engine Grounds. Plus the Hesper-Mabel Historical Old Barn is a great place to serve lunch.

T-shirts sponsors were GenerationX Construction and the Lanesboro Sales Commission.

Preston Equipment Co. provided the tractor, spreader, and riding lawn mowers. Kingsley Mercantile, Harmony, provided the push lawn mowers and Neil Storlie of Storlie's Portable Pit Stops, Spring Grove, provided port-a-potties.

The volunteer presenters are the people who really make this possible. Listed by topic and the organization they represent are: Electric Safety, Tri-County Electric, Brad Pecinovsky; PTO Safety, Fillmore/Houston Extension, Jerrold Tesmer, Nick Drinkall; Mabel Ambulance, Mabel EMT, Neil Folstad, Ashley Folstad, Brian Guber; Lawn Mower Safety, Houston Extension, Kelly Wilkins, M-C FFA Gabe Lind; ATV Safety, Jared Barnes, Dean Thomas; Grain Drowning, Fillmore Farm Bureau Jeff Eickhoff, Chatfield FFA Katie Winslow, Harmony Vet Clinic, Dr. Tyler Dohlman; Tractor Rollover, Houston Farm Bureau, Germaine Davison, Cynthie Washburn, Katie Denstad, M-C FFA Justin Ward; Livestock Safety, Harmony Vet Clinic, Dr. Lynn Aggen, M-C FFA Megan Witt; Sun Safety, Caledonia FFA Chris Dvorak, Eric Houdek, Nick Schaller; 911 Simulator, Fillmore County Sheriff's Office, Mike Ask, Dan Dornink; Basic First Aid, Chatfield Ambulance EMT, Sue Kester, Ed Hallisy; Seat Belt/ General Farm, Fillmore Public Health, Brenda Pohlman and Fire Safety, Mabel Fire De .....
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AgStar offers grant to support ag education in high school

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. (April 19, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer grants to support the purchase of equipment for agriculture classrooms. There is a total of $2 ..... 
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Mn/DOT reminds farmers to avoid planting, mowing crops in highway rights of way

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds farmers that planting crops within rights of way is illegal because as crops grow higher and fuller they can block motorists' vision and create other safety problems.

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DCP Sign-up Deadline June 1

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will continue through June 1, 2011. USDA urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit any USDA Service Center to complete their ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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