January 8 — Agriculture
American Association of Sugar Beet Growers: Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Scottsdale, Arizona; annual congress. Registrations are open until January 6. The theme is “Together Again to Shape Our Future”, and the agenda will focus on critical issues for the coming year, including the Farm Bill 2023. Scheduled speakers include leaders from the industry, researchers, economists and more.
Fair Farm Rental Agreement: January 13, 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., via Zoom; free program. Farmland rental rates represent the highest input cost for the farmer. Determining a fair farm rental agreement is always a challenge, and negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the landowner and the farmer is a challenge. David Bau and Nathan Hulinsky, extension educators in farm business management, will provide several ways – through examples, fact sheets and worksheets – to determine a fair farmland rental rate for both parties. Zoom into z.umn.edu/LandRentWillmarCo.
Farm Couple Retreats: February 4-5, St. Cloud. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is hosting a couples retreat to forge stronger partnerships. Couples will explore creative communication skills, personality differences, and discover resources that can help them achieve their goals and better cope with the stress of farming and family relationships. Accommodation and meals are included in the free retreat, although a refundable registration deposit is required. Each retreat begins at noon and ends at 1:00 p.m. the next day. Registration is limited to the first 10 registered couples. Participants must follow the COVID-19 protocols in place at each site. Find more information and registration forms at www.mn-dairy-initiative.org/events.html. Additional retreats are scheduled for January 21-22 in Faribault and February 11-12 in Thief River Falls.
Strategic Agriculture: Let’s Talk Crops webinar series. This free, live online program will provide up-to-date, research-based information to help optimize crop management strategies for 2022. Sessions will be held on Zoom from 9am to 10am from Wednesday to March 30th. The sessions will begin with a brief presentation by the day’s facilitators, followed by a discussion around questions from farmers / participants on the topic. Register at z.umn.edu/strategic-farming for the full suite of programs. The sessions will be recorded and published for later viewing.
“Prairie Yard and Garden”: The TV show’s 35th season airs Thursday, January 20 on Pioneer PBS. All shows will be available for viewing online at www.pioneer.org after the original screening.
* 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20 and rebroadcast at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 22 and at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 24. Host Mary Holm visits Anna Anderson of “Glory Garden” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota about how she is leveraging technology and relationships with local producers to connect meat, fruit , vegetables and more produced locally to consumers in his community.
* 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 27 and rebroadcast at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 and at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 31. Host Mary Holm discusses with Frank Forcella of Morris why it is important to identify grasses and broadleaf weeds and tips on how to control them.
Winter Webinar Series: The Master Gardener program at Iowa State University is hosting a winter webinar series through March 2. Topics include bumblebee life, design tips, propagating houseplants, starting seeds, and starting a cutting garden. The lessons are free. Registration is mandatory on https://www.extension.iastate.edu/mastergardener/winter-webinar-series and limited to the first 300.
Gardening for Health: The Olmsted County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Spring Gardening Seminar will consist of a series of weekly Zoom sessions, at a cost of $ 15 per session. There will be 10 classes between February 15th and March 24th. Topics include alternative gardening ideas. gardening with nature, bees and pollination, shade gardening, garden photography, tree and shrub maintenance, beneficial insects, the healing power of gardening, heirloom varieties and conservation urban water and soil. Register and pay the fees at extension.umn.edu/event/gardening-health-it-session-1.
Open House on Trees: Visit with staff from Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District about available trees and place orders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 1005 High Ave. NE, Willmar.
“Prairie Sportsman”: The 13th season of Prairie Sportsman airs Sunday, January 23 on Pioneer PBS. All shows will be available for viewing online at www.pioneer.org after the original screening.
* 7:30 p.m. on Sunday January 23 and repeated at 12:30 p.m. on Monday January 24 and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday January 29. Host Bret Amundson visits Milan-area environmentalists Roger Strand on his hunting property and Brad and Kristi Fernholz in a meadow remnant on their farm.
* 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 30 and rebroadcast at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 31 and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5. Join host Bret Amundson for “In Service and Healing”. Ian Ives, an Army sergeant who lost his arm in Afghanistan, is given a custom-made rod and reel, and at the Raptor Center, an eagle is examined after being struck by a car.
Sibley State Park: A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is located west of New London, just off US Highway 71. For more information, visit the State Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us.
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: The trails in Rural Spicer Center can be used free of charge during daylight hours. A bathroom with a composting toilet is opened by the pavilion. Animals must be kept on a leash. All equipment rentals (fat-tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be by reservation, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve the equipment for the weekend, please call before noon on Friday. The two-hour equipment rental is $ 20 for adults, $ 10 for members and $ 5 for all youth. Call 320-354-5894.
Several courses are planned for this winter, and all meet in the main building to start.
* Snowshoes: Jan. 13, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., grade 4 and up, $ 8. On snowshoes, you can explore “off the beaten track” and beyond the track. Enjoy this magical adventure through woods and quiet hills, while keeping an eye out for the tracks and signs of our animal neighbors. Instruction and all equipment provided.
* Introduction to cross-country skiing: February 10, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 2nd year and more, $ 10. Learn the basics of cross-country skiing. Then, hit the trails to practice your new skills. Instruction and equipment provided.