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Weather doesn't dampen youth tractor safety training


Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Caledonia Ag Instructor Brad Harguth for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Caledonia High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, I wasn't as able to do quite as much of the prep work for the week due to several family responsibilities. Brad had things ready and despite the rain things went very smoothly.

For the first time in many years, we did not have a single young lady attend tractor safety; usually we have had two or three. I generally like to point out to the boys that at least one of the young ladies will be the best driver. The girls are often a little older, which is an advantage.

My very positive comment of the group may be more a comment on our society. I never heard one curse or swear word from a single participant, their parents and grandparents can be proud of how well they conducted themselves!

With the addition of the twenty-three students who completed the joint training in 2010, we are now at 633 students who have now participated in the Joint Tractor Safety Training over the last twenty-two years. We do this joint training because no one school has enough students to justify individual classes. Over the years, in addition to me, we have had instructors from eight different school districts.

In addition to Brad Harguth, I would like to thank Ag Instructors Dennis Rud, Mabel-Canton; Tim Willette, Lanesboro who had to miss part of the days for knee surgery. Also helping were Craig Colbenson, Rushford-Peterson; Kristal Brogan, Kingsland; and former State Patrolmen Carl Ukkestadt. I believe having many voices not only makes it more interesting for the students, it emphasizes that fact that many people consider this safety training important. Caledonia Implement was very generous in providing the tractors and manure spreaders for the driving portion of the training.

The students participating this year were from many communities. Canton: Lucas Nordsving; Rushford: Daniel Johnson; Caledonia: Alex Goetzinger, Blake Mauss, Jack Miller, Sam Schulte; Houston: Bradey Ramin-Pierce, James Loken, Daren Chapel, Matthew Rediske; Spring Grove: Phillip Paulson; Chatfield: Rhett Littrel, Harvey Friederichs, Henry Friederichs; Harmony: Jeremy Wood; Mabel: Joshua Vatland, Mitchell Kuhn; Whalan: Seth Schmidt; Lewiston: Ross Anderson; Winona: Hunter Volkman; Spring Valley: Chase Ganzer; Wykoff: Noah Schmidt, and Peterson: Jacob Agrimson.

Local resident particpates in AQHA Horseback Riding Program

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jamie Solberg of Preston, MN, recently earned an award for logging 2,000.0 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in ..... 
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Agricultural land linked to homestead

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Agricultural land owned by a family farm corporation, joint farm, venture, limited liability company, or partnership may be linked as homestead to a shareholders agricultural homestead. The deadline for application is July 1, 2010 for 2011 taxes. An ..... 
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Program Helps Landowners Pay For Habitat Projects

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Landowners nationwide have the opportunity to recoup costs of habitat improvement on their land through a recently extended federal program. The sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended through June ..... 
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Fillmore County Day Camp 2010

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

READY, SET, JUMP! into day camp this summer with Fillmore County 4-H. We will be doing some high energy activities like GPS competitions, outdoor sports, health and growing your own food. The camps will be at the following locations:

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"Wheat Day" Walk-n-Talk on June 23rd

Tue, Jun 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Kilkenny, Minn. (06/08/2010) - University of Minnesota Extension, Rural Advantage, and Southern Minnesota Wheat Growers Group invite all interested parties to attend a field day focused on wheat and other small grains. Wheat Day will be held June 23, ..... 
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Foremost Farms celebrates 100 years in Preston

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Foremost Farms USA claims on their website to "provide dairy producers a financially strong business that efficiently assembles, processes and markets milk and related dairy products, providing superior value to our customers." While this is a stron ..... 
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A tale of two (or three) princesses: Fillmore County Dairy Princesses

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

It was the best of businesses, it was the worst of businesses, some might say, but for the young women representing the dairy industry in the role of Dairy Princess, it's a business that is near and dear to their hearts. To run for a position as dai ..... 
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4-H Dairy Project Bowl

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

What compartment of the cow's stomach is referred to as the "paunch"? What does MO stand for? Name four management practices that can prevent navel illness in newborn calves. What does IBR stand for?

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