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September 22, 2015

Test shows horse did not have EHV-1

Media contact: Aimee Viniard-Weideman, U of M Extension, (651) 894-4591, 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/22/2015)—A horse that became ill during the State 4-H Horse Show last Friday  tested negative for Equine Herpesvirus 1, according to the University of Minnesota Extension.

Based on the horse’s neurological symptoms, there was a possibility that the horse had Equine Herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1). The family that owned the horse chose to euthanize it because of its worsening condition and poor prognosis. Testing was conducted through the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. 

Because of the possibility of EHV-1, State 4-H Horse Show participants were instructed to quarantine horses that participated in the horse show and monitor their horses until test results were available.

Because of these test results, horses that participated in the State 4-H Horse Show no longer need to be quarantined. 4-H participants were notified of the test results this afternoon.

September 11, 2015

Explore Morocco and Minnesota Connections Sept. 15-17 at U of M

Media contacts: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension,, (612) 625-0237 (week of Sept. 7); Allison Sandve, U of M Extension,, (612) 626-4077 (week of Sept. 14)

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (9/10/2015) — Morocco and Minnesota Connections is three days of events and activities to highlight the historic relationship between the University of Minnesota and Morocco and build more connections.

Conference activities are intended for community and business leaders, educators, students, and others interested in learning about the special relationship between Morocco and the state of Minnesota. During the conference, the Moroccan visitors will visit with University leaders, Minnesota companies, Lt. Governor Smith and economic development officials.

Public events include

Sept. 15
10:30 a.m.: Current Issues in Morocco, Presentations by Moroccan visitors
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium, U of M Twin Cities East Bank campus
Watch live stream

U of M Bookstore sale of Moroccan literature
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. U of M Bookstore in Coffman Union, East Bank campus
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. U of M Bookstore in St. Paul Student Center

Sept. 16
Noon: Luncheon presentation by Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal
Windows on Minnesota, 50th Floor IDS Center, Minneapolis
Registration required at

1:30 p.m.: Presentations from U of M faculty and Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture
U of M St. Paul Student Center

4 p.m.: Alumni awards presentation and reception: Honoring Mohammed Sadiki, class of 1990
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, U of M St. Paul Student Center

6:30 p.m.: Reception hosted by University Arab Language and Culture Club
U of M Molecular and Cellular Biology building, room 3-120, 420 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis

7:15 p.m.: Le Grand Voyage, A Moroccan film
U of M Molecular and Cellular Biology building, room 3-120, 420 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis

Sept. 17
6-8 p.m.: Opening reception: Bridges to Morocco, photo exhibit of Lhouceine Aamar, U of M Humphrey Fellow
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, U of M St. Paul Student Center

For detailed schedule and more information, visit


The collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Morocco began in the 1960s. Over the next two decades, exchanges of students, educators and researchers took place predominantly in the areas of agriculture and veterinary medicine. Although sustainable agriculture is still a key area of the partnership, areas such as leadership, community development and tourism, Arabic language learning, and business continue are growing fields of cooperation.

University of Minnesota Extension recently implemented grant-funded leadership programming with Morocco’s National School of Agriculture in Meknes, pairing Minnesota farmers and agriculture leaders with Moroccan farmers in a Farmer-to-Farmer program. University of Minnesota Extension leads Cooperative Extension nationally on globalization, international development challenges and intercultural skill-building.

Event Partners

University of Minnesota:
  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Carlson School of Management
  • U of M Morris
  • U of M Duluth
  • Student Unions & Activities

Other U.S. partners:
  • Minnesota International Center
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

September 10, 2015

U of M hosting showcase to educate, engage and inform about aquatic invasive species

Media contacts: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension,, (612) 625-0237; Allison Sandve, U of M Extension,, (612) 626-4077

ST. PAUL (9/10/2015) —The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC), along with University of Minnesota Extension, announce the 2015 Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase, to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1980 Buford Ave., on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus.

