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FFA swine proficiency finalist, Molly Frank, part of pork tour


Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Regional FFA Swine Proficiency finalists took part in a Minnesota Pork Board hosted Swine Industry Study tour earlier this summer. The tour stops included Newport Laboratories, Worthington; Chandler Feed and Grain, Chandler; Pipestone Systems, Pipestone; and John Morrell packing facilities in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Tour participants were Molly Frank of Dexter, Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA Chapter; Jared Krieger of Kerkhoven, Kerkhoven-Murdock- Sunburg FFA Chapter; Adam Jans of Fulda, Fulda FFA Chapter; Dan Larson of Medford, Medford FFA Chapter; Jay Staloch of Wells, United South Central FFA Chapter; and Erin Wicker of Kimball, Kimball FFA Chapter.

Each participant earned a $250 scholarship for use towards their FFA swine project or post-high school education by submitting an essay on what they gained from the tour and how it applied to their swine proficiency area. To be accepted on the tour, the Regional FFA Swine Proficiency finalists submitted a letter of reference and completed an application.

At Newport Laboratories, the FFA members learned about autogenous swine vaccines, which researchers formulate to meet health challenges of specific swine herds. The work at Newport Laboratories encompasses customizing vaccines and combining separate vaccines into a single dose.

The Chandler Grain and Feed tour included discussions on grain marketing and the science required to prepare feed rations for swine and other livestock farmers. Tour participants found the complexity and variations in feed rations an interesting aspect of swine production.

While touring Pipestone Systems, the FFAers learned about its unique business structure that allows hog farmers in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota to remain independent by jointly owning sow facilities to assure a steady supply of high health feeder pigs for their individual farms, in addition to how they share services such as herd health and nutritional management.

At John Morrell, the group learned about animal welfare practices incorporated into the delivering and unloading of hogs at the plant, the carbon dioxide euthanasia process, as well as the making of bacon and hams, product storage, shipment and food safety inspections throughout the process.

Common amongst all participants' essays was an appreciation to meet other young people with an interest in swine production and the opportunity to learn more about the pork industry.

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Corn tasseling triggers thoughts of harvest

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

It has become pretty much a standard that during the Fillmore County Fair we see corn tasselling. By the time we reach the Houston County Fair, serious thoughts have turned to corn silage harvest. Over the years, I have quoted Joe Lauer, Corn Agron ..... 
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Crop field school

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

This past week I spent two days at a Crop Field School at the Southern Research and Outreach Center near Waseca. It was a great refresher course covering weeds, insects, and so ..... 
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Organic certification cost share program now accepting applications

Tue, Aug 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota organic farmers and processors can now apply for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting applications for the Minnesota Organic Cost Sha ..... 
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Alfalfa/corn growers needed for on-farm nitrogen management study

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

Extension Agronomist Jeff Coulter, Research Assistant Matt Yost, and USDA-ARS Researcher Michael Russelle are looking for plot sites for a On-Farm Nitr ..... 
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Forestry field day August 16 near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

On August 16, 2011, the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a field day to explore forestry practices and features along the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. Those attending the field day will see various forestry practices and hav ..... 
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Grazing on a Large Scale

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

Have you questioned if grazing and in particularly rotation grazing can be successful on a large scale? Many of the examples given have been for small and medium-sized operations. Perhaps there ..... 
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USDA provides assistance for recent high temperature livestock losses

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

SAINT PAUL, MINN., July 20, 2011 - Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Livestock Indemnity Pro ..... 
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Mensink family recognized as a 2011 U of M Farm Family

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

The Craig and Pam Mensink family of Preston has been named Fillmore County's 2011 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. The Mensink Family will be recognized locally on Thursday, July 21st during 4-H Night at ..... 
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