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State Fair and Farm Bureau Federation accepting Century Farm applications


Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2014 Century Farms Program. Produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the Century Farms Program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family farms in the state. More than 9,700 Minnesota farms have been honored since the program began in 1976.

Family farms are recognized as Century Farms when they meet three requirements. The farm must be:

1) at least 100 years old according to authentic land records

2) in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required)

3) at least 50 acres.

A commemorative certificate signed by State Fair Board of Managers President Al Paulson, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap and Governor Mark Dayton will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farm status.

Applications are available online at mnstatefair.org (click the “Recognition Programs” link at the bottom of the home page); at fbmn.org; by calling the State Fair at (651) 288-4400; or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau offices. The submission deadline is April 1. Recipients will be announced in May. Previously recognized families should not reapply.

Information on all Century Farms will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2014 Minnesota State Fair, which runs August 21 - Labor Day, September 1. A Century Farm database is also available at fbmn.org.

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always “12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day.” Visit mnstatefair.org for more information.

Minnesota Farm Bureau – Farmers • Families • Food, is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for .....
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Minnesota Farm Bureau commends Senate for passing five-year farm bill

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Act of 2014. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ran ..... 
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Winter Grazing Extravaganza

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

I’m pleased to announce the lineup for the Winter Grazing Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Room 108, Fillmore County Office Building, Preston Minn. with registration at 9:45 a.m. The morning program will feature Dr. Tim Gold ..... 
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Keeping forages in focus during the offseason

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The winter of 2012/13 will be one to remember for anyone in the business of producing and/or feeding forages. Region wide winterkill including parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Canada resulted in a tight supply and ..... 
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Wetland mitigation workshop

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and agricultural land owners can gain a better understanding of the wetland mitigation process and their options by attending a 2 hour workshop on Wednesday, February 5 or Thursday, February 6. The February 5 workshop is at Cabela’s in O ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference

Wed, Jan 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Melinda Miller Stewartville Between two weather systems giving us ground blizzard conditions late in January, I headed to Fargo, ND to participate in Minnesota Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference. Along with over 200 fellow attendees, I experie ..... 
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Cow Calf Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minesota Extension Beef Team will be holding the 2014 Cow Calf Day on Thursday, February 13. The registration and meal begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Heintz Center, 863 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minn. 55904. The topics to be covered in ..... 
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Land sales remain strong, auction levels high

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

OMAHA, Neb. - Land sales finished strong in 2013, spurred by good farmer demand for additional land, according to Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch real estate company in the country. Farmers National Company is report ..... 
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2014 private pesticide applicator recertification workshops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers can attend a 3 ½ hours Private Pesticide Applicator Workshop for recertification instead of taking a test. Testing (online or mail-in) remains an option. If you are not currently certified (i.e. certified through March 1, 2014) you cannot ..... 
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