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One day of buffer meetings planned for 5 counties


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

SWCD, Farm Bureau, state officials to lead informational sessions July 28 in 3 cities



AUSTIN, MN, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Minnesota’s buffer law will be the focus of a one-day series of informational meetings hosted July 28 by local and state agencies for a five-county area.

State officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources will be the main presenters at three meetings hosted in Fountain, Blooming Prairie and Albert Lea. Local members of Soil & Water Conservation District offices, the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center also will speak.

Minnesota’s landmark buffer law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers along rivers, streams, lakes, public ditches and some wetlands. Buffers protect water resources by helping filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment

Buffer meetings, free to the public, are set for July 28 for the following:

• 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Fountain at the Community Center, 104 Main St., hosted by the Fillmore SWCD.

• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Blooming Prairie at the Servicemen’s Club, 210 Fourth St. N.E., hosted by the Mower, Dodge and Steele SWCD offices.

• 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Albert Lea at the Fairlane Building in the Freeborn County Fairgrounds, 1031 Bridge Ave., hosted by the Freeborn SWCD.

“This is a great opportunity for farmers and rural landowners to learn more about the state’s buffer initiative – why it’s being done and how it affects their land,” said Justin Hanson, Mower SWCD district manager.

In Mower County, about 94% of the agricultural land already complies with the state’s requirement of a 50-foot buffer average along public waterways. Nearly 100% of public ditches in Mower County also meet the state’s 16.5-foot buffer requirement.

Minnesota Farm Bureau, an organization that serves as an advocate for agriculture driven by the beliefs and policies of its members, is helping SWCD offices organize the meetings and is providing milk and cookies for attendees.

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – as part of the state’s commitment to protecting clean water – released its map of public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices. Landowners and loca .....
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2016 Preston Historical Society fall Tractor Ride scheduled

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Calling all tractor enthusiasts!! The 4th annual scenic fall Tractor Ride will be held on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. The round-about ride starts and ends each day from the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Preston and travels ab ..... 
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SWCD forestry field day July 27 at the Forestville State Park

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

On July 27, 2016, the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting a field day to explore timber appraisal and tree farming at Forestville State Park, 21071 County 118, Preston. The event is being held in partnership with MN ..... 
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It just became easier to improve tractor safety

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently started up a rebate program for installing rollover protection structures or ROPS on tractors. A rollover protection structure ..... 
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Triplet calves born to Scheevel’s

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

On June 8, 2016, the dairy herd of Dave and Kathy Scheevel of Preston had a nice addition. This 5 1/2 year old cow, in her fourth pregnancy, gave birth to triplets. The three were all bulls, with two weighing about 45 pounds each and one weighing 60 ..... 
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Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period open

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began Wednesday, June 15, 2016. “Through the ..... 
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SWCD offers $500 returning college student scholarship

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship for Fillmore County college students who will be returning to school this fall. To be eligible, students must be a returning college sophomore, junior or senior; must be pur ..... 
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2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course recap

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the 2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course! The course was held June 6-8 at Rushford-Peterson High School and we had 11 youth from m ..... 
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Farm safety: it’s not just for farmers

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Just because you are not a farmer does not mean you are not exposed to many of the same hazards that farmers are. For example, how long has it been since you had your tetanu ..... 
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