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Fillmore County pork farmer Craig Mensink attends National Pork Forum


Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota's presence was visible throughout the 2010 National Pork Forum earlier this month in Kansas City, Mo. National Pork Forum is the annual meeting of state pork associations and the Pork Checkoff.

The meeting was attended by 141 voting delegates representing 39 states and U.S. pork importers. Minnesota had 12 delegates representing the state's pork farmers, including Craig Mensink of Preston.

The delegates were selected at the Minnesota Pork Board (MPB) annual meeting and were then formally appointed as Pork Act Delegates by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. All pork producers who pay into the mandatory Pork Checkoff are eligible to be Pork Act Delegate candidates.

"The state delegates' duty at Pork Forum is to provide direction on Pork Checkoff funded promotion, research and consumer programs," said MPB President Bill Crawford of Fairmont.

"I believe we were well represented by our delegates," Crawford said. "They contributed a great deal to discussions. Minnesota brought forward an advisement for discussion by the delegates, we had two individuals elected by the delegates to serve in leadership positions and we had Minnesota pork producers who serve on national committees speak before the delegate body."

Forum highlights included Mensink's election to a three-year term on the 15-member National Pork Board Executive Board. Mensink, who has served in several state leadership roles, including MPB president, will begin his official board member duties following formal USDA approval. Mensink will join Karen Richter of Montgomery, Minn., as a national board member.

Delegates also elected Waseca, Minn., pork producer Kim Balfe to the nominating committee. Balfe also begins her three-year term following USDA approval. The nominating committee interviews and recommends candidates for the national board.

The delegate body also recognized National Hog Farmer magazine editor Dale Miller, of Hampton, Minn., with the Pork Checkoff Distinguished Service Award and acknowledged pork producers Monica and Brandon Schafer of Goodhue, Minn., for achieving the National Environmental Steward Award.

Pork producers and importers contribute 40 cents of every $100 of sales to the Pork Checkoff. That money supports pork promotional consumer campaigns, web sites for producers, consumers and foodservice, and research into animal welfare, food safety, swine health, environment and other topics.

Dairy Princess to be crowned Saturday in Canton

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The crowning of the new Fillmore County Dairy Princess will be held Saturday, March 27th at the Assumption Hall in Canton at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to attend.

The Princess candidate is Stephanie Drinkall of Lanesboro. Stephanie is the ..... 
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Learn to burn! Workshop in Preston April 10

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Learn to Burn! is a prescribed burning workshop for private landowners that will held in Preston on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DNR Forestry office, 912 Houston St. NW. The workshop is free and is sponsored by the MN DNR and the ..... 
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Turning horses into more than just a hobby

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

One local family is making it a mission to help people find something they enjoy to do through horses. Husband and wife duo, Randy and Teresa Coyle, owners of Quarters by Coyle's, have turned their love for horses into more than just a hobby.
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A heritage of horsemanship

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Horse people. In this area, it's likely that you know at least one of them. In essence, they live and breath horses and the lifestyle that accompanies it. The countless hours of grooming, feeding, veterinary care, pasture management, and of course, ..... 
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Local resident participates in AQHA Horseback Riding Program

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jamie Solberg of Preston, MN, recently earned an award for logging 1,500.0 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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Options to limit property taxes on Forested Land

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Mel Baughman, professor and Extension Forester, University of Minnesota, led the group of farm and forest property owners through several options and programs that may be available to them to control the property tax bill on forested and some types ..... 
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Information session on Rural Energy for America Program

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Rural Development is a federal agency under the United States Department of Agriculture, designed to help not only low income persons to acquire, build, rehabilitate and improve dwellings in rural areas, but to help rural communities with funding fo ..... 
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Cover crop meeting March 10

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Ag producers interested in learning more about how to use cover crops in their own operations have an opportunity to learn from the experience of other farmers. A panel of local farmers will highlight their experiences with cover crops at a meeting ..... 
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