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Farm Briefs, Feb. 28, 2009

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News Willmar, 56201
West Central Tribune
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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Belgrade producer elected to dairy, promotion council

ST. PAUL -- Eleven new members have been elected to the Minnesota Dairy Research and Promotion Council board. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, which conducts and certifies agricultural promotion council elections, announced the results of the mail-in balloting.

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The newly elected board members will serve two-year terms on the 22-member board, which guides the promotion council's activities and serve as advocates for Minnesota's dairy industry.

The newly elected members include Corrine Lieser of Belgrade.

Farm outlook seminar March 18 at Marshall

MARSHALL -- Agricultural experts in several fields will be featured at the 25th annual Farm Outlook Seminar on March 18 in the Conference Center Ballroom on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

Scheduled to make presentations are familiar faces Jerry Gulke and Roger Wallace, along with new presenters Wayne Myers and Vincent Malanga. Their presentations will be informative and useful for those associated with agriculture as a new growing season approaches in the climate of uncertain economic times nationally.

Proceeds from the Farm Outlook Seminar go to the SMSU Foundation and provide scholarships for SMSU students.

This agricultural preview is normally a sellout. Those wishing to participate are asked to register by March 13. For tickets, call 507-537-6266, or 1-800-260-0970.

Registrations can be mailed to the SMSU Foundation, Founders Hall 225, 1501 State St., Marshall, MN, 56258.

Registration and payment may also be submitted online at: www.southwestmsu.edu/farmseminar.

Tickets are $100 per person, or $150 for a husband and wife. Tickets include lunch.

Ag Calendar

- 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. Saturday 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 Thursday to March 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.

- MARSHALL -- Agricultural experts in several fields will be featured at the 25th annual Farm Outlook Seminar March 18 at Southwest Minnesota State University. Presenters include Jerry Gulke, Roger Wallace, Wayne Myers and Vincent Malanga. Their presentations will be informative and useful for those associated with agriculture as a new growing season approaches in the climate of uncertain economic times nationally. Registration is required by March 13. For tickets, call 507-537-6266, or 1-800-260-0970. Registrations can be mailed to the SMSU Foundation, Founders Hall 225, 1501 State St., Marshall, MN, 56258. Registration and payment may also be submitted online at: www.southwestmsu.edu/farmseminar. Tickets are $100 per person, or $150 for a husband and wife.

- 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.

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