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Autumn Boutique Hosted by Slayton Women of Today

Decorated in fall hues and with the last thoughts of summer, the Murray County Fairgrounds is the location of the annual Slayton Women of Today’s Autumn Boutique. This 25th annual event will be held on Friday, September 8th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 9th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, Minnesota. During this two-day event this small community located on Highways 30 & 59 is transformed into a dynamic shopping haven.

This year there are OVER 90 exhibitors presenting such fine items as Traditional, Country, Wood, Seasonal Creations, Furniture, Home Decor, Clothing, Jewelry, Purses and much, much more. Traveling from the upper Midwest, exhibitors fill seven buildings plus outdoor booths. As a juried event, each exhibitor is reviewed on quality, pricing and uniqueness.

Besides the exceptional quality of shopping options, the Slayton Women of Today also manage a delicious food stand. The food stand opens at 8:00 a.m. each day. Throughout the event ongoing entertainment provides the proper atmosphere for a day of shopping and fellowship. 

Admission and parking are free, plan to shop, eat and enjoy your time at the annual Slayton Women of Today’s Autumn Boutique.

For additional information, group/tour specials and packages, or exhibitor applications, please write: Autumn Boutique, PO Box 45, Slayton, MN 56172-0045 or email autumnboutique@yahoo.com. Slayton Women of Today is a non-profit organization. Each year we host the Autumn Boutique and make many worthwhile donations from the funds raised from our food stand. During this past year significant donations have been made to many worthwhile area organizations and individuals in the Slayton community.


U of M Extension to Hold Hail Clinic on Monday, August 28th in Wilmont

By Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator in Crops

Severe weather on the night of August 18, 2017 brought strong winds, heavy rain, hail, and confirmed tornadoes to parts of southwestern Minnesota.  Damage to buildings and crops was particularly heavy throughout parts of Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock counties and into Iowa.  In an effort to provide crop producers with information about potential impacts and to assist in the decision-making process, University of Minnesota Extension will be holding a Hail Clinic on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Wilmont Community Center in Wilmont.  This event is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided.

University of Minnesota Extension specialists and Extension Educators will lead the discussion and cover topics including estimating corn and soybean yield and quality impacts, risk of disease and pest issues, and harvest and feeding considerations for silage and grain. 

For more information about this event, please contact Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900 Ext 3912 or stah0012@umn.edu.


2016 PLC Payment Rates and ARC Actual Prices for Wheat, Barley and Oats

The Agricultural Act of 2014 provides for payments for covered commodities through the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program when the market year average price is below the reference price. Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program payments are triggered when the actual revenue is below the guarantee established for the program.

The Marketing Year Average (MYA) price for wheat, barley and oats was announced June 29, resulting in a PLC payment rate of $1.61 per bushel for 2016 wheat and $0.34 per bushel for 2016 oats. There is no PLC payment on 2016 barley.

For Agriculture Loss Coverage – County (ARC-CO), actual crop revenue is calculated by multiplying the actual average yield for your county times the higher of the MYA price or the national loan rate. For 2016, the following prices have been set – wheat at $3.89 per bushel; barley at $4.96 per bushel; and oats at $2.06 per bushel. 2016 county yields will not be available until this fall.

Agriculture Loss Coverage–Individual Option (ARC-IC) will utilize the same prices as ARC-CO, however the actual crop revenue cannot be calculated until participating producers report all production for all covered commodities planted on the farm and all MYA prices for all covered commodities planted on the farm are known. Both of these items are necessary to calculate the ARC-IC actual revenue for the farm.

All 2016 ARC and PLC payments cannot be made until after Oct. 1, 2017, or the announcement of the final 2016 MYA price for the applicable covered commodity.

For information on release dates for MYA prices, ARC-CO yields and projected and final PLC payment rates, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc and click on the “ARC/PLC Program Data” link. 


Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages—and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school—Murray County Medical Center recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. 

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases,” said Steven Snow, MD, Murray County Medical Center. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your child’s doctor or provider to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community—including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions. 

Talk to your child’s doctor or provider to find out which vaccines are recommended for them before going back to school. Contact Murray County Medical Center for an appointment at: 507.836.6153.

Find out more about the recommended vaccines for children at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/.