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Agstar fund awards rural emergency response grants $151,820 awarded for rural departments in AgStar’s local service area


Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce they awarded 54 departments for this year’s grant program. The mission of this program is to support rural communities in AgStar’s service area by funding emergency response equipment for volunteer fire, rescue, or ambulance departments.

This year, AgStar supported rural emergency response departments by providing a total of $151,820 in grants for area departments in need. The Emergency Response Equipment grant program was established to help these departments serve their communities. To date, $1,033,433 has been given by the AgStar Fund to rural emergency response departments for their equipment needs.

“AgStar understands that emergency response volunteers play a vital role for rural communities,” said John Monson, Chair of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees. “Many of these departments cannot always afford to upgrade or replace essential equipment because of budget constraints. Through this grant program, we can help better serve their communities.”

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $5 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Applications considered for funding and support must align with the Fund’s mission of “enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.”

About AgStar

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 550 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minn. and northwest Wis. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments, and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy, and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting, and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 15,400 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. For more information: http://www.agstar.com.

Timetable for Fillmore and Houston County land rent surveys

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Annual land rent surveys have been a staple in Fillmore and Houston Counties, a tradition that I intend to continue during my tenure. I have received multiple phone calls in my short time here as ..... 
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Stalk rot could hinder corn harvest

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties While the latest crop reports point to the potential for an excellent corn harvest, stalk rot is becoming an ever increasing concern. When stalk rot occurs, the internal materia ..... 
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USDA enrollment period for agriculture risk coverage and price loss coverage safety-net programs closes Sept. 30

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Tammy Martin Eligible producers are reminded that enrollment in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015 ends Sept. 30, 2015. Most producers believe they have completed the entire signup proce ..... 
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Prevent flash fires and explosions: watch for deep-pit manure foam

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Manure deep-pits under swine barns in the Upper Midwest are getting full in this time of year, and concern over pit foaming is especially high. Pork producers should be vigilant. Although the frequency of flash fires or barn explosions in deep-pit ..... 
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Staying safe during harvest

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Hello everyone! My name is Michael Cruse and I recently began working as the new Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties, replacing the late Jerry Tesmer. I grew up ..... 
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Preston garlic grower wins first place award at Minnesota Garlic Growing Contest

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Paul Schmidt, owner of Sunfresh Foods, Preston, Minn., won a first place award in the Garlic Growing Contest (The Big, The Small, and the Not-So-Ugly) at the 10th annual Minnesota Garlic Festival in Hutchinson August 15. Schmidt’s Krasnodar garl ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair 2015: Wednesday results: Horse, Sheep, Swine, Fashion Revue, 4-H Night

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Horse Show Results Barrel Racing Horse Champion: Theresa Doerr, FE. Reserve Champion: Michala Morrow, FE. Trail Horse Champion: Austen Whitacre, HHH. Reserve Champion: MiKayla VandZande, CC. High Point Horse Champion: Austen Whitacre, HHH. R ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair 2015: Tuesday results: Dairy & General Livestock, 4-H Poultry, Horse Interview

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Junior General Livestock 1. Mabel Canton, 883 Individuals 1. Jens Lind, R-P, 310 2. Randy Gerard, Mabel Canton, 309 3. Miranda Nesler, 306 4. Trenton Chiglo, 293 5. Colby Williams, Mabel Canton, 287 6. Tanner Marquardt, Mabel Canton ..... 
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