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Farm family recognition nominations


Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Extension Committee is asking your help in identifying potential farm families for recognition by the University of Minnesota. The Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over two decades and honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. All of the honored farm families have made significant contributions to Minnesota agriculture and their communities. To learn about the program, check the website at http://mnfarmfamilies.cfans.umn.edu/

Please nominate an individual or family, using the criteria below. Farm Families should be Minnesota food producers actively involved in agricultural production with one or more agricultural enterprises. Beyond the usual agricultural endeavors, please also include these production areas for consideration: potato, vegetable, fruits, berries, aquaculture, agriforestry, and renewable energy supplies.

Families may have made significant short-term progress and/or innovative contributions with their agricultural endeavors. For example, consider producers who are relatively new to this country, someone who has developed an innovative method for a particular environmental problem, adopted a rotational grazing system, added alternative or value-added crops, etc.

All nominees should also have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting the fields of agriculture and production, have some involvement in their communities and/or related organizations, and not have been previously recognized by the Farm Family Program.

Honorees are generally recognized at the Fillmore County Fair and are invited to attend Farmfest for a recognition event. It is not necessary for farm families to attend this event in order to be nominated. At Farmfest honorees will be recognized by sponsoring college deans and directors.

Past farm families from Fillmore County that have already been recognized include: 1984 Richard and Ruth Vrieze; 1985 Darrel and Lois Ray; 1986 Jerry and Nancy Gartner; 1987 Allen and Donna Aarsvold; 1988 Philip and Ruth Abrahamson; 1989 Norman and Ruth Eickhoff; 1990 Elton and Joyce Redalen; 1991 Robert and Marleene Ward; 1992 Leslie and Jo Olson; 1993 Charles and Gloria Ruen; 1994 Robert and Eloda Wood; 1995 Murrell and Joyce Jacobson; 1996 Randy and Bonnie Hahn; 1997 Alvin and Karilyn Reiland; 1997 Scott and Kelly Reiland; 1997 Troy and Christine Sukalski; 1998 Larry and Margar .....
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Cow/Calf Days

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

The 2012 Minnesota Beef Cow/Calf Day will be held Thursday, February 9 at America's Best Value Inn in Rochester from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. The topics for the evening's agenda are as follows.

"Pasture and Forage Management for Optimal Production." ..... 
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Regional Forage Workshop

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

"Making Great Silage" and "Silage Additive - When Should You Use Them" will be topics of featured speaker Richard Muck, USDA Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison Wisconsin at the 2012 Tour de Forage to be held Monday, February 6, in Rochester at th ..... 
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AgStar's Fund for Rural America seeks scholarship applications

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Mankato, Minn., (Dec. 13, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is offering $20,000 in scholarships to help students in rural areas continue their education. High school seniors throughou ..... 
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Private pesticide certification workshops

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Six Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Workshops have been scheduled for Fillmore, Houston, and Winona Counties. If you are one of the 207 in Fillmore County, one of the 70 in Houston County, or one of the 101 in Winona County due for recert ..... 
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Winter grazing update

Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Have you started making plans to improve your grazing in 2012? There will be a Winter Grazing Update on Saturday, January 21 at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia. A full day is planned, with registration at 9:30 am and the program beginning at ..... 
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Is the land rent bubble starting to boil?

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Last year, I started out by asking if we were looking at a land rent bubble. A couple of weeks ago I completed the Houston County Land Rent Survey, and now have results from the Fillmore County Land Rent Survey. In those two surveys, not one landlor ..... 
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Winter Crops Day returns to Caledonia

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Ag Producers in southern Minnesota just finished a season that included a wet spring, a hot summer, and a dry fall. No one knows what is in store for the 2012 season, but crop management decisions are underway now, and that will be the focus of the ..... 
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Winter Crops Day returns to Caledonia

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Ag Producers in southern Minnesota just finished a season that included a wet spring, a hot summer, and a dry fall. No one knows what is in store for the 2012 season, but crop management decisions are underway now, and that will be the focus of the ..... 
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