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Minnesota Pork Ambassador Winslow attends MAAI


Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Minnesota Pork Ambassador Katie Winslow of Fountain attended the 17th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) in Red Wing and southeastern Minnesota.

The MAAI program combines hands-on activities, speakers and tours that encourage and develop communication and leadership skills, and increase agricultural knowledge. Also, among the 40 individuals taking part were representatives from the Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota FFA Association and local FFA chapters, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers, and local business summer interns.

The MAAI participants toured agriculturally related businesses around the Red Wing area, including Red Wing Tannery, Red Wing Shoe Company, Spirit of the Water (Treasure Island Casino) River Ride, and Schafer Farms, Incorporated.

This year’s keynote speaker was Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Association Editor of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Lucas encouraged the MAAI participants to be agricultural advocates by sharing their story with consumers. He advised the young advocates to travel across the world and captivate the different ways of agriculture.

Also speaking at the conference were Mary Milla, Communication Coach, David Preisler, Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association Executive Director, Ruth Meirick, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Jerry Knapper, Ingram Barge Company and Brandon Schafer, Schafer Farms, Incorporated.

This year’s sponsors: AgStar Financial Services, Farm Boy® Brand Clothing, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota FFA, Minnesota Lamb & Wool Growers Association, Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Upper Mississippi Waterway Association, and United States Farm & Ranch Alliance.



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Nitrogen management for alfalfa-corn rotations field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension Corn Agronomists, Matt Yost, University of Minnesota Extension Research Assistant, and Michael Russelle, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist are conducting research on N credits from alfalfa to corn. This year, t ..... 
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Raspberry renovation

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jake Overgaard of University of Minnesota Extension Winona County will be giving a free on-farm workshop July 14th, from 1-2 pm on raspberry renovation at Hoch Orchard and Gardens near La Crescent, Minnesota. Participants will learn how raspberry p ..... 
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Challenging corporate abuse of power brings citizens together

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Over 100 farmers, small business owners and other rural residents came together in Rushford last night at a Land Stewardship Project (LSP) meeting to discuss how excessive corporate power negatively affects almost every aspect of ..... 
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Crop management tour

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The 2012 Crop Management Tour will be held at the University Center, Rochester, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 am. The tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consul ..... 
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Twenty-four years of youth tractor safety

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Rushford-Peterson Ag Instructor Colby Lind for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Rushford-Peterson High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, lining up tractors, arranging facilities, and ..... 
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No-till Field Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A No-Till Field Day will be held Thursday, June 28 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Arden and Travis Willford Farm 4.5 miles southeast of Harmony (watch for signs). There is no pre-registration and no fee to attend. Speakers and topics include: Jim ..... 
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Ag values up about twenty percent

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt gave an overview of property valuations across the county at the Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization on June 12. One fact that stands out is that agricultural land has again seen a marked increase over ..... 
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Ag nutrient storage and heifer grazing field days

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Two for the price of one! Two field days will take place at Brian Hazel’s farm on Tuesday, June 19. Brian has graciously consented to host an Ag Nutrient Storage Field Day in the morning and Dairy Heifer Grazing Field Day following lunch. You are ..... 
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