U of M Extension to host Goat/Sheep webinar: Connecting producer to consumer

The University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a webinar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 30, focusing on the different factors and steps to connect goat and sheep producers with consumers. Discussion will center around the different types of processing and direct marketing, animal ID and record keeping, factors affecting the marketing of sheep/goats,…

I-29 Moo University podcast delivers timely, relevant topics

By Jim Salfer, UMN Extension Educator in Dairy, St. Cloud Dairy producers in the I-29 corridor and the United States have a new way of receiving information, thanks to the I-29 Moo University dairy consortium. Extension dairy specialists from each state develop each podcast for the twice monthly podcast. “The podcast discusses current issues faced…

Become an Extension Master Gardener

By Karen Johnson U of M Extension Educator in McLeod and Meeker Counties Do you have an active interest in gardening? Do you have a desire to share your gardening interest with others? Are you willing to learn more about gardening and other horticultural topics? Are you able to communicate with groups of people? If…

Funds available to improve safety on Minnesota farms

New program can make grain bin safety more affordable Minnesota farmers who want to add safety equipment to their on-farm grain storage facilities can now apply for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) new Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share program. The program reimburses up to 75 percent of the cost to buy, ship, and install…

U of M Extension to host goat/sheep webinar

Connecting producer to consumer The University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a webinar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 30, focusing on the different factors and steps to connect goat and sheep producers with consumers. Discussion will center around the different types of processing and direct marketing, animal ID and record keeping, factors affecting…

Funding available for sustainable agriculture projects

$200,000 in grants available for farmers to test new ideas Farmers and Minnesota nonprofit and educational organizations focused on testing new ideas in sustainable agriculture are encouraged to apply for a Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration (SustAg) Grant by 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. SustAg grant projects explore farm profitability, energy efficiency, and environmental benefits of…

Funds available to update livestock operations

Apply by Nov. 4, 2020, for Livestock Investment Grant Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers seeking to improve their livestock operation are encouraged to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Livestock Investment Grant program. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $789,000 using a competitive review process. The AGRI Program’s…

Emerging Farmers’ Working Group seeks members

Apply by Friday, Oct. 2, to shape policies that remove barriers to farming Minnesotans interested in making it easier for new and emerging farmers to create or sustain an agricultural business are encouraged to apply to join a legislatively created Emerging Farmers’ Working Group through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). “Minnesota has a vibrant…

Corn silage season is upon us

By Stacey Caughey Interim Extension Educator-Agriculture U of M Extension Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties As we start to see choppers going into the corn fields, we need to make sure we are transitioning into new crop properly, so our dairy cows do not miss a beat. Inclusion of corn silage into dairy rations is…

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