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Whitewater WMA gets new manager


Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

For only the third time in its 80-year history, one of Minnesota’s most popular public hunting grounds has a new manager.

In August, veteran DNR staffer Don Nelson took over management of the 27,000-acre Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) midway between Rochester and Winona. Nelson has been DNR’s Rochester area wildlife supervisor for the past 10 years. Before that, he worked 12 years as a DNR environmental review biologist, after starting with the agency at its Madelia farmland wildlife research facility 26 years ago. He replaces Jon Cole who oversaw Whitewater WMA for 30 years.

“I have a real attachment to southeast Minnesota, and this is one of the premier wildlife areas in the state,” Nelson said. “I’m looking forward to spending more time on habitat management and providing high quality outdoor recreational opportunities at this unit.”

Named for the trout stream that flows through it, Whitewater WMA is the fifth largest wildlife management area in the state. Adjacent to Whitewater State Park, it’s heavily used by hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers and others because of its quality habitat, scenic beauty and proximity to major urban areas. The unit is located about half an hour from Rochester and less than two hours from the Twin Cities.



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National Farm Safety & Health Week

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Nathan Winter, University of Minnesota Extension The third week in September represents National Farm Safety & Health Week. This week corresponds well with the fall harvest season in Minnesota, and serves as a reminder to practice farm safety, ..... 
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New equipment technology bolsters farm safety

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

In a memo on the Department of Agriculture blog last September, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted the work load demand and dangers of the agriculture industry. 2012 recorded the “highest fatal injury rate of any industry, with the rate of on ..... 
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Minnesota apple orchards open for picking

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota apple growers are reporting orchards full of big, high quality apples for fall family fun. Orchards are open for picking across the state with many ripe varieties on the trees. Charlie Johnson, President of the Minnes ..... 
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Add value to your ag operation with grants this autumn Farmers and producers encouraged to apply before October deadline

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has another round of funding available for projects to help farmers, producers and processors add value to their operations. A total of $2 million in funding has been made available t ..... 
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Enrollment for new Dairy Farm Risk Management Program in Minnesota open now

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sept. 2, 2014 — USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, tannounced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established ..... 
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Agricultural producers in Minnesota still have time to apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’ ..... 
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Apply Today for the American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence Contest

Tue, Aug 5th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and county Farm Bureaus across Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. This national contest is designed to celebrate and recognize successful county programs and activities. With a focus on th ..... 
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