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Blueberries are busting out all over


Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's blueberry picking season is ramping up as farms in the Twin Cities metro area and in central Minnesota are ready for customers.



If you live in the northeast Twin Cities Metro area, you're especially lucky. There are several blueberry patches from Stillwater to Cambridge that are reporting a bumper crop of "blues" set for consumption.



"Right now, you can practically stand at one bush and pick a half an ice cream pail," says Mary Larsen, owner of Covered Bridge Farm near Forest Lake. That excitement is echoed by Joan Hadley of Blue Heaven Berry Farm near Stacy who says they have an excellent blueberry crop.



If you'll be on the road heading north on I-35W you might look into a quick diversion as berries as far north as Hinckley are now ripe. Some locations, such as High Hopes Acres Berry Farm near Hinckley are offering both raspberries and blueberries for your picking pleasure.



There are 26 blueberry farms statewide listed in the Minnesota Grown Directory. The Directory includes a Google map function that allows visitors to www.minnesotagrown.com to find the blueberry patch closest to home.



While the blueberry crop may be peaking right now in the southern half of the state, berries may not be ready for picking in northern Minnesota until the weekend of July 17. There are several farms on the Iron Range from Grand Rapids to Eveleth that will be ready for pickers soon.



Even during the season, not every farm offers picking all the time -- so the rule of thumb for prospective pickers is to make sure to call ahead. Also, young children and pets may not be allowed at some pick-your-own farms.




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Dairy SCC Field Day-July 28 in Houston County

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A U of M Dairy SCC Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Udder Valley Dairy (Peter & Teri Rosendahl), Spring Grove. Directions: From west end of Spring Grove at the intersection of MN Hwy 44 and Co. Rd 4, drive south ..... 
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Farm Service Agency news

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

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, can prevent loss of ben ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on 2012 Farm Bill

Wed, Jul 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Today, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap served as a panel member at a Farm Bill Forum hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in Amenia, ND.

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Ag Board Authorizes Loan for Wadena Recovery

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL - The state Agricultural and Economic Development Board (Ag Board) has authorized a loan of $75,000 to help businesses recover from the tornadoes that struck Wadena last month.

The board awarded the interest-free loan to the Initiativ ..... 
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Dairy Tour near Lewiston July 21

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Tour Rolling Ridge Acres Dairy and hear from a variety of dairy experts on Wednesday, July 21, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Gary, Paul and Justin Luehmann are hosts for this tour, and you can see their new free-stall barn, pre-fresh barn and do ..... 
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Pork producers gain a voice in D.C.

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Growing up on a beef farm in rural Fountain, Chelsie Redalen has some exciting news relevant to Fillmore County, Minnesota, and our nation.

The National Pork Producers Council recently promoted Chelsie to director of government relations in ..... 
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Kimball Corner Pasture Walk

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Grazers Daniel and Terese Hall will be hosting a field day at Kimball Corner in Jackson County, on July 17, 2010. The tour will start at 10:30 A.M. and feature a demonstration of high tensile fence building, a pasture walk and grazing discussion.
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2010 National Junior Angus Show Entry

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Caroline E. Mayer, Peterson, Minnesota, will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show at the National Western Stock Show Complex, Denver, Colo., July 11-17, reports Robin Ruff, director of activities for the American Angus Associa ..... 
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