Backyard Composting

By Jennifer Hahn | July 6, 2020

Do you have a garden in need of nutrients?  Would you like to reduce the amount of waste in your trash and local landfills?  Do you have unwanted leaf and grass clippings?  Consider backyard composting!  A finished product can be achieved in as little as a few weeks using hot composting or using a low […]

Babe’s Country

By Jennifer Hahn | July 6, 2020

The soil determines the species composition of forests and also directly correlates to the quality and vigor  and  how it should be managed.  Soils are the source of nutrient, moisture, and biological activity  availability to forest product roots and can have a wide variety of successfully providing for your vegetation.  What’s going on below the […]

Moisture Management with Cover Crops

By Jennifer Hahn | July 6, 2020

2020 has been a very different year from the last two.  Many areas of the state are dry right now with lack of timely rain events.  We know cover crops are great at taking up excess moisture in the spring to help us get in the fields earlier, but do they compete with our crops […]

2020 Fridays on the Farm Series

By Jennifer Hahn | July 6, 2020

Join us for a fun virtual field day tour of farmers from around the state!  They will be held every other Friday this summer and will be interactive to allow you to hear from the farmers and ask questions!  Events are being streamed on the MN Soil Health Coalition’s Facebook Page Live so head over […]

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Chairman Brian Pfarr’s Story

By Jennifer Hahn | May 23, 2020

I started on my soil health journey in 2008 with the simple mission of someday offering my children the opportunity to be part of a healthy system that could be easily sustained. At the time, I had been farming roughly 600 acres consisting of corn, wheat and soybeans with my father since 1991 and our […]

Grants Available for Forestry

By Jennifer Hahn | May 23, 2020

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative annually offers a grant opportunity to placing a priority on projects which measure, demonstrate, or establish methodologies to demonstrate, the conservation-related values of SFI-certified forestlands, or such values which result from application of the SFI Fiber Sourcing standard. Ideally such projects will be scalable to a regional, or bio-regional scale (e.g., Ponderosa […]

Penciling OUt Profitability

By Jennifer Hahn | May 23, 2020

We’re all figuring ways to improve profitability, reducing inputs, increasing efficiency, while still maintaining excellent yields.  A recent study shows that Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certified farms are more profitable than others.  A new report from the Farm Business Management (FBM) program by AgCentric and the Minnesota State Agriculture Centers of Excellence compares data  in the FBM database to […]

Emergency Livestock Mortality EQIP Sign UP

By Jennifer Hahn | May 17, 2020

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering sign ups for the Emergency Livestock Mortality management including all livestock types to livestock producers for animal mortality disposal resulting from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are several sign up periods to help with timing.  The producer is responsible for the proper disposal of animal mortality […]

Timing is Everything

By Jennifer Hahn | April 24, 2020

Spring is here, hopefully the last snow of the season has fallen, and we’re getting equipment ready. Looking at our fields tells us a lot about how we’re going to move forward. If we have covers growing this spring and we’re worried about growth, wanting to get it sprayed off right away, wait. We’ve learned […]

Garden Planning for 2020

By Jennifer Hahn | March 26, 2020

Seed has been ordered, dreams of planting and tending to the garden are happening!  While we patiently wait to get our gardens started this spring, it is a great time to solidify your plans.  Are you planning on planting more this year to potentially combat low sources?  Are you supplementing from sources such as farmers […]

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