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Mr. Serfling goes to Washington


Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Preston farmer testifies before Senate Ag CommitteeBy Al MathisonMonday, August 6, 2001

Editors Note:
Between combining oats and baling straw over the July 28th weekend, and hauling hogs to market on August 1, Preston area farmer Dave Serfling found the time to testify before the Senate Agricultural Committee in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, July 31.


Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is holding hearings on the Conservation Security Act, a bill that would provide government incentives to farmers who carry out conservation practices.

Serfling, who farms with his wife, Diane and children, Hannah, 15, and Ethan, 10, believes strongly that farmers need to be better stewards of the land and that the government should be supporting them in this effort.

The Serflings try to market the crop production from their 350 acre farm through their livestock. They presently have 80 beef cows, 20 sheep and annually market 700 hogs from their farrow-to-finish pork opertion. The sheep and hogs are marketed through Niman Ranch, which specializes in the processing and retailing of meat raised through a natural process. The Serflings sell their beef through the Lanesboro Sales Commission.

Serflings oral testimony to the Senate Ag Committee, which lasted little more than five minutes, follows:

Good morning. My name is Dave Serfling and I want to thank the Committee for the opportunity to share my perspectives with you today. I am testifying on behalf of the Land Stewardship Project, which is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture.

I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous support of my southeast Minnesota farm over the past five years. Through the help of AMTA payments, emergency payments, LDPs, SHOP, EQIP, and SARE programs, we have been able to average a little over $20,000 in government subsidies over the past five years on our 350 acre farm. It has really helped my farm and my family.

Our farm has beef, swine, and sheep enterprises. We try hard to market all our crop production through livestock. We have a six-year crop rotation of CCOMMM (corn, corn, oats, meadow, meadow, meadow) with the meadow either being hayed or grazed rotationally. Our farm is gently rolling, but is 85 percent classified as HEL (Highly Erodible Land). It is good land but needs to .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Birth Announcements

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There were no birth announcements submitted for this week's edition of the Journal.There were no birth announcements submitted for this week's edition of the Journal.

College/School News

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Beth Louise Kelly of Fountain recently graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. She received a Juris Doctorate degree.

Listed below are local students who have been named to the deans list at the University of ..... 
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