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February, 2018

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February, 2018


This Week's Events

“Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times” at 9:30 AM on 1/30/2018
Start Time: 1/30/2018 9:30:00 AM
End Time: 3/15/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will offer “Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times” trainings in January, February and March. The professional development workshop will be offered in six different cities across Minnesota; it is designed to help people who work with farmers on a regular basis recognize and respond when they see farmers experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and other challenges. The three-hour workshops are free and will be held at both 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in these locations: • Tuesday, Jan. 30 - Willmar, Ridgewater College • Wednesday, Jan. 31 - Marshall, Southwest Minnesota State University • Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Austin, Riverland College • Thursday, Feb. 22 - North Mankato, South Central College • Wednesday, March 14 - Grand Rapids, Itasca Community College • Thursday, March 15 - Thief River Falls, Northland Community & Technical College The MDA invites agency staff, bankers, veterinarians, crop consultants, clergy, social service and health care professionals, agriculture educators, and others who work with farmers to attend. The main presenter will be Ted Matthews, a psychologist who has worked with farmers and farm families statewide for more than 20 years and has led several state and federal crisis response efforts. Randy Willis from the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, Michele Page from the Farm Service Agency in Minnesota, and Meg Moynihan from the MDA (who is also a dairy farmer) will join Matthews to deliver the training. Participants will learn to recognize signs of mental and emotional distress and crisis, use active listening skills, and find local and regional resources available to farmers, and will improve their confidence in delivering difficult information to farmers in stressful situations. Continuing education credits are available. Registration is now open at www.mdadownonthefarm.eventbrite.com. For more information, including a printable workshop brochure, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/farmsafety.aspx or call 651-201-6012.
“Overcoming Adversity,” the third annual Women in Ag Network Conferenc at 10:59 AM on 1/29/2018
Start Time: 1/29/2018 10:59:00 AM
“Overcoming Adversity,” the third annual Women in Ag Network Conference will be Feb. 15 in St. Cloud, Minn. at the Holiday Inn and Suites. This third annual event will be a day of learning and networking for women involved in agriculture. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with conference program from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Katie Pinke, publisher of AgWeek and blogger of the The Pinke Post, will be the keynote speaker. The title of her presentation is, “Accepting Interruptions to Define Your Path Forward,” where Katie will explain that even the most well-orchestrated plans aren’t exempt from interruptions on the farm or off the farm. Drawing upon trials and triumphs in her personal life and ag business career, Katie will help attendees define their best path forward through life’s pivotal moments. Breakout sessions will feature five diverse tracks for attendees to choose from: farm business planning, stress management on farms, consumer advocacy, risk management, and farm safety and health. The day will end with a panel discussion with panelists sharing how they have overcome adversity, whether it be a health challenge, weather event, farm transition, or other farm challenge. Pre-registration is required for the conference at z.umn.edu/WAGN-2018Conference. The early bird rate is $50 until Feb. 1. After that date, regular registrations are $65 and accepted until Feb. 8. Students receive a special rate of $20. The Women in Ag Network is a collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota’s Farm Service Agency. For more information please visit z.umn.edu/WAGN. Feel free to contact Sarah Schieck (schi0466@umn.edu or 320-235-0726 ext. 2004) or Megan Roberts (meganr@umn.edu or 507-389-6722) with questions.
GrassWorks Grazing Conference at 10:49 AM on 1/29/2018
Start Time: 1/29/2018 10:49:00 AM
