Farm

By Kerry Drager Correspondent Allen Drayna of Eagle Bend grew up around horses. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Browerville, Drayna learned to drive draft horses, tilling the land and racking hay. When his parents weren’t looking, he took the opportunity to ride the great horses, and by the 1980s, he had made [...]

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By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension It seems we’ve been thinking about all things fall lately. From harvesting crops to pasture prep to animal care, there’s always something to be done when the leaves start changing. Let’s add something else to the list — manure. Any livestock producer can tell you what an asset [...]

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By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension One of the most common topics for questions I get at the office is cropland rental. Renting farmland is common for many farmers seeking land, and the value of land causes many landowners to hold on to it, even after their own farming days are over. I can’t [...]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent It is no secret that animals can bring love into the lives of people. This is particularly true for Marlene Allen of Grey Eagle, who has found love for life in her paint horses and a house full of snub-nosed dogs. Horses became an important part of Allen’s life when she [...]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent A new change to the 4-H program has given kids the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and team working skills through the use of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Clubs were encouraged to have their members participate in creating a Rube Goldberg machine this year. The Pelican Peak 4-H [...]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Many children who join 4-H do so because they have the encouragement from family members who were once in it themselves. This was the case for Megan Hollermann and her little brothers Dylan and Mason. They are second generation Hollermanns to be enrolled into the organization, and have already received several [...]

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By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture begin a series of free dairy education seminars this month to help farmers make decisions brought about by the 2014 Farm Bill. Dairy producers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the Dairy [...]

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By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension It’s fall, and on top of everything else farmers need to be thinking about and planning for, beef producers should be thinking about deworming their cattle. Deworming is, of course, a smart and economic decision for any producer —parasites can lead to a depressed immune system, decreased appetite, decreased [...]

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