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Princess Kay of the Milky Way


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

For 19-year-old Chelsea Schossow being a finalist for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way is a dream come true. After candidating in the Winona County Dairy Princess competition, Chelsea was named Miss Winona County Dairy Princess. From there, Chelsea competed against 51 other girls in hopes of becoming one of the 12 finalists vying for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Chelsea’s application, interviews, and speech impressed judges and she was awarded a spot among the finalists.

Growing up on her family’s dairy farm in Ridgeway, Chelsea developed a love for the dairy industry and its way of life early on. The experience has guided her and fueled her passion for her future goals.

After graduating from Winona Senior High School in 2013, Chelsea became a student at South Dakota State University, where she is majoring in Dairy Science Production and is pursuing minors in both Agribusiness and Ag Communications.

As a true lover of the dairy industry, Schossow dreams of being a Dairy Nutritionist and one day taking over the family farm as a fourth generation dairy farmer. “Growing up on a dairy farm, I learned what hard work and patience mean,” said Schossow. Schossow chose to take part in the dairy princess competitions as a way to show people her passion for the dairy industry and to show how much growing up on a dairy farm has prepared her for her future.

Being named Miss Winona County Dairy Princess and representing Winona County as a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be keeping Schossow very busy during the summer months leading up to the final competition. She has been making elementary classroom visits and will appear in many local parades. She is particularly excited for “Family Night on the Farm” on June 26, where her and other royalty will be representing the dairy industry in Winona County.

Chelsea is also looking forward to touring the AMPI manufacturing facilities where the 90-lb. blocks of butter used for sculpting the heads of each of the finalists are made. When asked how she felt about her head being sculpted out of butter, Chelsea said, “I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea, but I’m very excited to see what I will look like in butter.” She added that people always ask her what she will do with a 90-lb. butter bust of herself. After some thought Chelsea decided that she is going to do a community meltdown. She p .....
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More than 200 Century Farms honored in 2014

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 215 Minnesota farms as 2014 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a co ..... 
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Beef Princess Candidates sought for 2014

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are seeking candidates for the 2014 Beef Princess. The Beef princess will represent the beef industry at various events during 2014. A candidate must be 17 years old by December 31, 2014 and not yet 20 years old by Dece ..... 
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Important 2014 deadlines for livestock disaster aid

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota livestock producers can submit notices of animal loss and apply for payment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster programs, which were reinstated with the passage of the 2014 Far ..... 
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Youth tractor safety classes offered

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The 25th joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 11. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. each day. It will be held at Rushford-Peterson High School. Our are ..... 
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2012 Census of Agriculture shows number of farms decline, market values on the rise

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota statistics of the 2012 Census of Agriculture may be on the spectrum of suprising to concerning, depending on how you interpret them. The census is completed every five years with a wide range of data collected; everything from what agr ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator hires general manager, Gordy Elliott

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) board of directors is pleased to announce that they have hired Gordy Elliott to be the new general manager. Elliott will be responsible for the overall management of FCE. Elliott brings a wealth of knowledge and exper ..... 
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USDA announces additional support for small and midsized farmers and ranchers - Second major small farmer package this year includes research awards, technical assistance and marketing support

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 29 additional support and resources for America’s small and midsized farmers and ranchers. The announcement includes $7 million in university research awards in support of small and midsized producers; ..... 
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Funds help schools put healthy food on the plate: Farm to School Grants awarded across the state

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Several Minnesota school districts are able to upgrade their kitchens thanks to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Farm to School Grant. More than $250,000 is being awarded to fund 15 school districts and their loca ..... 
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