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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 recertification, you should have received a reminder postcard from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in mid-December. That card had some incorrect information. A corrected copy with 2012 information should have been sent in early January to remind you to re-certify.

You need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification if you apply pesticides to land or sites you own, rent, or lease for the production of agriculture commodities. This applies if you plan to use restricted use pesticides, reside in the state of Minnesota, and your certification expires in 2012.

You have three options to renew your Private Pesticide certification. Attend a Recertification Workshop instead of retesting. Complete the test as home study course; books and tests are scheduled to arrive at the County Extension Offices the week of January 9. Or, complete the test on-line at: www.pat.umn.edu. Recertification must be completed by March 1, 2012.

If you are not currently certified (i.e. certified through March 1 2012) you cannot become certified by attending a Recertification Workshop. In that case, to become certified take the 2012 test on-line, or take the 2012 mail-in test available from your local County Extension Office. If you chose to attend the 3.5 hour Recertification Workshop to renew the private applicator certification in lieu of taking a test, the MN Dept. of Ag requires applicators to attend the entire 3.5 hour workshop to receive recertification credit. Applicators that arrive more than 15 minutes late to a workshop will not be allowed to receive recertification credit.

The cost to recertify, by attending a workshop or testing is $50 for three years. Checks only (no cash, please). Made, payable to the U of MN. Registration for workshops will be taken at the door, no pre-registration is required.

When attending a recertification workshop, you must bring an official photo identification card, (driver's license, passport or some type of official document). Bringing your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification ID card, too, assists in the registration process. Persons who don't have their Applicator Card may obtain their applicator number on-line at the MDA website (www.mda.st .....
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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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Houston County land rent survey mirrors national trend

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Based on the results of the recently completed Houston County Land Rent Survey, the farmland rent trend mirrors the rest of the nation. Participation increased to sixty-eight usable parcel surveys representing 4,935 acres of tillable crop land. I es ..... 
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AgStar Financial Services making changes in Preston

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Preston, Minn.- There's a new look in downtown Preston. The AgStar Financial Services awning has been replaced by a Lookout Ridge Consulting awning. Not to worry, Lookout Ridge Consulting is a division of AgStar that covers tax, accounting, successi ..... 
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2011 Research results available

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The results from a number of University of Minnesota 2011 research trials are becoming available. I have received individual results on MN Corn Hybrid Performance Trials, Corn Response to Micronutrients across Minnesota, Soybean Response to Micronut ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Foreign persons must report U.S. agricultural land holdings

Preston, MN - Nov 25, 2011 - Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tammy Martin, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the U ..... 
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