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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 ...

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification workshops scheduled

WORTHINGTON — If you need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification, you can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of MN Extension. These workshops offer a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues related to ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Get registered for PorkBridge and SowBridge programs Registration for both PorkBridge and SowBridge distance education programs is now open. PorkBridge is aimed at those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. SowBridge is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, ...

Minnesota Farm Bureau unveils Centennial Book

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Centennial book “100 years and growing...The People of the Minnesota Farm Bureau” was unveiled at the MFBF Annual Meeting on Nov. 22. MFBF dedicates this history book to its county Farm Bureaus and the members and leaders who had the vision to ...

Natural resource positions available with Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa is seeking young adult applicants, ages 18 to 25, for more than 500 AmeriCorps positions that include full-year, partial-year, and summer service terms. Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa engages youth and young adults in meaningful service, ...

Agriculture department reopens enrollment for dairy program

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has reopened enrollment in its Dairy Assistance, Investment and Relief Initiative (DAIRI) program for eligible milk producers through the end of the year. Producers who have locked in five years of coverage through the USDA Farm Service ...

How silage gas buildups can turn deadly

MILLERVILLE — Two farm families in Millerville have filled their silos with corn and grain countless times, but on Dec. 21, a problem with a sealed silo led to tragedy. Inside the silos, which were full of moisture, shelled corn — or silage — started to ferment and produce carbon ...

Worthington farmer to lead American Soybean Association

ST. LOUIS — Bill Gordon’s big moment has finally arrived. Fifteen years after he became a state director in his home state of Minnesota, Nobles County farmer Bill Gordon was elevated to president of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Thursday during the organization’s December ...

Female farmers get inside scoop on agricultural markets

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Beth Didier farms with her husband and father-in-law near Spiritwood, North Dakota, about 80 miles west of Fargo. They grow several thousand acres of soybeans, corn and wheat. Didier works full time off the farm, but as her father-in-law moves into retirement, she’s ...

Raising an amaryllis

There are some true treasures of the Christmas season which light up our house with color each year. They can also be raised to bloom throughout the winter months as well — amaryllis. These are often for sale now and will disappear from the store shelves soon after Christmas has come and ...

Strategic Farming — a new webinar series offered

University of Minnesota Extension is launching the five-part Strategic Farming — Optimizing Management for 2020 webinar series beginning Dec. 19. This webinar series is an opportunity for farmers to gather and learn about research-based, crop production information throughout the year. ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

UMN cattle feeder days to take place in Luverne The annual University of Minnesota Extension Cattle Feeder Days program has taken place for more than 40 years and continues to be the leading information, technology and research outlet for cattle feeders in the state of Minnesota. The ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Women in Ag Network workshop – How to get $4 corn Were you impressed with the early summer rally in corn prices? Corn producers had a chance to sell cash corn for $4 per bushel. Price charts indicate this was producers first chance at $4 corn in five years. But was it really? How to get $4 ...

Christmas trees

It is that time of the year when we are starting to look forward to putting up the Christmas tree in our homes. So, what do you think is the most popular Christmas tree to purchase for the holidays? Keep reading to find out! If you wanted to purchase a native tree to Minnesota, could you do it ...

Amaryllis plant one of true treasurers of Christmas season

There are some true treasures of the Christmas season which light up our house with color each year. They can also be raised to bloom throughout the winter months as well — Amaryllis. These are often for sale now and will disappear from the store shelves soon after Christmas has come and ...

Protecting your garden

There is a bunny rabbit that has been living in and near a community garden that I take care of in Marshall. Generally, I only know he or she is there when I just about step on it while I am weeding or planting something in the garden. I am also making the assumption that this is the same ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

What is a Fair Farm Rental Agreement? workshop Nov. 20 in Slayton “What is a Fair Farmland Rental?” is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Murray County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, 3048 S. Broadway Ave., Slayton. Farm land rental rates are the largest input cost the farmer has. ...

Lighting for plants

As we have moved our gardening indoors, it may be necessary to provide some better or more lighting for some of our plants. Due to space, most of my house plants are sitting near windows in the basement of my home and they seem to do just fine with some exceptions. The first is that the ...

What to do with all of the leaves

The wet summer we had has benefited many things but particularly our trees. If you have noticed, there seems to be a lot more leaves on our lawns right now. The question is what to do with all of those leaves. Leaves can be left on the lawn but there are a few things to know before you finally ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

What is a fair farm rental agreement? Landlords, farmers and agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative fair farm rental agreement meetings being held across Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. ...