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SE Mn community leader meets with DC policymakers on Ag Investments


Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

CHATFIELD, MN - At a time when policymakers in Washington, D.C., are debating the future of federal farm policy, Tim Gossman traveled to the Capitol to meet with several top agriculture decision makers. Gossman, who is a farm loan officer and senior vice president at Root River State Bank in Chatfield, went to D.C. earlier this month with a group of other Land Stewardship Project (LSP) members with a simple message: this is a critical time to support beginning farmers and conservation while cutting costs by reforming large crop subsidies.

“This Congress needs to move forward a Farm Bill that invests in the growing areas of agriculture like new farmer support, local food efforts and sound conservation for working farmland like the Conservation Stewardship Program,” said Gossman.

During two days of whirlwind meetings, Gossman and the other LSP members met with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Agriculture Committee member Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), as well as Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.).

After numerous delays, Congress is expected to take up a full Farm Bill re-authorization this coming spring, with a strong focus on reducing overall costs and simplifying programs. Unfortunately, innovative beginning farmer, conservation and local foods programs are threatened with major budget cuts, while excessive federal crop subsidies could remain untouched, according to Adam Warthesen, an LSP policy organizer.

Gossman also operates a small farm and serves on the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District Board. He said he is particularly concerned about the role farm policy plays in promoting farming practices that threaten the region’s soil and water.

“I’ve been frustrated by the deterioration of our soil and water quality the last few years in southeastern Minnesota. We are seeing more highly erodible land converted from pasture and hay to row crops, often with little regard to preserving our soil for future generations,” said Gossman. “And while strong crop prices are clearly playing a role in how the landscape is being farmed, we also have government programs, like federally subsidized crop insurance, that have no conservation guidelines or expectations. While crop insurance is a vital safety net for farmers, taxpayers are right to demand that good conservation pra .....
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No horsing around, Conway’s love Arabians

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Barb Jeffers At Conway Arabians of Chatfield, Minn., it is all about the horses. The work, the travel, the lack of sleep, the joy…. It is all about the horses, Arabian horses to be exact. Peter and Lori Conway own Conway Arabians, and acco ..... 
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Chatfield takes no position on distribution of Rochester sales tax

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their March 11 meeting decided not to take a position for or against House File 476 which seeks to add cities to receive a share of the Rochester area local sales tax. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Legislation p ..... 
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Hamilton ~ Zieser

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Ryan Hamilton and Ellie Zieser, both Chatfield residents, were engaged in Denali National Park Alaska. Ryan works for Alliant Energy in Chatfield (lineman). Ellie works for Rochester Public Schools (special education teacher) at Churchill Elemen ..... 
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New Chatfield convenience store will be built “Kwik”

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

A new Kwik Trip will be built in Chatfield, Minn. in the near future, giving residents and visitors a more convenient Kwik Trip store to stop and top off their tanks. Mr. Hans Zietlow, Director of Real Estate for Kwik Trip, Inc. stated, “Yes, we a ..... 
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Upgrades for cable TV administrator

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at the February 25 meeting, granted two requests submitted by the city’s cable TV administrator, Craig Manahan. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent. The Personnel Committee and the Cable Access Board had recommended approval ..... 
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Laura Joanne Zeccardi

Wed, Feb 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Laura Joanne Zeccardi, 28, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Fairview. Laura was born to parents, Alan V., and Linda J. Zeccardi in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Jan. 5, 1985. Lau ..... 
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Kids love to “Learn & Play”

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Two things children love are to learn and to play. Two things parents want are for their children to be safe and well-cared for. At Learn & Play Daycare in Chatfield, Minn. parents and children get what they need. Learn & Play Daycare was open ..... 
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Chatfield’s Early Education system is a succesful program

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge School board members of the Chatfield district met on Tuesday, February 19 to discuss a variety of topics, but one that attracted a lot of attention was Chatfield’s Kindergarten and early education program. Superintendent Ed ..... 
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