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COMMUNITY NEWS : FARM & GARDEN  (ARCHIVES)Back to Current
Seed exchange April 27 (04/24/2013)
There will be a seed exchange at the Winona Mall on Saturday, April 27th from 9am to noon.

This will be in conjunction with the last Farmer’s Market of the winter season.

The seed exchange is free  ... 

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Sen. Miller co-authors silica sand mining legislation (03/13/2013)
Senator Jeremy Miller of Winona has co-authored bipartisan legislation that will provide assistance and guidance for local governments as they set guidelines for silica sand mining. Senate File 1257 w ... 

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Share your adventures in Bluff Country (03/13/2013)
Looking for Writers! Photos! Videos!

Anyone writing in a fun, MinnesOta-style! Think “over the top” Minnesotans sharing adventure, fun, excitement in and about Bluff Country! Enthusiasm and playfulne ... 

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In the Land of Dreamy Dreams (12/16/2012)
By Vicki Englich -- That’s about as much drama as I really want right now. The snow is a blank canvas that invites dreams to which I surrender, gladly. I snuggle up in my favorite afghan and leaf through books that showc ... 

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The new normal? (09/23/2012)
By Vicki Englich --

This summer was a bummer—horticulturally speaking. We haven’t experienced such a prolonged drought and heat since 1988, the year I moved into my current home. I had hoped to complete all of my plan ... 

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‘Better ways to feed our kids’ discussion Sept 21 (09/19/2012)
September is Farm-to-School month. What better time to stop and consider the

food we feed our next generation of learners than in these first weeks of the new school year?

September’s Third Friday F ... 

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Brom will talk about Winona history 1850-1900 at Knopp Valley LDS church (09/19/2012)
Sept. 22 presentation will include tips for writing your personal history

Body copy Settlement of Winona by non-Native Americans started in about 1850. The next 50 years are filled with fascinat ... 

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Combine causes tie-up (09/19/2012)
On September 17, at 12:45 p.m., a semi tractor trailer unit hauling a combine was traveling on State Road 93, north of Holcombe Coulee Road, when a load tie-down chain broke, causing the combine to  ... 

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Minnesota weekly gas price update, outlook (09/19/2012)
Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.93/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.3 cents per gall ... 

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Wabasha celebrates the last hurrah of summer with SeptOberfest (09/19/2012)
Make sure you make it a point to come on over to the cutest little town this side of the Mississippi River. With over 3,000 decorated pumpkins ranging from Papa Smurf to a giant centipede, see why one ... 

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Nature talk at Alma Sunday (08/15/2012)
On Sunday, August 19th, at 1:00 pm, Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center will host Kenny Salwey, the Last River Rat and Alma’s master storyteller, as he shares stories about life on the backwaters of t ... 

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Organic Field Day August 16 at Blue Fruit Farm (08/15/2012)
Ooganic Field Day

Thursday, Aug. 16

1 to 4 p.m.

Blue Fruit Farm, Winona, Minnesota

Growing requirements, including soil fertility, plant propagation, planting distances and varietal selection

De ... 

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Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District efforts to address failing septic systems (08/15/2012)
Clean Water Fund Grant Application

Just because something is buried underground doesn’t mean that it is safe for you or the environment. Septic systems can cause significant problems when they begin ... 

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Applications for September mentored youth waterfowl hunt due Aug. 13 (07/25/2012)
Youth who want to experience waterfowl hunting for the first time can apply by Monday, Aug. 13, to be one 80 participants in this year’s mentored youth waterfowl hunt on Saturday, Sept. 8, the Minneso ... 

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Climatology speaker July 29 (07/25/2012)
Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund (GBDRF) is hosting a presentation on Climatology at the Community Center, 600 D Street, Stockton, MN on Sunday, July 29, 2:00 pm. Featured speaker be Pete Boulay, St ... 

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Deadline for local FSA committee nominations Aug. 1 (07/25/2012)
Jim Hannula, Director for Trempealeau County Farm Service Agency today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until August 1, 2012, to nominate eligible candidates  ... 

