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For Anderson, lots of advance work precedes fair-time laurels

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Reese Anderson knows what it’s like to spend the summer at the fairgrounds. Between the Jackson County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair, over the past several years, the Jackson high school student has racked up a number of hours showing cattle. Last year at the Jackson County Fair, Anderson exhibited the champion 4-H breeding heifer. She placed fifth at […]

Local FFA members busy preparing for state convention

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As the Minnesota State FFA Convention approaches, members of state-qualified career and leadership development event teams from the Jackson County Central FFA Chapter are busy honing their knowledge, getting in some last-minute practices and preparing for a busy three days at the University of Minnesota April 21-23. Micah Worthington, a junior at JCC, is a part of the chapter’s state-qualifying […]

For Chapman-Nesseth, showing sheep a family tradition

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For Sylvia Chapman-Nesseth, it was only natural to get involved with showing sheep. Her dad showed sheep as a kid, and her grandpa and uncle raise sheep. And with 10 years of showing under her belt and a lengthy list of awards, including several purple ribbons at county fairs and the Minnesota State Fair — as well as a ninth-place […]

Plenty to consider as farmers weigh early planting

Brian Hefty is ready to plant corn. Well, maybe not, but it sure seemed like he could be on yet another unseasonably warm day late last month as he spoke with farmers at the Jackson Farm and Home Show in Jackson. “I’m ready to plant today,” Hefty joked with farmers. “It looks like April out there. The snow’s gone and, […]

Love of learning pays off for rural appraiser

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Rachel Daberkow of Okabena loves learning. That fact served her well recently as a nearly decade-long process of learning paid off in a big way. Daberkow was recently awarded the “Accredited Rural Appraiser” designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers at the society’s national meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Daberkow earned the ARA designation by meeting stringent […]

Jackson to become Fendt hub

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AGCO’s Intivity Center in Jackson will undergo a major remodel as it transforms into the North American hub of the entire Fendt brand. Opened in 2012 as the showpiece focal point of a 75,000-square-foot expansion at AGCO Jackson Operations, the Intivity Center will soon become the Fendt Lodge — a 16,000-square-foot customer center that Bill Hurley, vice president of American […]

Local farmer — and U of M ag economist — lands prestigious honor

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An ag economist with the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota — who doubles as a Jackson County farmer — is the recipient of the prestigious Blanchfield Award from the American Bankers Association. Robert Craven, associate director of the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, received the award at the ABA Agricultural […]

Farmers urged to check online map prior to putting fall fertilizer plans into place

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Various tracts of land across southwestern Minnesota are under fall nitrogen fertilizer restrictions this year, and farmers are urged to check an updated online map of the restrictions prior to putting their fall fertilizer plans into place. Under the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Groundwater Protection Rule, fall nitrogen fertilizer application is prohibited in vulnerable areas of Minnesota due to environmental […]

Showing pigs a family affair for Nelson siblings

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After years of showing pigs, Kallee Nelson and her older brother, Tanner, have won seven showmanship awards and 13 breed awards between the two of them. Tanner Nelson has shown pigs for seven years and has won six showmanship awards and 12 breed awards. At the Jackson County Fair earlier this year, he won overall reserve champion in the purebred […]

Local dealer honored as ‘Master Seed Rep’

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A Jackson County seed dealer has been honored for providing high-level customer service and going above and beyond as a representative of Wyffels Hybrids. Mike Madsen of Madsen Seed in Heron Lake was recently recognized as a “Master Seed Representative” for Wyffels Hybrids. Madsen was honored at an awards banquet earlier this summer. “Madsen Seed’s high-level of customer service and […]


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