2021 Crop Management Input Seminar Dec. 4

By Karen Johnson, U of M Ext. Educator, McLeod and Meeker Counties The University of Minnesota Extension and the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce the 2021 Crop Management Input Seminar set for Friday, Dec. 4. This event will run from 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. online via Zoom webinar. Cost is free. Pre-registration is required at https://z.umn.edu/2021-cropseminar.…

Suicide bereavement webinar offered

Dec. 1 webinar aimed at agricultural communities affected by suicide The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will offer a free webinar Tuesday, Dec. 1, about suicide bereavement – what happens to people who are touched by another person’s suicide – in rural communities.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule trainings

Registration open for winter 2020/2021 By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Beginning in December, University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and other partners will host 100% virtual Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule Grower Trainings. This virtual training course is for produce growers and those interested in learning about produce…

Soil Management Summit moves online Dec. 15-16

By Liz Stahl, U of M Extension Educator-Crops Like many annual events, this year’s Soil Management Summit (SMS), formerly known as the Conservation Tillage Conference or CTC, has had to make the transition from in-person to online. The SMS planning committee wants to ensure the health and wellbeing of participants, vendors, and everyone else involved in…

Cost-share funds available for hog and turkey farmers for COVID-19-related losses

Farmers impacted by pandemic supply chain back-up may be eligible Hog operations that were forced to depopulate hogs and turkey producers who marketed fewer liveweight pounds due to supply chain back-ups during the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for cost-share funds to recoup some of their losses. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Hog Depopulation…

American Angus Association outgoing President
Don Schiefelbein of Kimball was presented with the outgoing president award at the American Angus Association’s 137th annual meeting Nov. 8-9, in Kansas City, Mo. Pictured from left are Mark McCully, American Angus Association CEO presenting, Don Schiefelbein 2019-20 Association president and chairman of the board, and David Dal Porto, 2020-21 Association president and chairman…
Know to Grow: A webinar series for managing and marketing on small farms

By Katie Drewitz and Adam Austing, U of M Extension University of MN Extension is hosting a five-part webinar series for small Minnesota farms. The series will focus on various aspects of marketing your farm and its products. The webinars will take place from 9-10 a.m. on the dates listed below: • Nov. 17, Facebook…

2020 Farm Service Agency county committee elections underway

Ballots have been mailed to eligible voters The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mailed ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the local FSA county office or postmarked by Monday, Dec. 7. “FSA has over…

Pumpkin Grower Virtual Meet-Up

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Join the University of Minnesota Extension and fellow pumpkin growers for a discussion of the 2020 pumpkin season. Get ideas for next year, learn about squash mosaic virus management, and see results from the pumpkin variety trials. This will be an informal and interactive discussion. Register today at…

Minnesota pilot project launches at Mill Creek Dairy

The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently launched a pilot project in Stearns County within the Sauk River Watershed. This pilot project will test the ESMC’s protocols, data intake procedures, and other program aspects while the Stearns County SWCD will work…

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