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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.

"The FFA is a good organization. I was a member while in school and was provided with important skills that I still use on the farm today," says Tart.

The "Picture Your Success" promotion began last August as Gold Country Seed District Sales Managers (DSMs) walked fields and rode combines with farmers to help them establish soybean yield goals. "We work hard to deliver more value than what is expected from a bag of seed," said Tom Wehmeier, Gold Country Seed DSM who works with Tart. "This was a great opportunity for us to talk with farmers about soybean production and management. But it was also an opportunity for us to be involved in our community. This donation to the FFA is an important investment in the future of our local agricultural youth."

Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA Advisor Kristal Brogan was excited to hear about the donation. "This donation will help facilitate programs and fund new learning opportunities for our students," said Brogan. "The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of our students. It allows them to learn about agriculture, explore careers in agriculture, and develop leadership skills that will be applicable to their future endeavors."

Gold Country Seed officials presented the checks to both parties during the FFA banquet at Kingsland High School on April 11, 2010.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members - all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture - as part of 7,429 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides .....
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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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Mark Holmen elected as MN Angus Association Vice President

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Mark Holmen, Fountain, Minnesota, was elected by the Minnesota Angus Association Board of Directors to the position of vice president at their annual meeting. The meeting, and other activities, were held in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, March 6 and 7, 20 ..... 
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2009 Minnesota Ag statistics

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Each year I receive a copy of the Minnesota Ag Statistics. In the past, I've tended to focus on where Fillmore and Houston County rank amongst the other counties in the state in various commodity areas. I could always count on Fillmore being number ..... 
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Grazing Cover Crops Field Day

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Root River Grazing Specialist Dean Thomas has arranged for a field day at the Mike (Tom) Boelter farm located at 29254 181st Ave., Wykoff, MN, on Saturday, April 10th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

The corn silage field was seeded by helicopter with ..... 
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