U of M Extension seeking agriculture interns

By Karen Johnson, UMN Extension, McLeod and Meeker Counties University of Minnesota Extension is seeking agriculture interns to work with Extension Educators and faculty. Learn about agriculture, Extension, and educational programming. Positions are available in the following counties or program areas: Benton, Houston, McLeod/Meeker, Murray/Pipestone, Stearns, Wright, Livestock Team (St. Paul), and Pesticide Safety and…

Tax break available for beginning farmers

Tax credit available for land, equipment expenses to start farming The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Rural Finance Authority is now accepting applications for a tax credit for the sale or lease of land, equipment, machinery, and livestock in Minnesota by beginning farmers. To qualify, the applicant must be a Minnesota resident with the desire…

Central MN – Winter Dairy Series planned

By Karen Johnson, UMN Ext., McLeod and Meeker Counties University of Minnesota Extension, in collaboration with the Minnesota Dairy Initiative – Central Region, have announced the upcoming Winter Dairy Series. This series will consist of six informal conversations on a variety of topics relevant to MN dairy farmers. Each Zoom discussion will be held from…

Virtual Manure Management Field Day Jan. 7

Join us for an informational webinar session about low-disturbance manure injection, soil health, manure management, and tillage practices. Learn about how low soil-disturbance manure injection into the soil is an effective management strategy for soil health and nutrient management. The virtual field day will take place from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, via Zoom. 

Eden Lake Twp. farm accident

At about 6:39 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, the Stearns County Communications Center received a call reporting a farm accident at 18726 State Hwy. 22 in Eden Lake Twp. The caller provided information that Todd Sieben had been operating a skid steer loader, moving large hay bales, and was near a manure pit. While operating the…

Minnesota producers affected by COVID-19 can apply for USDA assistance by Dec. 11

Direct payments available for many commodities grown or raised by Minnesota producers U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is urging Minnesota producers who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic crisis to submit applications for assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) by Dec. 11. This USDA program…

The secret to getting your Christmas cactus to bloom

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension, Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties The cold weather hit us quick this year. Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas will be here before we know it. All of that leads to the time of year when your Christmas cactus should be blooming. Or should it? Many people may wonder…

Have a safe and jolly Christmas tree experience in 2020

Local Christmas tree farmers prepared with new COVID-19 precautions Minnesota Christmas tree growers are hard at work readying for the holidays with new precautions in place to help buyers have a fun and safe experience, whether looking for hand-crafted wreaths, pre-cut trees, or cut-your-own trees. Growers statewide have changed aspects of their tree-buying experience to…

Winter GAPs webinar series

On-farm Food Safety virtual sessions By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Do you grow fresh produce for sale or donation? If so, join U of MN Extension and farmer presenters this winter for a series of short, focused, virtual sessions to learn practical steps for keeping your produce safe, your customers healthy, and your…

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