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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day


Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds.

Students quickly learned that it didn't matter if they lived on a farm, in the country, or in town. They were going to be able to use something that they learned during the day and apply it if not immediately, sometime in the future.

While the day has its roots in agriculture, the overall feel of the camp is general safety which can be evidenced when looking at the variety of topics presented to the campers. The campers were divided into groups and rotated throughout the many stations during the day, each presentation lasting about 18 minutes.

First looking at topics emphasizing agriculture, Jerrold Tesmer explored PTO, or power takeoff safety. A "dummy" named Ralph got caught in the PTO to show just how dangerous they are.

Chris Miller and Dr. Lynn Aggen explained basic facts regarding livestock safety, and how to be safe around animals. Some campers were even given an opportunity to get close to a beef animal.

Tractor rollovers are more common in the rolling hills of Fillmore and Houston counties, and Germaine Davieson and Cynthie Washburn, along with Mabel Canton FFA Members Ryan Halverson, Justin Selnes and Justin Ward, explained to the students to have one seat and one rider and to go slowly on steep hills or to avoid them entirely.

Campers learned that at least four to five people in Minnesota die each year from drowning, and according to presenter Katie Winslow, grain is similar to water. "When you are in grain the more you move the further down you go and the more grain goes in your mouth." The campers did a tug-of-war with grain simulation to see how much they would be able to help if someone was indeed drowning in a bin of grain.

From eye to hand protection, types of fences, pulleys, chains, and even how to lift safely, campers in general farm safety learned many different topics. Presenters were Doug Lind, Kristi Ruen and Chris Troendle.

As earlier stated, many areas were general safety to which all campers, whether rural or urban can relate. Brad Pecinovsky from Tri-County Electric used Electric Liz and Neon Leon to demonstrate how to avoid being electrocuted. "It was really realistic and cool," explained Bailey .....
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Brown wins Simmental Honors at the Minnesota Junior Spring Classic

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle enthusiasts gathered together at the 3rd Annual Minnesota Junior Spring Classic (MJSC) cattle show held at the Mower County Fairgrounds, April 17-18. Todd Caldwell, Elmwood, Ill., evaluated the 258 head of cattle and Joshua Brown, Peterson, M ..... 
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Fourth grade Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

To quote and old TV show, "I love it when a plan comes together!"

It just keeps getting better! I might be talking about the beautiful weather we had last Tuesday during the fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds ..... 
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Breakfast on the Farm

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Houston County American Dairy Association will host the 20th annual Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, June 12, from 7am - 11:30 am. This year's hosts are the Stan and Bev Meyer Family who live two miles west of Eitzen, MN, on Portland Prairie R ..... 
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Grass-fed beef makes a comeback

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Step back a century ago and you'll find farming practices quite different from those in today's modern world. This is especially true when it comes to the raising of beef. While there were a handful of folks supplementing grain to the diets of their ..... 
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Grass-fed beef makes a comeback

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Step back a century ago and you'll find farming practices quite different from those in today's modern world. This is especially true when it comes to the raising of beef. While there were a handful of folks supplementing grain to the diets of their ..... 
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May is beef month

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle were brought to Minnesota in the early 1820's. Early records show that cattle were driven from St. Louis, Missouri, to Fort Snelling during the summer of 1823. The cattle herd, in those early days, was slow to expand because of inadequate fee ..... 
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Beef: It's what's (healthy) for dinner

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

News Item 1: March, 2010 - "Food, Inc.," a documentary film directed by Robert Kenner raising serious questions about the overall health of our American food industry, is nominated for an Academy Award.

News Item 2: May 6, 2010 - The Preside ..... 
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Minnesota Department of Agriculture launches 2010 gypsy moth trapping program

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is setting nearly 23,000 gypsy moth traps across eastern Minnesota this spring as part of its annual program to monitor the state's forests and urban areas for infestations of the destru ..... 
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