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Young Producer committee members elected during YP summit


Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Two open positions were filled on the Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Committee by Charlie Knigge, Omro, Wis., and Ben and Elle Tibor, Minnesota City, Minn. Tim Bowers, Marion, Wis., was re-elected for his second term on the committee. This year Jeff and Tammy Styczynski, Pulaski, Wis., and Jamie and Amy Larson, Evansville, Wis., retired from the Young Producer Committee. Other Young Producer Committee members include: Tom and Katie Grady, Oregon, Wis.; Joe and Donna Parrell, Cross Plains, Wis.; Jerry and Kelly Gimler, Watertown, Wis.; Brian Koch, Waunakee, Wis.; and Dan and Tricia Solum, Spring Grove, Minn.

The Young Producer Committee selects, organizes, and coordinates the yearly activities of the Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Program. Individuals and couples throughout Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and northern Illinois make up the committee. This dynamic group encourages producer involvement, plans annual events and provides leadership to facilitate a prosperous program.

The committee elections took place during the annual YP Summit held this year in Tomah, Wis., December 5-6, 2009, at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center. The theme this year was "Innovate, Integrate, Motivate" and producers were able to attend a variety of sessions including "Celebrating Agriculture" and "Championing Agriculture" by Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corp.; "Cooperative Connections" by Joel Groskreutz, President and CEO of Accelerated Genetics; "Importance of Complete Calf Care" by Dan Schreiner, Product Specialist for Accelerated Genetics; "Designing Welfare Friendly Housing for Dairy Cows" by Nigel Cook, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and "Forging Farm Business Relationships That Work" by George W. Twohig, J.D., Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider and Halbach S.C.

In addition to the educational sessions, producers were able to network among one another and spend time talking deeper on many of the topics. The event was capped off with a "Cream of the Crop Dinner and Ball." Producers had the opportunity to leave their barn clothes behind and don their best clothes for a special dinner and dance.

SURE Signup

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) began on January 4, 2010. SURE 2008 is for those who suffered crop production losses during crop year 2008.

SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligib ..... 
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Get ready for Spring planting: Join the Arbor Day foundation

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the spring planting season, and the Arbor Day Foundation is offering an ideal way for everyone to plant trees when the weather turns warm.

Every person from Minnesota who joins the Arbor Day Fo ..... 
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How research in Chile advances Minnesota's crop

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota soybean farmers provided more than $1.5 million from their own pockets in 2009 to help fund research to improve yields and quality of the state's soybean crop. The University of Minnesota is the primary recipient of this farmer-funded rese ..... 
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Conservationalists of the year

Mon, Feb 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Teacher Award, Minnesota SWCD

Craig Colbenson, a teacher at Rushford-Peterson High School, received an award from the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) at their convention held in Duluth in December. The ..... 
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POET plant recycles 19 million more gallons of water per year

Mon, Feb 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

POET Biorefining - Preston has cut its water use by 13 percent thanks to a recently installed water recovery system.

The new system allows the plant to recycle an additional 19 million gallons of waste water per year from the filtering syste ..... 
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Farm transfer seminar

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Extension has joined with Riverland Community College to present "Farm Transition & Estate Planning: Build Your Exit Strategy." This full-day workshop is filled with practical information and strategies to help farm famil ..... 
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Farm Service Agency news

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



County Committee Election Results

Congratulations to Michael Boyum, he was re-elected to represent farmers from Arendahl, Rushford, Holt, Norway, Amherst, Preble, Canton and Newburg townships on the county committee. Michael was electe ..... 
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Dairy Princess candidate & Ambassadors sought for 2010

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association is seeking candidates to participate in this year's dairy princess program. Dairy princesses serve as goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry by appearing at various promotional events. A candidate ..... 
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