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Fillmore County Pork Ambassador attends MAAI


Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fillmore County Pork Ambassador Morgan Mensink of Preston attended the 15th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) earlier this month in Mankato and southern Minnesota.

The MAAI is a leadership and advocacy development program for young adults with agricultural interests. Also among the 40 individuals taking part were representatives from county pork associations, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota FFA, local FFA chapters, Minnesota Lamb and Wool Growers Association and Grant County Farm Bureau and New Fashion Pork.

The MAAI program combines hands-on activities, speakers and tours that encourage and develop communication, leadership and advocacy skills, and increases individual's agricultural knowledge. The MAAI participants toured the Balzer, Inc., equipment manufacturing plant in Mountain Lake, Port Haven Dairy, owned by dairy farmers Tom and Mary Portner of Sleepy Eye, and Christensen Farms headquarters and feed mill, also located near Sleepy Eye.

Additional events included an etiquette dinner followed by a talk from Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson. Hugoson encouraged the MAAI group members to take pride in being part of Minnesota's livestock and crop production sector, to consider pursuing agricultural careers and to speak up and advocate for agriculture.

This year's speakers also included Amanda Nolz, an editor for BEEF Magazine, and Dan Durheim, American Farm Bureau Foundation executive director for agriculture. Nolz spoke on how to be an agricultural advocate, communication skill development and social networking tools. Durheim guided participants through leadership development exercises and business etiquette practices.

MAAI's primary organizers and sponsors are the Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Farm and Food Coalition, with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and funding from Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association, Farm Boy® Brand Clothing, Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, AgStar Financial Services, Pioneer, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, and Minnesota Lamb and Wool Growers Association.




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Crop management tour

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota 2010 CROP MANAGEMENT TOUR will be held in Rochester on Thursday, July 8th. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the Tour/Program running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The plot tour is located at the University of Minnesota Exten ..... 
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USDA Livestock Reforms - Renewed Hope for MN Farmers and Producers?

Tue, Jun 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS - Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a new rule which is aimed at leveling the playing field for small livestock and poultry producers. It's promoted as a way to restore market competition and strengthen protect ..... 
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Field Day near Lakefield on July 7 Will Address Agronomic Management for Alfalfa-Corn Rotations

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Each year, corn is grown after alfalfa on an estimated 250,000 acres in Minnesota. Although this amounts to only 3% of total field corn acreage in the state today, it may represent the path to a more secure future. This is because including alfalfa i ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Crop Reporting

The annual requirement of reporting to the FSA office can be referred to as crop reporting, acreage reporting, or crop certification. Filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, c ..... 
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Alfalfa-Corn Field Day

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The field day will be on the Kevin and Chris Borgen farm June 28th from 1:00pm-3:00pm (registration from 12:30-1:00) at the site located ½ mile north of the intersection of Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 11, located east of Chatfield, MN. This is about eight ..... 
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Weather doesn't dampen youth tractor safety training

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Caledonia Ag Instructor Brad Harguth for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Caledonia High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, I wasn't as able to do quite as much of the prep work for th ..... 
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Local resident particpates in AQHA Horseback Riding Program

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jamie Solberg of Preston, MN, recently earned an award for logging 2,000.0 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in ..... 
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Agricultural land linked to homestead

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Agricultural land owned by a family farm corporation, joint farm, venture, limited liability company, or partnership may be linked as homestead to a shareholders agricultural homestead. The deadline for application is July 1, 2010 for 2011 taxes. An ..... 
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