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Four local dairy farms honored for superior cow care

Herds with lowest somatic cell count are recognized. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen last week released the annual list of top Minnesota dairy herds with low somatic cell counts (SCC). Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality – a lower SCC is better for cheese production and a longer shelf life for…

Valley Tractor Club meeting June 21

The Valley Tractor Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 21, at the Valley Inn in Eden Valley to finalize all details for the June 26 tractor show. New members are always welcome.

Pasture walk at Molitor Dairy

The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) will host a pasture walk series for summer 2021. The event will be hosted by SFA/DGA Central Minnesota Education Coordinator Angie Walter and participating farmers. Graziers, dairy farmers, and interested others are invited to come connect and share experiences in the field. Hosted by…

Federal funding to bring innovative conservation practices to irrigated land

MDA will receive $3.5 million for a 5-year project The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is awarding the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and project partners $3.5 million to implement conservation measures on irrigated lands. The money is being awarded through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will fund a five-year…

Ridgewater expands Ag options on-campus and online

Beginning this fall, Ridgewater College will offer a new Agronomy Applicator Technician Diploma on the Willmar campus, and will also be the first Minnesota two-year college to offer a fully online Agri-business Degree in addition to its longtime, in-person program on the Willmar campus. Agronomy Application Technician The new 38-credit Agronomy Applicator Technician program was…

Stearns County spraying for weeds

Beginning in May, Stearns County Highway Department, as part of its vegetation management program, will be scheduling some roadside vegetation work along all Stearns County highways. The unwanted brush and noxious weeds will be cut and/or treated with herbicide. This notice is to inform all property owners which have property abutting county roads of the…

MDA reminds Minnesotans to use pesticides and fertilizers with care

Many Minnesotans are thinking about their lawns, trees, and gardens this time of year. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) urges everyone to safely use pesticides and fertilizers on your property by following all label directions. Pesticide and fertilizer labels specify how to use products safely…

Spring equipment safety

By Karen Johnson, U of M Extension Educator, McLeod and Meeker Counties Mother nature has been teasing us with what seems to be spring-like weather. Although we are not quite ready to hit the fields full force, now is an excellent time to think about what you can do to prepare for a safe planting season. Remember,…

March Weed of the Month: Change to the 2021 Noxious Weed List

By Emilie Justen, Minnesota Department of Agriculture The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has made one change to the state’s 2021 Noxious Weed List. The designation of the non-native subspecies of phragmites (Phragmites australis spp. australis) has changed from Restricted to Prohibited Control. Though the list typically changes once every three years, the MDA is…

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