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Master Gardeners August forum and plant exchange (07/25/2012)
Winona County Master Gardeners will host the August garden forum on Saturday, August 4th, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the gazebo in Windom Park. This forum provides gardeners an opportunity to discuss c ... 

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FSA county committee nominations begin June 15 (05/30/2012)
USDA’s Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that FSA county committee farmer candidate nominations begin June 15, 2012. The nomination period continues through August 1, 2012, with elections  ... 

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‘Sprouts – Get Out and Grow’ program to begin (05/23/2012)
By Vicki Englich -- The “Sprouts – Get Out and Grow” kids’ garden and cooking program will provide a seed-to-table experience for young children to foster a love for vegetables.

A garden area has been prepared adjacent ... 

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Donation helps local Winona County 4-H (05/23/2012)
Local farmer directs $2,500 through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM

With an estimated nine billion mouths to feed by 2050, the future of farming depends on America’s youth. Organizations like ... 

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Senior Events (05/23/2012)
The Winona Senior Friendship Center is open to all individuals age 55 and over. For more information about our classes, hours, or nominal class or participation fees, please stop in or call 507-454-5 ... 

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Winona County Master Gardeners plant sale, June forum (05/23/2012)
Winona County Master Gardeners will host a plant sale in conjunction with the first garden forum on Saturday, June 2 at the gazebo in Windom Park. The plant sale will be from 9:00-12:00 a.m. with the ... 

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Refuge fur catch reports deadline April 15 (03/21/2012)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reminds Refuge trappers to submit their fur catch reports before the April 15, 2012 deadline. There were 353 Refuge trapping permits issued for the 2011-2012 trappin ... 

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Winona man testifies before Congress for Refuge (03/21/2012)
Dr. Todd Paddock, a Winona resident and former professor in the Sociology Department at Winona State University, was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriat ... 

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Winona Soil & Water Conservation District Native Buffer Cost-Share program (03/21/2012)
The Winona Soil & Water Conservation District currently has cost-share available for landowners wishing to establish and/or maintain diverse native vegetation buffers using seeds and plants of local e ... 

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Foreign landowner notification (02/29/2012)
Jim Hannula, Trempealeau County Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency informs foreign investors who buy, sell or hold a direct or indirect interest in agricultural lands in the United States t ... 

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Wisconsin FSA reminds dairy producers of MILC program requirements (02/29/2012)
Jim Hannula, Director of the Trempealeau County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds dairy producers of some important program requirements to be eligible for payment under the Milk Income Loss Con ... 

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Mounted Posse member jumps from second story bedroom to escape house fire (02/15/2012)
by STEPHANIE BROST

A member of the Winona County Sheriffs Mounted Posse escaped the flames of a fire that destroyed his house at 3:14 Sunday morning on Almond Drive, east of Lewiston. ?Darren Franc ... 

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Utica farm land sells for $9,000 an acre (02/15/2012)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona County is seeing record prices for agricultural land with a sale pending near Utica that reached $9,000 an acre.

Winona County Recorder Bob Bambenek gave a presentation at the county board me ... 

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2011 Minnesota Futurity Horse Show (09/21/2011)
Minneapolis, Minnesota The Minnesota Saddlebred horse community will celebrate breeders at the 2011 Minnesota Futurity Horse Show, September 30 through October 2 at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in ... 

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Consider benefits of tourism ‘on the farm’ (09/21/2011)
by Kent Gustafson, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/12/2011) —This fall, farmers will be diligently harvesting their crops: corn, soybeans, sugarbeets and...tourists.

Touri ... 

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County Farm Bureau annual meeting Sept. 25 (09/21/2011)
The County Farm Bureau annual meeting will be September 25th at noon at Farmers Park near Stockton. A meal by the Porkmasters will be at noon, with the annual business meeting to follow. We will hea ... 

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Fall Grazing Field Day Sept. 25 in La Crescent (09/21/2011)
A field day focusing on strategies for fall grazing management will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the grass-based Wolf Hill Farm sheep operation of Caroline van Schaik and Christ ... 

