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The EAB quarantine has not gone away


Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered near Houston County earlier this year. At that time there was a tremendous amount of publicity, and a state quarantine that restricts the movement of firewood, ash trees, and ash tree products was implemented. Later, as EAB was discovered in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, much of the attention was diverted to the metro area.

The question was recently raised about the homeowners who cut firewood for their own use. To paraphrase a successful ad campaign, "What grows in Houston County stays in Houston County!"

The quarantine which I mentioned earlier prohibits the movement of the following items out of Houston County:

• Entire ash trees

• ash limbs and branches

• ash stumps and roots

• ash logs

• ash lumber

• ash chips and ash bark ships

• Firewood of any non-coniferous (hardwood) species

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is very serious about trying to slow the spread of EAB. There are civil penalties of up to $7,500 per day per violation or misdemeanor or criminal penalties. However, businesses may enter into compliance agreements with the state to move prohibited items, but only if the items are treated or handled in accordance with state specifications.

For more information, visit the MDA website www.mda.state.mn.us/invasives/eab or call the Arrest the Pest Hotline at 651-201-6684 or toll free 1-888-545-6684.

Biel elected delegate to NFUC

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Eunice Biel of Harmony was elected to represent Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) at the National Convention in Rapid City, SD, March 14-16. There are four districts in the state, and Eunice will be representing the Southeast section of Minnesota. She w ..... 
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Scholarships for Midwest Ag Conference

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering three scholarships to attend the Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference and Wisconsin Local Food Summit in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, January 21-22, 2010. The scholarships include ..... 
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PQA Plus and TQA trainings offered in Preston on December 14

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Pork producers and livestock transporters can earn their individual certifications for Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) at free trainings in Preston.

The PQA Plus and TQA trainings will be on Decem ..... 
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Farm service agency news - December 7

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Marketing Assistance Loans

Marketing Assistance loans are commodity loans available to producers who share in the risk of producing the crop. To be eligible, you must maintain beneficial interest in the crop through the time of application. Be ..... 
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Tested hay sale is in its thirty-first year

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

The Houston County Forage and Grassland Council has completed planning for its thirty-first year of sponsoring a quality tested hay sale. With the run-up and recent drop in other feed prices it will be very interesting to see what is happening in th ..... 
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Logistical issues with propane gas for area farmers, suppliers

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

A person doesn't have to be very old to look back on life and remember defining moments in time. For one generation it might be the Armistice Day storm of 1940 quickly followed by Pearl Harbor in 1941. Years later another generation will never forge ..... 
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Beef educational opportunities this winter

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle Feeder Days will be held at the following locations: Morris (Dec. 7) - 9:30-1:30 pm; Luverne (Dec. 8) - 6:00 -9:00 pm; Slayton (Dec. 9) - 9:30-1:30 pm; Lamberton (Dec. 10) - 9:30-1:30pm and Rochester - 6:00-9:00 pm. Registration will start 30 ..... 
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Farm service agency news - November 23, 2009

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Ballots for this year's county committee election were mailed to eligible voters on November 6, 2009. Voters must complete their ballots and return them to the Farm Service Agency county office by the close of business on December 7, 2009. If mailed ..... 
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