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Ag and Extension Briefs

LSP Community Forum on the Farm Crisis is today

As the farm financial crisis deepens in our rural communities, the Land Stewardship Project is offering special workshops and forums for farmers and rural communities, including from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at the Kilowatt Community Center in Granite Falls (600 Kilowatt Drive). The event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated for planning purposes. To reserve a spot, request childcare, or for more information, contact LSP’s Scott DeMuth at 320-269-2105 or sdemuth@landstewardshipproject.org.

Farmers in Minnesota and across the country are facing an economic crisis that is entering its sixth year. The 2018 median farm income for U.S. farm households was negative $1,533, and 70 percent of the total income of farm families comes from off-farm sources. And yet, agribusiness firms and corporate interests continue to make record profits at the expense of farmers and rural communities.

For the workshop, LSP will be bringing together farmers, community members, and a resource panel. Farmers leaving this meeting will have a stronger network to support them through this crisis, and community participants will help identify potential opportunities to come together and create a vision for their communities.

The event will include a light meal and time for attendees to network and talk to other participants. This will be followed with a presentation by farmers and community members, a panel of resource people, and a Q & A. Each of the panelists will bring relevant information and advice for farm families who are making important short- and long-term decisions. Panelists will include Stephen Carpenter of Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), Farm Business Management instructor Kami Schoenfeld, and Minnesota Farm Advocate Ruth Ann Karty.

U of M Beef Team to host Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour and Trade Show in January

The University of Minnesota Beef Team is proud to host the annual Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour and Trade Show at 10 locations across the state in January. This event has been held for 47 years and continues to be the leading information, technology, and research outlet for cow/calf producers in the state of Minnesota.

The 2020 event will feature information on opportunities to evaluate carcass characteristics in your herd, calf scours prevention, finding profit in the cow calf sector, and management of calves before and after weaning. Updates from the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association and the Minnesota Beef Council will also highlight the event. The corresponding tradeshow will feature vendors with new information, technology, and products with a wide-array of practical uses for the operators in the cow-calf sector.

The program is directed at cow/calf producers, allied industry representatives, and is open to the public. A meal will be served with the program and a registration fee of $10 will include the meal, proceedings book, and program materials.

More information can be found at the Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour and Trade Show website: www.extension.umn.edu/beef or contact Eric Mousel at 218.513.0781, emmousel@umn.edu.

Northern Tour

Jan. 21 — Staples, 9:30 a.m., Central Lakes College, 1830 Airport Road

Jan. 21 — Bagley, 5:30 p.m., American Legion, 288 Main Ave. N.

Jan. 22 — Lancaster, 5:30 p.m., Community Center

Jan. 23 — Roseau, 5:30 p.m., Gene’s Bar Grill, 1095 3rd St. NW

Jan. 24 — Iron, 5:30 p.m., Clinton Hall, 9831 Hwy 37

Southern Tour

Jan. 27 — Mora, 5:30 p.m., Grand Event Center, 2025 Rowland Rd

Jan. 28 — Starbuck, 9:30 a.m., Jim Wulf Bull Development Center, 30819 250th St.

Jan. 29 — Pipestone, 9:30 a.m., MN West Comm. College, 1314 N Hiawatha Ave.

Jan. 30 — Oronoco, 5:30 p.m., Tony Rossman Farm, 7000 70th St. NW

Jan. 31 — LeCenter, 9:30 a.m., 4-H Center, 320 S. Plut Ave.

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