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*** HUTCHINSON -- The University of Minnesota Extension, through the Woodland Advisor program, is offering classes on carbon credit payments including an event from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Country Diner on the Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Carbon credit payments are currently offered for low-tillage planted crop fields (defined as no-tillage and strip-tillage), new grassland (alfalfa and grass hay fields, CRP, grasslands) planted after Jan. 1, 1999, new tree plantings (tree plantings, shelterbelts, windbreaks) planted after Jan. 1, 1990, on-farm methane digesters and existing sustainably managed forests. To register for these workshops, visit: http://cfc.cfans.umn.edu/wa/ or contact Kathy Eckwright, 507-389-6972 or 888-241-3214, eckwr001@umn.edu. Registration is $20.

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*** WILLMAR -- Emily Schueler and Bethany Urban will be crowned as the 2009 Kandiyohi County dairy princesses at the county dairy banquet at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the Kandi Entertainment Center in Willmar. Tickets for the banquet are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available from the current dairy princesses, the candidates and the dairy association board of directors.

*** NORTH BRANCH -- Dairy producers, friends and supporters are invited to attend the 2009 Annual All-Breed Dairy Convention from March 5 to 7 at the Grand Casino Hotel & Convention Center in Hinckley. The event includes the annual meetings of the Minnesota Holstein Association and the Minnesota Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, plus a luncheon to honor the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association's outstanding breeders, and an all-dairy banquet honoring members from all cattle associations. Further information and reservation materials can be obtained from Dave and Kathy Erf at derf07291@msn.com or Kathy Skiba at diamondsfarm@msn.com or 651-674-7318.

*** WILLMAR -- The U of M Extension Service and Kandiyohi County Environmental Services will conduct a seminar on the value of manure from 9 a.m. to noon March 11 at the Kandiyohi County Office Building in Willmar. Crop and livestock producers can learn about the economic value of manure and calculate the value of manure for their operation. To provide one-on-one assistance, the workshop will be limited to a small group. To register, contact Russ Hilbert, the Kandiyohi County Feedlot Officer at 320-231-6547 by Tuesday.

*** EAGAN -- A free agricultural education training will be offered for Minnesota producers who want to become more comfortable planning and delivering school visits and farm field trips. The training will be from 1 to 4 p.m. March 24 at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Office in Eagan. Members of Minnesota's leading commodity groups are encouraged to attend -- bring a friend or two and carpool to the training. To register, contact Karin Schaefer at 651-905-2115 or kschaefer@fbmn.org.

Send information aboutyour ag-related event to gretchens@wctrib.com or to the West Central Tribune, PO Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201.

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