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Ag and Extension

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 ...

Tending to orchids

We are in the depths of winter with around 50 days or so left to “grin and bear it.” We are all hardy individuals but it is also nice to see some color in our house-something green and growing. If your amaryllis plants are done flowering, you can depend on orchids to fill their place. In ...

Ag Briefs

SMSU Farm Outlook & Education seminar scheduled for Feb. 13 The 35th annual Farm Outlook & Education Seminar will be from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Conference Center Ballroom at Southwest Minnesota State University. The Farm Outlook & Education Seminar is a ...

Outstanding trees

It’s January. It’s cold and the last thing on most of our minds is gardening. For the hardy Minnesota gardeners who are out there, you have probably already started to seed things like onions and leeks for this coming summer’s garden space. You may not be gardening outside but you are ...

University of Minnesota ROC Research Update Feb. 13 at SWROC

The Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) near Lamberton is hosting an ROC Research Update on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The ROC Research Update will highlight current University of Minnesota agricultural research that is conducted at the Southwest, Southern and West Central Research & ...