agriculture

Farm to School workshop coming to Bluff View Feb. 18

Feb 12, 2020
Wabasha-Kellogg and Lake City food service directors, school administrators and staff, farmers, chefs, and interested parents are just some of the participants coming to the Farm to School workshop scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Bluff View Elementary School in Lake City...

For good crops, you need good soil

Feb 5, 2020
Editor’s note: This article is part of a series on family farms in Wabasha County produced by the Wabasha County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Izzak Walton League of America, Wapashaw Chapter. Soil health is all the buzz in the ag world. The Wabasha Soil and Water Conservation...

Sustainable ag scholarship available

Jan 22, 2020
A $5,000 scholarship for junior level college students and above is available. The Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Scholarship Endowment Fund invites qualified students to apply for the upcoming fall season scholarship. The fund is managed by the Rochester Area Foundation and their...

Miller producing soil health interview series

Dec 26, 2019
Melendy Miller is working on a project to learn what progressive farmers in Wabasha County are doing to improve soil health. This work was supported by a grant from the Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League of America (Ikes) Upper Mississippi River Initiative. The grant was secured by...

City farmland goes on sale

Dec 19, 2019
Lake City is seeking bids on about 77 acres of farmland in Lake Township. Bids are due by 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 and will be reviewed by the city council at its Feb. 10 meeting, according to a city request for bids. The minimum bid amount is $450,000. The city used to dump solids from its waste...

Hanni updates commissioners on Goodhue County buffer zone compliance

Nov 20, 2019
Goodhue County commissioners heard from Land Use Director Lisa Hanni, who updated the board on the compliance of landowners to implement buffer strips along local waterways. Hanni said letters for corrective action were sent to 37 landowners concerning 43 parcels in December 2018. Those letters...

Workshop on mental health challenges facing farmers is Dec. 5

Nov 20, 2019
University of Minnesota Extension - Goodhue County and Goodhue County Make it OK would like to invite anyone interested to attend a workshop on Dec. 5 in Zumbrota called “Farming in Tough Times: A Rural Mental Well-Being Discussion.” Topics include farm stress, mental well-being, and building...

Workshop to cover ways for farmers to profit and protect drinking water

Nov 20, 2019
One challenge facing cities in Minnesota is how to keep their drinking water safe from nitrate contamination, according to the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. That’s why the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Rice SWCD, Minnesota Extension, and the City of Faribault are working together to...

Classes designed to prevent farmer suicide offered around the state

Oct 16, 2019
Farmers and others who work in agriculture are used to helping neighbors, clients, family and friends do chores or make repairs, but they may not know how to help someone having thoughts of suicide, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. A free, half-day safeTALK training sponsored...

Corn Shredding Autumn Harvest Days 2019

Oct 2, 2019
Corn Shredding Autumn Harvest Days, the annual celebration of local agricultural heritage, took place over the weekend at the farm of Marilyn and Dwain Gerken near Oak Center. Nice weather brought lots of people out Saturday. Attendance was less in the cool, damp conditions that prevailed Sunday....

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