ST. PAUL — A Morris teacher has been named one of the nation’s exceptional teachers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization. Natasha Mortenson, an agricultural educator and FFA adviser at Morris Area High School, is one of five teachers nationwide to be chosen for this competitive award.
WILLMAR — Following a modest decline in 2009, Minnesota cropland values moved higher again in 2010. Meanwhile, average cash rental rates for Minnesota cropland continued their uninterrupted and steady upward climb.
MORRIS — There will be a pasture walk and workshop next week to learn about grazing pasture management and the requirements under the National Organic Rule. This event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the West Central Research & Outreach Center in Morris.
WILLMAR — Despite the fact that large-scale farming operations now produce the bulk of our nation’s agricultural products, a recent study found that a vast majority of the farms in the United States are owned by what the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as small family farming operations.
MADISON — A field day near Madison will focus on cover crops and using alfalfa mulch for nitrogen credit before corn. Start time is 1 p.m. for the Aug. 23 field day, “Cover Crops and Alfalfa Mulch,” organized by the nonprofit Rural Advantage and University of Minnesota Extension.
ST. PAUL — As we wind our way through summer and into fall tailgating season, family life often centers around the family grill. The financial challenge of fulfilling the protein portion of the plate, coupled with increased focus on high-quality food, creates a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of the innovative strides made by beef researchers.
FARGO, N.D. — U.S. sugar production will decrease “substantially” if carbon emissions are taxed at projected rates, says a new analysis by the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
WILLMAR — Livestock producers seeking additional supplies of hay should note that local Farm Service Agency offices are now accepting requests to allow limited haying or grazing of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.
ST. PAUL — You will hear much about the importance of small businesses this summer. Candidates running for public office will talk about the role of small businesses in creating jobs, increasing production and contributing to our economy.
OLIVIA — A couple of years ago, a group of paddlers made their way down the Minnesota River as the creeks and tributaries churned and gushed with chocolate-colored waters heavy with the soil washed from upstream fields by a spring rain.
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