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Farmers’ Market season just weeks away


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

It may be hard to tell, given the dismal start to spring and winter’s icy grip on our area, but local farmers’ markets are just weeks away from opening. Market organizers are working to bring in vendors of all sorts and customers are equally as eager.

Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market currently has a lineup of 12 vendors and has been contacted by many who are “on the fence.” The market is slated to open May 7 and runs through October 1 and is held each Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m., at Creekside Park in Rushford, along the Rush Creek Trail. Spaces are still spaces open for those wanting to participate as either a full or half-season vendor.

Items for the 2013 market included, but were not limited to vegetables, fruit, herbs, honey, maple syrup, poultry, eggs, canned and baked food items, perennials, annuals, goat soap, personal care items, garden and home décor, crafts, and fine arts. The market is producers-only, so only items personally produced by vendors, within a 35-mile radius of Rushford Peterson Valley, may be sold. Interested persons are encouraged to contact the market for more information.

Additionally, the market is seeking a number of musical, drama, or speech/poetry participants to perform during the market season, as entertainment. Participants may include musical soloists or ensembles, skits or plays, or speakers, including storytelling, monologues, poetry, and more. The market board is also open to small competitions of original works, such as a live poetry slam.

Presenters for demonstrations and classes to be held during the market are also being sought. hours. These may cover a range of topics, but they are particularly interested in topics regarding community safety, the environment, sustainability, conservation, health, and those related to “urban homesteading.” A listing of suggested demonstrations or classes is available online at: rushfordpetersonvalleymarket.weebly.com. If any of these areas are of interest to you, or if you have any questions or comments, please contact the market at rushfordpetersonvalleymarket@gmail.com or by phone at (507) 458-2547. More information about the market is available online or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RushfordFarmersMarket.



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MILC program extended and start month revisions

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. - Tammy Martin, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Fillmore County announced that the 2014 Farm Bill extended the MILC program until September 1, 2014, or until the date on which the new Dairy Margin Protecti ..... 
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Beef council’s referendum voted down by producers - Minnesota beef producers decline fee increase

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s beef producers have rejected the Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council’s proposed referendum asking for an increase in check-off dollars. Sixty-three percent of the 1,525 voting producers voted against the ..... 
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Pork checkoff leaders finding new opportunities in South America - Board members meet with farmers and trade leaders to address global challenges and expand markets for U.S. pork

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. – Examining emerging market opportunities and creating new partnerships to tackle global challenges was the focus of a recent study mission conducted by the 15 farmer-directors of the National Pork Board during a week-long tour of Br ..... 
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Fillmore County Dairy Princess crowned

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association held a Dairy Princess and Ambassador Recognition on March 30 in the afternoon at the Fillmore County Extension Office in Preston. During the recognition Melinda Woods was crowned the 2014 Fillmore Count ..... 
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Spring Cover Crop Field Day April 17 near Preston

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The benefits of cover crops are becoming more apparent as more farmers use them. A field day will be held Thursday, April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Josh Simon farm south of Preston to discuss these many benefits. The cover crop field day is located 8 mi ..... 
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In partnership with farmers, Extension helps shape our nation

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Bev Durgan, University of MN Extension The theme of this year’s National Agriculture Day – “365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed” – carries a significant message. We all need farmers for our survival. Today, each U.S. farmer fe ..... 
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Farmers and ranchers will celebrate National Ag Day on March 25

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Debra Crusoe encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers and ranchers in Minnesota on March 25, National Ag Day. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 ..... 
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Research grants available to help boost Minnesota ag products

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking applicants for $1.3 million in competitive grants for applied crop research. The research needs to focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity and va ..... 
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