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Farm families strengthen Minnesota’s economy, communities (09/21/2011)
Modern Minnesota agriculture got its start when a few courageous families moved out on the prairie. They lived in sod houses, faced fierce blizzards and struggled to survive on their newly homesteaded ... 

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Focus on farm safety this fall (09/21/2011)
Ag News Wire

by Katherine Waters, University of Minnesota Extension, and Murray Madsen, former Associate Director, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health

The tragedy of an agricultural death  ... 

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Harvesting options for high-moisture corn (09/21/2011)
Ag News Wire

by Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/19/2011) —Late planting, immature corn and the cost of drying wet corn have many producers considering harvest ... 

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Horse and Harvest exhibit At Wings Over Alma (09/21/2011)
Wings Over Alma is currently hosting an invitational art exhibit entitled "Horse & Harvest." The exhibit runs through November 15th at the Nature & Art Center located in downtown Alma, Wisco ... 

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MDA encourages safety and awareness this upcoming harvest season (09/21/2011)
Everyone has a job this harvest season – it’s keeping safety in mind. That’s the message from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) as many farmers across Minnesota gear up for fall harvest. I ... 

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Refuge to offer a special waterfowl hunt for persons with disabilities (09/21/2011)
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will once again offer a special waterfowl hunt for hunters with disabilities on October 15 & 16, 2011.

To participate in this special Refuge hunt, all applicants ... 

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Stretch cattle feeding dollar to compensate for high feed prices (09/21/2011)
by Grant Crawford, University of Minnesota Extension Beef Educator

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Based on current feed prices and December cattle markets, cattle placed in feedlots right now may not lose money ... 

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This is a great year to start hunting grouse (09/21/2011)
by Jay Johnson

DNR hunting recruitment and retention coordinator

Ever hunted ruffed grouse?

If not, this is the year to start.

The tasty, fast-flying forest game bird is at high population lev ... 

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U of M report: Net worth of Minnesota farms grows (09/21/2011)

The average Minnesota farm is growing rapidly in terms of total assets and net worth, according to the 2010 FINBIN Report on Minnesota Farm Finances published by the University of Minnesota’s Center ... 

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Winona Soil & Water Conservation District Cover Crop program (09/21/2011)
The Winona Soil & Water Conservation District will once again be offering cost-share for landowners to plant cover crops within the Rush-Pine Creek Watershed in Winona County. This cover crop program ... 

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Producers can sign up for LIP program (02/02/2011)
Eligible producers who lose livestock due to adverse weather on or after January 1, 2011, and before October 1, 2011, can sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (10/27/2010)
Not many of us have root cellars these days; even our garages tend to be heated. Root vegetables, though, are plentiful year round, and some of the supply will be locally grown. Since local produce  ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (10/24/2010)
by Maria Faust

I never would have dreamed that squirrels had a thing or two to teach me about stocking the larder.

For years, my husband and I waged The Black Walnut Wars with those furry little f ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (10/13/2010)
By Caroline van Schaik

I was living in Mali, West Africa when the cookbook, “Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant” was published. I knew this had occurred because the mother of another American there se ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (09/26/2010)
by Emma Roth - Schwartz

Guess we have to admit it – there’s no way around it now. Summer is over. Yes, yes, I know, we’re not ready. This very odd summer didn’t really get started until it was t ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (09/22/2010)
by Jenah Hensel

I think its really interesting what foods we decide to like or dislike. Maybe its because we live in a country that has such a diverse food history and such a large selection of fo ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (09/12/2010)
by Jenni McHugh

When I was in sixth grade my mom wrote a backpacking cookbook (yes, there is such a thing!) called The Hungry Hiker’s Book of Good Cooking. She and her backpacking cronies loved go ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (09/08/2010)
by Maria Faust

Leaving Homer, we turned left onto Highway 61, heading as far north as a day could take us. Nearly eight hours and 375 miles later, we turned right off Highway 61, arriving at a sma ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (08/29/2010)
by Caroline van Schaik

