Beef Quality Assurance certification: Seven workshops to choose from in February and March, free, online via Zoom by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Beef Council. Advance registration required, codes at mnbeef.org/about-us/upcoming-events. BQA certification is being required by many major industry buyers and processors. It is still voluntary for producers to complete; however, when a producer does not have current BQA certification, the result is that many packers and feedlots simply cannot purchase those cattle because their company cannot source cattle from a producer who does not meet their certification requirements. If unable to attend a scheduled Zoom session, earn free certification online, anytime, at www.BQA.org.
Farm safety webinar series: Thursdays, 11 a.m., free, choose any or all to attend. Register in advance at z.umn.edu/FarmSafetyWebinars, presented by Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension, and Angie Johnson, North Dakota State University Extension. March 4 is livestock safety and March 18 is mental health.
Beef calving webinar: Feb. 22 and 25, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. This webinar series is hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension and covers different aspects of calving on a beef cattle operation. Feb. 22: helping newborn calves and Feb. 25: management of calf scours. Register at z.umn.edu/CalvingSeries by 5 p.m. the day before each event. Recordings for all the sessions will be available at the end of the series. For more information contact Brenda Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aid for turkey farmers: Applications are open through Feb. 26 for contract turkey growers to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The federal financial assistance is available to contract turkey farmers who experienced pandemic-related revenue losses in 2020. Eligible contract growers would receive up to 80% of their revenue losses from Jan. 1-Dec. 27, 2020, compared to the same time frame in 2019. For more information, go to www.farmers.gov/cfap or call 877-508-8364.
Poultry Health Management School: May 24-25, online, register at PoultryHealthSchool.com. Participants will learn about poultry housing and management in this intensive training course for poultry producers, farm employees and other poultry professionals. Typically, the number of students allowed is limited. However, this year it will be offered to anyone who wishes to participate due to the virtual structure. Fee is $300, each attendee will receive the most recent American Association of Avian Pathologists Avian Disease Manual, an instruction guide and other educational tools. For questions, contact Rebecca Groos at email@example.com or call 763-682-2171.
Suicide Prevention Training for ag communities: 1 p.m. March 17 and April 21. The University of Minnesota Extension teamed up with NAMI Minnesota to provide an online suicide prevention program for agricultural and rural communities. The 90-minute QPR training teaches three emergency steps to “question, persuade and refer” in response to someone in crisis. Emily Krekelberg, extension educator for farm health and safety, will facilitate the training via Zoom, drawing on her own lived experience from a family farm. The training is intended for members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16. Register by going to www.z.umn.edu/agqpr. For more information, contact Emily Krekelberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prairie Yard and Garden: 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 on Pioneer PBS. Host Mary Holm visits the Gardens of Rice Creek. Betty Ann Addison of Fridley has dedicated a lifetime to creating a breathtaking yard filled with beautiful plants and hardy rhododendrons.
Prairie Yard and Garden: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, and repeats 4 p.m. the following Saturday and 1 p.m. the following Monday on Pioneer PBS. Host Mary Holm talks about critters In the garden with John Loegering from the University of Minnesota in Crookston. He shares advice about how to identify and deal with furry garden visitors.
Prairie Sportsman: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, and repeats at 12:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Pioneer PBS. Join host Bret Amundson for “Muskies and Living High.” Go muskie fishing at Maplewood State Park and explore Treehouse Masters inspired cabins in central Minnesota.