Research center hosts open house

WASECA — The University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center will host an open house 4-8 p.m. Sept. 12 at the facility in Waseca.

Those attending will "get a taste of how our work impacts their daily life," the U says. 

There will be samples of local wines and beers, a "chemopreventive cafe," corn maze, farm animals, 4-H games and projects, a horse-drawn trolley, door prizes and drones on display. Hot dogs will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The research station is at 35838 120th St., Waseca.

Palmer amaranth Found in Lincoln County

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has identified the invasive weed Palmer amaranth in Lincoln County.

A field had been planted with a cover crop seed that was contaminated with Palmer amaranth. The weed is listed as a Prohibited Weed Seed in Minnesota as well as in Iowa, North Dakota nd Wisconsin. This means no Palmer amaranth is allowed in any seed offered for sale in the state.

The seed company that sold the contaminated seed self-reported this violation to the ag department. The seed company has assisted the farmer and applied a herbicide recommended by the University of Minnesota Extension to destroy the infestation.

The MDA Palmer amaranth team will monitor the site for up to three years for any new plants.

Since it was first discovered in the state in 2016, Palmer amaranth has been found in seven Minnesota counties, including Lincoln. It was discovered in Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties in 2016, Todd and Douglas counties in 2017, and Redwood and Jackson counties in 2018.

Apply for Beginning Farmer Tax Credit by Oct. 1

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Rural Finance Authority reminds beginning farmers and asset owners to apply by Oct 1 for the tax credit on the sale or lease of land, equipment, machinery and livestock.

To qualify, the applicant must be a Minnesota resident with the desire to start farming or who began farming within the past 10 years, provide projected earnings statements, have a net worth less than $836,000, and enroll in or have completed an approved financial management program.

In addition, the farmer cannot be directly related to the person from whom he or she is buying or renting assets.

The tax credit for the sale or lease of assets can then be applied to the Minnesota income taxes of the owner of the farm land or agricultural assets.

The Beginning Farmer Tax Credit is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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