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Central Minnesota yak farmer named Good Farm Neighbor


Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When John Hooper first started raising yaks 13 years ago, he didn't realize there were no tame animals to be found in North America. He's worked to tame his yak herd and as a result he's been gaining notoriety.



"I market the meat at farmers markets, restaurants, food coops and direct from the farm," says Hooper. "I've brought yaks to community events and fairs and my tame, full blooded yaks have been sold from coast to coast."



Hooper recently was named the recipient of the Commissioner's Good Farm Neighbor Award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He says good animal care and nutrition are important to the health of his animals and to the quality of the meat.



"I have about 90 head of yak that graze on grass in the summer and are fed hay and oats in the winter," said Hooper. "I try to produce healthy, low fat, low cholesterol meat that is tender and tasty. I do this by raising the yak on pasture at least 6 months out of the year and trying to raise them in a healthy and humane manner."



Winners of the MDA's Good Farm Neighbor Award are selected by a committee representing the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the MDA.



Nominations can be emailed to margaret.hart@state.mn.us or mailed to Good Farm Neighbor Award, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 North Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55155. A nomination form can be downloaded at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/news/publications/aboutmda/goodneighboraward.pdf



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Miller Wins State FFA Discussion Meet

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation worked with the Minnesota FFA to sponsor the ninth FFA/Farm Bureau Discussion Meet competition. Fifteen regional FFA winners from acros ..... 
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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 opp ..... 
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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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