Children’s palates apparently need a dozen times to try something before the reflexive, “I don’t like it” evolves to something more interesting. I think what researchers mean ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (08/22/2010)
It is eggplant time again! If this is not exactly the high point of your summer, just be patient; I have a treat for you at the end of the column. But if you love eggplant the way I do, this set of  ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (08/15/2010)
by Jenah Hensel

Its ok, I willfully admit that I am totally dependent upon technologies that were not even around five years ago. I just about die when I can’t take my laptop into my kitchen to ge ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (08/08/2010)

By Jenni McHugh

The first time I “put up” food as an adult I was 22 years old, working on a farm with my then-boyfriend-now-husband. We were so proud of what we’d accomplished we were beaming.  ... 

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Chef Monique Hooker at Houston Nature Center August 7 (08/01/2010)
7:00 PM, Saturday, August 7

Houston Nature Center

Join European-trained chef Monique Hooker to learn how to turn our local wild edible foods into mouth-watering delicacies! Monique will help you le ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (08/01/2010)
by Maria Faust

My grandma was a short-order cook during the Great Depression and for a number of years thereafter. It is said that she dazzled customers at the lunch counter with her cooking prowes ... 

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Houston Community Garden free class Aug. 10 (08/01/2010)
Make your own Sauerkraut

and Seed Saving With Kelsey Solum

Tuesday, August 10th @ 6:00

Houston Nature Center

Celebrate the harvest of the community garden and learn some preserving techniques i ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (07/25/2010)
by Caroline van Schaik

In preparing to take sheep to market this week, I realize I might take a moment to address the area’s perfect terrain for raising such lean 4-legged friends on a grass diet.  ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (07/18/2010)

by Emma Roth-Schwartz

Here it is, the column I have been waiting all year to write. Sometime in the next two weeks or so, you will start to see fresh locally grown garlic in your garden or at th ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (07/11/2010)
by Jenah Hensel

I really love summertime. Its not only because I loathe winter so much, although I have to admit that’s a lot of it. I get excited when summer rolls around because I get to go th ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (07/07/2010)
by Jenni McHugh

Like me, you are probably feeling just fine about leaving behind the rainiest June we’ve had in eight years. Several gardeners and farmers I know have either lost their gardens com ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (06/27/2010)
by Maria Faust

Out into the yard I go, to shake plump mulberries from their branches, to see the black raspberries nearly ripe for picking and apples already the size of jawbreakers on the trees in ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (06/16/2010)
by Caroline van Schaik

With local rhubarb and strawberries in the farmers markets, here are some sweet and savory (and surprising) ways to serve them. Not that picking off the tops and popping stra ... 

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From the Seasonal Kitchen (05/30/2010)
by Emma Roth-Schwartz

It seems that we only just got a little spring weather; since it is usually summer around here by early June, it seems like the last chance to squeeze in a column about the sa ... 

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Keep those tomatoes growing, then can ’em (08/09/2009)
By -- Tomatoes are ripening all over Winona County. If you want to improve your crop and fruit, there are a number of things you can be doing right now.

Water tomatoes deeply, at the base of the plant. A  ... 

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ACRE or not? Making the election choice (04/29/2009)
By Kent Olson

University of Minnesota Extension

Starting on Apr. 27, 2009, farmers can sign up for the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program, a new, optional safety net for farmers provided ... 

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Help for dairy farmers (04/29/2009)
Do you need a new computer or fax machine? Want to install Internet access or upgrade to high speed Internet? Need accounting or herd management software? How about a camera in your calving area, fre ... 

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High soil test P essential for maximum corn yields and profits (04/29/2009)
by Gyles Randall

U of M Extension

With elevated prices of phosphorus (P) fertilizer and a majority of land being rented, P management, in terms of understanding optimum soil P tests, P application ... 

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Higher plant populations in corn increase crop light interception and yield (04/29/2009)
by Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension

Here are some highlights from recent University of Minnesota research on corn plant population:

Yield increases resulting from higher plant pop ... 

