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February 27, 2014

Preventing roof collapses from snow on agricultural buildings

The recent snowstorm left large amounts of snow and ice on agricultural building roofs. The extended cold temperatures prevent snow and ice from sliding off, which increases the total weight that trusses and rafters must support. Even well-designed roofs cannot take excessive amounts of snow, greater than four to six feet.

February 14, 2014

Video: Discovering Science--Minnesota 4-H builds the next generation of STEM Leaders

Jobs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are growing three times faster than other industries, but only 5 percent of U.S. students get their undergraduate degree in science and engineering. Hands-on experiences in 4-H STEM set Minnesota youth on a path to continued learning in college and careers.

February 12, 2014

Minnesota 4-H Foundation plans '4-H Celebrates Agriculture' March 20 in St. Paul

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation hosts the first-ever "4-H Celebrates Agriculture" banquet at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 20 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

February 11, 2014

Farm Bill: Initial assessment on commodity programs

The "Agricultural Act of 2014," commonly called the farm bill, changes many programs and rules for farmers. Farmers need to make a crucial one-time, irrevocable election under the crop commodity programs. Farmers also have an opportunity to update their base acres and their base yields.

February 06, 2014

Bringing research to blossom with U of M Extension Master Gardeners

Minnesota gardeners have more options for shrub roses than ever before. The University of Minnesota's Department of Horticulture, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Extension educators, and Research and Outreach Centers all play a part.

February 05, 2014

Propane conservation tips for swine producers

The recent spike in propane prices is additional incentive for swine producers to conserve heating energy. Pork producers may have propane contracted at a reasonable rate, but managing heating costs should always be a priority, especially when expenses are rising.
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