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What’s in that milk truck?


Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Johnson

Traveling throughout Fillmore County, many will often see the great silver milk tank truck. Have you ever thought about or wondered what’s in that truck? The easy answer is 6,000 gallons of high quality, safe to drink, nutrient dense milk. That is enough milk to supply 300 people with milk for one year! Looking further, you will see there’s a lot more in the milk truck than first meets the eye.

Minnesota is home to over 3,400 dairy farms, all doing their part to keep our rural communities strong. As one of those Minnesota dairy farmers, I proudly watch as the milk truck leaves our farm near Fountain, Minn., every day, full of the milk myself, my family, and our employees work hard to produce. On average, it only takes 48 hours from the time our milk leaves our farm until it will be on your dinner table; now that’s fresh! We take great pride in knowing we are not only providing quality milk for consumers to enjoy, but also helping to support our local economy. Every dollar of milk we sell has a ripple effect throughout our local community, turning that one dollar of milk sold into three dollars of economic activity. There are over 50 dairy farms in Fillmore County all supporting local businesses with their dollar. Our farm alone works with over 30 different businesses within the county. Minnesota Department of Agriculture data shows, in 2011, Minnesota dairy farms added $11.5 billion in economic output to Minnesota’s economy, with over 40,000 jobs being created by the dairy industry in our state. The total economic impact of each dairy cow in Minnesota is approximately $25,000. For the average Fillmore County dairy farm, this equals over $5 million in positive economic activity to our economy.

Besides the impressive impact on an individual county and state’s economy, the dairy industry is also making strides in conservation. It now takes less of our natural resources to fill the same milk truck than in the past. Today, producing a gallon of milk uses 90% less land and 65% less water, with a 63% smaller carbon footprint than in 1944, according to dairygood.org. This is possible due to the commitment to continuous improvement by dairy farmers in areas such as cow comfort, cow health, and nutrition. In other words, I produce the same amount of milk using 10 acres that my grandpa produced using 100 acres in 1944.

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Minnesota Farmers Union celebrates Ag Week, and emphasizes the importance of agriculture and a healthy planet

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN, March 14, 2016 – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) celebrates National Ag week this week. Ag Day, which was celebrated on March 15, 2016, was a day to recognize and celebrate all that agriculture provides to our communities. “It is ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing in March

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. During March, you may pick up a free kit from one of the radon and nitrate testing clinics mentioned ..... 
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Farmers Win Coop growing strong

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Mabel Agriculture

The Farmers Win Coop location in Mabel, Minn., is a product of growth and expansion over the years and last summer the location saw another big improvement. Since August of 2014, when a merger between Winneshiek Coop and Fredericksburg Farmers Coo ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Recycling Education Coordinator This is the second article concerning recyclable containers we prefer to use for our liquid refreshments. The first one dealt with aluminum, this one glass, and the third will be plastic. I am certain that most of ..... 
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Beth LaFleur honored at MN State Horse Show

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

One of our own adult Fillmore County 4-H volunteers was recognized during the Minnesota State Horse Show Grand Entry event on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Beth LaFleur was presented with the 4-H Horse Project County All Star Volunteer Award, which ..... 
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Fillmore Central senior adopts mustang from Nevada

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore Central senior Theresa Doerr has loved horses since she was a little girl. She got her first horse, Jack, on August 27, 2012. Over the last four years, she has owned a total of seven horses and currently owns five. Last year, Theresa ..... 
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What is resistance in agriculture?

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Pesticides and other chemical controls are commonly used in conventional agriculture to improve yield potentials and to protect food supplies. While these tools have been very effective at controlling pest populations, they are not foolproof. Plan ..... 
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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 ..... 
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