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U of M dairy team takes second in Wisconsin

VIROQUA, Wis. — The University of Minnesota placed second overall among 14 teams in the dairy cattle judging contested hosted last month by Accelerated Genetics.

The Minnesota team also placed third in Jersey, fourth in Holsteins and fifth in Ayrshires.

Team members are Adam Husfeldt, Gaylord; Jamie Seitzer, St. Peter; Missy Dohrn, Lake City; and Clayton Krause and Theresa Krause, both of Eagle Bend.

All five are juniors at the University of Minnesota.

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Individually, Husfeldt was fifth overall and fourth in Holsteins. Seitzer was eighth overall and sixth in oral reasons.

Les Hansen coaches the dairy judging team along with alumni Scott Ellinghuysen, Tara Sammon and Alicia Thurk.

Farmer Cooperative Conference is Nov. 5-6

ST. PAUL — Registration has started for the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives and the Minnesota Association of Cooperatives 10th annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference that will be held Nov. 5-6 in Minneapolis.

The event will be held in the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Minneapolis.

The conference’s topic will be "Valuing the Cooperative Business in the 21st Century.’’

"Cooperatives are being challenged to maximize the value of theiir assets,’’ said Anne Reynolds, assistant director of the UW Center for Cooperatives. "Co-ops are responding in a variety of ways, including the adoption of different business structures.’’

For more information, call the Center for Cooperatives at (608) 263-4775.

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Minnesota hog inventory sets record

ST. PAUL — Minnesota hog producers had an inventory of 7 million hogs and pigs on Sept. 1, up 1 percent from last year and also up 1 percent from June 1, according to the NASS Minnesota field office.

This is a new record high inventory for any quarter in Minnesota. Breeding hogs totaled 610,000, up 3 percent from a year ago. Market hogs and pigs, numbered at 6.39 million head, was up 1 percent from a year earlier.

Minnesota’s June-August pig crop totaled 2.67 million head, up 3 percent from a year earlier and up 1 percent from March-May 2007.

Browns Valley elevator receives USDA grant

BROWNS VALLEY, Minn. — Browns Valley Community Elevator has received a grant from USDA Rural Development.

The grant was one of 345 proposals in 37 states that were selected to receive a total of $18.2 million for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Browns Valley Community Elevator received a $49,000 grant and matching guaranteed loan for a new grain dryer.

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Harmon Wilts of Kerkhoven received a $33,000 grant to install a small wind turbine on his farm. Other awards included corn burners and geo-thermal heating systems.

Crop Production Retailers will hold trade show

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Crop Production Retailers will host their annual Trade Show Dec. 4-6 in the Minneapolis Convention Center and Minneapolis Hilton Hotel.

The event will focus on energy and crop inputs.

The MCPR will join with the Minnesota Extension Service to present the 2007 CPM short course and show.

The trade show will be open from 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 9:30 a.m.-noon on Dec. 6.

ADM helps fund improvements at Marshall library

MARSHALL, Minn. — The Marshall County Library has received a grant from Archer Daniels Midland Company’s 2007 Community Partnership program.

The Marshall County Library will use the grant to construct a 29,500-square-foot facility that will replace the current 40-year-old structure. The Marshall County Library serves more than 100,000 people annually and is a resource for a large number of home-schooled children.

The ADM grants program, launched in 2005, awards four grants of $10,000 annually to community programs that strengthen ADM hometowns and help American agriculture. More than 100 community programs applied for grants.

Carbon credit program offered at six locations

MANKATO, Minn. — The Extension woodland advisor program will conduct classes to educate landowners about carbon credit payments. Six meetings will be held from October to April across the state.

Meetings will be held in Mankato on Oct. 30 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Extension Regional Center. Other meetings will be held Feb. 7 in Alexandria at an undetermined site and March 18 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo.

The cost is $20, which includes a copy of "The Landowner’s Guide to Carbon Sequestration Credits.’’

Holding carbon helps reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide, one of several greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Carbon stored in the soil and in newly created biomass can be sold as a credit on the Chicago Climate Exchange.

Farmamerca plans haunted happenings

WASECA, Minn. — "Lost in the Dark’’ is returning to Farmamerica this Halloween.

The Haunted Corn Maze and Haunted Feed Mill returns on Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20 at the Farmamerica site located just outside of Waseca.

The event runs from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. each day.

Admission for both the haunted maze and the haunted mill is $8. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Haunted Mill is sponsored by the Palmer Sunbeams 4-H group in Waseca. Participants are asked to bring flashlights.

For more information, call (507) 835-2052.

Flaming ball spotted in sky across state

MARSHALL, Minn. — Residents from the Twin Cities to the southwestern corner of Minnesota and into Iowa reported seeing a flaming object shooting through the sky Oct. 3, and experts said they may have been watching a meteor.

Shortly after 2 p.m., people across the Twin Cities reported seeing a "metallic" object or "flaming ball" falling from the sky, according to broadcasters and emergency dispatchers who got hundreds of calls. The callers said they saw the object traveling from the northeast to the southwest.

Meanwhile, residents in Lyon County in far southwestern Minnesota reported hearing a loud boom.

"Oh man. To me it was like being on a (Navy) carrier … when they break the sound barrier with an F14," Navy reservist Greg Devereaux, who lives near Amiret, told the Marshall Independent. "It sounded like a sonic boom from an F14 maybe 300 yards away. That’s what it felt like. It shook the house and when I walked outside the ground was still shaking."

Mike Fuhs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D., said several residents reported sightings of fireballs in the sky in northwestern Iowa, especially near Sioux City.

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