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Local cattlemen host senator


Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jeff Eickhoff of the Fillmore County Farm Bureau recently organized a beef tour for Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona. Local cattlemen are interested in keeping their industry priorities before legislators, so area tours provide a firsthand opportunity for education. Eickhoff reported that the beef tour sprawled across the entire landscape of Fillmore County, from Spring Valley to Rushford to Mabel to Preston.

"Beef and pork producers had a chance to talk directly with our senator about our ideas, current market trends, livestock production, water quality, and food-safety best practices," said Eickhoff. They studied the new gutter system, berms, and ponds installed to capture and filter run-off.

Ropes is the vice chair of the Minnesota Senate Agriculture Committee and is very interested in getting out onto farms whenever she can.

"Whenever my wheels hit a lane road, it's a good day," said Ropes. "I appreciate talking one-on-one with farmers. Ranch profitability, ag value-added opportunities, and rural economic development are key to getting Minnesota families through these tough times."

The tour began at Eickhoff's rural Spring Valley farm where his family raises Black Angus and finishes pork. Steve Highum is a beef producer outside of Rushford and talked with the senator about regulations and narrow economic margins. Larry and Chris Miller of Miller's Lawnview Angus hosted the last stop. Miller explained that his family had a century-old ranch straddling the Iowa-Minnesota border and specializing in bull production.

Ropes informed the group that one of her priorities for beef producers had been to successfully advocate for split-state status related to bovine tuberculosis. Minnesota beef producers have been unable to move their product across state lines due to an outbreak of bovine TB in cattle and deer herds in northern counties. Via Ropes' Ag Committee, legislators passed bills that will help farmers with bank-lender mediation, credit for feed purchases, livestock investment grants, and investment in renewable fuels.

Sen. Ropes pledged to continue going to bat for farmers and rural landowners to fix property tax jumps, to upgrade rural roads and bridges, oppose the Southern Rail Corridor, and strengthen their property rights against eminent domain for power line projects.

For more information, contact Sen. Ropes' State Capitol office at sen.sharon.erickson.ropes@senate.mn or 651-296-564 .....
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Youth tractor safety training

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The twentieth-first joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Tuesday, June 8, through Friday, June 11. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. each day. Brad Harguth, Caledonia Ag Instructor, has off ..... 
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USDA/US DOT RELEASE WALZ TRANSPORTATION STUDY

Wed, Apr 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Transportation released a report to study freight transportation issues facing rural America. The study focused on freight rail, particularly as it relates to the m ..... 
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GPS technology helps farmers save time and money

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Farmers, like everyone else, have seen great advances in technology that help to make their work easier, and to save time and money. Recently, the farming community has been able to utilize satellite technology in ways they never imagined.

G ..... 
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Spring Valley farmer is Gold Country Seed "Picture Your Success" winner

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A farmer from Spring Valley, Minn., was recently chosen the winner in Gold Country Seed's "Picture Your Success" drawing. Ralph Tart received $1,000, and chose the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA to receive an additional $1,000 donation from the company.[Read the Rest]

Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Direct and Counter Cyclical Program (DCP) Deadline June 1, 2010

You can sign-up online or at local USDA Service Centers until Tuesday, June 1, 2010. This deadline is mandatory for all participants. FSA will not accept any late-filed applicati ..... 
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Best Acetochlor management

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has revised the "Water Quality Best Management Practices for Acetochlor". These voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) were developed to address the presence of acetochlor and its breakdown products ..... 
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POET Biorefining to hold POET tree poetry contest for local students

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Area students are invited to submit nature-inspired poems for the POET Tree poetry contest in honor of Arbor Day. Each leaf in a tree is a biorefinery, drawing energy from the sun. At POET, we find inspiration in nature's efficiency, and Arbor Day i ..... 
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Wetland Grant Applications Sought Through May 20

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

(Kansas City, Kan., April 6, 2010) - Proposals for Wetland Program Development grants to develop effective, comprehensive programs for wetland protection and management will be accepted through May 20, 2010, from states, tribes and local governments. ..... 
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