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Driftless region beef conference features new UM faculty


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Two new beef specialists from the University of Minnesota will be featured at the upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference, January 30-31, 2014, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Eric Mousel received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, and started with UM Extension in May. He is well-known for his expertise in applied reproductive strategies in beef cattle. He works mostly with cow/calf programs and is located in the Extension Regional Office in Grand Rapids. Mousel will be speaking during the general session on grazing cover crops, facilitate the evening ‘bull pen’ producer panel, and during a breakout session, he will discuss longevity of beef heifers.

Nicole Kenney received her B.S. at Texas A&M University and an M.S. in beef feedlot nutrition at the University of Kentucky. Nicole brings new energy and innovative applications to beef feedlot management. She is located in the Extension Regional Office in Willmar. Her breakout session presentation will discuss health and nutrition management for newly arrived feeder calves.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. on January 30 and run through 11:45 a.m. on January 31. Other key speakers include Jerry Hatfield, Garland Dahlke, Patrick Gunn and Lee Schultz, Iowa State University; Amber Radatz, Rhonda Gildersleeve, and Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin; Eric Mousel and Nicole Rambo, University of Minnesota; and Travis Meteer, University of Illinois and Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska. Thursday’s afternoon program will focus on the competitive advantage of grain and beef production systems, with an evening discussion focused on extending the grazing season with cover crops and annuals. Friday morning’s program includes three breakout sessions for feedlot operations and three for cow-calf herds.

Registration for the conference is $80 before January 15 or $100 after January 15. Additional information about the conference is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/beef. Registration will open for the conference on December 1.

The Driftless Region Beef Conference is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the University of Minnesota Extension, and University of Wisconsin Extension. The planning team strives to deliver the latest in research-based information regarding the beef cattle indus .....
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Agriculture commissioner leads international feed mission

Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s farmers not only provide for their neighbors here at home, but also around the world. The importance of international relationships in agriculture is the highlight of a third trip to Southeast Asia in recent years. ..... 
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“Stress” less with good stockmanship

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Moving and handling 1,400-pound animals is not a job for everyone – it is however, one that dairy farmers do every day. Across the Midwest large dairy cattle are moved to and from the parlor several times each day. Livestock related injuries accou ..... 
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Environmental quality incentive program (EQIP)

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers cost share and incentive payments for landowners and producers adopting new conservation practices in their operations. The first 2014 scoring period will occur in December 2013 and rankings ..... 
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Miller to serve on State Farm Bureau Committee

Wed, Nov 27th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Melinda Miller of Stewartville, Minn. in Fillmore County was recently appointed to serve on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee. The P&E committee focuses on agricultural education and safety education program ..... 
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Conservation stewardship program (CSP)

Wed, Nov 27th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations. CSP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and ..... 
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Farm Bureau Members in Minnesota Raise Funds for South Dakota Rancher Relief

Mon, Nov 25th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Farm Bureau members, county Farm Bureaus in Minnesota and the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation came together during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Auction to raise over $22,000 for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares fund. The auction was ..... 
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2013 cattle feeder days

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team will once again be hosting the 2013 Cattle Feeder Days. The program is offered around the state and will be in Southeast Minnesota on Thursday, December 19 at the Rochester Events Center, 5:30 p.m. T ..... 
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Why Minnesota needs a farm bill now

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthe ..... 
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