Suzanne Davis brings themusic of Carole King to Slayton on Thursday, March 7th at 7:30pm at the MCC Auditorium, as part of the current series of concerts sponsored by the Prairie Music Concert Association..
“Tapestry” - The Carole King Songbook, is North America’s premier musical tribute to Carole King. Suzanne 0. Davis recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970’s Carole King concert experience following the music of her classic album, Tapestry. Audience members will be transported back to the iconic image of her record breaking, multi-million selling album of 1971. (“It’s Too Late ,” “I Feel the Earth Move’ and “You’ve Got a Friend”) as well as many other King favorites.
Impeccable attention to detail ls taken in recreating a respectful and accurate musical presentation of Carole’s piano and vocals, just as they were. Suzanne’s energetic and heartfelt performance, along with her backup band of Sax and Guitar, will take the listener on a journey Into those great recordings.
Suzanne’s career Journey has taken her across the globe from the Middle East to Texas to Cuba performing as a keyboardist, vocalist and tribute artist. Having played on some of the finest stages to standing ovations in several countries around the world, Suzanne has toured In production tribute shows to ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, and many others. She has shared stages and opened for acts such as America, KC and the Sunshine Band, the Village People and BJ Thomas.
Not only does Suzanne channel the Characteristics of Carole at the piano, but her comfortable stage presentation really endears her to the audience.” I really like to have fun and talk with the audience about the history of the songs. I think people want to feel that we’re all sharing these moments together...and we are.”
For further information about thispresentation by the Prairie Music Concert Association you may contact Sandy at 836-8395 or Jan at 479-3048.
Farm Bureau and FFA – Working Together
The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) salutes FFA during National FFA Week, February 16-23. This week is a great reminder of the many reasons why Farm Bureau maintains such strong support for the FFA program.
Farm Bureau invests in FFA throughout the year because Farm Bureau sees future farmers, future agricultural leaders and future Farm Bureau members involved in this organization.
Below are some of the ways Farm Bureau partners with FFA throughout the year.
· MFB Young Farmers & Ranchers and MFB Foundation sponsor the Minnesota FFA Discussion Meet contest.
· MFB Foundation sponsors the extemporaneous speaking state contest and serves as a general sponsor of the Minnesota FFA Convention.
· MFB Foundation recognizes an FFA Advisor of the Year and sponsors the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Young Member award.
· MFB has a representative on the Minnesota FFA Foundation executive sponsors board and board of trustees.
· MFB provides assistance to regional and state FFA contests.
· Minnesota FFA state and regional officers serve as timekeepers at the MFB Young Farmers & Ranchers state Discussion Meet contest.
· MFB is a sponsor of the Minnesota FFA Foundation Golf Outing.
· MFB is a sponsor of the Minnesota FFA Foundation Saints baseball event.
· MFB Foundation assists with the FFA Agriculture Policy Experience
· MFB assists with leadership development of the Minnesota FFA officers and national convention delegates.
· Many Farm Bureau members serve as volunteers and leaders for their local FFA chapters.
County Farm Bureaus and Farm Bureau leaders also support FFA programs by sponsoring local FFA activities or individuals, jointly hosting events such as safety camps and serve as a driving force to maintain FFA programs in local school districts.
Farm Bureau congratulates FFA in Minnesota and all of the youth and leaders who make FFA such an impressive organization. Farm Bureau is proud to be a strong supporter of FFA.
Minnesota Farm Bureau – Farmers ● Families ● Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.
MCGA Launches First-Ever Statewide Scholarship For Future Ag Leaders
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to announce its first-ever statewide scholarship for college students aspiring to become future agricultural leaders.
MCGA will be offering two $5,000 scholarships to college students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the fall 2019 semester. Student have until March 8 to apply.
The statewide scholarship will supplement scholarships long offered through local county corn organizations. It will also give students who many not have access to a local county scholarship the opportunity to apply.
“Our county organizations are excellent at helping students in their backyard achieve their dream of attending college so they can make an impact in our state’s ag sector,” MCGA President Brian Thalmann said. “This is another opportunity for students to receive a scholarship that will help them grow as future leaders.”
MCGA scholarship applicants must be a Young Adult member of MCGA who is working toward a degree in an agriculture-related field. The Young Adult membership, available to ages 16-24, was launched last year for future agricultural leaders who would like to participate in grassroots advocacy today. Along with reduced member dues, Young Adult Members stay up to date on the latest in Minnesota’s corn sector, as well as have access to great networking and leadership opportunities. County scholarship applicant requirements vary county to county.
Both the MCGA scholarships and scholarships offered by local county organizations are available at mncorn.org/scholarships. At the website, users are able to select their home county and apply for both scholarships offered by their county organization and the MCGA scholarship.
By launching mncorn.org/scholarships, MCGA strives to more effectively promote scholarships offered at the county level and streamline the application process for students. County organizations are encouraged to contact their district field manager to have their scholarship featured on the website.
