Join us for a free nitrate testing clinic on Thursday, August 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Building during the Murray County Fair.
To have your well water tested at the clinic, please bring at least one-half cup of water in a plastic bag.In order to get a good sample, allow the water to run 5 to 10 minutes before filling the bag. Homeowners with distillators, reverse osmosis, or other nitrate removal systems should take two water samples one before and one after the treatment process. This will determine if the nitrate removal system is working. Homeowners with just a water softener should take one sample - either before or after the water passes through the water softener.
Please keep samples refrigerated and do not take any samples more than 24 hours before testing. Samples should be cool when arriving at the clinic. To ensure accuracy, homeowners should mark the bags with their name, phone number, and a well identification number if more than one well is sampled.Samples are analyzed on the spot and results are given directly to the homeowner.
Homeowners may choose to remain anonymous. In that case, they should simply choose another easily recognizable number to put on the samples. It is not necessary to provide information about the well or well location.
Nitrates are the most common contaminant in Minnesota’s groundwater and a significant number of the wells within the state contain high nitrate levels. Take about 5 minutes and find out the nitrate level of your well today. This clinic is sponsored by Murray County Environmental Services.
For more information, please contact Sarah Soderholm, Murray County Environmental Technician, at 507-836-1165.
Aquatic Invasive Species Cooler Giveaway to be atMurray County Fair
Be sure to stop by the Murray County Water Resource booth in the Horticulture building during the Murray County Fair to test your knowledge of aquatic invasive species and enter to win a 55-quart Igloo Sportsman cooler. One cooler will be given away each day on Thursday, August 15, Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. You do not need to be present to win; however, you must be 18 or older to enter.
While you are at the fair, check out the newly updated fish tanks that have been installed at our booth space and learn how to work together to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species.
Clean. Drain. Dry.
Clean off aquatic plants, animals, and mud from your boat, trailer, and other equipment.
Drain your boat, livewell, and motor and leave plugs out.
Rinse with hot water or dry for at least 5 days.
Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
Each fall, please remember to check your docks, lifts, and other water-related equipment when removing them from the lake and report anything suspicious. If you buy any used equipment, please make sure it is dried for 21 days to prevent zebra mussels from being transferred from one lake to another.
Additional questions can be directed to Murray County Environmental Technician, Sarah Soderholm, at 507-836-1165.
Help protect the lakes you love.
NAPS (Second Harvest)
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) distribution will be held at the office of A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota - Murray County 2989 Maple Rd., Slayton MN on Wednesday; August 14, 2019. From 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Remember if you cannot be there, please have your proxy pick your items up for you. Call A.C.E. of SW Minnesota – Murray County at 507-836-8705 for more information.
Rural Stress Podcast Excerpts Now Available for Broadcast
MDA makes TransFARMation 60-second stories available for free use
St. Paul, MN - Prompted by the many sources of stress affecting farmers and ranchers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Red River Farm Network joined forces to create a new radio and podcast series called TransFARMation. Now, the MDA is making the first five 60-second episodes broadly available to radio stations around the Upper Midwest.
The series is designed to increase awareness and reduce inhibitions about acknowledging farm stress, as well as highlighting the resources available. Local farmers, ranchers and agricultural stakeholders are featured, sharing personal stories and offering a message of hope.
The five available 60-second summaries cover the following topics:
How Not to Let the Farm Wreck Your Marriage – dairy farmer Brenda Rudolph talks about maintaining your relationship when your coworker is your spouse
There is Life After Farming – a 1,500-acre cash grain farmer makes the tough decision to leave farming and try a new career.
A Survivor’s Journey – farmer Theresia Gillie, whose husband Keith died by suicide, describes her journey after his death
The Ostrich Syndrome – a farm psychologist encourages farmers to concentrate on what they can control
It’s OK to Not Be OK – farmer Doug Kramer sought help from a counselor during the 80s farm crisis. He and his daughter talk about how hard – and helpful – that was.
Radio stations interested in airing the 60-second episodes can obtain them by contacting MDA Communications Coordinator Larry Schumacher by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-201-6629. Stations airing the episodes receive permission to edit the intro and outro to reflect station branding. Credit must be given somewhere in the final aired piece to the MDA and Red River Farm Network.
For additional details, including photos, visit www.rrfn.com/transfarmation
This resource offers MHP phone counseling and a 24/7 Farm & Rural helpline: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/about/mnfarmerstress/copingstress
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline
Free, confidential, 24/7. This call center is located in Minnesota. Calls are answered by trained staff and volunteers. If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts – call. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to somebody you don’t know.
Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor
Ted works with farmers across eh entire state. No cost; no paperwork. The service is available thanks to funds from the Minnesota Legislature.