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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 leading colleges and universities across North America to achieve the greatest resource reductions in their residence halls over a three-week period.

Designed to empower the future generation of energy and environmental leaders, the competition is meant to foster a culture of conservation within campus communities.

Alliance to Save Energy, in partnership with Lucid Design Group and the National Wildlife Federation, designed the competition to leverage the momentum of popular dorm energy competitions and extend the playing field to include rival institutions from across the country.

"After discussing the competition with other institutions in the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, participating in the competition was the appropriate next step for Luther," said Dan Bellrichard, Luther Sustainability Coordinator.

Participating schools will be able to instantly compare their performance and track their standings among the leading schools and buildings using Lucid Design Group's Building Dashboard, a website that instantly shares the campus' electricity and water use.

To see Luther's Dashboard, visit www.buildingdashboard.net/luther/.

"We are excited to be part of the first nationwide competition to reduce electricity and water usage in residential halls on campus," said Bellrichard. "This will be a great way for the Luther community to learn and practice conservation techniques that can be done by anyone in their daily life."

Institutions competing with Luther during the competition include Brown University, Columbia University, the Ohio State University, the University of California San Diego, University of British Columbia, and numerous other colleges and universities.

Winning campuses and residence halls will be awarded a prize package provided by the U.S. Green Building council and Study Like a Champion.

"While it would be great to win, our main priorities are to see usage reductions and to show people that simple behavior changes by many people can have a big impact," said Bellrichard.

To learn more about the national competitions and other Luther sustainability initiatives, visit the Website www.luther.edu/susta .....
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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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ALPACA FARMS NATIONWIDE CELEBRATE NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS

Wed, Sep 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) invites you to visit their member farms and ranches on National Alpaca Farm Days on September 25th and 26th. This is a unique opportunity for the public to explore the many aspects of the alpaca l ..... 
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