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Thursday, June 7, 2018

IPM Field Days Next Week

Annie Klodd
UMN Extension Educator
Fruit and Vegetable Production 

These workshops have been postponed due to low registration.

UMN Extension’s Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Team is hosting three Vegetable IPM evening field days throughout MN in June, from 5:00-8:00 pm. 

Locations and dates include:

June 12: St. Paul @ UMN Student Organic Farm (This location has been cancelled)
June 14: Waseca @ UMN Southern Research and Outreach Center
June 19: Alexandria @ Berry Ridge Farm

Integrated Pest Management emphases combining diverse techniques for more sustainable and effective pest management. Join us for an evening of IPM strategies for vegetable crops. In Alexandria, the field day will include additional information on high tunnel pest management and fruit as well. Hone your skills, or learn new ones, to better tackle our most challenging diseases, insects, and weeds.

Activities include:
Insect and disease management strategies
Weeds: Innovative equipment and tactics for controlling weeds
Spraying more efficiently and effectively - demos by Ken Frost of Frost Inc./The Spray Barn

Who is this for? Anyone growing vegetables for market, including both organic and non-organic growers.

Cost: $15 per person, includes light supper and beverages

Annie Klodd - Extension Educator, Fruit and Vegetable Production
Natalie Hoidal - Co-coordinator, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education
Ken Frost – Frost Inc./The Spray Barn
Jeff Haun – Extension Educator, Entomology
Michelle Grabowski – Extension Educator, Plant Pathology

To register: Follow these links to register, and to get more details on the topics covered at each location:
St. Paul, June 12
Waseca, June 14
Alexandria, June 19

Feel free to download the flyer, for more information, contact Annie Klodd at

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Organic Pig Production Workshop in Morris

by Wayne Martin
UMN Extension Educator

The University of Minnesota Extension Small Farms Program will
host a workshop on Organic Pig Production at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), University of Minnesota in Morris, MN.

Date/Location- It will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 9:30-3:00 p.m. in the Ag
Country Auditorium of the WCROC. A map of the area can be viewed here.

David Stender, Extension Educator at Iowa State University, Lee Johnston, Professor of Swine Nutrition and Management at the University of Minnesota, Jim VanDerPol, an innovative hog farmer from Kerkhoven, MN will be the speakers.

Tentative Agenda:
9:15 – 9:30 am Coffee
9:30 – 10:30 am Feeding organic pigs – traditional (corn/SBM) vs. alternative feed – Lee Johnston
10:30 – 11:30 am Benchmark and financial management of organic pig production – David Stender
11:30 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 pm Breeds and genotypes for organic pig production – David Stender
1:00 – 1:30 pm Designing farrowing pens – our experiences – Jim VanDerPol
1:30 – 2:00 Group discussion: Challenges faced by organic/alternative hog farmers
2:00 – 3:00 Tour alternative swine facilities of WCROC (Gestation hoop barn). The tour is optional.

The seminar is free and lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you plan to attend, so that
we can plan accordingly.

To Pre-Register: Contact Wayne Martin at, or at 612-625-6224.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Winter Camelina Field Day to be held June 27 in Waseca, Minnesota

By Connie Carlson
Associate Program Director
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
University of MinnesotaRegional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Waseca, MN. --  The University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) invite processors, food entrepreneurs, culinary professionals, growers, and the curious public to learn about a new oilseed crop, winter camelina, on June 27th in Waseca, Minnesota.

Winter camelina (Camelina sativa) has a long history as an oil seed crop with great potential for use as a cash cover crop providing both protect soil and water while providing economic benefits to farmers in the Upper Midwest.

The Field Day event will be held at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, Minnesota and will highlight current research and work underway to launch camelina into Minnesota’s agricultural landscape. Visitors will see camelina growing in the field and learn from UMN agronomists best production practices. In addition, an oil press, provided by AURI, will press camelina seed to show how the oil and meal is extracted and the UMN Food Science department will be on-hand talking about the many potential opportunities for end-uses of camelina oil and meal.

Visitors are welcome to stop in anytime between 9:30AM and 12:30 PM on June 27th to explore and learn. Visitors who want a more in-depth understanding of camelina can participate in a guided tour. The first will begin at 10am with the second starting at 11:30. All attendees are encouraged to register by June 20 for the event and tours beforehand in order to plan for meals and parking.  Register by calling Nan Larson at (218) 281-7600 ext. 137 or by clicking this link:

This event is scheduled rain or shine.  For more information: Connie Carlson 612-709-6790,

Southern Research and Outreach Center  35838 120th Street Waseca, MN 56093.

This event is made possible by generous support from USDA: AFRI, NRCS, CIG, NIFA and NCR-SARE.  

About Forever Green: The Forever Green Initiative focuses on high-efficiency agriculture, cropping systems with continuous living cover, and perennial crops. Forever Green is a collaborative effort of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM), and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA); with major funding support from the Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and USDA-NIFA.
About AURI: The mission of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute is to foster long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products. It accomplishes this by helping develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology, while partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality.

What's Killing My Kale? - Episode 3 - Weeds in Perennial Systems

This month on What's Killing my Kale we're talking about integrated weed management (IWM) with Annie Klodd and Charlie Rowher. 

In part three, we explore specialty systems. Charlie shares his experiences with weed management in hops, Annie discusses considerations for perennial systems like grapes and apples, and we finish with some insight from Charlie on weeds in high tunnel systems.  

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

If you listen, please provide your feedback via this short survey:

Fencing workshop in Faribault

New to modern energized fence technology? University of Minnesota Extension and the Sustainable Farming Association are holding a hands-on workshop focused on the utilization of temporary energized fencing on the farm.

Kent Solberg, the Sustainable Farming Association’s Livestock and Grazing Specialist will discuss how an energized fence works, how temporary fences fit in grazing/cropping situations, and he will also discuss various options for temporary livestock fence equipment as well as cover how to install and maintain these temporary fences. If weather permits – meaning there is no lightning – the workshop will also involve hands-on use of energized temporary fence materials for participants.

The workshop is free for attendees thanks to our generous sponsor, K Fence Inc. of Zumbro Falls, and will be held on Friday June 29, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on the Rice County Fairgrounds. (1900 Fairground Drive #17 Faribault, MN 55021).

To register, you can visit or call the Rice County Extension office at 507-332-6165. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required for this free event.  

What: Temporary Livestock Fencing Workshop
When: Friday, June 299 am -12 pm
Where: Rice County Fairgrounds
Cost: Free thanks to our generous sponsor, K Fence Inc.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Local Food Fine Print Podcast - Episode 6

In Episode 6, I continue the conversation with Colleen, Kitchen Manager at the Blue Heron in Winona, MN.

The Blue Heron incorporates a lot of locally sourced produce and meat on their menu, we discuss communication, farmer check-ins, size specifications, pricing, deliveries, and sourcing.

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

I'd also love your feedback, fill out a brief survey at this link:

Deep Winter Greenhouse Workshop

Are you a deep winter greenhouse producer? Are you in the planning stages to become one? Do you want to know how to maximize your success in one of these passive solar structures?

On Friday, June 15, the Lake City Catholic Worker Farm will host a day-long Deep Winter Greenhouse production workshop led by experienced DWG producer Carol Ford. This workshop will take place at the Lake City Catholic Worker Farm and include tours of the newly completed Deep Winter Greenhouse which will be used to grow produce all winter long with minimal use of external heat.

Space is limited for this hands-on workshop. Please register early to ensure your spot.

To register, call or email Greg Schweser: 612-625-9706,

See the flier for more information.
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