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ON THE FARM
Field work is coming to an end as farmers finish harvest and move on to tillage and equipment maintenance before winter. Many farmers across the region saw high crop yields throughout harvest due to the tremendous growing season. Higher yields will be helpful for many as lower commodity prices and high input prices limit profit margins.
University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension can truly be a valuable resource in critical issues such as these by connecting university resources to address community needs. This goal is ultimately achieved by providing timely, unbiased education through many different outlets. Some of these outlets include newspapers, radio, email, workshops, websites and social media, to name just a few.
Often during the months of November through March, Extension hosts a number of different types of workshops. Land rental meetings, private pesticide applicator training and winter crops days are most common in our area. By utilizing this timeframe, we hope to capitalize on producers' slower time of the year, after harvest and before planting, to showcase research and educational resources that aid in farm decision making. Through the local Extension offices, we encourage the public to share topic ideas and insight on how to improve Extension workshops and the resources provided. Free feel to share your thoughts with me at the Steele County Extension office.
Another resource, available 24-7, is the University of Minnesota Extension website. Simply type www.extension.umn.edu into your browser to have unlimited informational resources at your fingertips. There are a number of different icons across the top of the Extension webpage to help guide you toward the information you may be looking for. Outside of agriculture and the well-known 4-H youth development program, there are several other areas such as community, environment, family, food and gardening that showcase resources available on the Extension website.
The last way to access resources is by visiting your county Extension office. Stop by the Steele County Extension office at 635 Florence Ave, Owatonna, MN, call 507-444-7685, or email us at email@example.com.
Contact Karen Anderson, Rice and Steele County Agricultural Ext nsion Educator for any of your agricultural assistance needs. Workshop inquiries, agriculture questions, and topic suggestions are always welcome!
Karen Anderson is the Agriculture Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension in Rice and Steele Counties. She can be reached at 507-444-7685.
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