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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 

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