September 04, 2015

Prevent flash fires and explosions: watch for deep-pit manure foam

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, U of M Extension, (612) 626-4077,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/3/2015)—Manure deep-pits under swine barns in the Upper Midwest are getting full in this time of year, and concern over pit foaming is especially high. Pork producers should be vigilant.

Although the frequency of flash fires or barn explosions in deep-pit pig buildings has been significantly reduced since the peak of this problem in 2009, foam still can occur. Tragically, that resulted in two fatalities earlier in 2015.

To prevent an explosion or a flash fire, ventilate or exchange air in the barn to dilute the concentration of methane gas in the air.

The presence of foam bubbles on top of liquid manure in a deep pit contains about 70 percent methane. Any activity that disrupts the foam releases this stored methane or natural gas can be dangerous. Methane is extremely explosive when between 4 and 15 percent of the air by volume. If you are not sure if foam is present or if there is only a thin layer, take precautions.

Always check for foam when there is any interruption in normal activities. This includes changing (turning) groups of pigs, running soaking nozzles or power washing, agitating and pumping liquid manure in the pit, or any maintenance work (such as welding) inside the barn. These activities disrupt the foam and release methane.

If foam is detected in the manure pit prior to any of these activities, immediately take these precautions:

Run the exhaust fans in the barn to at least the mild weather or fall/spring ventilation rate. This will provide roughly 25 to 35 air exchanges per hour in the barn or, for a grow-finish barn, 30 to 40 cfm/pig. Use of wall fans are preferable in addition to pit fans, since the airflow rates from pit fans are commonly compromised or reduced significantly by high manure levels in the pit and duct transitions on pit fans.

When foam is present, eliminate all ignition sources inside the barn: pilot lights or electrostatic spark on water and space heaters, sparking switches on lights and non-enclosed electric motors, welding, grinding, cigarettes, cigars or pipes.

Extension and research personnel from the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and University of Illinois developed warning stickers in English and Spanish to post inside pig barns. Stickers will be available from pork producer associations in all three states.

For more information, visit

Any use of this article must include the following credit line:

From Chuck Clanton, PE, professor, University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Larry Jacobson, PE, agricultural engineer and professor, University of Minnesota Extension

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, U of M Extension, (612) 626-4077,

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August 18, 2015

Learn from U of M Extension at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair!

If you go to the "Great Minnesota Get-Together," be sure to participate in fun and educational U of M Extension opportunities. Extension discovers science-based solutions, delivers practical education and engages Minnesotans to build a better future.

August 14, 2015

Glyndon Farms family boosts 4-H STEM with memorial fund

Donald W. Grant had a passion for science, which is benefiting 4-H youth in Clay County long after he has passed away. That’s because his family, owners of the Glyndon Farms Company, established the Donald W. Grant Fund in his memory. Their purpose is to support more 4-H programming in Clay County with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects such as aquatic robotics.

August 13, 2015

New Extension fact sheets on farm legal issues now online

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, office 612-626-4077,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (8/12/2015)—A new eight-part series of fact sheets on farming and agricultural legal issues is now available online.

The new topics cover entity selection and restrictions, trusts, landowner liability, water rights and drainage, mitigating counter-party risk, labor law and the Affordable Care Act. The fact sheets are from the University of Minnesota Extension Agricultural Business Management team and attorney Phillip L. Kunkel and others from the Gray Plant Mooty law firm.

The eight new fact sheets are part of a 24-part farm legal series aimed at protecting business viability and regulatory compliance for farmers.

“The new fact sheets cover topics that producers have been asking questions about, so we were excited to work with Phil and his team to add them to the series,” said Bob Craven, University of Minnesota Extension economist. “The updates to the existing fact sheets assure the series is current with changes in Minnesota and federal law.”
Sixteen existing online resources in the series have been updated to reflect regulatory changes.
The revised fact sheets cover topics including farm leases, agricultural production and marketing contracts, financing the farm operations, mortgages and contracts for deed, tax considerations of liquidations and reorganizations, and bankruptcy.
The complete series of fact sheets can be found at


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