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Pork producers, get certified! (04/29/2009)
by Mark Whitney

U of M Extension

The University of Minnesota Swine Extension team, in partnership with the Minnesota Pork Board, is offering multiple training and certification courses for both Po ... 

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USDA sets date for soybean request for referendum (04/29/2009)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, as authorized under the Soy ... 

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Winona FFA members honored at banquet (04/29/2009)
The 65th Annual Winona FFA Banquet was held on April 14, at Winona Senior High School. Over 200 parents, guests and members were present.

Winona FFA President Labecca Johnson was master of ceremonies ... 

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‘Growing and tending your forest’ April 25 (04/08/2009)
At the Growing & Tending Your Forest class, you’ll hear from professional foresters about the many different ways to make the best of your forest better, whether by creating a new forest from agricult ... 

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Gypsy moth treatments (04/08/2009)
This summer, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) plans to conduct aerial treatments in portions of southeastern Minnesota - including Winona County - to protect our forests from new infestat ... 

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Keep your landscape deer free (04/08/2009)
Deer damage to ornamental plants is increasingly a suburban problem. Deer populations in neighborhoods have increased rapidly due to abandoned farms, hunting restrictions and suburban sprawl. And they ... 

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USDA extending buy-in waiver (04/08/2009)
Producers who did not previously obtain statutorily required crop insurance from the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) or Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for 2008 w ... 

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When an earthworm is not your friend (04/01/2009)
By -- Yesterday I picked up a chunk of loose sod dug up by the snowplow and tossed in my yard.

A big, juicy earthworm was coming up underneath, but he ducked his head back into the ground in a flash.

Perh ... 

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Farmers Market customer appreciation Saturday (08/15/2007)
The Winona Farmers Market will hold a Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, Aug. 18. Refreshments will be served and live music will be provided by the Silo Serenaders, a unique "kitchen band"¯ singin ... 

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First lawn mowing also good time to fertilize (04/25/2007)
By Bob Mugaas

Horticulturist

U of M Extension

The first time you mow your lawn this spring is also a good time to apply fertilizer. Most lawn fertilizer recommendations are based on the amount of ... 

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Get corn off to a good start with band-applied fertilizers (04/25/2007)
by Lizabeth Stahl

Crops Educator

U of M Extension

Placing fertilizer in a band at planting is an appealing option for growers who wish to optimize yields while keeping input costs at a minimum. W ... 

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ERC meeting rescheduled for March 21 (03/18/2007)
The University of Minnesota Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership - The Experiment in Rural Cooperation (ERC) is offering an opportunity for neighbors to work and grow together to imp ... 

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Opportunities in Organic Agriculture (03/18/2007)
A chance to learn the ABC's of Organics and about Organic Agriculture Opportunities is a program being held at the Four Seasons Community Center, Caledonia, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, A ... 

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Soybean aphid and corn rootworm discussion Tuesday (03/18/2007)
The University of Minnesota Extension's Soybean Aphid and Corn Rootworm Rendezvous will be on Tuesday March 20 at the Digger's in Kasson (401 SE 8th Street, just south of Hwy 14).

Featured topics wil ... 

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Nominations being sought for agricultural award (03/04/2007)
Nominations are being sought for the 2007 Outstanding Agricultural Mentor Award. The Outstanding Agricultural Mentor Award is in its fourth year and recognizes people in agriculture who have been  ... 

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Manure value workshop (02/21/2007)
by JERROLD TESMER

Ag Tech Advisor

Fillmore, Winona, Houston Counties

A Manure Value Workshop will be held on March 14, 2007, 10:00 am - noon, in room 108, at the Fillmore County Office Building,  ... 

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Organic farming conference February 22-24 (02/14/2007)
Fifteen hundred people have already pre-registered for the 18th annual Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference, set for the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI, on February 22-24.

Along with sixty  ... 

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Area farm joins American Angus Association (02/07/2007)
Schroeder Angus Farms, Winona, Minnesota, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports John Crouch, executive vice president of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph,  ... 

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Manure: a win/win fertilizer source (02/07/2007)
In 2006, an On-Farm Manure Management Demonstration to Protect Impaired Waters 319 Grant site was established in Fillmore County. One of the requirements of this demonstration is finding a site with o ... 

