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Governor Dayton to Deliver Keynote Address at Farmfest: 2013 Legislative Session Delivers Results for Minnesota Farmers


Thu, Aug 8th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton will speak to Minnesota farmers at the state’s annual Farmfest celebration in Morgan, Minnesota. The Governor’s remarks come on the heels of new investments made in Minnesota’s agricultural economy this session that support agricultural research and development, provide assistance for entrepreneur farmers, and give farmers more options to help improve water quality in the state’s lakes, rivers, and groundwater.



Farmfest is one of the largest agricultural trade shows in the country, drawing more than 35,000 attendees annually. The three-day event features field demonstrations of latest farm technology and forums discussing educational and political topics relevant to the modern farmer.



Investing in Minnesota Farmers

Agriculture is one of Minnesota’s most important economic sectors, generating $75 billion in economic output and supporting over 340,000 Minnesotans every year. The budget signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton this year provided significant new support Minnesota’s agricultural economy that will build on that success and help Minnesota farmers compete in today’s global economy.



New Funding for Agricultural Research, Development, and Innovation – A top priority for Governor Dayton and Minnesota farmers was securing additional investments in the Agriculture Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Fund. The budget signed into law this year invests an additional $18.5 million in the fund, which is dedicated to keeping Minnesota farm production on the leading edge in an ever-changing world. These new investments will:



· Help farmers develop better methods of production;



· Support research and development for the next generation of biofuels;



· Help schools to purchase more high-quality food from local farmers;



· Expand livestock grant options for Minnesota farmers who are beginning, transitioning, or expanding a family farm livestock operation; and



· Help first-time farmers learn skills, lease land, and enter the tradition of farming in Minnesota.



Partnering with Farmers to Improve Water Quality – This year, Governor Dayton enacted a new law that establishes a first-in-the-nation voluntary Agriculture Wa .....
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Heusinkveld’s named 2013 Farm Family of the Year

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. — This year, 75 families from throughout Minnesota will be honored as a 2013 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. The families will be recognized in ceremonies set for 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 at the ann ..... 
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Two Organic Livestock Farms Featured in Pasture Walks

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Mark your calendar for Monday, August 12, 2013. Starting at 3p.m. we’ll visit Earth be Glad Farm managed by Mike and Jennifer Rupprecht near Lewiston. This is an organic, grass ..... 
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Mabel-Canton’s Justin Ward Saddles 26th Place in National Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge If you didn’t get enough of the rodeo or bull riding at the Fillmore County Fair a few weeks ago, you could probably talk to Mabel-Canton High School senior Justin Ward, the son of Doug and Traci Ward. Ward has been particip ..... 
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Mabel-Canton’s Justin Ward Saddles 26th Place in National Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge If you didn’t get enough of the rodeo or bull riding at the Fillmore County Fair a few weeks ago, you could probably talk to Mabel-Canton High School senior Justin Ward, the son of Doug and Traci Ward. Ward has been particip ..... 
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Small Flock Sheep Grazing Field Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A Small Flock Sheep Grazing Field Day will be held on Saturday morning, August 10 at 10 a.m. This will be an opportunity to see and discuss the benefits of rotational grazing on th ..... 
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Heusinkveld Family recognized as a 2013 ‘U of M Farm Family’

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. —The Cleon & Bonnie Heusinkveld family of Spring Valley, Minn. has been named Fillmore County’s “2013 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. The Heusinkveld farm was homesteaded in 1856 by Bonnie’s great- ..... 
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Dairy Beef Feeding for Profit

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Feeding dairy steers has been common on northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota farms, and now others are looking at dairy steers with supplies of feeder cattle being low. Iowa Sta ..... 
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Wild Parsnip Making a Comeback

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties As I travel through Fillmore and Houston Counties, I have been seeing a lot of wild parsnip. I suspect it is partially due to the wet weather conditions, but may also be partly du ..... 
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