Dakota County Farm Bureau to hold its 101st meeting

September 5, 2018

Dakota County Farm Bureau to hold its 101st meeting

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — The Dakota County Farm Bureau will hold its 101st annual meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Rosemount American Legion. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Janet Bremer, a farmer from Hastings. Janet has many other titles including coordinator of the Minnesota Dairy Princess program, working with county princesses as well as Princess Kay of the Milky Way. She also was recently named America’s Farmers Midwest Mom of the Year. She is passionate about telling her farm’s dairy story through school visits, speaking and writing opportunities, her blog and other social media. Janet’s blog can be found at MyBarnyardView.blogspot.com.

The David Bailly family, founders of Alexis Bailly Vineyard, will be recognized as the 2018 Dakota County Farm Family of the Year. David Bailly’s daughter, Nan, is the winery’s winemaker and manager. The Bailly family is celebrating 40 years of wine making and they continue to be in the forefront of pioneering Minnesota as a wine producing region.

Funding available for sustainable ag projects

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for sustainable agriculture projects.

Focusing on the rural landscape, farmers and their families, grants will go to projects that explore new ways of conserving natural resources, enhance farm profitability, increase energy efficiency, and improve life in rural communities.

These grants have been used to fund projects that explore farm diversification, cover crops and crop rotation, conservation tillage, input reduction strategies, and alternative energies like wind, methane, and biomass.

Applications from farmers receive priority, but nonprofit and educational organizations can apply as long as Minnesota farmers are involved in the project. Projects last two to three years and may be funded at up to $50,000.

For more information and to apply, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/sustagdemogrant. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 12.

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