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Dairy financial management workshop

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Financial Strategies for a Volatile Dairy Economy is the theme of a program for dairy producers taking place on Thursday, January 21, 11:00am to 2:30pm., at the Lewiston Community Center in Lewiston. This program is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Dairy Team and local county extension offices. Registration and refreshments begin at 10:30 am with the program taking place from 11:00am to 2:30pm.

This program will focus on what producers can do to lessen the financial strain and uncertainty in the dairy business from year to year in order to be sustainable and profitable. Topics will center on dairy industry economic issues, including strategies to evaluate the dairy business, how to make sound financial decisions for the dairy's future, and tools that can be used to better weather the financial extremes we've experienced in recent years.

There will be no cost to attend this event. Support for this program is being provided by cooperating sponsors. Pre-registration is required to secure a noon luncheon. To register telephone Mary Jane at 1-888-241-4536 or e-mail her at mstearns@umn.edu and provide your name and the number of people you are registering.

Speakers for the program include:

• Gary Sipiorski, Dairy Development Manager, Vita Plus Corporation, Madison, WI;

• Dale Nordquist, University of Minnesota Extension Economist, Associate Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management; and

• Kevin Bernhardt, Farm Management Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Cooperating sponsors include:

• St. Joseph's Equipment of Lewiston and Eyota;

• AgStar Financial Services;

• Plainview Milk Products;

• Vita Plus; and

• University of Minnesota Extension.

For further information, contact Neil Broadwater, Regional Extension Educator-Dairy at 507-536-6300; e-mail: broad007@umn.edu.

2010 Calendar of Educational Events:

• Kohl Farm Management Webinar Series, County Office Building, Preston, 11:30, Jan. 11. Registration through Dan Miller, 507-259-6270, cell, dan@danbmiller.com;

• Winter Crops Day, Wykoff Community Center, 8:30 am, Jan. 14;

• Woodland Advisor-Quail Habitat, Good Times, Caledonia, 7:00 pm, Jan. 19;

• Dairy Management Workshop, Lewiston Community Center, 10:30 am, Jan. 21. Registration Mary Jane at 1-888-241-4536 o .....
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Wind: The Easiest Crop to Harvest

Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Today's farmers are interested in wind energy because they're good managers; farming is all about maximizing profits and reducing risk. Wind energy does both. It's an additional, steady source of income that doesn't require extra work, a seco ..... 
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Kohl farm management webinar series

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

This winter I am working with Adult Farm Management instructors Dan Miller and Wayne Pike to offer a five-webinar series by Dr. David Kohl. The overall theme of the series will be positioning your business for sustainable success given the new econo ..... 
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Southwest Missouri Pet Supply Dealer to Pay $56,632 Penalty for Re-Labeling, Selling Misbranded Cattle and Hog Insecticide

Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

(Kansas City, Kan., December 21, 2009) - A southwest Missouri pet supply dealer has agreed to pay a $56,632 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by re ..... 
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Quail habitat management meeting

Mon, Dec 21st, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer,

County Extension Educator for Fillmore & Houston Counties

Are you interested in bobwhite quail? Have you ever considered managing your property to improve quail habitat? If you answered yes to these questions this Qu ..... 
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Boyum named "Cattlemen of the Year"

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Paul Boyum, of Utica, became the first beef producer from Fillmore County to receive the Cattleman of the Year recognition from the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) on December 5. Paul was presented this honor, as the engraving on the ..... 
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2010 Winter crops day

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

The 2010 Winter Crops Day is the first of the winter educational meetings for 2010. I believe I have topics for at least my next nine news columns. I will be providing additional information on various events in those columns. Additional information ..... 
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Cool, wet fall poses challenges for land-application of manure

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

October's cool, wet weather delayed more than the crop harvest. At some livestock farms, full manure basins created anxious moments for farmers awaiting harvested fields so they could land-apply manure. Fortunately, November's warmer, drier weather ..... 
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The EAB quarantine has not gone away

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered near Houston County earlier this year. At that time there was a tremendous amount of publicity, and a state quarantine that restricts the movement of firewood, ash trees, and ash tree products was implemented. ..... 
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