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Miller Wins State FFA Discussion Meet


Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation worked with the Minnesota FFA to sponsor the ninth FFA/Farm Bureau Discussion Meet competition. Fifteen regional FFA winners from across the state competed at the Minnesota State FFA Convention on Sunday, April 25 at the Continuing Education Conference Center Building on the University of Minnesota campus.



Brianna Miller of the Waseca FFA Chapter won the competition and Kyle O'Toole of the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton FFA Chapter took second place. Jeff Knoblach of the Morris FFA Chapter and Katie Eggert of Hutchinson FFA Chapter also advanced to the final round. Miller and O'Toole both receive a college scholarship sponsored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.



Other regional winners participating in the Discussion Meet included: Nathan Haskins - Perham FFA, Jacob Chisholm - Sparsley Populated FFA, Ryan Bart - Staples/Motley FFA, Emily Rasmussen - Grand Rapids FFA, Casey Krieger - KMS FFA, Andrew Miron - Forest Lake FFA, Sarah Marketon - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA, Carlie Hedlund - Dassel Cokato FFA, Kate Merna - Marshall FFA, Erin Morrison - Belle Plain FFA and Steve Lammers - Southland FFA.



Topics of discussion for this year's event included: How does the public perception of American farmers and ranchers affect agriculture?, How can American agriculture increase the opportunities for new uses of traditional agricultural products? and What can be done to encourage young people to get involved in the agricultural industry and remain there?



Students participated in two semi-final rounds and the top four advanced to a final round. Contestants were judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues, and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving.



Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers help develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.

Local cattlemen host senator

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jeff Eickhoff of the Fillmore County Farm Bureau recently organized a beef tour for Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona. Local cattlemen are interested in keeping their industry priorities before legislators, so area tours provide a firsthand opp ..... 
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Youth tractor safety training

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The twentieth-first joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Tuesday, June 8, through Friday, June 11. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. each day. Brad Harguth, Caledonia Ag Instructor, has off ..... 
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USDA/US DOT RELEASE WALZ TRANSPORTATION STUDY

Wed, Apr 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Transportation released a report to study freight transportation issues facing rural America. The study focused on freight rail, particularly as it relates to the m ..... 
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GPS technology helps farmers save time and money

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Farmers, like everyone else, have seen great advances in technology that help to make their work easier, and to save time and money. Recently, the farming community has been able to utilize satellite technology in ways they never imagined.

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Spring Valley farmer is Gold Country Seed "Picture Your Success" winner

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A farmer from Spring Valley, Minn., was recently chosen the winner in Gold Country Seed's "Picture Your Success" drawing. Ralph Tart received $1,000, and chose the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA to receive an additional $1,000 donation from the company.[Read the Rest]

Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Direct and Counter Cyclical Program (DCP) Deadline June 1, 2010

You can sign-up online or at local USDA Service Centers until Tuesday, June 1, 2010. This deadline is mandatory for all participants. FSA will not accept any late-filed applicati ..... 
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Best Acetochlor management

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has revised the "Water Quality Best Management Practices for Acetochlor". These voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) were developed to address the presence of acetochlor and its breakdown products ..... 
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POET Biorefining to hold POET tree poetry contest for local students

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Area students are invited to submit nature-inspired poems for the POET Tree poetry contest in honor of Arbor Day. Each leaf in a tree is a biorefinery, drawing energy from the sun. At POET, we find inspiration in nature's efficiency, and Arbor Day i ..... 
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