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June is dairy month; be sure to thank a dairy farmer!


Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul (June 1, 2010) - June is a month to celebrate the dairy farming industry in Minnesota - dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and a rich variety of ingredients for our health.



"The dairy industry in Minnesota has a total annual output of $4.6 billion, and creates nearly 40,000 jobs," said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. "The dairy farmers provide our state with great resources and contributes to our economy, and yet they only make a quarter of the cost that you pay at the store for a gallon of milk."



Some statistics about our Minnesota dairy industry:

· there are 4,700 dairy farms in Minnesota, 99% of which are family owned;

· the average size of a milking herd in Minnesota is 101 cows;

· each cow in Minnesota produces an average of 6.1 gallons of milk per day, and more than 2,236 gallons over a year;

· collectively, Minnesota cows produce over 1000 million gallons of milk annually;

· our dairy farmers rank 6th nationally in milk production;

· dairy is the second largest livestock sector in Minnesota at 24 percent; and

· farmers only receive $1.37 on a $2.49 pound of cheddar cheese.



"Next time you are at the grocery store and grab that gallon of milk, or that block of cheese, be sure to think about where it came from and how hard our farmers work to provide us with nutritious dairy products," said Peterson.



Most of the statistics were courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Association.



Minnesota Farmers Union (www.mfu.org) is a nonprofit membership-based organization working to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers and ranchers, as well as rural communities.

2010 crop test plots

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The newest, and what I consider a very interesting test plot, is a Nitrogen Credit study when a field is in an Alfalfa-Corn rotation. This plot will look deeper at the question of nitrogen credits following alfalfa. It is looking at fall versus spri ..... 
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Beef Princess for 2010

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are seeking candidates for the 2010 Beef Princess. The Beef princess will represent the beef industry at various events during 2010. A candidate must be 17 years old by December 31, 2010 and not yet 20 years old by Dece ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Brown wins Simmental Honors at the Minnesota Junior Spring Classic

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle enthusiasts gathered together at the 3rd Annual Minnesota Junior Spring Classic (MJSC) cattle show held at the Mower County Fairgrounds, April 17-18. Todd Caldwell, Elmwood, Ill., evaluated the 258 head of cattle and Joshua Brown, Peterson, M ..... 
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Fourth grade Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

To quote and old TV show, "I love it when a plan comes together!"

It just keeps getting better! I might be talking about the beautiful weather we had last Tuesday during the fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds ..... 
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Breakfast on the Farm

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Houston County American Dairy Association will host the 20th annual Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, June 12, from 7am - 11:30 am. This year's hosts are the Stan and Bev Meyer Family who live two miles west of Eitzen, MN, on Portland Prairie R ..... 
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Grass-fed beef makes a comeback

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Step back a century ago and you'll find farming practices quite different from those in today's modern world. This is especially true when it comes to the raising of beef. While there were a handful of folks supplementing grain to the diets of their ..... 
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