No doubt, attendance at this year’s Midwest Dairy Expo was hampered by weather conditions. The first significant snow event and the first dose of subzero temperatures, make remaining items on the “get ready for winter do-list” more urgent.
“Take home message” summaries of most of the presentations made at the Midwest Dairy Expo are posted at Minnesota Milk Producers Association website: www.mnmilk.org. At the home page, click on the “Programs” tab. Then click on “Midwest Dairy Expo.” Then click on “Proceedings” and pick from the topic list. Raising healthy calves, dairy outlooks, family transitions and relationships, genetics and reproduction are some of the useful 2013 topics. I’ll share a couple key points I heard.
“What is a Fair and Profitable Land Rent Agreement?” Workshop to be offered in Stearns County
The meeting in Stearns County will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at American Legion Post 455 in Cold Spring (209 Main St.).
Landlords, farmers, and agri-
business professionals should make plans to attend “What is a Fair and Profitable Land Rent Agreement?” This free meeting is being provided by University of Minnesota Extension. Farm land rental rates have never been higher and determining a fair and profitable farm rent agreement is a challenge in today’s economy with recent record corn and soybean prices and record farm land values.
The Midwest Dairy Expo will be held Dec. 3-4 at the River’s Edge Center in St. Cloud. Admission is free; so you’re free to pick the pieces that are useful to you. A noon lunch can be purchased on-site.
Look at the schedule with the whole family in mind, and employees too. For example, it could be the person who does most of the work of taking care of calves who gains the most from the topic, “Keys to Raising Healthy Calves” – presented by Dr. Sandra Godden (University of Minnesota) from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. On Dec. 4, from 8-12,
Dr. Godden offers a lab workshop for using on-farm cultures for managing mastitis. Space is limited, so check this out early.
The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and University of Minnesota Extension have released the 2014 Minnesota Gardening Calendar. This award- winning calendar is developed for home gardening and landscape enthusiasts across the state. Minnesota Gardening 2014 is the only calendar designed and written exclusively for Minnesota.
This new calendar includes features on native prairie grasses, grasses for attracting pollinators and butterflies, and grasses for slopes and shade. The calendar also includes suggestions for helpful Minnesota gardening resources, maps showing the average frost-free dates for Minnesota, and a USDA plant hardiness zone map.
Ballots were mailed Nov. 4 for the Farm Service Agency Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 1 Election. Ballots must be postmarked or turned in to Stearns
County FSA office by Dec. 2. Townships of Brockway, Collegeville, Fairhaven, LeSauk, Luxemburg, Lynden, Maine Prairie, Rockville, St. Augusta, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, St. Wendel, and Wakefield will elect a new committee person to serve a three-year term. The farmer-elected committee is your voice in USDA’s programs for this area. The candidates are: