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Pork producers gain a voice in D.C.


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Growing up on a beef farm in rural Fountain, Chelsie Redalen has some exciting news relevant to Fillmore County, Minnesota, and our nation.

The National Pork Producers Council recently promoted Chelsie to director of government relations in its Washington, D.C., public-policy office.

Following her graduation from Lanesboro High School, Chelsie earned a bachelor's degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Since graduation, she has been pursuing career growth opportunities focused on agriculture and rural America.

"Chelsie has been a tremendous asset to our policy team and to America's pork producers," said Audrey Adamson, NPPC vice president of domestic policy issues and head of the D.C. office. "She has been a tireless advocate on Capitol Hill for the U.S. pork industry, and this promotion is well-deserved."

According to a press release provided by the NPPC, "Redalen will continue to work with Chris Wall, NPPC assistant vice president of government relations, as the organization's top lobbyist. She will focus on competitive market and science and technology issues, including food safety, antibiotics and animal health matters."

Prior to joining NPPC as government relations associate in 2006, Redalen was a consultant for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and worked on the staff of House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

During her nearly four years with the organization, Redalen has helped build NPPC's grassroots programs and grow its political action committee - PorkPAC - overseeing almost a doubling in contributions.

At the age of 26, Chelsie has been charged with the task of representing a national industry that plays a significant role in the economic impact of Fillmore County and the state of Minnesota.

With so many pork producers in Fillmore County, the area is represented quite well at a county, state and national level.

In addition to Chelsie's recent appointment, Craig Mensink, a rural Preston pork producer, serves on the National Pork Board. According to Craig Mensink, Minnesota represents 14-percent of the total revenue for the national pork industry, with a total national impact of over $55 billion dollars per year.

Morgan Mensink, of rural Preston, has also been an active Fillmore County Pork Ambassador, attending a wide variety of conferences and events to help generate awareness for th .....
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Kimball Corner Pasture Walk

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Grazers Daniel and Terese Hall will be hosting a field day at Kimball Corner in Jackson County, on July 17, 2010. The tour will start at 10:30 A.M. and feature a demonstration of high tensile fence building, a pasture walk and grazing discussion.
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2010 National Junior Angus Show Entry

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Caroline E. Mayer, Peterson, Minnesota, will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show at the National Western Stock Show Complex, Denver, Colo., July 11-17, reports Robin Ruff, director of activities for the American Angus Associa ..... 
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Fillmore County Pork Ambassador attends MAAI

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fillmore County Pork Ambassador Morgan Mensink of Preston attended the 15th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) earlier this month in Mankato and southern Minnesota.

The MAAI is a leadership and advocacy development pro ..... 
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Crop management tour

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota 2010 CROP MANAGEMENT TOUR will be held in Rochester on Thursday, July 8th. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the Tour/Program running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The plot tour is located at the University of Minnesota Exten ..... 
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USDA Livestock Reforms - Renewed Hope for MN Farmers and Producers?

Tue, Jun 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS - Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a new rule which is aimed at leveling the playing field for small livestock and poultry producers. It's promoted as a way to restore market competition and strengthen protect ..... 
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Field Day near Lakefield on July 7 Will Address Agronomic Management for Alfalfa-Corn Rotations

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Each year, corn is grown after alfalfa on an estimated 250,000 acres in Minnesota. Although this amounts to only 3% of total field corn acreage in the state today, it may represent the path to a more secure future. This is because including alfalfa i ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Crop Reporting

The annual requirement of reporting to the FSA office can be referred to as crop reporting, acreage reporting, or crop certification. Filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, c ..... 
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Alfalfa-Corn Field Day

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The field day will be on the Kevin and Chris Borgen farm June 28th from 1:00pm-3:00pm (registration from 12:30-1:00) at the site located ½ mile north of the intersection of Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 11, located east of Chatfield, MN. This is about eight ..... 
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