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Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project participants receive awards


Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project Banquet Award Winners are front row: Wyatt Harris and David Goddard of Root River Rabbits; middle row: Chase Ketterhagen of Root River Rabbits, Theresa Doerr of Family Enrolled, Kira Nelson of Carimona Cruisers; back row: Jackie Apenhorst and Heather Apenhorst of Bloomfield Cloverleaves, Nati Vande Zande and Courtney Nelson of Carimona Cruisers, and Austen Whitacre of Harmony Helping Hands. Photo submitted

The Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project started off the new 4-H year by electing new officers on November 4, 2013. The following office were filled: Youth Chair- Jackie Apenhorst, Adult Chair- Deb Haugstad; Youth Vice Chair- Heather Apenhorst, Adult Vice Chair- Melissa Ketterhagen, Youth Secretary- Gabriella Yonts, Adult Secretary- Deb Leutink, Youth Treasurer- Chase Ketterhagen, Adult Treasurer- Shannon Goddard, Youth Reporters/Historians- Teresa Doerr & David Goddard, Adult Reporter/Historian- Lisa Apenhorst.

On January 19, 2014 the Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project held its Annual Banquet at the Extension Office in Preston, Minn. Members and parents gathered for a potluck dinner during which a slide show of the year’s horse events was presented by historian/reporter Heather Apenhorst followed by the monthly Horse PDC meeting. The Annual Awards Program topped off the evening with members receiving horse related awards in two categories for participation in the 4-H Horse Project.

Awards for hours spent with their horse went to: Chase Ketterhagen, Courtney Nelson, Heather Apenhorst, Jackie Apenhorst, Kira Nelson, Wyatt Harris, Nati Vande Zande, Mikayla Vande Zande, and Jenna Blumer.

Awards for activity participation went to: Jackie Apenhorst, Heather Apenhorst, Jenna Blumer Austen Whitacre, Chase Ketterhagen, Wyatt Harris, Mikayla Vande Zande and Nati Vande Zande.

Cloverbud recognition went to: Anika Nelson

Four other award categories were voted on by the horse project members after the events of the 2013 Fillmore County 4-H Horse Show at the Fillmore County Fair last July and trophies were awarded to the following members for: Most Memorable Ride-Theresa Doerr; Most Improved Rider-Paige Bennett; Herdspersons of the Year-David Goddard; Horse Person of the Year-Jenna Blumer.

Members who were recognized for participation in the Fillmore County Hippology Horse Team for the 2012-13 season were: Gabriella Yonts, Kalli Kohlmeyer and Maggie Haugstad coached by Beth and Katie Yonts.

The Fillmore County Horse Judging Team for the 2012-13 season included: Jenna Blumer, Autumn Kappers, Haley Schwinefus and Rachel Nissen coached by Julie Blumer and Jill Kappers. Congratulations were given to the Horse Judging Team for overall 2nd place at the Minnesota State Horse Show in September and overall 3rd place at the Arabian National Horse Show in Tulsa, Okla. in October.
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Yes, spring is coming!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

We each have our own markers, in my case; I’ve received messages about corn silage test plots, and black cutworm pheromone trapping. Before we get too excited about spring, we have one more event for farmers that will be of interest. There will ..... 
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Sesquicentennial Farm Applications due April 1

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, over 165 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial ..... 
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Winslow attends National Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Young farmer leaders from Minnesota attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference held in Virginia Beach, Va., February 7-11. Katie Winslow of Fountain in Fillmore County was among the more than 1,0 ..... 
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The strong demand to rent land continues

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farm profits remained strong in 2013, keeping the demand for land leases steady, according to Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch real estate company in the country. Despite lower commodity prices and decreased gross inco ..... 
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Gardening: We dig it

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Houston County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners are proud to be hosting their fourth Annual Gardening Workshop on Saturday, March 29. They are working closely with Caledonia Area Community Education to once again provide you wi ..... 
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State Fair and Farm Bureau Federation accepting Century Farm applications

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2014 Century Farms Program. Produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the Century Farms Pro ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau commends Senate for passing five-year farm bill

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Act of 2014. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ran ..... 
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Winter Grazing Extravaganza

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

I’m pleased to announce the lineup for the Winter Grazing Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Room 108, Fillmore County Office Building, Preston Minn. with registration at 9:45 a.m. The morning program will feature Dr. Tim Gold ..... 
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