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Blue Jackets Bright Futures Program Announced


Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

As Minnesota FFA prepares to welcome thousands of young people into membership at the start of the school year, the Minnesota FFA Foundation will again offer the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program, which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career.

This is the seventh year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered the program.

“The Blue Jackets Bright Future program is a valuable program providing students with an FFA jacket to support their FFA involvement. A personalized FFA jacket provides recipients with a sense of pride while giving them ownership of their FFA experiences,” said Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Association Leadership Development Coordinator. “FFA plays an important role in developing agricultural and leadership skills in students while preparing them for their future careers.”

“The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket. Many past members have sponsored jackets, but it’s not uncommon for individuals and companies to sponsor jackets because they appreciate what the organization does to develop young leaders,” said Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director.

For more information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket Bright Futures program, contact Val Aarsvold at 507-534-0188 or visit our website at www.mnffafoundation.org.

The Minnesota FFA Foundation partners with individuals and businesses to provide resources that promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in Agricultural Education.



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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) ..... 
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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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