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January 15, 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program draws 795 contract renewals Seven hundred-ninety five Minnesota farmers and forest landowners have successfully re-enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Progra... more »»


January 8, 2015 Orchids tend to be in what is called the epiphytic group of plants, which means they reside on other plant. more »»

Private Pesticide Applicator recertification workshops coming up

January 8, 2015 If you need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification, you can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of MN Extensio. more »»

Ag Briefs

January 8, 2015 Al-Corn Clean Fuel becomes MARL funding partner Al-Corn Clean Fuel, a farmer-owned ethanol production cooperative based in Claremont, has become a Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL)... more »»

Strawberry popcorn

December 18, 2014 As a gardener, I really enjoy reading the new catalogs that come out each year, and it seems that they come into our mailbox — whether it is your inbox or your paper mailbox — earlier and earlier... more »»

Ag and Extension briefs

December 18, 2014 RFPs for local foods projects in southwest Minnesota Do you have an idea that improves food access and availability, and/or strengthens community food systems in southwest Minnesota? The University... more »»

Take care of that Xmas tree

December 11, 2014 aThere are some of us out there who insist on a real Christmas tree each year. When a Christmas tree is cut, more than half its weight is wate. more »»

Ag and Extension briefs

December 11, 2014 WAKEFIELD, Neb. (AP) — Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield. more »»

Local ag leaders in the news

December 4, 2014 Lanoues receive MFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award Paul and Ruth Lanoue of Marshall in Lyon County captured top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Youn... more »»

Indoor plants

December 4, 2014 There are not many of us who keep our homes below 50° F, but if we did, cyclamens would be happy, says Carl Hoffman, University of Minnesota Extension horticulturist. more »»

don’t dismiss those weeds so quickly

November 20, 2014 Lawns are home to a number of weeds that are the bane of homeowners, according to Sam Bauer and Ian Lane, graduate research assistant at the U of M. more »»

Getting a jump on 2015

November 20, 2014 Submitted photo Arlan Gustafson of Hanley Falls is shown picking ear corn that will be shelled at the 2015 Pioneer Power Threshing Show in Hanley Falls next August. more »»


November 13, 2014 Last year I was surprised by some unusual mallow plants growing in my garden which was a perennial flower garden-not the mallow that lays sprawling on the ground, the kind most people think of as a... more »»

Making the transition

November 6, 2014 The end of summer and the beginning of winter signals a time for me to start bringing in my plants from the garage for the winter. more »»

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders launches in Minnesota

November 6, 2014 America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is now launching in 40 states, including Minnesota, with more than $500,000 worth of scholarships available. more »»


October 30, 2014 I love a challenge. A blackberry challenge, specifically, was given to me a few years ago and I took said person up on it. The challenge was that you can’t grow blackberries reliably in our area. more »»

Ag Briefs

October 30, 2014 Minnesota to consider ban on certain pesticides ST. more »»

Talkin’ trees

October 23, 2014 The dust hanging in the air and the hum of grain dryers in the distance, or in my case, in the backyard, signals that harvest season is in full swing this fall. more »»

Remember your lawn this fall

October 16, 2014 It is grass gardening time again! This is the part of the growing season that when things tend to wind down in our flower and vegetable beds, it is time to pay attention to our lawns. more »»

Fifteen years later, restoration stands the test of time

October 16, 2014 Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources There is value in reflecting on past restoration projects — successes and failures — to learn what worked and what didn’t. more »»



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