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Farm Briefs, July 25

District 8 Holstein show is Aug. 1

SAUK CENTRE -- The 2009 District 8 Holstein Show will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Stearns County Fairgrounds in Sauk Centre. The show will be with the Stearns County Fair Open Class Dairy Show. Todd Searles from Spring Valley will be the judge. Exhibitors will be from Benton, Kandiyohi, Sherburne, Morrison, Stearns, and Crow Wing counties.

All animals exhibited must have a Holstein Association USA identification paper and be accompanied by certificates. The show will follow state health requirements. Area Holstein breeders, as well as Junior, 4-H, and FFA members are encouraged to participate. Contact Mike Schiller of Freeport or Mary Swart of New London, at 320-354-4396 or, for more information on exhibiting. Entry deadline is today.

A youth showmanship contest will be at the conclusion of the show. The dairy royalty will present the awards. Various business firms in the district are donating trophies and door prizes. Exhibitors and spectators are invited.

Landowner workshop is Aug. 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- On Aug. 5 in Minneapolis, agricultural experts will address the many challenges and changes facing landowners in Minnesota, including record grain prices, record input costs and global marketing pressures.

Presentations at the "Challenge of Change" workshop, sponsored by Farmers National Company, will focus on topics such as risk management; the impact commodity prices are having on farm/ranch land values; the new farm program; challenges associated with cash rent; economic change and how agriculture will be impacted; and the newest operating arrangements.

"Over the past 36 months, we have seen significant fundamental changes take place in agriculture," said Jim Farrell, President and CEO of Farmers National Company. "It is important for non-operator landowners to educate themselves so they can maximize the value of their asset for themselves and the next generation."

The workshop will be at the Minneapolis Marriott West, 9960 Wayzata Boulevard. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the sessions running from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Seating is limited and registration is suggested. For more information or to register, call 1-800-346-2650 or visit to complete the online registration form. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.