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Tuesday 01/15/2019
Minnesota farm and rural helpline available 24/7
Posted: January 15, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds farmers and their families that the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free and confidential. The toll free number is (833) 600-2670.

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Tuesday 01/08/2019
Grants available to support start-up, expansion and update farm projects
Posted: January 08, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the competitive AGRI Value-Added Grant Program. The MDA anticipates awarding up to $2.5 million in this round of proposals.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
Smudes named ‘Ag Innovator of the Year’
Posted: January 03, 2019

It was a thrilling moment for Tom and Jenni Smude, owners of Smude’s Sunflower Oil in Pierz, to receive the 2018 “Ag Innovator of the Year” award. The ceremony was held at the Embassy Suites in St. Paul, Dec. 13.

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Tuesday 12/11/2018
Smude’s recognized for Agricultural Innovation
Posted: December 11, 2018

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) announced Smude’s Brand of Pierz is the 2018 Ag Innovator of the Year. Owners Tom and Jenni Smude will be recognized at a ceremony Dec. 13 at the Embassy Suites in St. Paul.

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
October Weed of the Month: Invasive Plants in Grasslands
Posted: October 31, 2018

Prairies are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Before European settlers arrived in Minnesota, there were 18 million acres of prairie. Now just one percent remains. Grasslands are highly beneficial ecosystems, and having a healthy plot of native species on your property can directly benefit you. Invasive plants such as spotted knapweed, leafy spurge and common tansy can overtake grasslands. It is best to find and control these invasive plants before they outcompete prairie plants.

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Monday 10/08/2018
Katahdin sheep
Posted: October 08, 2018

Getting read to put on their coats

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Thursday 09/06/2018
September weed of the month: Knotweeds
Posted: September 06, 2018

Native to Asia, knotweeds were introduced to North America as an ornamental plant. They can spread into natural areas growing quickly and forming dense monocultures, reducing habitat diversity, and overtaking riverbanks and lakeshores. Additionally, knotweeds have the ability to grow through cracks in pavement or building foundations potentially leading to costly removal of the knotweed and repairs to the structure.

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Tuesday 08/21/2018
Central Lakes College annual Ag and Energy Center field day
Posted: August 21, 2018

Community members are invited to Central Lakes College’s annual Ag and Energy Research Center Field Day from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the college’s Ag and Energy Center, 26505 County Road 2, Staples. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. There is also a free lunch and program at noon, featuring Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra. For more information contact Melody Weber at (218) 894-5123 or mweber@clcmn.edu.

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