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Local resident participates in AQHA Horseback Riding Program


Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jamie Solberg of Preston, MN, recently earned an award for logging 1,500.0 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

A unique aspect of the program is its simplicity. Current AQHA members complete a program application and pay a one-time $35 enrollment fee. Each enrollee receives an official AQHA log sheet to record their hours driving or riding an American Quarter Horse. Participants need not own their own horse, but all official hours must be accrued with a registered American Quarter Horse.

Fifteen subsequent awards are presented at 25 to 5,000 hour levels and range from merchandise gift certificates from Drysdales Western Store to a Montana Silversmith trophy belt buckle at the highest level.

Other awards provided by AQHA corporate sponsors include a $25 gift certificate at the 25 to 250-hour levels, good towards any item from Drysdales Western Store, and 750 hours earns a horseback riding denim jacket. For each additional hour level achieved, members will receive Montana Silversmith products as awards. Also at both 500-hour and 5,000-hour award levels, recipients recieve recognition on AQHA's website at www.aqha.com. Stephanie A. McCommon, AQHA manager of membership services, said, "AQHA is very proud to offer this program rewarding people who enjoy riding and driving American Quarter Horses. Enrollees are doing such diverse activities that it's obvious this program literally fits everyone who likes spending time with horses."

AQHA actively encourages horseback riding as a recreational activity that can be enjoyed alone or shared with family and friends. For more information about AQHA and its programs, visit www.aqha.com or call (806)376-4811.



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Options to limit property taxes on Forested Land

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Mel Baughman, professor and Extension Forester, University of Minnesota, led the group of farm and forest property owners through several options and programs that may be available to them to control the property tax bill on forested and some types ..... 
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Information session on Rural Energy for America Program

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Rural Development is a federal agency under the United States Department of Agriculture, designed to help not only low income persons to acquire, build, rehabilitate and improve dwellings in rural areas, but to help rural communities with funding fo ..... 
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Cover crop meeting March 10

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Ag producers interested in learning more about how to use cover crops in their own operations have an opportunity to learn from the experience of other farmers. A panel of local farmers will highlight their experiences with cover crops at a meeting ..... 
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Initiative pays farmers to compare fertilizer application rates

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

It's not too late to sign up for the 2010 Minnesota Nutrient Management Initiative, which is paying farmers $1,200 annually for comparing the profitability and productivity of two different fertilizer application rates on one of their fields. Farmer ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News - March 8, 2010

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

SURE Signup

Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) began on January 4, 2010. SURE 2008 is for those who suffered crop production losses during crop year 2008.

SURE provides crop disaster assistance ..... 
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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 vari ..... 
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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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