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Organic dairy receives Good Farm Neighbor Award

-- ST. PAUL Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson has named Randy and Donna Meyer of Lake City, Minn., winners of the June Good Farm Neighbor Award. The Meyers operate Pine View Dairy Inc., a family held farm corporation that has been c...

-- ST. PAUL Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson has named Randy and Donna Meyer of Lake City, Minn., winners of the June Good Farm Neighbor Award. The Meyers operate Pine View Dairy Inc., a family held farm corporation that has been certified organic since 1994. The Meyers rely on their family and hired help to run the 100 cow dairy and farm 280 rotationally grazed acres. Randy Meyer says conservation always is top-of-mind as his dairy is located in the Wells Creek Watershed that drains into the Mississippi River at Lake Pepin. He has installed an updated feedlot runoff system that controls solids and allows water to spill into a grass filter strip that collects smaller sediment at three different locations. Meyer plans to plant buffer strips with hazelnut bushes and is hoping the nuts produced can be become a potential oil crop. Meyer's cattle are rotationally grazed about six months of the year, and during the remaining months, they either are on pasture mattresses or waterbeds with wood shavings for bedding.

Northern Plains Potato Growers Association awards scholarships-- EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association in East Grand Forks, Minn., has awarded six scholarships for the upcoming school year. The award winners are picked by an independent panel and are the children of potato growers or NPPGA potato associates. Brooks Dagen of Karlstad, Minn., has been awarded the $600 Betty Perrin Scholarship. Dagen is the son of Justin and Donna Dagen and is a graduate of Heritage Christian School in Karlstad. He will attend North Dakota State University this fall majoring in mechanical engineering. Rebecca Midgarden has received a $500 NPPGA Research and Education Foundation Scholarship and a $500 Potato Bowl USA Scholarship. Midgarden is the daughter of Kit and Jackie Midgarden and graduated as an honor student from Park River (N.D.) High School. She will attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in the fall pursuing a career in optometry. Tyler Barrett of East Grand Forks also received a $500 NPPGA Research and Education Foundation Scholarship and a $500 Potato Bowl USA Scholarship. Barrett is the son of Tom and Cindy Barrett and is a graduate of East Grand Forks Senior High. He will attend the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks this fall. Jon Borge has received a $500 NPPGA Research and Education Foundation Scholarship. Borge graduated from Ada-Borup (Minn.) High School and is the son of Brian and Julie Borge. He will attend the University of Minnesota Crookston with an interest in ag systems management and ag engineering.

Timothy J. LaSalle named CEO of The Rodale Institute-- KUTZTOWN, Pa. The Rodale Institute has appointed Timothy J. LaSalle chief executive officer. LaSalle previously served as executive director of the Northwest Earth Institute. LaSalle has executive experience with various nonprofit organizations, including the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo County and the Allan Savory Center for Holistic Management. He served as the president and CEO of the Agriculture Education Foundation. For 12 years, he was a professor at California Polytechnic State University.

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