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Friday, March 30, 2018

Lambing management workshop on St. Paul Campus

by Wayne Martin
Extension Educator

The University of Minnesota Extension Small Farms Program will host a workshop on lambing management on the St Paul Campus.  

Date/Location- It will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9 am to 3:30 pm, in the Beef Cattle Barn, on the St Paul Campus. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged so that we can plan for food. Cost of the workshop is $15/adult, $20/couple or business partners, and $10/student. Please contact Wayne Martin at , or (612) 625-6224. The Beef Cattle Barn is located at:

Sheep numbers continue to decline throughout the USA, while demand remains strong, a situation which provides a great opportunity for those who raise sheep, whether the flock is small or large. This workshop is designed for the person who is interested but with no experience raising sheep, or who already has a few sheep but wants to improve management skills. 

The morning will be spent in the Beef Barn Classroom, and in the afternoon there will be time for hands-on activities with the sheep. The workshop will be taught by Kyle Rozeboom, Livestock Specialist in the Animal Science Department, and Wayne Martin, Alternative Livestock Systems Specialist with Extension. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Flock Management Overview, including  Sheep Management Calendar
  • Ewe Care- Preparing for Lambing
  • Housing/facilities
  • Post-Lambing Management Practices
  • Vaccinations, how and when to administer
  • The Importance of Selective Culling

Friday, March 23, 2018

Low Tunnel Day-Neutral Strawberry Production Workshop

White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, MN

With the low tunnel, day-neutral strawberry production system, Minnesota farmers can
grow and harvest delicious strawberries late into the fall.

RSVP for this free workshop featuring Steve Poppe, Senior Horticulture Scientist at West Central Research and Outreach Center, who will share the latest research and best practices for day-neutral strawberry season extension.

A panel discussion featuring growers and culinary professionals who are growing, seeking or using Minnesota-grown strawberries will follow Poppe's presentation.

This event is intended for growers interested in strawberry production, as well as culinary professionals and other local businesses interested in sourcing locally grown strawberries.
Networking lunch from 12 - 1, with optional site tour after lunch. Event Hosted In
Partnership with the Lake Agassiz Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association.

Date: April 6, 9AM - 1PM  
Location: White Earth Tribal and Community College  

For more information:  612-709-6790

Living on a Few Acres, Make the Most of Living on the Land

By Colleen Carlson
Extension Educator
Scott County

Want to raise sheep but have been too sheepish to ask for information? Want to know what’s the difference between sod and soil?  Can a pasture also be a pig pen? Would you like to grow your knowledge of what it takes to live in the country or get more enjoyment out of your current acreage? The University of Minnesota Extension will present a Living on the Land Workshop in Elko New Market.

Living on the Land, an eight session course will be held Monday nights, April 2, - May 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Firehouse Grill meeting room, 7875 Old Town Road, in Elko New Market, MN.  The class fee is $225.00, for up to two people per farm.
Living on the Land is designed to walk those new to land ownership through a process of selecting a purpose and developing a plan for their small acreage, says Colleen Carlson, Scott County Extension Educator. “This class will provide residents a unique learning experience to prepare them for living on the land.” Participants will take stock of what they have; land, soil, woodlands, and buildings to assess their personal resources and skills to develop long and short term goals. They will learn why the living soil shouldn’t be treated like dirt, what’s up in the watershed, how co-exist with wildlife, woods and weeds along with the basics of growing pasture, fruits and vegetables as well address the raising of animals-feeding, fencing and manure management.  

These basic, yet essential topics will help you become a good steward of your land and prepare you for more advanced learning opportunities.  The program includes classroom discussion, field trips, fact sheets, booklets, and online resources.

Past participants of Living on the Land, enjoyed interacting with other beginning land owners, appreciated having face to face access with subject matter experts and gained new insights as what is possible on their acreage.
For more info, take a look at the brochure. To register contact Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator Carver/Scott,,
 952-492-5386 Scott County Extension

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.
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