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Leiding sisters recognized in dairy showcase


Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul, MN -- Haely Leiding of Fillmore County, placed 10th overall in the second year of the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase. Her sister, Kayla Leiding, placed 14th overall in the second year of the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Schowcase. Twenty-five youth were recognized during the event held Sunday, August 29th, during the Minnesota State Fair. Haely and Kayla are the daughters of Todd and Stacy Leiding of Fountain.

Being active in the 4-H dairy project has helped Haely not only promote the dairy industry, but work with younger members. She is involved with the county junior dairy projects including quiz bowl and dairy judging. She says the most important skill she has learned is having a good work ethic. She received a $500 cash award sponsored by Olmsted County ADA, and the Rice County 4-H Boosters.

Being active in the 4-H dairy project has helped Kayla not only promote the dairy industry, but work with younger members. "Within the 4-H dairy project I have learned how to be responsible and get my work done efficiently and how important it is to get it done right and on time." She received a $400 cash award sponsored by the Minnesota Guernsey Association, Minnesota Milking Shorthorn Association and the K5 Ranch.

The Showcase was developed to recognize the involvement, dedication, and passion of Minnesota's 4-H dairy youth. Selected youth received a monetary award for their accomplishments. State Fair 4-H dairy exhibitors who received a blue or purple ribbon in their respective class were eligible to apply for the Showcase. A scorecard determined the Top 25 and consisted of an online Leadership Profile.

The Profile included the individual's project leadership, dairy-related activities, and community involvement. Bonus points were given to individuals receiving champion and reserve champion honors.

In the program's second year, generous sponsors provided just over $16,000 to be dispersed to youth. Twenty percent of funds raised were set aside for 4-H animal science education purposes. The Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase is a joint effort between the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association and the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Project Development Committee.

Photos on the 2010 Minnesota 4-H Shows at the State Fair can be found at http://www.fourh.umn.edu/fairresults Additional information on the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase can be found at http://www.mnlivestockbreeders.org.




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Luther College to compete in Campus Conservation Nationals

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

DECORAH, Iowa-Luther College will compete in Campus Conservation Nationals, Nov. 1-19, participating in the first real-time, nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition.

Luther students will compete against students from 40 le ..... 
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Minnesota Pork Production Pigs - by the numbers

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota pork producers are part of a progressive and innovative industry. The men and women involved in swine production provide a nutritional protein source to domestic and international markets, and their businesses generate billions of dollars ..... 
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U of M research opportunities

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

I have been contacted by three individuals at the University of Minnesota looking for on-farm research sites in southeast Minnesota. If any of the projects described below st ..... 
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Ventilate and take other safety measures to prevent manure pit explosions

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

In several recent incidents in Minnesota and Iowa, explosions or flash fires have occurred in livestock buildings with manure pits. The explosions have, to date, mainly resulted in building damage, with few animal losses and no personal injuries or ..... 
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Free manure spreader calibrations available from the SWCD

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reminds livestock producers that the SWCD offers free manure spreader calibrations. Fall is a good time to calibrate spreaders when manure is being applied to fields after harvest. The calibra ..... 
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Fall tillage management in wet soil conditions

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Last Thursday, while watching the rain, the thoughts of an early easy harvest came to an end. I came across some information prepared by Crops Regional Educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes and Extension Agronomist Jeff Coulter in 2009. They addressed ..... 
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Small farm U

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Times are tough, and maybe you are looking for an inexpensive small business venture on your land. Or, maybe you just need an engrossing hobby?

Either way, consider learning about some of your options at "Small Farm U" - Small Farm U ..... 
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Become a master gardener

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



The success of the University of Minnesota Master Gardener program starts with the quality and passion if its volunteers. It is the motivation, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the trained volunteers that make the Master Gardener program a value ..... 
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