Each year, Linder Farm Network and University of Minnesota Extension work together to organize seminars during the North American Farm & Power Show in Owatonna, Minn.
The 2016 seminars are the best yet, and would be well worth attending even if there weren’t already a 550-booth farm show.
“We try to get topics that are on people’s minds,” said Karen Anderson, University of Minnesota Extension educator in Steele and Rice counties.
Thursday, March 17
Starting out the seminar schedule is “Farm business and succession planning,” from 10 a.m. to noon on March 17 with Leah Gilbert, Esq. of Pluto Legal.
Then, from 1 to 3 p.m., University of Minnesota will present a “Buffer law update” in cooperation with Steele County Farm Bureau.
Sessions include: 1 p.m. – “What you need to know about the buffer law,” with Doug Busselman, Minnesota Farm Bureau public policy director, and Warren Formo, Minnesota Ag Water Resource Center executive director.
2 p.m. – “Steele County conservation office update,” with Eric Gulbransen, Steele County Soil and Water Conservation District manager.
2:20 p.m. – “Improving water quality: The benefits and limitations of buffer strips,” with Ryan Miller, University of Minnesota Extension crops educator.
Friday, March 18
Farmers and farm families can learn more about precision ag and related topics at 10-11:30 a.m.
“Agricultural Technology – What’s the latest?” will be presented by Linder Farm Network, Jerry Johnson, Aglytix CEO and chair, and David Rohlik, Ag Power Enterprises AMS specialist.
Topics will include analytics in agriculture as well as variable rate applications for sprayers, autosteer in tractors, and automatic turn around systems in combines.
Friday afternoon is devoted to “Current issues in manure management.”
Individuals needing educational requirements for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) licensing program may register with Dan Vermilyea, Steele County feedlot officer, 507-444-7488.
Farmers and farm families are also welcome to attend.
Sessions include: 1 p.m. – “CAWT license program update” with Alison Rossow, Minnesota Department of Ag, Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division.
1:35 p.m. – “Watershed restoration and protection strategy” with Wayne Cords, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency feedlot supervisor.
2:20 p.m. – “Application timing and nitrification inhibitors” with Jeff Vetsch, University of Minnesota Extension assistant scientist.
3 p.m. – “Nitrogen and phosphorus regulations” with Dawn Bernau, Minnesota Department of Ag, Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division.
3:45 p.m. – “Rules of the road” with Commercial Vehicle Inspector David Busse, Minnesota State Patrol.
“Vermilyea organizes the schedule for Friday afternoon, and provides an opportunity for those individuals that want to get the Commercial Animal Waste Technician education hours completed,” Anderson said. “If someone sees something on the topic list they are interested in, by all means they are welcome to come and listen.”
Jerry Johnson, Aglytix CEO, will discuss big data and smarter machines at the North American Farm & Power Show, on Friday, March 18, 10-11:30 a.m.