DL News Staff
Organic milk production will be discussed at an informational meeting in Detroit Lakes on Thursday, Feb. 16. Among the invited speakers are Mike Banstra of Horizon Organic Foods and Ogema organic farmer Curtis Ballard, who is an organic certified inspector. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Area Farm Business Management program.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of Feb.
A new whole-farm insurance program is now available in Minnesota that protects farm families against low revenues due to natural disasters and market fluctuations. Called Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite), it will be explained at seven Minnesota locations from mid-February through March. Most farm-raised crops, animals and animal products are eligible for protection. This includes many commodities not covered under plans, says Gary Hachfeld, farm business management educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
By LIZABETH STAHL & DEAN MALVICK Fortunately for Minnesota's soybean producers, soybean rust did not rear its ugly head in the state during 2005. Looking back, what happened with soybean rust in the U.S. in 2005 and what should we expect for 2006?
The increase of ethanol production in Minnesota and the Dakotas has led to greater supplies of dry milling distillers products. This boom has brought some opportunities for cattlemen, but opportunities bring on the challenge of ensuring that these distiller's products are fed in a manner consistent with proper nutrition and management practices. Producers interested in utilizing distillers' grains in beef cattle diets must understand and manage fluctuations in nutrient content of distillers' grains, issues of storage and handling, and diet formulation. The energy value of wet and dry dis
The University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University are offering a horse owner education program in Fergus Falls on Saturday, March 18. The program will be held at the Red Horse Ranch Arena, 22671 County Highway 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The program offers topics and speakers identified specifically for horse owners in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota by a committee of local horse experts and enthusiasts. Speakers for these programs include UM and NDSU faculty and staff as well as local veterinarians and equine professionals.
The University of Minnesota has appointed Beverly Durgan, current dean and director of the University of Minnesota Extension Service, to also serve as the director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. "Having one person serve as the director for both the Extension Service and the Experiment Station ensures that the research and outreach of these university organizations is aligned and continues to be connected with the needs of Minnesota communities," explained Robert Jones, senior vice president for system administration. Before being appointed dean and director of Extension