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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 valued resource for Minnesota communities.

You can learn about becoming a Master Gardener via the State Master Gardener website www.mg.umn.edu as well as through the County Extension Office. There are three initial steps required in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer. The three steps include a written application, an informal interview, and a personal background check.

Since 2007, a background check has been required for all incoming MG interns.

Because of varied Master Gardener projects and audiences it is in the best interest of the Master Gardener program, as well as the new volunteer, that background checks are administered on all new interns.

Once selected as an intern for the local MG program, the Master Gardener intern registers at the state level for core course training. This is done online, with options to pay either by credit card or check. There is also a phone number to call for assistance with registration. No one can register for the core course until they are approved at the local level.

This year we have two options in southeast Minnesota: an online class from Jan. 10 - May 6, 2011, covering one horticulture topic per week, or face-to-face classes in Winona, January 29 - February 26, 2011, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Winona Historical Society, 160 Johnson Street, Winona. The registration deadline is December 29, 2011. No refunds for volunteers after January 5, 2011.

Master Gardeners are required to volunteer 50 hours the first year and 25 hours annually thereafter. Active volunteers are asked to participate in continuing education of five hours per year.

Activities of Master Gardeners vary from county to county but may include: teaching classes and workshops; answering phone inquiries concerning home horticulture; teaching and demonstrating horticulture techniques in community and school gardens; teaching youth and judging horticulture projects; media interviews and articles on horticulture topics; speaking to schools and youth groups on gardening topics; holding plant clinics at garden centers and farmer's markets; and representing the program at county and state fair exhibits.

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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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It's farm safety week-take a nap!

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



September 19 - 25 is Farm Safety Week. The suggestion to take a nap may sound like a contradiction, but University of Illinois Extension Safety Specialist, Bob Aherin, says taking a break can actually be one of the best things you do during ..... 
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Grain drowning

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Grain bins, gravity flow wagons, and trucks are involved in grain suffocations or grain "drownings" each year. Grain that flows out from the bottom through an auger or by gravity is much like quicksand. An adult can be pulled under the grain ..... 
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Local angus breeders recognized to owning proven bulls

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Rein Angus Farm, owns one bull, Julie Ann Abrahamson, owns two bulls and Philip Abrahamson, also owns two bulls listed in the 2010 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. All three breeders ..... 
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Forest invasive species

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Are you worried about invasive species like buckthorn, emerald ash borer, garlic mustard, and gypsy moth on your property? If so this class is for you. Participants will learn how to identify invasive species of concern in southeast Minnesota. Durin ..... 
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Time to chop corn silage

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



There was a lot of talk at the Houston County Fair about of how fast the crops are maturing this summer. Looking at the latest Crop Weather report from Minnesota Ag News, I see Preston is the farthest ahead of normal of any spot in Minnesota ..... 
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Cover crop project targeting corn and soybean growers

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

FAIRMONT, Minn. (07/14/2010) - Rural Advantage, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, is seeking agricultural producers interested in utilizing cover crops. Cost-share dollars are available. Priority will be given to corn, grain and soybean ..... 
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Ash seed for the future

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been attacking and killing ash trees in the United States. This insect, originally from Asia, was first found in southeastern Michigan. It has spread to several states, including Houston County in SE Minnesota.
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