Farming

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.

Pesticide applicator testing: March 2 and April 24, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Renville County Government Service Center in Olivia, conducted by the Renville Soil and Water Conservation District. Review the Minnesota Department of Ag website for testing requirements or call Ethan Dahl at 320-523-1550, ex.t 101, or email ethan.dahl@mn.nacdnet.net with any questions. The website is https://www.mda.state.mn.us/pesticide-fertilizer/pesticide-applicator-licensing.

Local workgroup meeting: March 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Renville County Government Center, Olivia. The group provides a forum for partners, farmers, agribusiness, conservation groups and local community members to share conservation activities and discuss natural resource problems and concerns that should be prioritized. The group assists in guiding the Natural Resources Conservation Service in targeting farm bill funds for technical and financial assistance in Renville County in the future. For more information, contact the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District, www.renvilleswcd.com or by phone 320-523-1550.

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Turkey farmers technology sessions: March 23-25, various locations. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association hosts meetings on technology in the Minnesota turkey industry for all association members and their farm employees. They will feature speakers from three innovators — Turkey Trac, Transport Genie and General Probiotics. The meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include lunch. March 23 at the Spitfire Grill in Detroit Lakes, March 24 at the American Legion in Paynesville and March 25 at the Wooden Nickel in Marshall. Space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, Make your reservation for a location with the MTGA office at 763-682-2171 or info@minnesotaturkey.com.

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 rgroos@minnesotaturkey.com or call 763-682-2171.

Farm Resource Guide: The 2021 guide is now available at many University of Minnesota Extension county offices across the state. It includes a wide variety of useful farm business management information and is available for a fee plus sales tax and postage, if mailed. Order from Dave Bau, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, by email at bauxx003@umn.edu or phone at 507-372-3900 ext. 3906, and specify format. Email cost is $25; CD cost is $29; hard copy cost is $31.

Beef calving webinar: The February series hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension covered different aspects of calving on a beef cattle operation. Recordings of all the sessions are available, contact Brenda Miller at nels4220@umn.edu.

Gardening

Integrated pest management for vegetables: March 17, noon to 1 p.m., online by the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. Learn how to garden with ecology in mind. Natalie Hoidal, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, will talk about how integrated pest management applies to gardeners, and how it can be used to manage insects and diseases effectively and responsibly. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711.

Prairie Yard and Garden: 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. 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.