Farmer’s conservation practices pay off with certification

Now that the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is in full swing, farmers across the state are finding out how easy it is to get their farms certified. This is the case for rural Okabena farmer David Christoffer. The first farmer to be certified in Jackson County, Christoffer began working with the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District in […]

A summer in the vineyard (at Painted Prairie Vineyard and Winery)

Surrounded by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources land sits a small one-and-a-half-acre vineyard just outside of Currie, Minnesota, Painted Prairie Vineyard.Ben and Kim Hause originally planted the vineyard in 2006. In 2011 the Hauses opened a winery, on site.Two years ago Andy and Krista Kopperud moved onto the property that holds the vineyard. The on-site winery reopened under their ownership […]

A chat with Scott Roemhildt, Grassland programs coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Farm Market News: What is your professional affiliation? How long have you served in this position?Scott Roemhildt: In May I began as the coordinator of the Walk-In Access and Roadsides for Wildlife programs for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).FMN: What is the primary objective of your organization?SR: In this position, I want to focus on ways to bring agricultural […]

Drowned-out or hailed-out crops and prevented planting – What to do now?

The growing season of 2016 has gotten off to a challenging start for farmers in areas hit by significant rainfall or hail events. In southwestern Minnesota, for example, some fields planted up to three times with corn or two times with soybeans have drowned out again, while other areas have not been able to be planted at all. If you […]