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First Ag Tourism Business to be permitted


Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

At the May 19 Planning Commission meeting, a public hearing was held to consider an application for a conditional use permit under the new ordinance amendment permitting Agricultural Tourism Businesses, Section 739.

Todd Juzwiak, Dream Acres in Fillmore Township, requested the CUP to operate his diversified business. Dream Acres Farm produces organic vegetables, has a commercial kitchen (Minnesota Dept. of Health inspected with certified food manager), and has working examples of alternative energy systems. Dream Acres has hosted artistic events and environmental workshops. There is “pizza” night at the farm for the public from May through October on Friday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m.

Parking during the pizza service on Friday evenings was discussed. Juzwiak said most people park in the driveway and the pasture. He admitted some do occasionally park on the road. Zoning administrator Cristal Adkins suggested posting a sign asking people to park in designated parking areas.

A CUP under the new ordinance will bring these activities into compliance. A land owner from Minneapolis who owns property near Dream Acres expressed his concern about noise. He said he can go out on his land now and there is not a sound. Juzwiak suggested the pizza service is their noisiest activity. Some plays are performed in the barn and one weekend in July there is a summer camp for 16 kids. Classes and workshops have been conducted during the day.

Duane Bakke said these activities were permitted in the past as a Parochial School House. The fact that the zoning ordinance did not have a section that appropriately covered these activities lead to the creation of the Ag Tourism Business section. This new section permits Dream Acres activities and other activities including barn rentals for wedding receptions and other celebrations and events.

Another neighbor asked if there were any plans for a campground. Juzwiak assured her they had no plans to become a campground. Bakke added that a campground would require an additional CUP.

Gary Ruskell said they have taken into consideration the possibility of noise, noting this is on a small scale. A motion approving the CUP and sending it on to the county board for their consideration passed unanimously. There were no comments from township supervisors during the public hearing.

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Thank You for the 2016 Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp

By Michael Cruse

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Thank you everyone for making the 2016 Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp such a great success! 514 fourth graders attended this year’s program on May 17, 2016 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The students came from 15 different elementary schools acro ..... 
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AgBMP Loan Program expansion proposed to include private wells

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN. – A new proposal to expand the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s AgBMP Loan Program would help rural landowners repair, replace or treat private wells that do not meet drinking water standards. Under the current AgBMP Loan P ..... 
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Century Farms honored in 2016

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN, May 18, 2016 -- The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 134 Minnesota farms as 2016 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Cent ..... 
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Willy the steer

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Due to overwhelming response on the Fillmore County Journal’s article on Willy the beef dairy steer, we thought we would share this great photo of Willy in this week’s issue. Photo submitted

Seeking students for 4-H Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture A 4-H program to increase consumer awareness

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

College students with an interest in serving as spokespersons for animal agriculture are urged to apply for the position of Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal Science Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture Peer Mentor. Six positions are available. This pro ..... 
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2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course offered in June

By Michael Cruse

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Tractors are some of the most dangerous pieces of equipment on farms today. For youth, the dangers associated with tractors are often magnified due to a lack of experience and feelings of invincibility. Because of the increased risk to minors, youth ..... 
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U of M tillage survey will help track tillage trends

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minnesota (U of M), Department of Soil, Water and Climate is partnering with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and Iowa State University, Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering to develop a long t ..... 
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AgStar Fund awards grants to upgrade county fair facilities More than $65,000 awarded in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, MN, May 4, 2016 - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, announces the award of $65,600 through its County Fair Facility Upgrade Grant program. Twenty-two county fair programs received ..... 
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