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Minnesota Farmers Market Association Fall Conference set for Nov. 7


Mon, Oct 28th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Farmers Market Association’s (MFMA) Fall Conference will highlight challenges farmers markets are facing. Two of the hottest issues in Minnesota’s local food include increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation at farmers markets and finding ways to better support the state’s vibrant and growing number of farmers markets.



Dru Montri, director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MiFMA), is the featured speaker, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. She will share the reasons behind MiFMA’s phenomenal success in bringing SNAP participants to Michigan farmers markets. In 2012, Michigan’s farmers markets had more than double the SNAP sales than the other five Midwestern states combined. Additionally, Montri has helped increase the number of farmers markets in Michigan from 90 in 2001 to over 300 today.



“We’d like to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield for sponsoring our speaker this year,” said Bill Boutang, president of the MFMA. “The Michigan Farmers Market Association has a lot to offer us and we appreciate our partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield that allows us to learn from this valuable resource.”



Other workshops during the day include:

•Update on MFMA’s farmers market certification program

•Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act on farmers markets

•Government food assistance programs available at farmers markets

•Advice on operating farmers markets as a business

•Update on SNAP participation at Minnesota farmers markets this year



MFMA’s Fall Conference is open to the public and will be held Thursday, November 7, from 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the American Legion Silver Star Post 428, 17 2nd Ave. North, Waite Park, MN. Conference handouts, refreshments and lunch are included in the registration fees. Go to www.mfma.org for conference details and to register, or contact Kathy Zeman, MFMA Operations Manager at kzeman@mfma.org or (320) 250-5087.



CONTACT: Margaret Hart, MDA Communications

651-201-6131, margaret.hart@state.mn.us

Multi-species cover cropping field day

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — A multi-species cover crop field day will take place on Wednesday, November 6, at the David and Sue Larson farm south of Rushford. This Land Stewardship Project (LSP) event will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is free and open ..... 
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Houston County land rent projects slight increase for 2014

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Based on the results of the recently completed Houston County Land Rent Survey, farmland rent continued to increase, although based on the projections for 2014 at a slower pace! There were 48 usable surveys down from last year with 3,326 tillable ac ..... 
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Fillmore land rent looks flat for 2014

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

75 percent of those responding to the Fillmore County Land Rent Survey projected the 2014 land rent would stay the same as 2013. 12 percent projected rent to drop and 13 percent projected rent to increase in 2014. Overall a $0.54 per acre increase i ..... 
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Kids Learn About Changing Farm Technology in WOW Program at Vesterheim

Tue, Oct 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

DECORAH, Iowa — Two hundred forty Decorah-area third-grade students and their teachers, parents, grandparents, and other adults participated in the WOW Program at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. The WOW (Wind ..... 
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Fillmore County’s pork industry ranked 22nd in Minnesota

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Being a part of the Midwest, Fillmore County shares deep agricultural roots with the rest of this region of the United States. One of the most significant industries of the area, even though overlooked sometimes, would be the hog farming industry. ..... 
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Plan to attend F.R.E.S.H. in Rushford

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

If you’re interested in learning more about what makes a healthy stream, how our actions can affect water quality, and want to see how local farmers are protecting our streams, plan on attending F.R.E.S.H. (Fish-Restoration-Education-Stream-Health ..... 
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AgStar fund solicits grant applications

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce it is once again accepting grant applications for programs that enhance the quality of life and future opportunitie ..... 
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Fall soil testing, a good investment

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Soil testing, in any type of agricultural or horticultural landscape, can provide a number of benefits. A soil analysis takes the guesswork out of fertilizer recommendations, makes good economic sense and ensures fertile soil without excess fertiliz ..... 
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