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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 offered to host the training at Caledonia High School, Caledonia. Instructors include ag teachers: Tim Willette, Lanesboro High School; Dennis Rud, Mabel-Canton High School; Brad Harguth, Caledonia High School; Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties; and others may be joining us. Classroom instruction, videos, safety demonstrations, and actual tractor driving are key parts of the course.

Students must be at least 12. There is a $10.00 charge to cover the cost of the certificate and materials. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch. Beverages are provided at a nominal cost.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the ag instructors or the Extension Office. To enroll a student, contact the Fillmore County Extension Office at 507-765-3896.

A few years ago, Dr. John Shutske, University of Minnesota Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Specialist, working with a group from the U.S. and Canada, established guidelines on "How Old Should Kids be to Drive a Tractor?"

The checklist included:

•Height and length of arms and legs (can the child operate all controls?)

•Strength

•Vision

•Level of physical coordination (such as being able to run and bounce a basketball at the same time)

•Ability to remember and follow step-by-step directions

•Reaction time

•Knowledge of farm hazards and problem solving

•Training in safe tractor operation

•Risk-taking tendencies of the child

•Level of supervision available

If the child can fulfill all of the criteria, then at 12-13 years of age they may be able to handle a tractor with less than 70 horsepower.

Although this is not a competition, many of the youngest students become very discouraged when they are unable to do the same things as those students who are only a year or two older and are able to do very well. Parents need to give considerable thought to whether or not their child is ready to operate a tractor!

Youth ages 14 and 15, employed on a farm, should have a Tractor Safety Training Course, and have a "Certificate of Training" in accordance with the Child-Labor Re .....
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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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2010 Fillmore County land rent survey

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

I was very pleased with the response to the Fillmore County Rent Survey and would like to thank all those who responded. In particular, I would like to thank Tammy Martin, FSA director, for doing the mailing with the FSA newsletter. I also need to t ..... 
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