COL Dairy policy events scheduled in St. Paul

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota-Wisconsin Dairy Policy Conference and the WFC-MAC Two-State Dairy Program is planned April 3-4 in the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul.

Among the topics that will be discussed during the events are the outcomes of federal milk marketing order reform, by Robert Cropp; implications of changes in FMMO pooling provisions; federal price support policy; administering the milk income loss contract program; emerging issues in international trade regulations; current developments in WTO negotiations regarding international trade regulations; and New Zealand's position on international trade restrictions.

Elm Park Futures Sale scheduled March 22

FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- The 11th annual Elm Park Futures Sale is planned March 22 in the Great Northern Sales Arena in Fond du Lac.

The sale, which features Red and White dairy cattle, will begin at 10:30 a.m.


Organizers say 163 lots will be offered in this year's sale. In addition, 48 milking cows, 11 lots of embryos, 50 show-age calves and 30 bred heifers and yearlings will be offered.

Sale catalogs are available by telephoning Elm Park Farms at 1-800-525-2953.

Gardener's Workshop set in Winona

WINONA, Minn. -- The Winona County Master Gardeners will hold their 3rd annual Gardener's Workshop March 29 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Winona Middle School.

Pre-registration is required for a meal count and for printing of hand-out materials. Cost is $25 per person.

The morning session includes break-outs on theme gardens, water features in the landscape, use of native plants in the landscape and safely moving shrubs and trees.

Afternoon break-out sessions include clean water or green water; ornamental grasses for Minnesota, plant palette, designing woody plants into the landscape, and shoreline plantings.

To register, telephone (507) 457-6440.


AMPI annual meeting set in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Associated Milk Producers Inc. will hold its annual meeting March 24-25 in the Radisson Hotel Hotel, Bloomington.

More than 500 AMPI members and dairy industry guests are registered to attend the annual meeting. The meeting's theme is "Building the Basics.''

A Capitol Hill view will be provided by Rep. Gil Gutknecht. A dairy outlook will be provided by Michael Swanson, ag economist for Wells Fargo. Rural psychologist Eldon Morey will speak on tools dairy producers can use to beat the odds.

A review of AMPI's financial statement will be offered on March 25. AMPI General Manager Mark Furth will present year-end highlights.

Wind energy meeting planned April 5

AUSTIN, Minn. -- A Wind Energy Informational meeting will be April 5 in Ellis Middle School, Austin. The event will run from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Topics that will be covered include new wind resource maps for Minnesota, landowner options -- including guidelines for wind easements and models for local ownership.


Legislative updates on wind energy incentives, including Minnesota's Wind Production Payment for projects under 2MW.

For more information, contact Lisa Daniels, Windustry, 1-800-946-3640.

Agroforestry workshop scheduled April 12

LACROSSE, Wis. -- "Add Value to Farm, Land'' is the title of an Agroforestry Workshop April 12 in the Best Western Midway Hotel in LaCrosse.

The event will run from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The workshop will include in-depth sessions on tree grafting and specialty forest products along with shorter sessions on woody ornamentals, tools to help landowners analyze agroforestry income options, silvopature and the growing hazelnut industry.

Pre-registration is required by April 4. The cost is $25, which includes lunch and breaks. For more information or to register, telephone (608) 348-3235.

'Livestock Friendly' focus of meeting

MILLVILLE, Minn. -- A meeting to discuss what a "Livestock Friendly County'' is will be held March 28 in the Millville American Legion Hall.

The event will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m.

Harold Stanislawski, livestock development specialist with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, will discuss the economic importance of the livestock sector in the state. Extension educator Steve Drazkowski will talk about the environmental benefits of livestock farming systems.

Other speakers will also participate. Pre-registration is required by March 26 and can be made by telephoning the Wabasha County Extension office at (651) 565-2662

Master Gardeners add 13 new members

FARMINGTON, Minn. -- The Dakota County Master Gardeners has added 13 new members to its roster. All have completed the 48 hour core course taught at the University of Minnesota.

The new members are Kari Dusich, Gilbert Koenigs, Colleen Mengelkoch, Margaret Sweeney, Sara Tinetti, Melissa Mattson, Teri Reents, Lee Opp, Wendy Guenther, Catherine Johnson, Julie Harris, Madonna Polta and Trish Johnson.

They will be active at local gardening centers this spring.

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