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Fillmore County farmer tells his story


Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Chatfield, MN-December 5, 2011-Fillmore County farmer Eric Thorn can't imagine working any career other than farming, and he wants to share his passion for the farming lifestyle with others. That is why he has joined a group of Minnesota farmers in the REAL Story campaign hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. The REAL Story stands for Responsible, Ethical, Agriculture for Life and features farmers across the state communicating with non-farm audiences through the REAL Story website and social media.

Eric Thorn grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa and raises cattle with his business partner, Steve. His family has been farming since the 1800s, and he's proud to carry on that tradition. "At the end of the day, I am accountable to my business, my wife and son, my land and animals, and consumers. That's a huge responsibility, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

Eric takes care of his land and animals because he believes good stewardship is a farmer's responsibility. He makes sure his cattle are fed well, get the proper veterinary care, and are bedded down comfortably. He has also implemented several conservation practices on his farm to prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and provide food sources and shelter for local wildlife. "Just because you're a large farmer doesn't mean you don't take care of your land and animals. It's not a money thing. Preserving the land and caring for animals is just the right thing to do."

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is made up of an elected board of 15 soybean producers from across the state. The mission of the council is to invest soybean checkoff dollars in well-defined research, marketing, education and commercialization programs. For more information, visit www.mnsoybean.org.




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Ag statistics has many stories to tell

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Russ Krech was right! Years ago, I would often bring up the fact that Fillmore County was Number One in beef cows. Russ Krech, retired Houston County Ag Agent, would always come back with the statement that on a tillable acre basis Houston County ha ..... 
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Cattle Feeder Day

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Beef Team will present the 2011 Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days at four locations this December. The Southeast Minnesota location will be Thursday, December 8 at American's Best Value Inn (formerly La Quinta Inn), Rochester. ..... 
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AgStar Home Mortgage Services launches the "You Make the Difference" campaign

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

AgStar Home Mortgage Services, a division of AgStar Financial Services, ACA is excited to announce its "You Make the Difference" campaign. Volunteers from any of the 69 counties in AgStar's local service area can submit an entry on AgStar Home's Fac ..... 
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Grazing research for Minnesota's future- 2011 video conference

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Join us on Thursday, December 8 for the first-ever Grazing Video Conference - an opportunity for graziers and researchers to network and communicate about current and future grazing research needs. This innovative, interactive event will be held at ..... 
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Additional State Fair Winners

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

In the October 3, 2011, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there were three people in 4-H that were accidentally left out of the State Fair results. Ben Gruszynski won a blue ribbon with his Mini Lop Junior Doe, Michala Morrow won a blue ribbon i ..... 
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Corn stalks - fertilizer bill?

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

This past week, I have had considerable conversations about how much fertilizer is going off the field when corn stalk bales are removed. The farms I'm talking about are those w ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

2012 DCP Signup

Enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will begin on January 23, 2012, and will continue through June 1, 2012. This is different from past years when we started signup on October 1. Producers can ma ..... 
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Grazing crop residues

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Now that corn harvest is well underway, I have started to see beef cows grazing harvested corn fields. I started to say cornstalks, but 12% of the residue is husk, 27% is leaf, and 12% cob. So there is much more than just stalks, and I'm not countin ..... 
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