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COL Organic field day planned in Lamberton

LAMBERTON, Minn. -- A Field Day in Organic Management is planned July 24-25 on the Southwest Research and Outreach Center grounds near Lamberton.

The school is designed for ag professionals who are interested in working with the rapidly growing community of organic producers. Participants will develop an understanding of basic organic production including its underlying principles; crop rotation and crop alternatives; soil and pest management; the transition process and certification requirements; the economics of production; and sources of information.

The school will start at 1 p.m. on July 24, including an evening session, and finish by 3 p.m. on July 25. A registration fee of $125 will include all meals and written materials.

The registration deadline is July 1. For additional information, telephone (507) 752-7372.

Rice County ADA plans farm event June 8

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MORRISTOWN, Minn. -- The Rice County ADA is holding a Day on the Farm June 8.

The event, set for 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be held on the Bob and Debbie Kuball farm in rural Morristown.

There will be tours of the farm, games for children, calves to pet and a cow milking contest. Milking starts at 12:30 p.m.

Hamburgers, shakes and milk will be served.

To reach the Kuball farm, take Highway 60 west at Faribault to Morristown. Go four miles north on Rice County Road 16, which turns into County Road 14. Take a right onto Lake Avenue and the farm is the third place on the right. Watch for signs.

Ag literacy focus of July 8-10 workshop

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Teachers and other educators who would like to enhance agricultural literacy in classrooms can take part in an interactive hands-on workshop this summer in Redwood Falls.

The workshop will be July 8-10 in conjunction with the Minnesota Cattlemen's Summer Tour.

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The workshop is designed for elementary and middle-school teachers, Extension educators and others who want to enhance agricultural literacy in the classroom and learn more about the beef industry. It will provide strategies for incorporating agricultural concepts in the classroom and using Minnesota education standards.

The Univesity of Minnesota Animal Science Department, the Minnesota CattleWomen and Minnesota Ag in the Classroom are sponsors.

The workshop registration fee is $250. For additional information, telephone Juanita Reed-Boniface at (763) 753-4636.

Mulder is among Senate retirees

ST. PAUL -- Add Rep. Richard Mulder's name to the list of lawmakers who aren't seeking re-election for next year.

Mulder, an Ivanhoe Republican and family physician known to his colleagues as "doc," sent a memo to friends and co-workers Monday. In it, he said he and his wife, Ruth, wanted to spend more time with their four children and five young grandchildren.

"Our parents were always there for us and we want to do the same for our family," he said.

Mulder was elected in 1994. This session, he led House efforts to update Minnesota's emergency powers laws to deal with the possibility of a bioterrorist attack.

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Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, who represents a neighboring district in southwestern Minnesota, said Mulder will be missed.

"It's a big loss, especially since rural Minnesota and the western part of the state is losing a number of legislators," Seifert said.

Scholarships available for Rural Summit

The West Central Regional Partnership is offering scholarships for Minnesota Rural Summit 2002, scheduled June 23-25 in Duluth.

The partnership is offering 10, $200 scholarships to regional residents. To apply for a scholarship, contact Dorothy Rosemeier, executive director, toll-free at 1-866-589-1711 or (320) 589-1711.

Scholarships will be awarded to those who have a limited budget or income and who are willing to share conference information with the West Central Regional Partnership.

Last year's rural conference highlighted the link between health and the economic vitality of communities by adopting the theme "Healthy People: Vibrant Communities.''

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