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SFA of MN to meet Feb. 14 (02/07/2007)
The Southeast Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFA of MN) will hold a meeting on "Grasses for Grazing and Stored Feed"¯ on Wednesday, February 14th. Registration starts at  ... 

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2007 Private Pesticide Recertification Workshops (01/17/2007)
by Jerrold Tesmer

U of Minn. Extesnion Service

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the University of Minnesota Extension Service have worked together to make positive changes for the Priva ... 

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Beef Council seeks candidates (01/17/2007)
Minnesota's Beef Promotion and Research Council is seeking candidates for its Board of Directors. Five positions will be filled by mail ballots to be sent out by the Minnesota Department of Agricultur ... 

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Drainage workshops set for Moorhead, Mankato (01/17/2007)
Tile drainage system for agriculture is the topic of upcoming Agricultural Drainage Design and Water Management workshops at Moorhead and North Mankato, Minn., in February and March 2007.

The worksh ... 

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Poisonous Holiday Plants - Myths and Facts (12/20/2006)
Jerrold Tesmer,

Ag Tech Advisor - Fillmore, Winona, Houston Counties

During the holidays, flowering plants and greens are used to add festive touch to homes and are traditionally used as gifts.Ā   ... 

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Critter-proof trees, plants for winter (11/26/2006)
By Gary Wyatt

Natural resource management educator

U of M Extension Service

Have you ever noticed animal damage to trees or other plants during spring yard work? Animal damage during winter mont ... 

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Too much Minnesota grain is sold in the bottom third of the market (11/26/2006)
By David Bau

U of M Extension Service

A proverb in grain marketing states that two-thirds of the grain is sold in the bottom third of the market.

Is this true in Minnesota? To find out, I used d ... 

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Fall yard care tips include mowing leaves into lawn (09/24/2006)
By Bob Mugaas

Extension Service horticulturist

As leaves begin to fall, you can just mow them into the lawn, says Bob Mugaas, horticulturist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.  ... 

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Results of the Winona Flower & Garden Club Fall Show (09/24/2006)
Held Saturday, September 16th, 2006, at the Winona Senior Friendship Center, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's First District Meeting, and complementing the Winona County ... 

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West African farmer to speak April 21 in Lewiston (04/16/2006)
A West African farmer will provide a global perspective on the impacts of American agricultural policy Friday, April 21, beginning at noon, at the Land Stewardship Project office, 180 E. Main Street,  ... 

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Economics and technology restoring historic value of recycling manure as fertilizer (04/12/2006)
Talk about recycling, for thousands of years farmers used livestock manure as fertilizer for crops. However, in recent decades, commercial fertilizer took the lead because it was cheaper and easier t ... 

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Livestock on the Land (04/12/2006)
by JERROLD TESMER
Ag Tech Advisor - Fillmore, Winona, Houston Counties

"Livestock on the Land"¯ is a power point presentation that Donna Rasmussen, Fillmore County Water Plan Coordinator and I hav ... 

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Milk Income Loss deadline May 17 (04/12/2006)
Jim Hannula, County Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency's Trempealeau County USDA Service Center reminds dairy producers that sign-up for the newly extended Milk Income Loss Contract program ... 

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S.E. Minn. women farmers film April 7 (04/02/2006)
Some of the most driving issues pertaining to farming, farm families, and the communities they support will be raised during an airing of, Voices of Minnesota Farm Women, on Friday, April 7, in Plainv ... 

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4-H News (03/15/2006)
by Carolyn Dingfelder

It's in the air and according to the calendar spring is only days away! This is the time to start many varieties of plants from seed, both vegetables and flowers. There are  ... 

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Kirschenmann speaks at Sustainable Farm meeting (03/15/2006)
by Edgar Hansgen

The highlight of the Southeast Minnesota Sustainable Farming Association's Annual meeting was a presentation by Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center at I ... 

