Nicollet & Sibley County Ag News

December 2022

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Notes from Emma Severns

Happy Holidays! To me this is really the most wonderful time of the year. With the winter season comes an abundance of Extension events and opportunities to meet with all of you. Consider joining one of our many events this winter and also take some time to reflect on any education you may want to see from Extension this upcoming year. I am always looking for better ways to serve our community and your input helps me to do so. I hope you all enjoy this holiday season!

Warm wishes,



Hot Topics in Agriculture


Upcoming Events

Land Rent Workshop

Farmland rental rates are the largest input cost a farmer has. Landlords, farmers, and agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative land rent meetings being held across Minnesota and online.

December 13th
St. Peter- 9:30-11:30am

St. Peter - 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Nicollet County Health & Human Services Building-River Room

(622 S Front St, St Peter, MN 56082)

Soil Management Summit

December 15-16 at the Park Event Center (500 Division St, Waite Park, MN 56387)

The Soil Management Summit emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. Straight from the fields, learn how heavier, colder soils aren’t necessarily the challenge they’re made out to be. Hear from long-time no-till, reduced tillage, and cover crop farmers as they share their experiences, so you can be spared the same hard-learned lessons.The summit features presentations and Q & A with researchers, farmers and agricultural advisors, information from sponsors, and conversations with farmers experienced in different soil health practices.

For more information and to register click here.


Online Extension Events


Financial Resources

MDA Down Payment Assistance Grant

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) just rolled out the Down Payment Assistance Grant that will offer up to $15,000 for qualified farmers to purchase their first farm. There are two information sessions with Q&A on December 6 and 15 via zoom. Learn more on MDA's website.

Food safety certification for specialty crops program

Did your specialty crop operation incur on-farm food safety program expenses related to obtaining or renewing a food safety certification in 2022 or 2023? You may be eligible for financial assistance through USDA’s Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program.


University Resources for You

UMN forage and cover crop species database

The UMN forage and cover crop species database is a tool for understanding and providing a description of 30 different crop species. This includes agronomic recommendations and soil health implications. You can also view "The Forage Field Trip" series of videos for more information.

UMN Soil Testing Laboratory

The Soil Testing Laboratory is part of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources.

Soil testing takes the guesswork out of fertilizer recommendations, ensures fertile soil without pollution of the environment, and makes good economic sense. Our recommendations are based on laboratory results, soil characteristics, crop history, crop nutrient requirements and are specific to Minnesota locations and conditions.

Please email us at, or call 612-625-3101 for more information. (Email messages often result in the fastest response.)


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