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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 poultry and heritage pastured pork production.

The workshop will provide general information on breeds, feeds, housing, pasturing, and making it pay. Wayne Martin, Alternative Livestock Specialist with University of Minnesota Extension will be presenting along with the Hochs who will share their experiences in both ventures. Poultry will be discussed from 1:30 to 2:30 with hog production from 3:00 to 4:00.

Please pre-register with your name, contact information, and number of people attending via Jake Overgaard of Winona County Extension at over0128@umn.edu or 507-457-6445. Hoch Orchard and Gardens is also holding an open house from 12-5 the same day. Feel free to come for either or both events.

Directions to the farm: Take Houston County Road 6 West of La Crescent 8 miles and turn right on Forster Road, the farm is at the top of the hill, on the left, look for the high tunnel.



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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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Bratland Family recognized as a 2012 “U of M Farm Family” for Houston County

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties Gerald and Judy Bratland (Viking Valley Farm) of Spring Grove has been named Houston County’s “2012 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. Viking Valley Farm is ..... 
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Beef rotational grazing tour

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A Rotational Grazing Tour will take place on Saturday, August 11, 9:30 am - 12 noon at the Jerry and Susie Frank farm 10775 Frank Rd., 3 miles North of Caledonia, MN, just off Highway ..... 
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County committee nomination deadline nears

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers may begin nominating eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees. “County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the pos ..... 
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SWCD extends cover crop deadline to July 31

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has extended the deadline for signup for its cover crop program to Tuesday, July 31. Anyone who is interested should contact the SWCD office at (507)765-3878, ext. 3 or email [Read the Rest]

Calling all aspiring farmers and everyone who eats meat

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

Lanesboro, MN – Consider this hot question concerning the future supply of beef, chicken and pork: Is it really possible to live a happier, healthier lifestyle and, at the same time, save the family farm, raise animals humanly, reduce your carbon ..... 
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Minnesota Pork Ambassador Winslow attends MAAI

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Minnesota Pork Ambassador Katie Winslow of Fountain attended the 17th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) in Red Wing and southeastern Minnesota. The MAAI program combines hands-on activities, speakers and tours that encour ..... 
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