LYFT Program at Tracy Aircraft
Tracy Aircraft is proud to announce they are partnering with area schools on a Lyft grant that will fund aviation training for as many as 20 students.
The training will offer ground school training and 5 hours of flight time in Tracy Aircraft’s airplane. This training may be used towards a private pilot license. Right now airlines around the world are experiencing a pilot shortage. This cooperative grant will encourage students to look at aviation as a potential career path.
There are several aviation programs in state and regional colleges in Minnesota.
Last Call for the Stassen Photography Collection
Two years ago the Stassen Photography Studio donated photographs of Murray County residents to the Murray County Museum. Staff members have sorted through the photos and kept one copy of each for our collection.
If you were a resident of Murray County and had your photo taken at the Stassen Photography Studio between the years 1986 and 2000 please stop into the museum, call, or email to see if your photos are part of the collec- tion.
The photos have been available for pick up for the past two years. We are now issuing a “last call” to pick up pho- tos before the extras will be disposed of. If your photos are part of the Stassen collection, we ask that you make a free-will donation at the time of pick up.
We would love to see all of the extra photos find a home.
The last day photos will be available for pick up will be Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
For more information, contact the Murray County Museum at 507-836-6533 or Museum@co.murray.mn.us.
Register Now for “Strategic Farming – Maximizing Return on Investment” & Small Grains Workshop in Slayton, MN
Melissa Runck is an Extension Educator-Ag Production Systems with University of Minnesota Extension in Murray and Pipestone Counties.
If you farm or work with farmers and want to learn more about crop management strategies to maximize return on investment, then make plans to attend the upcoming 2019 “Strategic Farming – Maximizing Return on Investment” workshop in Slayton, Minnesota on Thursday, February 21 at the 4-H Building.Following this program will be the Southern Small Grain Winter Workshop in the afternoon, where producers will learn whether incorporating small grains into their current cropping system makes sense.
Registration is open at z.umn.edu/strategic-farming for these workshops, sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Registration at least seven days prior to each event is strongly encouraged in order to guarantee a seat, handouts, and a meal.Address to the 4-H Building is 3048 Broadway Ave., Slayton, Minn.
Schedule for the Slayton “Strategic Farming – Maximizing Return on Investment” & the Southern Small Grains Workshop:
•Southern Small Grain Winter Workshop: 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Strategic Farming – Maximizing Return on Investment: At this workshop key cost factors in crop budgets will be discussed, as well as the likelihood for a return on investment on practices ranging from a foliar fungicide application to a “build and maintain” soil fertility program.Soybean aphid management strategies, seed and trait technologies, tips to evaluate marketing claims, and best management practices to ensure the marketability of grain will also be discussed.
Small Grain Winter Workshop: Row crop farming brings busy spring and fall workloads.There are also pests common to row crops, including herbicide resistant weeds, soybean cyst nematodes, soybean aphid, and other insect and disease pests becoming more problematic across Minnesota.Small grain added to a rotation offers the opportunity to diversity cropping systems in central and southern Minnesota to manage these challenges.This program is designed to help farmers determine if small grains can work on their farm and in their rotation.This program will provide the tools needed to make small grains a successful crop in their operation, including cutting-edge research on production agronomics, variety selection, disease identification, fungicide use, fertility, quality, equipment, and economics. Time will be set aside for open forum to discuss related topics and on-farm experiences. Presenters will include Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota Extension Small Grain Specialist and Jared Goplen, University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator.
For more details about the Slayton workshops and to register visit: z.umn.edu/strategic-farming or contact the Murray County Extension Office at 507-836-6927.
Livestock Inventory Records
Producers are reminded to keep updated livestock inventory records. These records are necessary in the event of a natural disaster.
When disasters strike, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) can assist producers who suffered excessive livestock death losses and grazing or feed losses due to eligible natural disasters.
To participate in livestock disaster assistance programs, producers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event and must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. For grazing or feed losses, producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent and should maintain documentation and receipts.
Producers should record all pertinent information regarding livestock inventory records including:
• Documentation of the number, kind, type, and weight range of livestock
• Beginning inventory supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts;
For more information on documentation requirements, contact your local FSA office.
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, disease and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law.
LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, extreme heat or extreme cold.
For disease losses, FSA county committees can accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management
For 2019 livestock losses, eligible livestock owners must file a notice within 30 calendar days of when the loss is first apparent.
Participants must provide the following supporting documentation to their local FSA office no later than 90 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the eligible loss condition occurred.
• Proof of death documentation
•Copy of growers contracts
• Proof of normal mortality documentation
USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type and weight range of eligible livestock, i.e. Adult Beef Cow = 1.5% and Non-Adult Beef Cattle (less than 400 pounds) = 5%. These established percentages reflect losses that are considered expected or typical under “normal” conditions.
In addition to filing a notice of loss, producers must also submit an application for payment by March 1, 2020.
Additional Information about LIP is available at your local FSA office or online at: www.fsa.usda.gov.
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