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Young Leader Program applications sought

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota Soybean Association and Pioneer Hi-Bred International are seeking applications for the 2007 DuPont Young Leader Program.

The program identifies and cultivates leaders who play an integral role in the promotion of agriculture and the success of the soybean industry.

"The DuPont Young Leader Program targets soybean farmers who are innovative, assertive, young to leadership and looking to make their mark in agriculture,’’ said Sue Meyer, a soybean producer from New Prague and leadership committee chairwoman.

The Minnesota 2007 Young Leaders will participate in an expense-paid leadership training program trip to the Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 27-March 3. The second phase of training will be held in early December 2007 at Pioneer Hi-Bred headquarters in Des Moines.

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Program application forms are available by calling the MSGA office at 1-888-896-9678.

Another herd tests positive for tuberculosis

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health last week said that a cow from a farm in Beltrami County tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. Minnesota has now detected bovine TB in seven beef herds in Roseau and Beltrami counties.

As part of the disease investigation, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health asked northwestern Minnesota cattle producers within 10 miles of an infected beef herd or infected whitetail deer to test their cattle for bovine tuberculosis.The newly detected herd is small and has had minimal animal movement.

"This has already been a long road," said Bill Hartmann, state veterinarian. "But no matter what it takes, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health is committed to working with Minnesota’s cattle producers to eliminate all of this disease.’’

Milk replacer inventor Frank Crane dies

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Frank Crane, a former Land O’Lakes employee and inventor of calf milk replacer, died Oct. 15 at age 93.

Crane, a native of Garden City, started working at the Land O’Lakes research farm in Anoka in 1949. One of his first priorities was to find a way to add value to byproducts in cheese making.

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His efforts led to invention of the first calf milk replacer in 1951.

Crane retired in 1982.

CPM course, trade show planned Dec. 5-7

MINNEAPOLIS — The Extension Service and the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers will present a CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show together Dec. 5-7 in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The shared location will offer Pesticide Applicator Training recertification.

The CPM course and MCPR Trade Show will focus both plenary session around the theme of "Future Perspectives of the Agricultural Input Industry.’’

Speakers will discuss issues related to bio-fuels, product development for future markets and the future mission of the land-grant university.

Questions about the CMP course can be directed to Kevin Cavanaugh at (612) 625-2778. PAT certification questions can be addressed by calling the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at (651) 201-6615.

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Sargeant post office closed by Postal Service

SARGEANT, Minn. — It must be one of the few post offices around with a bathtub and shower. They’re not operational, however, and neither is the post office in the tiny southeastern Minnesota city of Sargeant.

The U.S. Postal Service issued an emergency order late last month closing the office, notifying residents in September that the 40-year-old mobile home was a safety hazard with sagging floors, a deteriorating roof and walls in danger of rotting away.

There will still be delivery, to streetside mailboxes and to a new multiple box installed in the past week outside the post office. Customers can do all their business through the rural carrier, postal officials said.

The Postal Service is calling the closure a "temporary suspension," but it has no plans to build a post office. It would take 12 to 18 months to approve a contract with a local business for staffing and space in an existing building, officials said.

Organic farmers can get tuition rebate

ST. PAUL — Certified organic farms in Minnesota qualify for a rebate on the Farm Business Management program tuition. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture wants organic farmers to know that now is a great time to enroll for 2007.

In the program, farmers work one-on-one with a farm business management instructor and learn how to use the farm financial management software called FINPACK and a benchmarking database called FINBIN.

Tuition assistance starts at 80 percent during the first year of the program and is 70 percent the second year and 60 percent the third.

More than 60 producers signed up for the program in 2006, which was triple the amount for the past year.

Land O’Lakes takes over Brandt scholarship

ARDEN Hills, Minn. — The Land O’Lakes Foundation, the charitable arm of Land O’Lakes Inc., has taken over responsibility for awarding the annual scholarships made in the name of one of its founding executives, John Brandt of Litchfield. Under the agreement, the John Brandt Memorial Foundation is dissolving and will grant all its assets to Land O’Lakes Foundation, designating them for scholarships to graduate students studying the dairy sciences. A 14-member committee of former Brandt Foundation trustees will continue to help select scholarship recipients.

The Brandt Foundation was created in 1935, shortly after the death of its namesake.

Nominations sought for deer hunter award

ST. PAUL — Nominees are sought for the 15th annual Deer Hunter Ethics Award in Minnesota.

The award is sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Turn in Poachers.

The award will honor a deer hunter who has exhibited conduct during the 2006 season that can serve as an example of admirable hunting practices to all hunters.

The awards for youth and adult divisions will be presented during the 2007 MDHA Habitat Banquet Feb. 17 in the Kato Ballroom in Mankato.

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 10. Nomination letters should be sent to Ethical Hunter Award, MDHA, 460 Peterson Road, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-8413.

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