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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 the Fillmore County Fair.

In the 1940s, Craig's grandfather Earl Mensink purchased the current farm. In 1949 he turned the farm over to Craig's parents, Wendell and Cleo Mensink. The farm, along with their children, continued to grow, adding additional acres in the 1970s. Wendell was offered a career advance with the USDA. This meant a move to Meeker County. This offered an opportunity for Craig and Pam (who were married in 1977) to pursue farming on the home farm in 1978. Pam had been raised on a dairy farm only a few miles away, so they were excited and pleased for the opportunity. The farm operation has really evolved with many changes seen. The mid '60s saw the milk cows leave, and the '70s welcomed the purchase of a beef herd and a 12 crate farrowing house. The '90s found the beef herd and the farrowing disappear and hog finishing barns being built. Today they have 2,400 head of finishing pigs on hand that eat the corn and soybeans raised on the home farm.

Currently, the Mensink's farm 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa. They finish 8,500 head of feeder pigs. They love the environment and believe strongly in conservation, and still have the original '70s contour strips and terraces. They no-till all of their soybean acres and utilize their nutrient management plan to use as much natural fertilizer as possible.

Craig and Pam have three grown children. Michael just received his Ph. D in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Rachel live in St. Paul, MN. Mandy was married in June to Nate Olsen; she is currently living in Apple Valley, MN and works for Walden University as a manager of Academic advisors. Megan is pursuing a social work degree at Winona State. Through the years they were all involved with the farm. Craig and Pam are waiting to see how their careers turn out to see if someone returns to farming.

The Mensinks feel very strongly about serving the community and have always been active in their church, school and community. Christ Lutheran Church in Preston has seen both of them serve on the council, Craig as President and Pam is active in circle and altar guild, and was a past Sunday school teacher. Pam has also worked as a s .....
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SWCD and TNC partner to offer funding for planting cover crops

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has received funding from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to offer assistance to farmers in the Root River watershed who are interested in seeding cover crops on soybean and corn silage acres. An ..... 
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Summer Dairy Field Day-July 20 in Altura

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

A Summer Dairy Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Shadycrest-Holsteins (Scott & Michelle Herber), 18811 County Road 33, right on the southern edge of Altura, MN. Registration begins at 9:00 ..... 
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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government agency personnel and ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Crop Reporting Deadline July 15

The annual, timely and accurate reporting of acres for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of benefits for a variety of Farm Service Agency programs. All cropland on the farm mu ..... 
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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government ag ..... 
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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government ag ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

FSA County Committee Nominations Begin June 15

Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tammy Martin, wants to remind farmers and landowners that local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee nominations begin on W ..... 
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June is Dairy Month - Duschee Hills Dairy Farm

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Abby Stocker

Got milk? June is officially dairy month, a time for everyone to acknowledge how much they enjoy milk. And cheese. Don't forget yogurt. Or ice cream...dairy products play a big role in keeping stomachs full and happy. If it we ..... 
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