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COL Safety Day planned Sept. 24 in Wells

WELLS, Minn. -- The USC FFA Farm Safety Program is planned Sept. 24 in the United South Central High School in Wells on the west side of the high school building.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Safety presentations will be made on PTOs, tractor runovers, augers, lawn mowers, fire and ambulances, and electricity.

The program is presented by the USC FFA senior class. It will be presented to about 600 students in kindergarten through 8th grades from USC Elementary, USC Middle School and St. Casimir's Catholic School of Wells.

For more information, telephone Dan Dylla at (507) 553-5819.

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Pollution hazards focus of workshops

FARIBAULT, Minn. -- Evaluating feedlot pollution hazards is the subject of a workshop Oct. 9-10 in the Truckers Inn, Faribault.

The Extension and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are offering the workshop in cooperation with individuals from three other agencies. The workshop is designed for those who need to assess pollution hazards from existing livestock open lots, including engineers, technicians and county feedlot officers.

The two-day workshop will incorporate both classroom and field activities to provide comprehensive training on the Feedlot Evaluation computer model.

The workshop costs $115 and advanced registration is required. Registration information is available from Barb Oliver at (612) 625-7024.

Farm Beginnings Program will begin soon

Classes for the 2002-2003 edition of the Farm Beginnings Program start Oct. 26 in southeastern Minnesota and Nov. 2 in the western part of the state.

The deadline for applying is Oct. 1.

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"This program is for anyone who wants to get started or restarted with the farm business,'' said Amy Bacigalupo, Farm Beginnings coordinator in western Minnesota. "It not only offers critical training but also connects people to an extensive support network, a key to successfully getting started in farming.''

The program, in its sixth year, is offered by the Land Stewardship Project.

In all, 76 families have graduated from the program and more than 60 percent of them are involved in farming.

Training will be offered through a series of sessions this fall and winter.

To apply for the southwest Minnesota program, telephone (320) 269-2105. In southeast Minnesota, telephone (507) 523-2366.

Hallberg Scholarship awarded to 20 people

Twenty Minnesota young people have received the Ben C. Hallberg Scholarship for 2002.

The $1,000 awards are presented annually each year to 4-H and FFA youth who are exhibitors during the year of application. Hallberg was instrumental in forming the early farm youth camp. Applicants were selected from those made to the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association.

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Scholarship recipients include Sarah Ahlfs, Glencoe; Kyle Caskey, Holland; John Dvorak, Webster; Jonathon Gorentz, Dent; Amber Graff, Austin; Glen Groth, Dakota; Mamie Henderson, Zumbrota; Elise Johnson, Rush City; Julie Klatt, Plato; Shayne Kusler, Dassel; Rebecca Lessman, Tracy; Mirando Malo, Granada; Kimberly McAndrews, Jordan; Nicole McCorlson, Duluth; Misty Purfeerst, Faribault; Lori Richards, Georgetown; Carissa Schloesser, St. Peter; Andrew Sheehan, Rochester; Adam Stegemann, Lakefield; and Chelsie Stokesbary, Redwood Falls.

Wind energy summit set in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- A wind energy summit for Minnesota and the Midwest is planned Nov. 21-22 in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The conference is designed to promote wind energy as a source of electricity and economic development in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

Conference goals include expanding wind energy use; advancing state renewable energy objectives; promoting the growth of the wind energy industry; and fostering community and locally owned wind projects. For more information, telephone Lisa Daniels at (612) 870-3462.

LDA will hold meeting Sept. 27 in Morris

MORRIS, Minn. -- The Livestock Development Authority will present its strategic action and marketing plan for the development of greater livestock numbers in western Minnesota at a meeting Sept. 27.

The event will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will continue until 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

The event costs $12.50 to attend. For more information, telephone (320) 585-2609. Registration is due by Sept. 20.

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