Ag and Extension Briefs

Minnesota National Farmers State Convention is Saturday in New Ulm

Two major speakers will highlight the Minnesota National Farmers State Convention Saturday in New Ulm.

The first is Carroll Wade, a national director from New York State who will discuss the current dairy price crisis situation. It is his area in which hundreds of tanker loads of milk have been dumped on the ground in the past few years by processors because of oversupply and the lack of processing capacity.

Wade will discuss the need for a supply management program in the dairy industry involving a two-tier pricing system in which a lower milk price would be paid to farmers for excess milk produced above the volume produced by 500 cows.

The convention will be at the Best Western Convention Center, 2101 S. Broadway in New Ulm, starting at 10 a.m. with a lunch at noon.

The second speaker is Craig Haugaard, vice president of grain at Sunrise Coop in Freemont, Ohio. He owned and operated Marketing by Design from l992 to l994 before serving as an Extension educator in Minnesota. He also worked for a time for the South Dakota Wheat Growers Association.

In 2014 Craig tested a grain marketing program he had developed by entering the World Cup of Futures Trading. The result was a third place in this prestigious competition. He speaks to numerous audiences every year sharing his unique blend of humor and marketing philosophy.

The term of National Director Reed Christensen of Battle Lake is up for re-election this year, as well as that of Harold Marthaler as a trustee from Sauk Centre.

Other department speakers will provide information from grain, livestock, and dairy departments as well as legislative and organic grain issues. A list of resolutions will also be considered for passage.

New tax credit legislation information meetings planned

Minnesota West Community & Technical College will be hosting a “New Tax Credit Legislation informational meeting for Landowners and Beginning Farmers.” The informational meetings will be presented at various dates/times and locations throughout southwestern Minnesota.

Monday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. — Slayton (Murray Co. Courts Bldg. Meeting Room)

Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. — Granite Falls (Minnesota West College, room #305)

Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. — Canby (Minnesota West College, Ag Bldg., room #421)

Annual Cattle Feeder Days workshops scheduled for Dec. 12

The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team will present two workshops focused on opportunities to influence cattle growth through targeted backgrounding feeding strategies and use of growth-promoting technologies to maximize efficiency and profitability.

The first workshop will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Willow Creek Golf Course, 1700 48th St. S.W., Rochester. The second workshop will be Thursday, Dec. 14, at Grand Prairie Events, 105 S. Estey St., Luverne. Workshops will begin with registration and dinner at 6 p.m. followed directly by speaker presentations.

There is a $20 charge to attend; this fee includes dinner and educational materials.

Topics include, “Precision backgrounding to achieve targeted outcomes” presented by Dr. Robbi Pritchard, South Dakota State University, “Growth-promoting implant strategies to maximize profitability” presented by Dr. Grant Crawford, Merck Animal Health, and “Observations on backgrounding cattle” presented by Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota.

To view the full program Cattle Feeder Days agenda or find more information on beef related topics visit