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FARMING

Dairy farmers and Culver’s in Baxter celebrated National Dairy Month with a cow-milking contest at Culver’s featuring Princess Kay of the Milky Way. The June 16 event was sponsored by the Crow Wing County Dairy Association, Culver’s, Crow Wing County Farm Bureau and the Brainerd FFA.
Wagyu beef raised at Fellers Ranch is processed at the Conger Meat Market. The ranch and the meat market are less than 10 miles apart, but the company has been finding customers from far and wide.
A fire at the same farm on Christmas Eve 2020 caused the deaths of about 1,000 milking goats, 15 peacocks and a dog.
The bureaus hope to share resources and have an open discussion on mental health and opioid addictions in rural/farming communities.

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Farmer Angela Dawson is trying to help others overcome obstacles and make a living from the land.
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The Capper-Volstead Act provided limited antitrust immunity to farm co-ops and enabled farmers to come together and collectively set a price for their production.
Sprout works with numerous restaurants, food cooperatives, hospitals, long-term care facilities and manages a direct-to-consumer Community Supported Agriculture Program.
Two farm credit associations – Compeer Financial and AgCountry Farm Credit Services – contributed $400,000 across four years to make the joint program possible.
We need family farms that raise the milk and meat that are crucial to our diets and food security.

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Recipients are responsible for raising, breeding and maintaining records on the care of the animal, while providing progress reports to their mentor, breed representative and Minnesota Beef Expo staff. Donors of the heifers will serve as mentors to recipients.
The drought that Minnesota experienced earlier in the year can negatively affect pumpkin growth and pumpkin harvests.
Louis and Megan Schlegel earned the 2021 Crow Wing County Farm Family of the Year, while Mac and Stacey Caughey finally got to celebrate their 2020 win.

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