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Local dairy farmers honored at annual banquet


Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Pictured: 800 lb Plus Protein Club Members present, left to right: Adam Hinckley, Doug Hopp of Sass Farms, Cory Mulhern, Trinity Johnson, Ellie Schwartz, Nate Heusinkveld, Terry Schwartz, Michael Johnson. Photo submitted

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association (ADA) and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) held their annual banquet Thursday, March 17 at the Branding Iron. Highlights from the event included the 2016 Fillmore County Dairy Princesses being crowned, honors awarded for dairy production and the announcement of the host for the annual Dairy Night on the Farm.

Dairy Princess candidates, Haely Leiding, Kayla Leiding and Makala Nauman were judged during a personal interview and oral presentation and were evaluated on their communication skills, personality and knowledge and passion for the dairy industry. They are now qualified to continue on to compete in the state contest for Princess Kay of the Milky Way. At the banquet they presented their personal dairy messages and were crowned as the 2016 Fillmore County Dairy Princesses.

Haely is the daughter of Todd and Stacy Leiding of Fountain. She is sponsored by AMPI.

Kayla is the daughter of Todd and Stacy Leiding of Fountain. She is sponsored by AMPI.

Makala is the daughter of Sandy Sellner-Wee and Gary Wee of Spring Valley. She is sponsored by Heusinkveld Farms.

The princesses will be accompanied by the 2016 Dairy Ambassadors:

Eli Hopp, son of Doug and Heather Hopp of Chatfield.

Caden Johnson, son of Trinity and Emily Johnson of Rushford.

Emma Mulhern, daughter of Cory Mulhern and Kathy Mulhern of Fountain.

Faith Schriever, daughter of Paul and Nicole Schriever of Harmony.

Tori Raaen, daughter of Kurt and Tracy Raaen of Preston.

Throughout the year, the 2016 Fillmore County Dairy Royalty will participate in dairy promotion events, including local parades and Dairy Night on the Farm.

Duschee Hills Dairy, Pat and Christine Troendle; and Ben and Darla Taylor of Lanesboro will be this year’s Dairy Night on the Farm host. The annual event will be held on June 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Fillmore County ADA will once again be serving a meal featuring cheeseburgers and ice cream.

Also honored by the two organizations was Melvin Grabau for his lifetime of service to the dairy industry. Grabau recently retired from his position as the Parlor Supervisor at the Fillmore County Fair. He also served the industry for many years as a DHIA milk tester.

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Fillmore and Houston County Farm Bureau members meet with legislators

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Over 150 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota met with legislators on March 15 during one of the Farm Bureau Days on the Hill. This program is an annual event coordinated by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Among top issues Farm Bureau members fo ..... 
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Fillmore, Houston and West Otter Tail County Farm Bureau members meet with legislators

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Over 150 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota met with legislators on March 15 during one of the Farm Bureau Days on the Hill. This program is an annual event coordinated by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Among top issues Farm Bureau members foc ..... 
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Corn growers meet with Rep. Davids

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is pictured with members of the Minnesota Corn Growers, including Fountain member Scott Winslow. The group visited with Rep. Davids recently to discuss agriculture issues. Photo submitted

Classic tractor pullers donate to Granger softball team

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Members of the Granger classic tractor pullers and youth softball team recently met at the Long Branch in Florenceville for presentation of a $1,000 check to the Granger area softball team. Shown above is Dick Gates presenting the check to coach Mik ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Other than a cold drink from an aluminum can or a glass bottle, many Fillmore County residents, as well as millions of people around the world, prefer plastic bottles. A few years ago, a plastic bottle weighed twenty two grams. Today’s water bottl ..... 
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Seed starting

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Elsa Bye Extension Master Gardener, Fillmore County The first warm sunny day seems to say “time to grow something”, but it’s too early to grow anything outside. So let’s start some seeds inside. The best time to start seedlings is ab ..... 
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Local growers are state winners in national corn yield contest

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. LOUIS, March 7, 2016 – An area corn grower has been honored as a state winner in the 2015 National Corn Yield contest sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association. Gary Redalen of Fountain, Minn., placed fist in the state in t ..... 
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AgrAbility can help you continue the work you love after an injury or when affected by disease or aging

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Agricultural workers and family members are disproportionately affected by issues of disability. Disabilities in an agricultural setting can lead to lower profitability, secondary injuries and other well-documented problems. Through education and as ..... 
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