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AgStar offers grant to support ag education in high school


Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. (April 19, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer grants to support the purchase of equipment for agriculture classrooms. There is a total of $25,000 available and schools can receive up to $2,500 each.

This grant program is designed to fund equipment for high school agriculture education programs in AgStar's service area. "AgStar wants to ensure ag education programs have the tools to continue to teach students about the importance of this industry in a hands-on learning environment," said John Monson, Chair of the Fund for Rural America. "We are proud to offer this grant program once again as education is essential for the success of agriculture for generations to come."

Applications considered for funding must be submitted online at www.AgStar.com. Applications are accepted during the month of May 2011. High school agriculture programs located in one of the 69 counties within AgStar's local service area are eligible to apply if they have not received a grant from AgStar in the past two years.

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $3 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Support must align with the Fund's mission to "enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities."

About AgStar:

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar's industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, tax services, accounting, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 13,000 stockholders. Visit www.AgStar.com for more information.




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Mn/DOT reminds farmers to avoid planting, mowing crops in highway rights of way

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds farmers that planting crops within rights of way is illegal because as crops grow higher and fuller they can block motorists' vision and create other safety problems.

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DCP Sign-up Deadline June 1

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will continue through June 1, 2011. USDA urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit any USDA Service Center to complete their ..... 
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Local team finishes high at National Beef competition

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The beef industry looks large in Minnesota, accounting for more than $2 billion in revenue. Still, the industry faces challenges with less than one percent of the U.S. population claiming farming as an occupation. While the number of farmers ..... 
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Livestock Programs Available

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



FSA administers several programs that provide monetary assistance to livestock producers who are dealing with problems caused by the winter weather. Producers need to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a direct resul ..... 
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Harmony Healthcare Center's memory garden

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



When the Harmony Healthcare Resident Council met and voted to create a space where residents could enjoy a visit with family and friends, the project started as a garden plan and quickly became a community project. Hired to coordinate the ef ..... 
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Harmony Healthcare Center's memory garden

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



When the Harmony Healthcare Resident Council met and voted to create a space where residents could enjoy a visit with family and friends, the project started as a garden plan and quickly became a community project. Hired to coordinate the ef ..... 
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Horseradish: herb of the year for 2011

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The International Herb Association chooses an Herb of the Year to highlight each year. Their choice involves evaluating herbs that are outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: culinary, medicinal, or decorative. Horseradish ..... 
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Greenleaf Angus named 2011 MN Breeder of the year

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Greenleaf Angus, Lavonne and the late Lynn G. Mensink of Preston, were honored by the Minnesota Angus Association as the 2011 Breeder of the Year. The award was presented to Mrs. Mensink by the association and their family by Association President, ..... 
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