Ag and Extension

Garden Smarter

The sunnier days and warmer temperatures are getting the gardener inside all of us ready to go and pumped up for another summer of gardening in Minnesota. We made it through probably the worst winter has to offer, and I am finding that there are many gardeners who have been starting their seeds ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Free respirator fit testing and train-the-trainer workshops Respirators are necessary for using certain pesticides safely, but we lack resources in Minnesota to help farmers and pesticide applicators choose the right respirator, as well as fit testing and medical evaluation resources. In ...

Growing vegetables in containers

I think as the weather seems to be going, we are all wondering how quickly our gardening season will take off this year. I am not even betting that my vegetable garden will be wet because there were portions of it still under water from last fall yet. I am pretty sure that I will need to move ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Cottage food producer food safety training is April 10 in Mankato Do you make the best homemade bread, home canned pickles or cookies? Consider selling your product as a Minnesota Cottage Food producer. Join University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Educator Kathy Brandt at the Keep it ...

Raising rural mental health awareness

NEW ULM — Mental health practitioner Ted Matthews of Hutchinson said farming is unlike any other profession with its unique challenges at the 2019 Farm Show Friday. “Farming is a very complex way of life, much more than it was in the past. Farming and stress are synonymous,” Matthews ...

Lavender plants

I usually compile a list of must-haves for my garden each year. Last year, for some reason, I had lost three lavender plants that I had for almost 4 years. Lavender can be a tricky one to grow in our area. I have used some tamed varieties of catmint (or cat nip — you choose) for their place ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

‘Strategic Farming — Maximizing Return on Investment’ Montevideo workshop March 7 What tactics are worth the investment when managing weed problems, disease and insect pests, SCN and IDC? What should we be looking for when making seed and technology trait decisions? What best management ...

Citrus plants

A long cold winter makes me start to think more about my houseplants and how I could add to them so that there is living proof of something green in the world. My houseplants sit in the basement of my house and are grouped together under a grow light. My small little garden in our winter ...

Landscaping

The word, “landscaping,” sometimes strikes fear into a homeowners mind mainly because of the cost. If you are a gardener who is setting up a perennial garden or if you are taking a do over with your landscaping near or around your house, the next few weeks will help you through the ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training is Feb. 26 in Marshall Do you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles, salsa, jam and jellies? Are you a cottage food producer? If you are, attend the Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the SW WC ...

Moorses and Olsons attend American Farm Bureau Convention

Grant and Denaca Moorse and Carolyn and Jonathan Olson of Lyon County attended the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 100th Annual Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana Jan. 11-16. Grant serves on the MFBF Board of Directors as the Young Farmers and Ranchers chair and is from ...

Sesquicentennial Farm Applications Due March 1

Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, over 225 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial Farm program recognizes family farms ...

MFBF Foundation gets grant from BNSF Railway Foundation

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation (MFB Foundation) received a grant of $20,000 from the BNSF Railway Foundation to be used to support the MFB Foundation’s agriculture promotion grant program. The announcement of the grant was made today at the MFBF LEAP Conference in Bloomington. ...

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Loaves and Fishes

Nearly 200 Farm Bureau members from across the state attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) LEAP Conference led by the MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee and MFBF Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee. This was held January 25-26 at the Radisson Blu in ...

Hoversten represents Lyon County in MFBF discussion meet contest

Emma Hoversten of Marshall and the Lyon County Farm Bureau was among the young farmers from across Minnesota who competed in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet contest. The competition was held during at the MFBF LEAP Conference ...

Teen hog farmer works to bring a Spanish-style meat to Iowa

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) — Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear — and Sally — can be found in a hog pen on the edge of West Branch, Iowa. The hogs, for the most part named after the emotions in the Pixar Movie “Inside Out,” make up the latest pack of pigs in Emily Harold's small, niche farming ...

Minnesota Farm Bureau commemorates Food Awareness activities

Minnesota Farm Bureau is focusing on Food Awareness during the months of February and March. Food Awareness activities were created to bring awareness to all things food — from the farmers who grow and raise our food, to food safety and availability. “Farm Bureau’s Food Awareness ...

Suicide prevention project targets distressed farmers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Financial struggles led Leon Statz to sell his 50 dairy cows, causing the third-generation farmer to become depressed. Then land next to his 200-acre farm near Loganville went up for sale — land his late father had said he should buy. Statz, who didn’t have the ...

SMSU’s Farm Outlook and Education seminar to be held Feb. 13

Marshall — The 35th annual Farm Outlook and Education Seminar will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University. The Farm Outlook and Education Seminar is a scholarship fundraiser for students in ...

Johnson named top Republican on House Agriculture subpanel

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson has been named the top Republican on a House Agriculture Committee subpanel. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Michael Conaway said in a Thursday statement that Johnson will be the ranking member of the Subcommittee on ...