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Kandi Acres of Hawick is home to nearly 500 goats, most of them raised for meat production. Owned by Tiffany Farrier, it has been a labor of love. It is the only halal-certified goat farm in the state, meaning the goats are raised in a way acceptable to Islamic tenets.
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The world is in the middle of the largest transfer of wealth in history as baby boomers reach retirement age. This also means today's older farmers are starting to think about and plan for their future and legacy once they pass. The Willmar Area Community Foundation has started to see an increase in the number of farmers putting legacy charity donations into place, using things such as grain, equipment and land to fund the donations.
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The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission Ag and Renewable Energy Committee has worked for nearly 20 years to promote agriculture in the county. They've worked with numerous new and existing businesses while also educating the public about the importance of agriculture.
The principles of regenerative agriculture are the same, no matter the latitude. A Mexican rancher tells how they've boosted his production in the sun-baked desert, and how they can do the same on the wind-swept Minnesota prairie.
A three-person dairy goat operation in Murdock uses goat milk to make hand-crafted soap and lotion to sell at farmers markets and craft shows. As the herd quickly grows, the partnership, which operates under the name C-R Farm, is preparing to take its business to the next level.
RJ and James Orsten, two brothers who raise cattle north of Willmar under the name Cardinal Creek Cattle Company, are trying to get the message out that they are looking for land to rent and that they do, indeed, know what they’re doing.

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As the MPTL celebrates its fifth anniversary, staff are keenly aware of the potential for a future widespread avian influenza, but hopeful that if on-the-farm safeguards continue to be followed — along with the well-equipped and well-trained laboratory — that diseases can be kept in check.
The MNyou Youth vegetable garden near Willmar is located on a scenic former horse pasture owned by Brent and Debbie Larson, just north of Willmar. Currently, about three acres of land is used for the gardens — with plans to expand and add another two acres next year by building terraces on the sloping hills.
Building on the foresight and leadership of local dairy farmers from 100 years ago, a major expansion at the First District Association in Litchfield has prepared the farmer-owned cooperative for the next century.

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