Tricounty News

Central Minnesota Forage Workshop in Royalton Feb. 5

The 2014 Central Minnesota Forage Workshop will be held at the American Legion in Royalton Wednesday, Feb. 5. The American Legion is located at 103 North Maple Street just off of Highway 10 on the north side of Royalton. Marvin Haul, Penn State University Extension forage specialist, will be the special guest speaker.

The workshop will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. with the program starting at 10, a lunch break at noon and adjourning by
3 p.m. Topics planned for the morning include:


County Committee election results

The Stearns County FSA Committee counted ballots for the Local Administrative Area (LAA) #1 election Jan. 22, 2014. The townships of Brockway,
Collegeville, Fairhaven, LeSauk, Luxemburg, Lynden, Maine Prairie, Rockville, St. Augusta,
St. Cloud, St. Joseph, St. Wendel and Wakefield re-elected Joseph W. Krippner for a three-year term. Barbara Leither will be the first alternate.

Thank you to all voters for the good response and return of the ballots.

If you have any questions, call (320) 251-7800, Ext. 2. For updates on other news releases from the Minnesota Farm Service Agency, visit our web site at:

Minnesota livestock producers can apply for 2014 grants

Recipients have invested an estimated $75 million since 2008

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, that $1 million in grant funding is being made available to livestock producers in the state for on-farm improvements. The Livestock Investment Grants help farmers stay competitive and reinvest in their industry. The 237 grant recipients to date have invested an estimated $75 million in upgrades to their operations since the program began in 2008.

Qualifying producers would be reimbursed 10 percent of the first $500,000 of investment, with a minimum investment of $4,000. Qualifying expenditures include the purchase, construction or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock, and the purchase of fencing as well as feeding and waste management equipment. Producers who suffered a loss because of a natural disaster or unintended consequence may also apply. The grant will not pay for livestock or land purchases or for the cost of debt refinancing.


AgStar accepting apps. for scholarships

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is accepting applications for its high school senior scholarship program, which awards up to 25 students with $1,000 scholarships.

The AgStar High School Scholarship Program is designed for students who have an interest in an ag-related field, are pursuing an ag-related degree or those with an ag or rural background.

“AgStar is proud to offer this program for the tenth year in a row,” said John Monson, Chair of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees. “We want to show our commitment to the youth of rural Minnesota and Wisconsin as they pursue their passions and help mold a strong future for agriculture.”


Pesticide applicator workshops in several locations

U of M Extension private pesticide applicator “renewal” workshops for central Minn.

New Private Pesticide Applicator Test Materials are available at County Extension Offices after Jan. 1, 2014. There are many workshops for “renewing” permits located around the state, including:

• Jan. 17, Paynesville, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at American Legion. Call Paynesville Coop to RSVP lunch afterwards.

• Jan. 23, Elrosa, 12:30-4 p.m. at Bucky’s Bar.

• Jan. 28, Little Falls, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Morrison Co. Gov. Center. Bring $5 for pizza or pack a lunch.

• Feb. 12, Albany, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Albany Bowling Center. Call CentraSota at (320)
548-3245 to RSVP for lunch break.

• Feb. 13, Buffalo, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Wright Co. Courthouse

• Feb. 21, Foley City Hall, 12:30-4 p.m.

For more information check, or call the County Extension Office.