The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce it is once again accepting grant applications for programs that enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities. Recipients will be awarded up to $10,000 for projects or programs that align with the Fund’s mission.
“AgStar takes pride in giving back to the communities we live and work in,” said John Monson, chair of the AgStar Fund’s Board of Trustees. “Through the Fund for Rural America, we are able to fulfill our mission of enhancing life in agriculture and rural America by supporting those who support agriculture.”
AgStar encourages those seeking funding to visit AgStar.com to learn about the AgStar Fund and see if they meet the guidelines. Grant applications can be completed online and will be accepted until Nov. 30, 2013. Grants will be awarded in the spring of 2014.
Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $4 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Applications considered for funding and support must align with the Fund’s mission of “enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.”
Regional Extension Educator Liz Stahl at Worthington recently shared sources of information about grain harvest and storage strategies related to variable moisture and maturity conditions in fields.
Cleaning bins and harvest equipment is an important task. Insects that create problems for grain in storage are insects that harbor in old grain and crop residue in harvest equipment and in and around grain bins. So Liz suggests that we should thoroughly clean out bins and all grain handling equipment such as combines, trucks and grain wagons, to remove any insect-infested grain and debris. In empty bins, thoroughly sweep or brush down all surfaces, including the walls, ceilings, ledges, rafters, braces, and handling equipment. Seal any holes or cracks. Remove all debris and vegetation growing within 10 feet of the bin, and apply a residual herbicide as needed to control any weedy plants around the bin.
First in Angus registrations for Minnesota during 2013
Schiefelbein Angus Farm, Kimball, ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Minnesota, having recorded 557 head of Angus with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer.
Angus breeders across the nation in 2013 registered 388,822 head of Angus cattle. “Our year-end statistics continue to demonstrate strong demand for Angus genetics and solidify our long-held position as a leader in the beef cattle industry,” Schumann says. “These results underscore our members’ commitment to providing genetic solutions to the beef cattle industry.”
The 2013 Meeker County 4-H Awards Celebration will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. The 2013-2014 Meeker County 4-H Federation Officer Team will be installed at this time, along with awarding scholarships, volunteer awards, club officer awards, and many others. Ice cream floats will be served following the announcement of awards. If you have any questions, please call the Meeker County Extension Office at (320) 693-5275. We hope to see you there.
Custom manure applicators asked to help prevent spread of pig PED virus
With the harvest season fast approaching, the field application of stored manure from animal facilities will soon follow. This year, pork producers need to be aware of the risk of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) through equipment used to pump and apply manure on land.
This is important on all farms but especially those with pigs exhibiting clinical signs of the disease.
PED is a viral enteric disease affecting only swine; clinical symptoms are diarrhea, fever, vomiting and death (age dependent). PED was first detected in the United States this spring. PED can be spread through oral-fecal contact, manure contaminated boots, clothing, birds and wildlife, transport trailers, and other equipment.
Spread of the virus continues. As of Sept. 1, the disease had been confirmed on more than 500 U.S. swine herds. It’s both a good animal husbandry practice and a good neighbor policy for all pork farmers with pigs exhibiting clinical signs of PED to obtain a confirmed diagnosis. Then, establish enhanced biosecurity practices immediately to avoid spreading the virus among their own animals and/or to neighboring swine herds.