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A tale of two (or three) princesses: Fillmore County Dairy Princesses


Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

It was the best of businesses, it was the worst of businesses, some might say, but for the young women representing the dairy industry in the role of Dairy Princess, it's a business that is near and dear to their hearts. To run for a position as dairy royalty, girls must have a family member working in the dairy industry; many have grown up on dairy farms. To former princesses Beth (Aarsvold) Olson and Yvonne Freese and current princess Stephanie Drinkall, representing the dairy industry and promoting the benefits of dairy products is an honor as well as a personal mission: all three grew up on dairy farms. Freese and Olson are still involved with the dairy industry today.

The first Minnesota State Dairy Princess, or Princess Kay of the Milky Way, was crowned in 1954. In 1965, the iconic heads carved in butter, one of each Princess Kay finalist, began making their appearance at the State Fair. In the years since, Fillmore County Dairy Princesses Bridget Hendrickson Jacobson and Kelsey Olson gained the title of top dairy royalty in the state in 1992 and 2001 respectively. Beth Olson, who grew up on a farm outside Peterson but represented Winona County as a princess, ran in 1977 and was crowned Princess Kay the same year, an experience which she described as "an honor." "I was very proud to represent the hardworking dairy farmers," she remembers. At the time, the Princess Kay competition consisted of personal interviews, a commercial, and answering a question in groups of three. In Olson's case, the girls were asked, "Which is more important: heredity, or environment?" Olson chose heredity, noting that while an environment can be changed, heredity cannot. Freese also has fond memories of the Princess Kay competition she participated in. "I was super nervous. Everyone knows what they're talking about and really wants to support dairy," she says. "Most girls' parents are dairy farmers. You want everyone to do well- they're already doing a great job as princesses back in their own counties, and you meet a lot of nice girls." Judging consisted of three events: a speech written by the contestant, a personal interview, and a mock radio interview. Freese compares the radio interview to a newspaper interview, where questions mainly relate to information the public might like to know. For her, the personal interview was the most fun. The judges, who are more "laid back," asked questions about the candidate's farm and views. Freese advanced as one of the twel .....
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4-H Dairy Project Bowl

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

What compartment of the cow's stomach is referred to as the "paunch"? What does MO stand for? Name four management practices that can prevent navel illness in newborn calves. What does IBR stand for?

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4-H Dairy Project Bowl

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

What compartment of the cow's stomach is referred to as the "paunch"? What does MO stand for? Name four management practices that can prevent navel illness in newborn calves. What does IBR stand for?

If you can answer any of these questions, ..... 
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The Wingert family

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

For the Wingert family in Harmony, farming is a part of their history, and has been a part of their entire lives. They are now sharing this life with their children, and passing the love of farming on to them.

Jim and Randi Wingert both grew ..... 
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Dairy Statistics

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

America's dairy industry is more than milk. It's jobs and economic activity for the people of our country. It's also a way of life for more than 60,000 farm families.

William Hoard, founder of Hoard's Dairyman magazine and former Wisconsin ..... 
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Got Milk? I mean, "goat" milk?

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

June is National Dairy Month. Undoubtedly, the word dairy itself conjures up some image of a bovine, likely a large, black and white Holstein. However, estimates indicate that 70-80 percent of the world population consumes not creamy cow's milk, but ..... 
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"Welcome, Locals!" Lanesboro Farmer's Market opens June 2

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Wednesday afternoons in Lanesboro the local farmer's market honors and caters to local trade. "We set up a special preview market every Wednesday from June through September to make it easy for area residents to shop, visit and avoid the Saturday cr ..... 
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Quality is King for U.S. Farmland Buyers Keeping Prices Near Their Peaks

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Despite the uncertain mood still present in many economic sectors, the U.S. farmland market remains steady to strong thanks to continued investor interest in high quality land. In recent months, the demand for high quality farmland has increased, whi ..... 
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Sign up for a new Conservation Stewardship Program

Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a sign-up for the 2010 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with the sign-up/ranking period to end June 11, 2010 in Minnesota.

The Conservati ..... 
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