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Forest Pest First detector workshop in Red Wing


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

Minnesota is looking for volunteers to join the hundreds of citizens who already have stepped up to help keep an eye out for new infestations of emerald ash borer and other destructive invasive pests. These volunteer “first detectors” form part of the state’s early warning system for invasive tree pests, making it more likely that infestations will be found in early stages when they are easier to control.

With the threat posed to southeastern Minnesota by invasive species such as emerald ash borer, Oriental bittersweet and thousand cankers disease of walnut, the sponsoring agencies are hoping for a large turnout at the workshop.

Registration is now open for a Forest Pest First Detector workshop to be held on Tuesday, September 18 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This workshop will be conducted by experts with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The session will provide in-depth information on identification of invasive tree pests. After completing the training, participants are qualified to serve as volunteers in the state’s First Detector Program. The role of these first detectors is to serve as public contacts for information about these pests and to help investigate reports of potential infestations.

“One key to slowing the spread of invasive pests is to find new infestations quickly,” U of M Extension Forester Angie Gupta said. “Many of the new infestations in Minnesota have been discovered by people like first detectors — informed citizens who know what to look for and who to call when they find something. The more help we have, the better our chances to contain infestations.”

Participants who complete the one-day sessions will become part of an award winning program. The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Program has been recognized by the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) for its outstanding training of volunteers. The NPDN is an internationally respected consortium of plant diagnostic laboratories from across the United States.

This Forest Pest First Detector training is scheduled for:

•September 18 – Red Wing – 8:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. - MN State College Southeast Technical. Room 314; Red Wing Campus, 308 Pioneer Rd, Red Wing, MN 55066

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Livestock gross margin - dairy insurance

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Many dairy operators are expressing concern today about milk and feed prices and how they will plan ahead to maintain and strengthen their business positions. A common recommendation in risk management states that not only should one be protecting ..... 
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Beef Ambassador team members sought in MN

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Minneapolis, MN- Applications are currently being accepted for the MN Beef Ambassador Team for 2013. The MN Beef Ambassador team provides an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship an ..... 
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Final on-farm dairy meeting for 2012

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The final on-farm dairy meeting offered by University of Minnesota Extension this summer will be held Thursday, September 20, 9:30am-12:00pm (Winona County) at the Kieffer Farm, Gary & Linda Kieffer, 26234 Cty Rd 33, Utica, MN. The farm is located s ..... 
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Crop production field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A Crop Production Field day will be held on the Lawler Farm on Wednesday, August 29. The University of Minnesota has conducted agronomic research at this location for 25 years. Come and learn about new and existing research activities in southeast Mi ..... 
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Apply today for the American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence contest

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and county Farm Bureaus across Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. This national contest is designed to celebrate and recognize successful county programs and activities. With a focus on t ..... 
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Small scale pork and poultry production

By Jerrold Tesmer

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

On the afternoon of August 25th, Hoch Orchard and Gardens will host University of Minnesota Extension for a field workshop on poultry and hog production near La Crescent, Minnesota. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about free-range poul ..... 
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Organic farm report shows fairly strong farm performance last year

Mon, Aug 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report issued by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) shows that 2011 was generally a good year for certified organic crop producers in the state, and somewhat challenging for organic dairy farms, although there was ..... 
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Members sought for new Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking members to fill six positions on a new Minnesota Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority. Authorized by Minnesota Statute, the nine-member Dairy Authority ..... 
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