The GrassWorks Grazing Conference has put together an amazing line up of speakers to cover everything from underground, at the ground level and above ground. Everything you ever wanted to know about grazing: Soils, plants, animals. If you are managing land and/or have animals, you need to attend the 2018 GrassWorks Grazing Conference. From Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, hundreds of people from around the Midwest will gather in Wisconsin Dells, WI to learn how grazing can help your farm. The GrassWorks Grazing Conference is a key event for producers of all kinds of livestock who have a desire to learn how to improve their land, increase forage production, and keep animals healthy, happy and helping the bottom line. Topics include natural medicine chests, pastured pork, robotic milking systems, marketing, soil microbes and so much more. Sessions will include dairy, beef, horse, pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens. If you have any of these aforementioned animals, you definitely should attend. This year’s conference will be held at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI and will feature over 40 sessions and a tradeshow with over 40 exhibitors. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear thought-provoking and inspiring speakers. In keeping with grass-based leadership in local and sustainable farming, the meals offered at the conference consist almost entirely of seasonal, local, grass-fed selections from the best in graziers and farmers from around the region. Five well-respected speakers will be featured at the 2018 conference. • Joe Tomandl, Dairy Grazier and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Executive Director from Medford, WI on the “Future of Dairy Grazing” on Tuesday, January 30. • Hubert and Suzanne Nelson Karreman, VMD and Farmers from North Carolina talking about “Livestock Diversity in the Grazing Operation” will be talking on Wednesday, Jan. 31. • Kit Pharo, Beef Grazing-Genetics Producer from Colorado will talk on Thursday, Feb. 1. • Greg Gunthorp, Indiana farmer that will talk about “A 30,000 foot view of Sustainable Agriculture” on Thursday, Feb. 1. For more information on registering, volunteering, exhibiting and other opportunities or to register online, visit the GrassWorks website (www.grassworks.org/events/grazing-conference).
Minnesota DHIA district meetings at 11:30 AM on 2/20/2018
Start Time: 2/20/2018 11:30:00 AM
End Time: 3/2/2018 2:00:00 PM
Minnesota DHIA district meetings will include a short celebration of Minnesota DHIA’s 50th year of providing services to producers. We invite all members to come out to hear our speakers and enjoy a warm lunch. The Southwest District meeting will be held Feb. 20 at the Pizza Ranch in New Ulm, Minn., and the Southeast District meeting will take place Feb. 21 at the Green Mill in Winona, Minn. Both meetings will feature Sue Hart and Aldo Eagle of Valley Ag Software as they present information on Dairy Comp 305. They will be discussing GUIDE a free module in your Dairy Comp program to analyze management and improve data and What’s new at VAS? New Platform and other updates. The Northwest District meeting will be Feb. 22 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes and includes a presentation from Dr. Amy Hazel Loeschke with the University of Minnesota. Her presentation is titled, “Performance of Pro-CROSS vs. Holsteins in High-Input Dairy Herds.” Amy is one of the primary investigators in a Minnesota trial that compares Holsteins to a three-breed rotational crossbreeding system. She will be discussing the findings from an ongoing study in top-managed dairy herds in Minnesota over a period of 10 years, with special interest in health traits and profitability. The South-Central District will be Feb. 26 at Zumbrota DHIA Lab and include a lab tour and information on free fatty acids. The mid-infrared milk analysis tool, analyzing free fatty acids in bulk tank samples is available at our labs. This new concept can aid in improving efficiency of milk production; especially components when used in combination with other herd data. The Northeast District meeting will be Feb. 27 at the Pizza Ranch in Little Falls, Minn., and the West Central and Central District meeting will be March 1 at the Hilltop Restaurant in Paynesville, Minn. Both meetings will include “Cow Manager & SCR – Could Your Dairy Benefit?” by Brad Heins with WCROC and “How Can DHIA Help Your Nutritionist?” by Michel Baldin of Dairy Nutritionist Provimi. Brad will be speaking on practical information on dairy precision technologies focusing on activity systems. The final meeting is the Metro District March 2 at Unhinged Pizza in Norwood, Minn. Erin Royster, with the University of Minnesota CVM, will present “Mastitis Control Dry Cow Therapy.” Mastitis control is a big part of managing your dairy. Hear what the University of Minnesota’s mastitis expert has to say about ways to keep cows healthy and utilize dry cow therapy in your herd health program. Please call 1-800-827-3442 ext. 0 to preregister. You can also RSVP online at mndhia.org/2018-district-meetings or email or text admin@mndhia.org. DHIA members are welcome at any the meetings listed. The meetings will start at 11:30 a.m.
Jackson and Clinton County Dairy Banquet at 5:30 PM on 2/24/2018
Start Time: 2/24/2018 5:30:00 PM
End Time: 2/12/2018 8:00:00 PM
The Jackson and Clinton County Dairy Banquet will be held Feb. 24 at 5:30 in Maquoketa, Iowa.
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