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Dairy Tour near Lewiston July 21


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Tour Rolling Ridge Acres Dairy and hear from a variety of dairy experts on Wednesday, July 21, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Gary, Paul and Justin Luehmann are hosts for this tour, and you can see their new free-stall barn, pre-fresh barn and double-12 milking parlor. Their 300-cow herd has a 12-month-average somatic cell count of less than 120,000 with recent counts under 90,000.

The theme is "Are We Leaving Money on the Table?" and profitability is the focus. Dr. Jeff Reneau, U of M dairy specialist, will speak on milk quality; the DeLaval activity meter system will be shown by Mark Swenson, Farm Country Coop; nutrition will be covered by Peter Oehler, consultant; milk pasteurizing will be discussed by Bob Schell, DVM. The host family will talk about management and milk marketing strategy.

Although all listed topics will be relevant to the theme of the field day, the presentation and discussion by Dr. Reneau has special significance because of a recent decision by the European Union that beginning October 1, 2010 all exporters of dairy products must certify that every dairy farm from which milk is received must meet a 3-month rolling geometric mean SCC not to exceed 400,000. Minnesota dairy producers who are above this limit will need to quickly make some decisions and adjustments in management practices if they wish to continue producing milk starting this fall.

No pre-registration is necessary. Plastic boots will be required and furnished. Refreshments served, but not lunch. From Kwik Trip in Lewiston, drive 1.6 miles east on US 14. Turn right on Dutchman's Crossing Dr, go 0.3 miles, turn left onto Rolling Ridge Dr. The dairy facilities are on the ridge.

For information: Tom Anderson, (507) 259-6269; Jack LaValla, (507) 951-9453; Wayne Pike, (507) 251-1937, or U of MN Extension Educator for dairy, Neil Broadwater, (507) 536-6300.

U of M Extension, Government Office Building, 202 W. Third Street, Winona. Mon-Fri 8 -4:30, (507) 457-6440.

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 ..... 
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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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