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U of M Forage Day, Rescheduled U of M Forage Day, Rescheduled for March 28 - Caledonia (03/15/2006)
by Jerrold Tesmer

The University of Minnesota Forage Day in Caledonia, MN, postponed on February 16 due to the snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Tuesday March 28, 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the G ... 

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2006 spring-seeded crops (03/09/2006)
Local producers are reminded that March 15 is the application closing date to sign up for the Non-Insured Assistance Program coverage on most spring-seeded crops.

"Producers interested in obtaining ... 

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Ag websites for everyone (03/09/2006)

You can find detailed information on about any agricultural commodity in Minnesota by going to the University of Minnesota Extension Service website, http://www.extension.umn.edu/farm.

There's det ... 

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Farm Bureau banquet to be held April 3 (03/09/2006)
The Winona County Farm Bureau Banquet will be held Monday, April 3, at the Elks Lodge, 4540 North Service Drive, Goodview. Hors d'oeuvres will be served starting at 7 p.m. with a beef tips and gravy d ... 

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Farm Resource Guide available from Extension Service (03/09/2006)
by David Bau, University of Minnesota Extension Service

A Farm Resource Guide for 2006 is now available at many University of Minnesota Extension Service county and regional offices across the state. ... 

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Free soybean test, other ‘hands-on’ (03/09/2006)
Hands-on activities will be emphasized at an upcoming soybean conference developed by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Identical programs, titled "Soybean Yield Drivers and Profit Robb ... 

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Gardeners’ Day to be held March 25 (03/09/2006)
The University of Minnesota, Winona County Extension Service and Master Gardeners are planning the 6th Annual Gardeners' Day in cooperation with Winona ISD 861 Community Education.

Gardeners' Day wil ... 

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Hands-On Horse Driver Training Clinic (03/09/2006)

A Hands-On Horse Driver Training Clinic, sponsored by the SE MN Trail Riders ‘n' Teamsters Association, will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2006 at Miller's Harness Shop/Triple M Horse Traini ... 

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Sackreiter attends American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers conference (03/09/2006)
Carl Sackreiter of St. Charles in Winona County joined over 70 Farm Bureau members from across the state attending the American Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conferen ... 

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Spring thaw restrictions in effect as of March 6 (03/09/2006)
Frozen road declaration ending on and south of WIS 29 as spring thaw restrictions implemented. Weight restrictions to be imposed on trucks to preserve roads.

Recent mild weather in southern sections ... 

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Century Farm applications now being accepted (03/06/2006)
Winona County farm families who have owned their farm for 100 years or longer are invited to submit an application for Century Farm recognition at the Winona County Fair. Applications are now availabl ... 

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Foreign landowners notification (03/06/2006)
Trempealeau County Farm Service Agency reminds foreign investors who buy, sell or hold a direct or indirect interest in agricultural lands in the United States to report their holdings and transaction ... 

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Gardeners’ Day to be held March 25 (03/06/2006)
The Univaersity of Minnesota, Winona County Extension Service and Master Gardeners are planning the 6th Annual Gardeners' Day in cooperation with Winona ISD 861 Community Education.

Gardeners' Day wi ... 

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National FFA Week at WSHS a success (03/06/2006)

Winona Senior High faculty and students joined Winona FFA members to celebrate National FFA Week February 18-25. Students participated in dress-up days and in an all-school Ag/FFA quiz. The UM-Rapto ... 

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Cow comfort improved in compost dairy barns (02/23/2006)
by Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Extension Service

Many compost dairy barns are being built in Minnesota, but there are still many questions about these barns.

Therefore, we at the Univers ... 

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Meat Goat Producer Workshop (02/23/2006)
The University of Minnesota Extension Service is teaming up with a variety of speakers, sponsors, and organizations to provide an educational workshop on Saturday, March 4th at the St. Charles Communi ... 

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Secret spaces let imaginations flourish (02/23/2006)
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Secret Gardens Exhibition Inspires Creative Exploration, Cultivates Youthful Dreams of Adventure and Discovery

Remember life as a child, when you could sneak away to y ... 

