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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 footprint and continue to eat meat?* The documentary film American Meat offers an array of affirmative answers. This upbeat yet realistic film looks at innovations and attitudes that are changing farm practices and prospects across the country.

On Friday, July 20 at 7:30 pm, the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro will show the just-released documentary American Meat. (Also showing soon in many more locations in Minnesota including Rochester, Winona, Wykoff, Edina, St. Paul and St. Cloud.)  The evening begins with a tasting of samples of locally raised meat at 6:30 at Lanesboro Local Marketplace. Next, across the street at 7:30 the St. Mane will host a showing of American Meat. Following the film, Paul Wiens of Misty Meadows Farm  in Pine Island will draw on his experiences to lead a discussion of small-scale animal farming. This event is free, donations welcome to cover film showing fee.

The film American Meat presents positive, realistic and inventive ways to make a go of raising chicken, beef and pork for America’s dinner tables. It invites anyone and everyone – and young people especially – to consider becoming a happy, healthy, sustainable small-scale farmer. The film profiles several successful farmers (including Chuck Wirtz of West Bend, IA and Joel Salatin of Omnivore’s Dilemma fame) who, against difficult odds, have invented practical ways to provide pastured meat to the American public and still keep their heads above water. These farmers, like so many in southeastern Minnesota, have farmed their whole lives. They love the work that they do and love the animals they raise. The 82-minute documentary addresses the concerns of conscientious meat eaters as well as those who question the ethics or environmental impact of the choice to eat meat. The film highlights the struggles of the conventional meat farmer and offers insight into alternative models that will revolutionize the meat industry in our country.

Guest discussion leader Paul Wiens mentored Catherine Friend, Zumbrota author of books on the farming experie .....
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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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Nitrogen management for alfalfa-corn rotations field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension Corn Agronomists, Matt Yost, University of Minnesota Extension Research Assistant, and Michael Russelle, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist are conducting research on N credits from alfalfa to corn. This year, t ..... 
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Raspberry renovation

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jake Overgaard of University of Minnesota Extension Winona County will be giving a free on-farm workshop July 14th, from 1-2 pm on raspberry renovation at Hoch Orchard and Gardens near La Crescent, Minnesota. Participants will learn how raspberry p ..... 
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Challenging corporate abuse of power brings citizens together

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Over 100 farmers, small business owners and other rural residents came together in Rushford last night at a Land Stewardship Project (LSP) meeting to discuss how excessive corporate power negatively affects almost every aspect of ..... 
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Crop management tour

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The 2012 Crop Management Tour will be held at the University Center, Rochester, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 am. The tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consul ..... 
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Twenty-four years of youth tractor safety

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Rushford-Peterson Ag Instructor Colby Lind for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Rushford-Peterson High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, lining up tractors, arranging facilities, and ..... 
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No-till Field Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A No-Till Field Day will be held Thursday, June 28 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Arden and Travis Willford Farm 4.5 miles southeast of Harmony (watch for signs). There is no pre-registration and no fee to attend. Speakers and topics include: Jim ..... 
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Ag values up about twenty percent

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt gave an overview of property valuations across the county at the Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization on June 12. One fact that stands out is that agricultural land has again seen a marked increase over ..... 
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