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May is beef month


Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle were brought to Minnesota in the early 1820's. Early records show that cattle were driven from St. Louis, Missouri, to Fort Snelling during the summer of 1823. The cattle herd, in those early days, was slow to expand because of inadequate feed and the harsh winter. In 1826, a young French-Canadian named Alexis Bailly (who later founded Hastings) was sent to the Selkirk Colony at Fort Garry (near Winnipeg, Manitoba) to acquire cattle to replenish the herd at Fort Snelling.

By 1880, a few purebred dairy and beef cattle herds had been established in Minnesota. The beef breeds were Shorthorn (Durham), Hereford and Aberdeen Angus. Several prominent Minnesotans, including James J. Hill, founder of Burlington Northern, imported purebred cattle from Europe and the East Coast to improve local herds and expand animal agriculture to the far corners of Minnesota (Minnesota Beef Council).

The cattle industry has helped to make Minnesota one of America's leading agricultural states in the nation. Animal agriculture, especially beef and dairy production, has provided markets for our state's abundant grain and forage production.

Today there are cattle on about 30,000 Minnesota farms. There are 15,800 farms that have beef cows and 14,200 that have dairy cows. Minnesota ranks 10th in the U.S. for cattle and calves. The value of Minnesota's cattle and calf herd is estimated at $1.9 billion, which makes it by far the largest segment of the state's animal agriculture. According to the 2009 Minnesota Agricultural Statistics, Fillmore County ranks second in number of beef cows, over 17,100 head.

Fillmore County's beef industry has a strong family farm orientation. The average cattle farm in Minnesota is relatively small by national standards. While the size of Minnesota's farms has increased, the average farm size in Fillmore County is about 370 acres.

Family farms have been passed down through as many as four and five generations. In fact, over 6,000 Minnesota farms have been in the same family for a century or more. Minnesota's cattle producers are committed to conserving and caring for the land in order to pass the tradition on to future generations. While Minnesota has some of the most fertile soil in the U.S., there are hundreds of thousands of acres of hilly and rocky land that is not suitable for crop production. By keeping this fragile soil in pasture for cattle grazing, farmers are practicing soil conversation and preventi .....
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Beef: It's what's (healthy) for dinner

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

News Item 1: March, 2010 - "Food, Inc.," a documentary film directed by Robert Kenner raising serious questions about the overall health of our American food industry, is nominated for an Academy Award.

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture launches 2010 gypsy moth trapping program

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is setting nearly 23,000 gypsy moth traps across eastern Minnesota this spring as part of its annual program to monitor the state's forests and urban areas for infestations of the destru ..... 
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On-farm validation of Alfalfa N Credits to Corn

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

There is, what I consider, a very interesting research plot in Fillmore County this year. Jeff Coulter, Extension corn agronomist, and Michael Russelle, USDA-ARS soil scientist are following up on 2009 research in five other locations with research ..... 
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Central Minnesota yak farmer named Good Farm Neighbor

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When John Hooper first started raising yaks 13 years ago, he didn't realize there were no tame animals to be found in North America. He's worked to tame his yak herd and as a result he's been gaining notoriety.



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Miller Wins State FFA Discussion Meet

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation worked with the Minnesota FFA to sponsor the ninth FFA/Farm Bureau Discussion Meet competition. Fifteen regional FFA winners from acros ..... 
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Local cattlemen host senator

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jeff Eickhoff of the Fillmore County Farm Bureau recently organized a beef tour for Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona. Local cattlemen are interested in keeping their industry priorities before legislators, so area tours provide a firsthand opp ..... 
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Youth tractor safety training

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The twentieth-first joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Tuesday, June 8, through Friday, June 11. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. each day. Brad Harguth, Caledonia Ag Instructor, has off ..... 
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USDA/US DOT RELEASE WALZ TRANSPORTATION STUDY

Wed, Apr 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Transportation released a report to study freight transportation issues facing rural America. The study focused on freight rail, particularly as it relates to the m ..... 
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