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Braun Farms the 2006 national environmental stewardship winner

-- NORTH MANKATO, Minn. - Braun Farms of Le Sueur County, Minn., has been named 2006 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award winners. The selection for this annual award is made by the National Pork Board. Brothers Brian, David and Bob Braun ow...

-- NORTH MANKATO, Minn. - Braun Farms of Le Sueur County, Minn., has been named 2006 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award winners. The selection for this annual award is made by the National Pork Board. Brothers Brian, David and Bob Braun own and operate Braun Farms, a 1,400-head nursery and 2,800-head finishing facility. The brothers also farm 2,500 acres of row crops near Le Sueur. The Brauns practice no-till on all fields receiving swine nutrients. They use double-disc injectors to incorporate nutrients into the soil. Other acreage is enrolled in the Conversation Reserve Program. Three other U.S. pork-producing families were selected to receive the award by demonstrating their commitment to environmental protection while conducting their day-to-day activities: Harrison Creek Farm of Auxvasse, Mo., Bobcat Farms of Clinton, N.C., and Hord Livestock of Bucyrus, Ohio, also were named steward award winners.

Minnesota farm family honored-- ST. PAUL - Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson says a third-generation farm family from rural New Prague, Minn., won the October Good Farm Neighbor Award. Dave and Florence Minar operate Cedar Summit Farm, a certified organic, grass-based creamery. The Minars decided to move away from conventional dairy practices in the 1970s, and today, the 150-head milking herd is grass fed. Farmland is planted with grass, which helps prevent erosion and good soil better absorbs rainfall and prevents run-off. Rotational grazing of the dairy cattle also cuts down on erosion. According to Florence Minar, testing of water in a creek that runs through the property showed the water was cleaner when it left the farm than when it entered the property. Three times a year, the lagoon that holds manure and wastewater from the creamery is sprayed on the grassland. Minar says neighbors are notified in advance of the spraying.

Tom Phillips named entomology department head-- MANHATTAN, Kan. - Tom Phillips, a professor in the department of entomology and plant pathology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, has been named to lead the Kansas State University department of entomology. He will begin his new duties as department head and professor July 1. Phillips, who has been on the faculty at OSU since 1996, currently chairs the Faculty Council at OSU. Before joining the OSU faculty, he worked for six years as a research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.

Extension beef specialist starts in Miles City-- BOZEMAN, Mont. - Rachel Endecott has been hired as the new Montana State University extension beef cattle specialist for eastern Montana. Endecott will have an office at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Lab in Miles City, Mont. Endecott grew up on a cow-calf operation near McAllister in Madison County, Mont. She received her bachelor's degree in animal science from MSU and master's and doctoral degrees in range beef cattle nutrition from New Mexico State University.

- Agweek Staff and Wire Reports

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