Workshops held in this area during the next few weeks are good opportunities to learn more about taking care of soil health and productivity through a variety of management practices. Soil health and productivity are tied to soil structure and tilth and good soil biology.
Soil structure and tilth affects how easily roots can spread out in the soil. It affects the mix or air, water and soil particles that affect root systems health and the vitality of beneficial insects and micro-organisms in the soil. Soil drainage characteristics are an important factor in our areas.
Board of Animal Health offers free ear tags
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reminds exhibitors of livestock that animals entering all classes of exhibition need to be officially identified. The Board is offering free official ear tags to help exhibitors meet the requirement.
The Board of Animal Health rules require official identification of all exhibition animals except for swine entering slaughter classes and water fowl. Exhibitors are responsible for officially identifying their animals before bringing them to the fair. Additionally, anyone placing official ID in livestock must keep records. These rules provide better protection of animals and people at the fair by enabling the Board to more quickly locate potentially affected animals during a disease event.
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:
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: www.fsa.usda.gov.
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.