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Real Christmas trees are perfect, even if they aren’t

December 10, 2015 As I have written before, my family has a tradition of having a real Christmas tree. There is nothing like the sweet smell of a real tree in your house. more »»

Food industry pushing halt to GMO labeling by end of year

December 10, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Food companies are mounting an aggressive year-end push to head off mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. more »»

Urban farmers find that success leads to eviction

December 10, 2015 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After four years of growing and selling produce in the heart of Omaha, Ali Clark has become expert at yanking out her black raspberry bushes and replanting them at another site. more »»

Behold, the black walnut tree

December 3, 2015 A walk through the woods can be one of the most peaceful and calming experiences — a place where you can find quiet for reflection and marvel at the beauty of nature. more »»

Ag & Extension Briefs

December 3, 2015 Minnesota Council on Family Relations conference is Friday The Minnesota Council on Family Relations, in collaboration with University of Minnesota Extension and with support from Education... more »»

Workshop on avian influenza, biosecurity in pastured poultry set for Dec. 12 in Northfield

December 3, 2015 A workshop on avian influenza and biosecurity in pasture and outdoor production systems will be 9 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 12 in Northfield. more »»

Growing indoors

November 18, 2015 This is probably “it” for our gardening this year — this week has snow, rain and above all, cooler temperatures. more »»

U of M works to make Kernza wheat of future

November 18, 2015 ST. PAUL (AP) — A taste of what could be the next green revolution sits crisp as a cookie in front of Tonya Schoenfuss. more »»

Plant science

November 12, 2015 During a process called acclimation, trees and shrubs prepare for winter and its low temperatures by ceasing growth and becoming dormant. more »»

Southern Indiana bison rancher learning on the job

November 12, 2015 This is an AP-Indiana Exchange story offered by The (Bloomington) Herald-Times. SOLSBERRY, Ind. (AP) — Bison are instinctual. Being a bison rancher is not. more »»

Ag & Extension Briefs

November 12, 2015 Minnesota’s help sought in herbicide resistance survey A multi-state team of university researchers needs help from Minnesota farmers to better understand the spread of herbicide-resistant wee. more »»


November 5, 2015 The trending warm, fall weather allowed me to put off the last of the “to-do” list for the vegetable garden. more »»

Interest in ag, environment jumps at U of Minnesota

November 5, 2015 ST. PAUL (AP) — Alec Brown, a junior in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, is part of one of the school’s largest student pools ever at 2,021 enrolled undergraduates. more »»

Ralco Acquires Bakker Consulting Animal Health Division

November 5, 2015 Ralco announced this week that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the animal health division of Bakker Consulting, Inc. (BCI) located in Rock Valley, Iowa. more »»

Bountiful grain harvest creates storage shortage

November 5, 2015 ST. PETER (AP) — The wet spring and warm summer has created a bountiful harvest for Minnesota grain farmers. Now some are wondering where to store their crop while they hope for better market price. more »»

Ag & Extension briefs

October 29, 2015 Minnesota FFA Foundation names program director LuAnn Schloesser of St. Peter joined the Minnesota FFA Foundation as program director on Oct. 12. more »»

Peterson announces $8 million for Minnesota biofuels program

October 29, 2015 WASHINGTON — Congressman Collin C. Peterson announced that Minnesota has been awarded $8 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program. more »»

When a garden is more than a garden

October 22, 2015 For the past six months I have had the honor and privilege of visiting a friend at the Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall. more »»

Ag and Extension Briefs

October 22, 2015 Calf and heifer tour features a variety of facilities University of Minnesota Extension also with Extension services from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa are hosting a calf and heifer... more »»

Hmong farmers work to get produce in stores, schools

October 22, 2015 HASTINGS (AP) — Like many Hmong farmers, Teng Thao’s family has sold vegetables at Twin Cities farmers’ markets for years. more »»



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