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Monday, June 27th, 2016
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New lines of communication and new people at Extension


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture



In a recent article I talked about how important on-farm communication is and the same can be said for communication in the Extension office. Outside of education programs, Extension has historically used newspaper, radio and hard copy handouts to communicate with the public. While these forms of communication remain important to Extension, it has become obvious that information from our office is not reaching everyone who wants to receive it. That is why we have recently expanded our communication network to include monthly email updates, regular updates to the county extension websites and a Facebook page specific to agriculture programing.

All three of these new communication tools are designed to reach a wider audience, provide timely updates on upcoming programs and educational opportunities, and provide access to new Extension materials. The once a month emails will mostly cover local activities but will also include programs outside of the area that I feel may be of particular interest those in Fillmore and Houston County. If you are interested in receiving these emails, please contact either local Extension office or send an email directly to me at mjcruse@umn.edu. The county Extension websites have a similar list of events but they will also feature Extension publications focusing on issues of particular interest to the area. The county Extension websites can be found via the state Extension website (http://www.extension.umn.edu/). The local agriculture Facebook page will also contain upcoming events as well as links to relevant, nontraditional educational pieces, such as YouTube videos. The title for the Facebook page is “U of MN Extension Fillmore & Houston County Agriculture.” These new methods of communication for the Extension office will not replace phone calls, newspaper articles or your ability to stop and talk to me in person. Instead they are an addition that will hopefully enhance our ability to serve the communities of Fillmore and Houston Counties.

In the spirit of improved communication, I wanted to also take this opportunity to introduce our new Interim 4-H Program Coordinator in Fillmore County, Rebecca Lofgren. Rebecca began working at the beginning of January and her interim position is scheduled to go through June 1st. Rebecca has degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota and has worked for the National Park Service in ma .....
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Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project holds annual awards banquet

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project met on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the extension office in Preston for their annual awards banquet and potluck. Everyone brought delicious food to share as they announced awards from the past year. “I enjoyed ..... 
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On-farm communication is critical to farm success

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

While it may not always be the most comfortable thing to do, effectively communicating on the farm with employees and others is very important to farm success. Maintaining effective lines of communication can prevent mistakes and injury, reduce empl ..... 
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Cleaning up and organizing the farm: Farm organization

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

I wrote about record keeping and how accurate records can help a farm make informed operational decisions. As a follow up to that discussion I would like to cover another topic related to improving your farm’s bottom line, and that is farm organiz ..... 
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Ag Extension educator’s year end review: 2015

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

With the holiday season and the New Year here, now is the perfect time to reflect on the year that was and to look forward to the year to come. This past year has been a year of significant ups and downs at the Extension office. In the spring of 201 ..... 
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Cleaning up and organizing the farm: Recordkeeping

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

With the end 2015 closing in on us, now is the time to plan for 2016 and look for ways to improve your farm operation. The predicted continuation of low commodity prices makes this year’s planning phase increasingly critical. At a recent financial ..... 
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Fillmore County Land Rent Survey results

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s land rent survey. According to our survey results, 2015 land rental rates in Fillmore County averaged between $201.64- ..... 
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What does a Minnesota Extension Educator do?

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties After two months as the Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties, I keep hearing a re-occurring question from neighbors, friends and family. What is it you do aga ..... 
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Stay observant to prevent damage to stored agricultural goods

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates one third of all the food produced in the world is lost or wasted annually. While this reported loss can happen anywhere fr ..... 
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