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Ketosis lurks on dairy farms

8/4/2015 7:30:00 AM

David Chapman believes in the power of a quick, simple test for the diagnosis and treatment of ketosis in dairy cows — a blood test that can be checked with a human glucose/ketone meter.

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8th annual Calf and Heifer VIP program shares cutting edge developments in calf and heifer management

8/2/2015 11:30:00 AM

Shoreview, Minn. – Purina recently hosted two Calf and Heifer VIP programs at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center, a 1,200 acre working farm and research facility in Gray Summit, Mo. More than …

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Patsche throws opening pitch at Twins home game vs. Yankees

8/1/2015 5:04:00 PM

WELCOME, Minn. – Rainfall was a little spotty in Martin County in late July.

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Senate now begin action on modifying COOL legislation

8/1/2015 12:00:00 PM

With just a few days remaining in the summer session of Congress, the Senate has now decided to take action on their version of changing the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) legislation to me…

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Take advantage of crop education this summer and fall

7/30/2015 11:00:00 AM

By Dave Nicolai, Extension Educator-Crops and Phyllis Bongard, Educational Content Development and Communications Specialist

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/30/2015) — Learn about the University of Minnesota's research in crop production at educational events this summer throughout the state. Crop producers, their advisors and other ag professionals are encouraged to attend. Register early; space is limited for some events.

Aug. 18: Producers Field Day
Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton
The program will include hands-on sessions in several topics including weed management, entomology, soil fertility and the impact of stress on crop development.

Aug. 25: U-More Park Rosemount Research Center Field Day
Rosemount Research and Outreach Center, Rosemount
A field day tour to include current research projects at the Rosemount Research Center:
·         Soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS) and corn goss’s wilt research and management
·         Recent corn rootworm research and management
·         Soybean aphid research and management via soybean genetics
·         Forage and cover crop research on-site

Sept. 10: Tillage Technology and Residue Field Day
West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris
See the newest variable depth tillage equipment and watch side-by-side field demonstrations. Learn how to build soil structure for maximum soil productivity.

Sept. 15: Cover Crop Learning Tour - Interseeding into Row Crops
Near Lakefield
Attendees will have the opportunity to tour research and demonstration plots, hear from farmers currently planting cover crops, and see interseeding equipment in action.

For more information on these events and how to register, visit


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From the University of Minnesota Extension: Dave Nicolai, Extension Educator-Crops and Phyllis Bongard, Educational Content Development and Communications Specialist

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Extension offers resources for families facing financial uncertainty

7/28/2015 9:30:00 AM

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, office 612-626-4077,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/15/2015)—For families confronted by potential financial hardships, University of Minnesota Extension resources offer help.

A wide variety of helpful information is available online. This page features information applicable both to families dealing with the impact of avian influenza as well as hardships such as layoffs and other events that place pressure on families. Information is available on topics including:

  •          Adjusting spending when family income may be reduced or lost;
  •          Helping children when parents face financial stress;
  •          Stretching grocery budgets without sacrificing healthy eating; and
  •          Dealing with pressure on mortgage and rent funds. 

The site indicates which resources are available in Spanish. 

In addition, Extension staff are available via the Answer Line to connect callers with resources on family finances and dealing with stress that can arise. The toll-free number is 1-800-854-1678; the Answer Line is staffed from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions also can be directed via email to   

In social media, information on resources comes with the hashtag #avianfluimpact.

The site is a collaboration between Extension programs at the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and South Dakota State University.


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Have plan to lessen heat stress in cattle

7/27/2015 8:15:00 AM

With warm weather in the forecast, cattle producers need to have a plan to lessen heat stress in their animals.

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Despite alfalfa harvest, care of cows always comes first

7/25/2015 10:26:00 AM

BELGRADE, Minn. – Temperatures heated up in mid-July in Stearns County.

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News Release - Water Quality Certification expands to farms across Minnesota

7/23/2015 3:44:00 PM

Farmers across Minnesota are now taking advantage of a state program that celebrates and ensures protection of the state’s water resources.

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News Release - “Protect Minnesota Pollinators” campaign offers guidance to farmers and rural landowners

7/22/2015 2:05:00 PM

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is encouraging farmers and rural landowners to take steps to help protect Minnesota's insect pollinators.

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News Release - Native wasps may point the way to new emerald ash borer finds in Minnesota

7/20/2015 1:21:00 PM

Wasps native to Minnesota may help researchers in the fight against emerald ash borer (EAB).

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2015 Farm Families of the Year honored by University of Minnesota

7/15/2015 11:12:00 AM

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, office 612-626-4077,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/14/2015) — Eighty families from throughout Minnesota are being honored as 2015 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

The farm families will be recognized in ceremonies beginning at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, at the annual Minnesota Farmfest on the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls. The event is in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center on the estate grounds.

The farm families represent each county participating in the program. They were chosen by local University of Minnesota Extension committees based on their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.

"The farm families receiving this year's honors exemplify what makes Minnesota agriculture strong. They bring innovation, science and hard work to farming. They care greatly about the land and animals and delivering quality products to consumers worldwide," said Bev Durgan, dean of Extension. "The University of Minnesota takes pride in honoring these families."

A sampling of farmers and their contributions to agriculture follows. All the 2015 farm families are profiled here.

