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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Vegetable and Fruit Pest Workshop

By Beth Berlin
University of Minnesota Extension

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (03/14/18) — Do you grow vegetables or fruits to sell at your local farmers market, grocery, restaurant, or other market? If you do, you probably deal with a variety of pests impacting your produce every year. Join the University of Minnesota Extension for “Strategies to Tackle Pests in Vegetable and Fruit Production” workshop on April 4, 2018 in either Little Falls or Alexandria.

Annie Klodd, Extension Educator-Vegetable and Fruit Production, will cover problem weeds in vegetables and fruit fields, and early season weed control tactics in vegetable production.

Extension Entomologist Bill Hutchison, will address a variety of insect pests including spotted
wing drosophila, tarnished plant bug, squash vine borer, cabbage looper, and Colorado potato
beetle. In addition he will highlight insects on the horizon for central and west central Minnesota
growers like the brown marmorated stink bug that will greatly impact vegetable and fruit

Two workshop locations are being offered, Little Falls from 8:30-11:30am and a repeat session
in Alexandria from 1:30-4:30pm. The Little Falls location will be held at Little Falls City Hall.

The Alexandria location will be held at the Douglas County Extension Office Meeting Room.
To register online visit or call the Morrison County Extension Office at 320-632-
0161 or the Douglas County Extension office at 320-762- 3890.

When registering please indicate which location you plan to attend. Cost of the workshop is $10/person Space is limited, payment must be received to hold reservation.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Small flock and backyard poultry workshops

The UMN Poultry Science Team is planning a series of workshops around the state that will focus on small scale urban and rural backyard poultry production. 

A variety of topics related to poultry production and marketing will be covered. The agenda offers something for both novice and more experienced chicken keepers. 

Please try to pre-register if you plan to attend, as we will provide lunch and so we need an accurate head count. 

The cost is $10.00/person or $20.00/household (max 3) Please Pre-register a week advance of your workshop date and location.

9:30-10:00    Registration
10:00-10:30   Chicken Breeds
10:30-11:00   Poultry Regulatory Issues 
11:00-11:30    Poultry Husbandry
 11:30-12:00   Poultry Nutrition
 12:30-12:45   Lunch
 12:45-1:45     Biosecurity
 1:45-2:30       Issues in Raising
 2:30-3:00       Raising Baby Chicks
 3:00-3:30       Roundtable Discussion
 3:30                 Adjourn

Dates, Times and Locations

April 7, 2018-Rushford
Rushford Community Center
43038 State Highway 30 West
Rushford Village, MN 55971
TO PRE-REGISTER: Michael Cruse at

April 14, 2018- St Peter
St Peter Senior Center, at the St Peter Community Center
600 South 5th Street, Saint Peter, MN 56082. TO PRE-REGISTER: Jason Ertl at 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Beef Cattle and Pasture Management Workshop

University of Minnesota Extension will host a Beef Cattle and Pasture Management Meeting on Thursday, March 22nd at the Genesis main office building, located at 901 N. 4th St. in Le Sueur, Minnesota. 

This new event will feature a diverse lineup of speakers to address various aspects of cattle nutrition and pasture management in effort to equip beef producers with information to help their operation succeed.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:00 a.m. There is a cost of $15 per person at the door. Pre-registration is not necessary, but it is requested for a meal count. To pre-register or more information, contact Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator in Carver and Scott Counties at or 507-521-3640.

A detailed agenda and more info can be found here.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Raising Backyard & Small Flock Chicken Workshop

Colleen Carlson
UMN Extension
Carver and Scott Counties

Small-scale and backyard poultry is emerging throughout Minnesota.  Our workshop’s agenda is filled with multiple topics geared toward the needs of the beginning farmer, hobbyist or backyard producer and those who would like to raise birds on a small scale.

Join University of Minnesota Educators and Specialists to learn about poultry husbandry, breed of chickens, regulatory issues, city ordinances, biosecurity, raising baby chicks and listen as others share their experience raising chickens.

Backyard & Small Flock Chicken Workshop will be held:
Saturday, March 3, 2018 –9:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m.
Elko New Market Library
110 J Roberts Way, 
Elko New Market, MN 555054

Please pre-registration for lunch count is appreciated
$10.00 per person or $20 max per household.

For pre-registration or further questions about Small Flock Poultry contact Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems in Carver and Scott Counties. Email or call Colleen at the Scott County Extension Office – (952) 492-5386.  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Local Food Fine Print Podcast - Episode 4 - The Good Acre Part II

In episode 4, I continue our conversation with Nick of The Good Acre. We discuss negotiating price, the grower support they provide, volume requirements, liability insurance, food safety, roadblocks to entering the wholesale market, product specifications, and you won't want to miss the "produce battle".

You can listen to the podcast here, on iTunes, or Stitcher.

We discussed a resource for wholesale producers called "Wholesale Success", you can find information about it on the MISA website:

We would really appreciate your feedback on this episode via this short survey:

Women in Ag Network Third Annual Conference on February 15

by Sarah Schieck

St. Cloud, Minn. (1/30/2018)—“Overcoming Adversity,” the third annual Women in Ag Network Conference will be February 15, 2018 in St. Cloud, MN at the Holiday Inn and Suites.  This third annual event will be a day of learning and networking for women involved in agriculture.  Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with conference program from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Katie Pinke, publisher of AgWeek and blogger of the The Pinke Post, will be the keynote speaker.  The title of her presentation is, “Accepting Interruptions to Define Your Path Forward,” where Katie will explain that even the most well-orchestrated plans aren’t exempt from interruptions on the farm or off the farm.  Drawing upon trials and triumphs in her personal life and ag business career, Katie will help attendees define their best path forward through life’s pivotal moments.

Breakout sessions will feature five diverse tracks for attendees to choose from: farm business planning, stress management on farms, consumer advocacy, risk management, and farm safety and health. The day will end with a panel discussion  with panelists sharing how they have overcome adversity, whether it be a health challenge, weather event, farm transition, or other farm challenge.

Pre-registration is required for the conference at  After February 1, regular registrations are $65 and preferred by February 8. College students studing production agriculture may register for free. A limited number of registration fee scholarships are available for beginning farmers.

The Women in Ag Network is a collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota’s Farm Service Agency.  For more information please visit  Feel free to contact Sarah Schieck ( or 320-235-0726 ext. 2004) or Megan Roberts ( or 507-389-6722) with questions.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Help us out - Pesticide needs assessment

The Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education team with Extension is working to develop more resources for fruit and vegetable growers as well as organic growers of all kinds. We aim to address safety, technical education, questions about effectiveness of different products, and integrated pest management. In order to do so effectively, we are conducting this survey to gain a baseline understanding of current practices, questions that farmers have, and how we can share information and resources most effectively. 

The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete, depending on the respondent's comfort level with using computers. It can be taken on a computer or a smart phone. 

Here is a link to the survey:

If participants choose to include their email at the end, they will be added to a random drawing to win a pair of safety gloves.
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