Home on the range – Acclimation of cattle

By Dana Adams, U of M Extension Cattle are remarkably durable, especially considering the temperatures that central Minnesota sees annually. When given enough time and support to adapt from a hot humid summer into an upper Midwest winter, they can perform well in nippy temperatures. Below are some strategies that can be implemented now for…

MDA now accepting applications for Noxious Weed/Invasive Plant Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant. Counties, municipalities, tribal governments, and weed management entities (including weed management areas) may apply for grants to mitigate noxious weeds around the state. Grants for fiscal year 2022 will be funded up to $5,000. The awards…

Schiefelbein elected as Angus delegate to the 138th annual meeting

Donald K. Schiefelbein of Kimball has been elected as a delegate to the 138th American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates, set to be held Nov. 8, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, reports Mark McCully, chief executive officer of the American Angus Association. Schiefelbein, a member of the American Angus Association…

Schiefelbein Angus Farm ranked first in Angus registrations for Minnesota during 2021

Schiefelbein Angus Farm near Kimball ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Minnesota with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2021, which ended Sept. 30, according to Mark McCully, Association Chief Executive Officer. Angus breeders across the nation in 2021 registered 313,138 head of Angus cattle. “Our Association members lead…

DNR temporarily bans farmed deer movement into and within Minnesota

Emergency action will provide time to understand connections between known CWD-positive farms and identify and prevent transfer from potentially exposed herds The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued an emergency rule that temporarily prohibits the importation and movement of farmed white-tailed deer into and within Minnesota. This emergency action took effect Monday, Oct.…

‘Farmers Night Out: Should they stay or should they go?’

By Dana Adams, U of M Extension “Farmers Night Out: Should they stay or should they go?” is a program offered by University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Dairy Initiative, offering education and networking, through a fun and informal farmer panel about heifer raising. This program will begin with a farmer panel addressing options around…

Annual Pumpkin Grower Meetup

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension University of Minnesota Extension is hosting the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Grower Meetup on the grounds of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. Pre-registration is required at http://z.umn.edu/2021pumpkin. Those who grow pumpkins, squash, or gourds for roadside stands, pumpkin patches, grocery stores, or…

Sustainable Agriculture Grant funding available

Apply by Dec. 9, 2021 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $250,000 to demonstrate and publicize the energy efficiency, environmental benefit, or profitability of sustainable agricultural techniques or systems, from production through marketing. The Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program’s Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant program will accept applications through 4…

MAAPS meeting held at Forest City Threshers Show Grounds

The Forest City Threshers and the Atwater Threshers joined forces to co-host the fall meeting of the Minnesota Association of Antique Power Shows (MAAPS) Saturday Oct. 9, at the Forest City Threshing Association Show Grounds. The two local threshing associations teamed up to provide a meeting place, food, and refreshments for the statewide association. MAAPS…

‘Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive and Thrive’

By Dana Adams, U of M Extension “Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive and Thrive” financial management workshop will be taught in Central Minnesota to community members. This short course will use an interactive and fun approach to teach participants how to organize and use financial records, develop and analyze financial statements, and…