Carlton County
Meadow Brook Dairy,
The Juntunen/Mattinen Farm – Dale and Joanne Mattinen

This farm grows high-quality horse hay and small grains; it began in 1885 and operated for many years as Meadow Brook Dairy. Dale and Joanne Mattinen provide customers with small square bales and have become widely known for their dust-free hay.

Dale and Joanne are active in their community, including work with their local volunteer fire department and church. They’ve hosted farm tours and work with University of Minnesota Extension in on‐farm research.

Dodge County
David and Ruth Hanson

As their children grew up and moved away, the Hansons transitioned into growing apples. Their farm now has 110 apple trees and features nine varieties developed at the University of Minnesota.

David, an Extension educator from 1966 to 1989, conducts educational tours and also grows pumpkins and squash. David was county fair crops and gardens superintendent from 1990 to 2013; he was inducted into the county fair hall of fame in 2010. He has received recognition for dedicated service to the Dodge County Crop Improvement Association and Dodge County Friends of 4-H. Ruth is president of Dodge Center Lions Club, the first woman to serve in that post. The Hansons are also active in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kessen.

Grant County
Lacey Ridge Farm
Brian and Debbie Lacey and family

The Lacey family currently raises wheat, corn, soybean, sugar beets and barley. Lacey Barley grown on the farm was named after Brian’s father, Gerald, who was very active for many years in the Minnesota and National Barley Growers Associations. Brian now serves as chair of the Minnesota Barley Promotion and Research Council.

Brian and Debbie – along with sons Stephen and Donald and their spouses – use up-to-date technology and a three-to-four-year rotation as they strive to help create a healthy environment and better water quality.

McLeod County
Frerichs-Cullip Farm
Laura Frerichs and Adam Cullip

Laura Frerichs and Adam Cullip began purchased their 40‐acre certified organic farm near Hutchinson in 2008, slowly growing and expanding their business over the past 11 years. They now produce more than 250 varieties of produce, herbs and flowers on their farm, which has three hoop houses, one green house and three electric-converted tractors.

Laura and Adam are presenters in the Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings class each year. They present workshops and host farm tours in collaboration with McLeod County Extension Master Gardeners, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, the Minnesota Organic Conference and local and regional events.

Yellow Medicine County
Mamer Farms

This cow/calf-feedlot operation has 150 cow/calf pair and 200-head feedlot with 1,400 acres of crop land consisting of alfalfa, corn, and soybeans. It has been in the Mamer family for four generations. Joe and Brenda Mamer, along with sons Brandon and Seth, who is married to Dana, operate the farm.

Aside from working on the farm, the Mamers are actively involved in the Midwest Cattlemen’s Association and Yellow Medicine County 4-H. Joe is a past director for Region 4 State Cattlemen’s.


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News Release - Tomorrow’s agriculture being tested today

7/13/2015 9:38:00 AM

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant program is funding 13 new on-farm projects in 2015.

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4-H Science of Ag helps pave way to careers for youth

6/22/2015 12:02:00 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (6/22/2015)—The first-ever 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge brought 12 teams of youth from across the state to the University of Minnesota last week to present their research on important agricultural issues, including soil preservation, public opinion on genetically modified organisms, food waste and more.

The Science of Agriculture program is the first of its kind in the United States. It's designed to help build the next future agricultural workforce through hands-on learning and experiences. Over the last nine months, youth have worked with adult mentors and agricultural experts to identify issues and research potential solutions. At the end of the two-day event at the University's St. Paul campus, awards were presented to three teams earning highest marks:
  • First place—Meeker County 4-H Hay Waste Team: Kayla Kutzke, Ryan Peterson and Daniel Williamson. The team researched, designed, built and tested a feed bunk to reduce hay waste of beef cattle.
  • Second place—Washington County 4-H Insects as Food Source Team: Serenna Svanoe, Theo Svanoe, Chloe Brey. The team researched insects as sustainable source of protein for humans and animals, and cultural attitudes, methods and barriers to production and consumption in western nations.
  • Third place—Le Sueur County 4-H Biodiesel Team: Brian Prchal, Anna Prchal, Tyler Fromm. The team researched and compared the efficiency and environmental impact of conventional diesel, ethanol, kerosene and 100 percent biodiesel made by team, and tested temperature, content and particulate matter.
The top three teams were awarded scholarships toward use in any accredited university, college or trade school. First place team members received $1,000 each, second place received $750 each and third place received $500 each.
"We face a shortage of ag-literate professionals.The United States Department of Agriculture reports that between 2015 and 2020 alone, there will be about 57,900 jobs annually for graduates with bachelor's or higher degrees in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment," said Josh Rice, the University of Minnesota Extension specialist who leads the program. "The 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge was developed to expose youth to the wide variety of ag-related issues that they can have a role in solving today and in the future."
The 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge sponsors were the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau, AgStar Financial Services and the Minnesota Soybean Research Council. Judges were Robin Kopel, vice-president of human resources, Jennie-O Turkey Store; Mark Hamerlinck, senior communications director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association; Adam Birr, chief executive officer, Minnesota Corn Growers Association; Ruth Meirick, director, Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation; and Amy Smith, assistant professor of agriculture education, University of Minnesota.

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