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July 24, 2013

Farm families impact Minnesota's economy and rural communities

Agriculture keeps advancing, adapting new technology to meet the needs of an increasingly global economy. Challenges have intensified as well--a lengthy drought, heavy precipitation and uncertain farm policies, to mention a few.

The University of Minnesota started the Farm Family of the Year program 33 years ago to recognize successful farm families for their impact on our economy and rural communities. This year, families from 76 Minnesota counties will be recognized for their contributions to agriculture, the economy and rural communities at an Aug. 8 ceremony at Farmfest, the state's largest farm gathering.

July 23, 2013

Apps help horse owners manage hay cost, horse body weight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/23/2013) —As hay prices soar, new mobile apps developed at University of Minnesota Extension can help horse owners more precisely determine how much hay to purchase and feed their animals.

July 18, 2013

University recognizes Farm Families of the Year for 2013

This year, 76 families from throughout Minnesota will be honored as a 2013 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. The families will be recognized in ceremonies set for 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 at the annual Minnesota Farmfest near Redwood Falls.

July 17, 2013

Minnesota wine: Coming into its own, with challenges ahead

Minnesota's wine industry is growing up. It's a distinctive addition to Minnesota commerce, one that contributed $59 million to the state's economy in 2011 alone.

July 10, 2013

Extension selects communities for tourism assessment program

Several Minnesota communities will benefit from a new University of Minnesota Extension project aimed at improving small towns' long-term tourism prospects by identifying and enhancing local assets. Communities will see their town's strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of first-time visitors posing as prospective business owners, vacationers or shoppers. The final report will include visitor impressions, University research and an analysis by local residents, resulting in a three-way perspective of a community's tourism potential.

July 05, 2013

What's happening to nitrogen in corn fields after wet, cool spring?

ST. PAUL, Minn. (July 5, 2013)—--Many Minnesota fields have exhibited significant variation in plant growth and yellowing this spring. University of Minnesota Extension has received questions surrounding nitrogen loss caused by less than favorable conditions in May and June.

July 01, 2013

Scout before you spray

ST. PAUL, Minn. (July 1, 2013)—The high incidence of tan spot in small grains this year has necessitated early fungicide applications. In recent years, it's become common practice to spray fungicides for leaf diseases in small grains, along with early herbicide applications the around five-leaf stage. This often happens when there are no obvious signs of disease.
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