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Minnesota apple orchards open for picking


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota apple growers are reporting orchards full of big, high quality apples for fall family fun. Orchards are open for picking across the state with many ripe varieties on the trees.

Charlie Johnson, President of the Minnesota Apple Growers Association, said the 2014 crop will be good for growers and consumers, despite the especially harsh winter, “Many varieties will be as big, or bigger than last year. The harsh winter weather has affected some varieties, in some orchards, but most producers have come through the winter with an excellent crop!”

Minnesota is known for flavorful apple varieties specifically bred to thrive in our climate. This includes University of Minnesota cultivars such as the Zestar!, Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Haralson and Sweet Sixteen.

Most growers report varieties are ripening slightly later than typical, due to the late spring. Because there are so many delicious apple varieties to choose from, and seasonality depends on weather, please call your orchard to determine what is ripe and ready for picking.

Minnesota Grown Spokesman, Paul Hugunin, said a trip to an apple orchard is a fun activity for families, “Apple orchards provide many ways to engage families and children of all ages. It’s a wonderful way to introduce kids to how delicious fresh picked produce can taste! Many orchards also offer fresh apple cider, pumpkins, fall raspberries and fun fall activities like hay rides, crop mazes and petting zoos.”

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Directory is a free statewide guide to more than 100 apple orchards. The directory also includes a comprehensive list of fall raspberry patches, corn mazes, wineries and more. You can search the directory online at www.minnesotagrown.com or order your FREE printed copy by calling 1-888-TOURISM.

Add value to your ag operation with grants this autumn Farmers and producers encouraged to apply before October deadline

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has another round of funding available for projects to help farmers, producers and processors add value to their operations. A total of $2 million in funding has been made available t ..... 
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Enrollment for new Dairy Farm Risk Management Program in Minnesota open now

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sept. 2, 2014 — USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, tannounced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established ..... 
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Agricultural producers in Minnesota still have time to apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’ ..... 
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Apply Today for the American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence Contest

Tue, Aug 5th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and county Farm Bureaus across Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. This national contest is designed to celebrate and recognize successful county programs and activities. With a focus on th ..... 
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Discounts on Polaris off-road vehicles offered to Farm Bureau members

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that a new FB Member Advantage! program with Polaris Industries Inc., is available to eligible members in Minnesota, effective immediately. The roll-out of the new three-year program with Polaris, the leading manuf ..... 
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Crop insurance & indemnity payment tax information available

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. - Torrential spring rains and the flooding that followed has caused many problems for Minnesota farmers. They are faced with many decisions not the least of which are related to their choices regarding what to do about crop insurance ..... 
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University of Minnesota Extension Dairy Educator relocating to Rochester Regional Office

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

As of July 1, Jim Paulson, Extension Educator-Dairy, will be relocating to the Rochester Regional Extension Office from the Willmar Regional Office. Paulson worked from the Rochester office for a few months in 2012, before moving into the office at ..... 
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IOWA’S DAIRY CENTER HOSTING BREAKFAST ON THE FARM ON JUNE 21

Thu, Jun 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

CALMAR—Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation for the 5th Annual Breakfast on the Farm event on Saturday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m. – noon, at Iowa’s Dairy Center in Calmar, Iowa. The center is located just south of Northeast Iowa Community Co ..... 
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