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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Each of us has, more than once, cleaned up broken glass from a bottle or jar. It is not a pleasant task with all those little chips and shards that are produced during the shattering. However, we continue to purchase food in glass containers, but most likely not because we enjoy the challenge of a broken container now and then. There is an excellent chance that most of the food items you purchase in glass containers are also be found in metal containers, but many of us prefer the purer taste of food from glass. A lot of us also like to see those jumbo stuffed olives, sauerkraut, and cute baby dills prior to purchasing.

Some historians believe the Mesopotamians were creating a form of glass around 3500 BC. That’s a few years before the invention of plastic. As long as there is sand, we have the raw material for glass, but perhaps we shouldn’t use any more of it than necessary. We must make every effort to recycle as much glass as possible and keep it out of the landfill.

Food and beverage glass is 100 percent recyclable. Glass can be recycled over and over with no loss of quality to the new product. Glass beverage bottles and all jars that have contained food such as pickles, spaghetti sauce, jams, jellies, olives, or sauerkraut are recyclable. The machine in the Twin Cities that strongly dislikes plastic bags wrapping around its shafts and gears, separates recyclables as they proceed down a conveyor belt. As I have mentioned before, this machine is more than capable of separating different colors of glass. After the glass has been separated by color, it will be crushed into a material called cullet.

Once crushed, the glass cullet is mixed with sand and melted in a furnace to create molten glass. It is then recast into new food and beverage containers. The clear glass is used for new clear containers, the green for new green containers, and of course, the amber glass is used to make new amber containers. Much of our glass is recycled at Anchor Glass Company in Shakopee. Broken glass is sometimes crushed into small pieces and mixed with asphalt to cover our state’s roadways. Some very creative people are making attractive holiday ornaments, garden art, and even some fashionable jewelry from recycled bottles.

However, please keep in mind, not all glass is recyclable. Ceramic cups, window panes, canning jars, mirrors, incandescent light bulbs, crystal drinking gl .....
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Prevented Plant and Cover Crops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Jill Sackett, Local Extension Educator, Conservation Agronomist, has passed along this information on opting for Prevented Plant acres this spring. Be sure to talk to your insuranc ..... 
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Should I wait longer to cut alfalfa?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Dan Martens, Extension Educator Stearns/Benton Counties, gathered these thoughts from several Regional and State Specialists on the current alfalfa situation. This is what he had to say, “I hope I’ve represented these three perspectives correctl ..... 
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Hay shortage affecting farmers

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Local farmers are dealing with a situation - which farmers often do. This time, the situation is a shortage of hay and it’s not only local farmers who are feeling the effects. There are many critical factors in farming, and hay is one piece ..... 
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Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever chapter offers financial assistance to landowners

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Winona, Minn. - The Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever chapter is offering landowners and farmers in Winona, Fillmore, and Houston Counties with additional financial assistance to make enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) a more fin ..... 
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Employment skills for today - planning for success

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The University of Minnesota Extension will be conducting a workshop in Rochester that addresses information & strategies for agricultural workforce management. It is supported by A ..... 
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Summer came and so did Farm Safety Day Camp!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Another beautiful day for the joint Fillmore/Houston fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp held at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The farmer volunteers were planting corn like crazy last Tuesday, so we had a number of very capable substitutes at Farm S ..... 
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Community partners can make the difference: Stormwater Mini-Grant Program

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County SWCD has received $45,000 in Clean Water Funds to be offered as mini-grants for projects that reduce or treat stormwater runoff to local streams. Is your community or nonprofit organization interested in planting a rain garden? ..... 
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Area farmer says baby calves need protection

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Karen Reisner Mother Nature was rough on everything this last couple of months with her cold, rainy, and windy weather tantrums topped off by a heavy, wet May snow. Many beef cow-calf operations have suffered unusually heavy calf losses driven ..... 
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