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Pasture Walk Series to continue in 2010


Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The last two years a series of events under the general title "Pasture Walks" have taken place in Southeast Minnesota. Generally, we have started with an indoor activity and then later in the summer gone to a number of farm locations to observe various grazing practices. In 2010, we are going to start with two indoor Pasture Walk events.

Pasture Walk # 1, will be held Saturday, March 20th, at 1:00 pm in Room 108, County Office Building, 902 Houston Street NW, Preston MN. The topic of the day will be direct marketing of meats. The featured speaker will be Ryan Cox, University of Minnesota Extension Meats Specialist. His discussion will be on "Marketing Your Own Beef to Consumers." We are also planning to have a panel of local livestock direct marketers tell us of their experiences.

Pasture Walk #2 will be held Saturday, March 27th, at 1:00 pm in the Wilson Town Hall, located at 22922 East Burns Valley Road, Winona or just off I-90 and Highway 43 North toward Winona.

The topics and speakers for the day are "Nutrition of Cattle on Pasture," Alfredo DiCostanzo, extension animal scientist-beef cattle nutrition; and "Organic Certification of Livestock," Jim Riddle, organic outreach coordinator, University of Minnesota. There will be time for questions and discussion.

There is no fee and no registration needed for these events. Organizers for the Pasture Walk series include John Zinn, NRCS; Jeff Koster, RC&D; Dean Thomas, Root River Grazing Specialist, SWCD; Winona County Extension Educator Tom Van der Linden and Fillmore/Houston County Extension Educator Jerry Tesmer. For further information call Jerry at 507-765-3896, Preston or 507-725-5807, Caledonia.



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Nation's Largest Organic Farming Conference Continues to Grow

Tue, Mar 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The nation's largest organic farming conference, hosted by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) had approximately 2,700 organic farmers and agriculture professionals attend this year's Organic Farming Conference (OFC) from al ..... 
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Remember the trees

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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USDA Rural Development Awards Over $418 Million Throughout Minnesota in Recovery Act's 1st Year

Thu, Feb 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. - Since being signed into law by President Obama in February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has made a major impact throughout rural Minnesota. Over $418 million in loans and grants have been awarded to improv ..... 
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Manure value workshop doubleheader

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A pair of Manure Value workshops have been scheduled for Tuesday, January 26th, one in Preston and one in Caledonia. The morning session will take place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Room 108, County Office Building, Preston. The afternoon session wil ..... 
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Climate change and Minnesota's woods

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Southeastern Minnesota's forested landscapes provide home to wildlife, income for landowners, clean water, and a beautiful scenic backdrop. However, the future health of these forests depends on care and wise management. If you own or spend time in ..... 
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Remember the trees!

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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Wet spring, corn residue affect spring nutrient management

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The agriculturally troubled fall of 2009 may be over, but here comes the sequel-a potentially wet spring. Due to the late corn harvest, many fields have yet to be tilled, and they have large amounts of residue remaining on the surface.

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Featherstone Farm: fifteen years of growth

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes, representing Fillmore, Houston and Winona Counties, traveled with Senator Patricia Torres Ray, whose district is in Minneapolis, to a few southeast Minnesota farms on February 13. Among the farms they visited was Feath ..... 
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