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Farm Briefs, Oct. 31

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Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Wulf Limousin named Good Farm Neighbors

ST. PAUL -- Wulf and Sons Limousin Farms is well-known in the cattle breeding arena. The Morris producers have sold their award-winning cattle to buyers in 25 states and six foreign countries.

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This month they're being recognized for their animal care practices and environmental stewardship as the winners of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Good Farm Neighbor Award.

The cattle farm has been active since 1955 when Leonard Wulf purchased the Stevens County farm. Today, Leonard's four sons -- Jerry, Jim, Dennis and Davis -- and their families oversee the operation of 800 registered cows, a 4,000-head feedlot, 4,000 acres of crops and 1,500 acres of pasture.

A trained nutritionist analyzes all feedstuffs for protein, energy, vitamin and mineral requirements for their herd. Two-thirds of the Wulf cattle are fed naturally, using no hormones or antibiotics.

The Wulfs have worked extensively to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and maintain wildlife habitat. This includes reducing tillage practices and planting trees as wind blocks for the cattle as well as wildlife. Jim Wulf says the open feedlot was remodeled in 2007 and has zero runoff. He says grass filter strips and an extensive rotational grazing system are other environmental management tools they've used successfully.

Winners of the Good Farm Neighbor Award are selected by a committee representing the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Nominations can be e-mailed to margaret.hart@state.mn.us or mailed to Good Farm Neighbor Award, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 North Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55155. A nomination form can be downloaded at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/news/publications/aboutmda/goodneighboraward.pdf.

Siehl Prize seeks nominations

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture is requesting nominations for the 2010 awards. The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture and the alleviation of world hunger.

The University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences administers the awards. Recipients are chosen in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research and outreach), production agriculture and agribusiness. Each laureate receives a $50,000 award as well as a sculpture and lapel pin designed by Minnesota artist Thomas Rose specifically for the Siehl Prize.

The Siehl Prize was created in the early 1990s by a generous gift from New Ulm-area livestock breeder and businessman Eldon Siehl. Past winners include Jennie-O founder Earl Olson and former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland.

Nominee(s) must reside or have resided in Minnesota for at least five years or hold a degree from the University of Minnesota. Individuals and teams of people are eligible. Self-nominations and nominations by relatives are not allowed.

Nomination instructions are available at www.cfans.umn.edu/siehlprize. Deadline is Jan. 15, with award winners expected to be announced during National Ag Week, March 14-20.

Field day setat EcoSunPrairie Farm

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- A field day will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday near Brookings, S.D., to discuss the potential economic and ecological benefits of establishing grass-based farms on converted corn and soybean land.

EcoSun Prairie Farms is located between Brookings and Colman. The 640 acres are designed to demonstrate how to make a sustained and earned living from restored grassland and grass products while protecting and enhancing the natural environment. For more information, go to ecosunprairiefarms.org

The field day will include a discussion of the goals and history of the farm, the benefits of producing prairie grasses and forbs for economic return, and the potential implications for natural resources. Attendees will also have the opportunity to walk portions of the Prairie Farm, ask questions and visit a nearby research site looking at the potential impacts of biofuels harvest on game bird production. This is an outdoor event. Dress accordingly.

Directions: From I-29, take the Flandreau exit (Exit 114). Travel west on Highway 32 for about 1.5 miles to the intersection of Highway 32 and Highway 77. Continue traveling west an additional 2 miles. Travel south 2 miles. Travel west about 1 mile. Meeting site is near a field approach on the north (right) side of the road.

For weather related cancellations, contact 605-690-703.

Farm legal series available on Extension site

ST. PAUL -- Farming has become more than just producing crops and livestock. Marketing and production contracts, farm leases, security interests, bankruptcy, rights of unsecured creditors and many other legal issues have become a part of farming.

To assist farm families with establishing a basic understanding of many of the legal issues that face them, University of Minnesota Extension is making available a farm legal series. The 16-piece series includes topics related to termination of contract for deeds, tax considerations in liquidation and reorganization, security interests in personal property, mortgage foreclosure, bankruptcy, production and marketing contracts, and more.

All are available at no charge at http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/businessmanagement/DF7291.html. Pieces in the series can be downloaded individually or as a complete set. All relate specifically to Minnesota law.

The legal series was written by Phillip L. Kunkel, Jeffrey A. Peterson, and Jessica A. Mitchell, attorneys at law with Gray Plant Mooty law firm.

All the information sheets are written in easily understood terms. Each varies in length depending upon the subject. Some have examples and calculations included.

The series is not intended to be legal advice, as each situation differs. However, reviewing the series will give farm producers a good, solid understanding of the basics related to each topic.

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

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