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My apologies to EAB


Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

With the tornado related concerns last week, I slighted "Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week." I've been drawing some comparisons between EAB and tornados in my mind. Not on how they affect us, but on how the press treats them.

Nationally, the tornado in Joplin, MO certainly caught the national news attention over our small tornado and rightfully so. When referring to EAB, nationally thirteen states have EAB, and Michigan has virtually lost all their ash trees. Minnesota is on the fringe of that expansion.

On the state level there was wind damage on the north edge of the Twin Cities that caused $15 billion in damages. That seems to have Minnesota's attention, much more so than the tornado damage in Fillmore and Houston Counties. The fact that EAB has been confirmed in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties seems to be a much bigger issue than Houston County having EAB.

While gathering material on EAB, I contacted Extension Entomologist Jeff Hahn. Jeff told me there hasbeen no new confirmed EAB sites in Minnesota in 2011, yet! He has also sent me a large supply of very nice one-page color bulletins titled "Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota".

There is a fine Extension website http://www.extension.umn.edu/issues/eab/ with a lot of great information, but the Extension website does not have this bulletin. If you would like a copy, stop by either the Houston or Fillmore County Extension Offices.

Some of the information contained in the bulletin is websites and phone numbers for various situations. For example, if you suspect you have found EAB and you have internet access, check out the previously listed website. If you cannot easily rule out EAB you can contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Arrest the Pest Hotline 651-201-6684 or 1-888-545-6684.

With the state and federal quarantine for Houston, Ramsey, and Hennepin counties in effect, the movement of any hardwood firewood, as well as ash branches, limbs, and similar materials is restricted. For more information concerning the quarantine, call the Arrest the Pest Hotline, 651-201-6684 or 1-888-545-6684.




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Feedlot Korner

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Due to the recent damage on area farms a question has come up for discussion. "What can or can't I bury on my farm?"

As of July 1st, 2011, Section 6, Minnesota Statute 2010, section 17.135 will be in effect:

A permit is not required ..... 
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Recovery after disaster: the family financial toolkit

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

On Sunday evening I surveyed much of the tornado damage across Bristol and Harmony Township. When I arrived at the office Monday morning Phyllis Onstad ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

FSA Reminder:

June 1 Deadline for 2011

DCP/ACRE Sign Up

SAINT PAUL, MINN., May 17, 2011 - USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Minnesota Executive Director Linda Hennen reminds producers that June 1, 2011, is the enrollment deadline ..... 
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Summer hay pricing

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

With snow still on the ground I received my first inquiry on, "How to charge for standing hay?"

Merv Freeman was an Extension Farm Management Specialist when I first started working for Extension. A formula he often us ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process

Linda Hennen, state executive director of USDA Farm Service Agency in Minnesota, announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers ..... 
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Flourish summer programs bring ag and culture together

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative, a not-for-profit organization based in Fillmore County with a focus on arts in rural spaces, offers two intensive programs that invite participants to explore the arts on a working small-scale farm. Flourish Summe ..... 
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Farm safety day camp a success

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

"Thank you for a great day! It was awesome!" That was the e-mail message waiting for me when I arrived at my office the morning after the Fourth Grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

I don't know how we continue to be so fortunate. We had beautiful wea ..... 
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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 $2 ..... 
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