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COL Quality assurance and ethics training set

WASECA, Minn. -- 4-H members who want to exhibit livestock at the Minnesota State Fair this year will need to be certified in a new quality assurance and ethics curriculum.

Training programs are set for 9 a.m. April 6 in the Community Meeting Room in Waseca and 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Southern Research and Outreach Center.

4-H'ers who have successfully completed and can show proof of completion of Pork Quality Assurance or Beef Quality Assurance within the past two years don't have to take this training until next year. Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification is good for three years. In Waseca County, all 4-H'ers in sixth grade or higher are encouraged to complete this training. No training are set between the county and state fair.

Waseca County youth receive honors

WASECA, Minn. -- Megan Fischer of the Palmer Sunbeams 4-H Club in Waseca County represented Minnesota at the National Conversation on Youth Development last month.

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Mike Meschke of the Woodville Hustlers 4-H Club in Waseca County had his photograph selected to be displayed at the Center for 4-H Youth Development at the University of Minnesota.

Equine nutrition seminar planned

FARIBAULT, Minn. -- A seminar on the science of horse feeding is set for March 20 in Faribault.

The Equine Nutrition Seminar is 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the America Inn, located south of Lavender Inn and the Faribault Animal Center.

Dr. Judith Reynolds, a horse training and horsemanship instructor at Texas A&M; University and William Woods University, will be the speaker. She has more than 25 years experience in the horse industry as a horse trainer, show person, instructor, breeder and judge.

For more information, telephone (507)334-0425.

FFA members visit state Capitol

ST. PAUL -- FFA members from across Minnesota visited with Minnesota legislators and agricultural education leaders during FFA Day at the Capitol Feb. 21.

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"This was a great opportunity for FFA students from across Minnesota to visit with key legislators, FFA leaders, University of Minnesota officials and policymakers on some of the important agricultural education public policy issues currently being discussed at the Minnesota Legislature," said Patrick Plonski, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council executive director.

Agricultural education issues under consideration at the Capitol included funding for high school agricultural education programs and their FFA chapter and funding for an Agricultural and Food Sciences Academy facility.

About 160 FFA students from 36 chapters attended FFA Day at the Capitol. Participating chapters included: Agricultural and Food Sciences Academy, Albert Lea, Belle Plaine, Brainerd, Chaska, Fillmore Central, Foley, Goodhue, Kimball, Lakeview, LeRoy-Ostrander, Medford, Menahga, New Ulm, New York Mills, Ogilvie, Owatonna, Pelican Rapids, Perham, Plainview, Randolph, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Sebeka, Tracy, Upsala, Watertown-Mayer, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, Winona and Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

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