Don and Jennifer Schiefelbein of Kimball held the first Minnesota’s Mom’s Day on the Farm Tour Saturday July 26.
Funding for the event was provided by the beef checkoff; the event was coordinated by the American National CattleWomen, the Minnesota CattleWomen’s Association, and the Minnesota Beef Council. Mothers from central Minnesota had the opportunity to tour Schiefelbein Farms to learn more about the beef industry.
Markets celebrate across the state
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Aug. 3-9, as “Farmers Market Week” in Minnesota to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the agricultural products farmers provide.
The popularity of farmers markets has increased, in part, because of the interest in healthier foods and lifestyles and an increased understanding of the importance of maintaining small, sustainable farms. Local farmers are able to offer consumers a variety of products including heirloom vegetables, heritage breeds of livestock, and other specialty products.
Minnesota Grown spokesman Paul Hugunin says more than 175 farmers markets are found in the Minnesota Grown Directory.
Ag Lease 101 helps both land owners and land operators learn about alternative lease arrangements and includes sample written lease agreements for several alternatives. Ag Lease 101 was created by and is maintained by the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee. More than half the cropland in the North Central Region of the United States is rented. Rental rate and leasing information is highly sought by both land owners and land operators.
AgLease101.org, includes multi-state materials which help land owners and land operators discuss and resolve issues to avoid legal risk. The website also guides both land owners and land operators towards informed and equitable decisions.
Ag Lease 101 was created by a team of economists and attorneys.
Several Lease Publications are available including: Fixed and Flexible Cash Rental Arrangements For Your Farm, Crop Share Rental Arrangements For Your Farm, Pasture Rental Arrangements For Your Farm, Rental Agreements For Farm Buildings and Livestock Facilities, Purchasing and Leasing Farm Equipment and Beef Cow Rental Arrangements For Your Farm. These documents will help farmers and landlords set up desired terms for the lease agreement.
10 percent blend begins July 1
Diesel drivers will see a new fuel at the pump on the first of July as Minnesota rolls out the nation’s first required 10 percent biodiesel blend. Known as B10, this higher blend will be sold at filling stations during Minnesota’s summer months. In September, the biodiesel falls back to the current and cold capable B5 blend. In 2015, B10 will be available between April and September, annually.
Minnesota’s biodiesel is made primarily from homegrown soybeans, which are one of the state’s leading cash crops. The Minnesota biodiesel industry annually contributes more than $900 million to the economy. Minnesota was the first state to require the use of biodiesel in 2005; currently three plants are in full production. The plants, located in Glenville, Brewster and Isanti, produce a combined 63 million gallons of biodiesel annually.
Katelyn Asfeld will be serving as the new Office Manager Intern for the Minnesota Beef Council this summer. Katelyn is a junior majoring in Agricultural Education- Leadership & Communications and minoring in Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota. “I’m very excited to be part of the Minnesota Beef Council team” Katelyn says. “The beef industry has always been interesting to me. I’m looking forward to meeting beef producers throughout the state and hearing their stories.” Katelyn will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative and program tasks to support and assist in implementing promotion, education and information projects.
Katelyn was raised on a family crop farm outside of Kimball, and was heavily involved in FFA. Her family farm activities and FFA involvement helped shape her passion for agriculture and her choice to stay in the agriculture industry. ”I have always enjoyed expressing myself through writing. Words are powerful, which is probably why I love writing, speaking and music. I can’t wait to learn more about the beef industry and share my knowledge with others.”