Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Nov. 27, 2020

Events and classes scheduled in the outdoors, gardening and farming. Submit your event at by noon on Tuesday.

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Sibley State Park: Nov. 28-29, closed to all visitors for a special muzzleloader deer hunt. The purpose of the hunt is to control the deer population and protect natural resources.


Minnesota Milk Producers Association: Dec. 2, virtually. The Minnesota Milk Producers Association will have an educational webinar at 11 a.m. on the COVID-19 pandemic and what dairy farmers should expect moving forward into 2021 followed by the annual meeting at noon. Find more information on the association website at .

Supporting farm youth in stress: Dec. 7-10, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., online. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture presents Monica Kramer McConkey in interactive sessions to help develop insights and skills to recognize, understand and support farm children and adolescents experiencing stress. It is designed for teachers, coaches, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, scout leaders, FFA advisers, pastors, youth pastors and youth leaders, social workers, mental health professionals, health care providers, and others who interact with farm youth. Register at

2020 Soil Health Summit: Dec. 15-16. The annual University of Minnesota Soil Health Summit will be held in an online format because of COVID-19. The statewide conference on conservation tillage features applied science information from the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State University and Manitoba Agriculture, as well as farmers with direct experience in no-till and reduced tillage methods and cover crops. The cost of the event is $50; however, scholarships are available from most county Soil and Water Conservation Districts as well as the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. More information about the 2020 Soil Health Summit, including how to register, can be found at the University of Minnesota Extension webpage on the 2020 Soil Management Summit.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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