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Winona FFA celebrates National FFA Week (02/23/2006)
The Winona FFA Chapter is among over 7,223 FFA Chapters nationwide celebrating National FFA Week February 18-25. The FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing member ... 

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Young Farmers & Ranchers Farm Bureau members from Minnesota attend conference (02/19/2006)
68 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota will attend the American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference in Des Moines, Iowa February 24-28. Participants transportation to Des Moine ... 

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Growing More Organic (02/15/2006)
The 17th annual Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference will be held at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on February 23-25. Conference organizers from MOSES, the Midwest Organic and Su ... 

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Helping increase the soybean producer’s bottom line (02/15/2006)
A high-yield soybean educational conference for producers and ag professionals is scheduled March 9 in Hutchinson and March 10 in North Mankato.

The University of Minnesota Extension Service develope ... 

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Horse owner educational program (02/15/2006)
by JERROLD TESMER
Ag Tech Advisor - Fillmore, Winona, Houston Counties

The University of Minnesota is offering a regional horse owner education program Saturday, February 18th it will begin at ... 

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AGR-Lite gives new whole-farm revenue protection (02/09/2006)
A new whole-farm insurance program is now available in Minnesota that protects farm families against low revenues due to natural disasters and market fluctuations. Called Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite ( ... 

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Farm transition workshop Program stresses information and strategies for transferring the farm (02/09/2006)
Eastwood Bank and Eastwood Bank Trust Services have joined with the University of Minnesota Extension Service to present "Farm Transition & Estate Planning: Build Your Exit Strategy."¯ This full-day  ... 

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Why limbs fall in your yard (02/09/2006)
Travel around a leafy neighborhood after a storm and you will see tree limbs, large and small, scattered about the ground. Why do ome limbs fall in high winds or after ice storms while others merely b ... 

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Horse owner educational program (02/06/2006)
Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Town and Country Vet Clinic in Winona, Minn., will be holding an educational program for horse owners.

Topics include pastures management, recreationa ... 

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Northern finches replace owls in Minnesota according to Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (02/06/2006)
The Great Gray Owls did not return to Minnesota this year, according to a preliminary analysis of Minnesota's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) data released by Audubon Minnesota and the Minnesota Ornitholog ... 

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Conservation Tillage Conference Feb. 1-2 (01/16/2006)
There's more money to be made with conservation tillage--with no yield loss. And you can hear the latest on conservation tillage Feb. 1-2, 2006, at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S. D. The program st ... 

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Harsdorf to speak at Ag Alliance 6th Annual Meeting (01/16/2006)
The Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance will be holding its sixth annual meeting on January 16th, 2006, at 11:30 A.M., at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center (formerly Best Western Apache) in Rochester ... 

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Animal agriculture, environment workshop (01/11/2006)
by Mindy Spiehs,

University of Minnesota Extension Service

Are you new to the animal agriculture industry and working with environmental issues? If so, attend the "Understanding Animal Agriculture  ... 

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New online Century Farm directory (09/28/2005)
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently launched an online Century Farm Directory on the MFBF website at www.fbmn.org. This is the only comprehensive online Century Farm Directory availab ... 

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Milk House Wastewater Project tours - August 30 & 31 (08/17/2005)
Where does your milk house wastewater go? How much water is used each day to clean up your milk house and parlor? Does your milk house wastewater system have enough capacity to handle that amount?  ... 

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Minnesota 4-H Shares National GIS Award (08/17/2005)
The national 4-H GIS design team and National 4-H headquarters have received a "Special Achievement in GIS Award."¯ The award was for outstanding use of geographic information system (GIS) technology ... 

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Farm committee members sought (01/23/2005)
The Trempealeau County FSA Committee is seeking minorities or women, to participate on the Farm Service Agency County Committee as an Advisor.

The Farm Service Agency is an agency of the United State ... 

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Half-day workshop for dairy farmers (01/23/2005)
Eastwood Bank has joined with the University of Minnesota Extension Service to present "Winning the Game: The Dairy Edition."¯ This half-day workshop is filled with practical, easy-to-execute advice ... 

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