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t t Thursday, July 11, 2013 ea o inaon Tri-CountyNew :www? i:oun , ews.m + Assistance available for farmers facing difficulties Flooded fields and prevented dates for program crops. Farmers planting getting you down? may be facing financial difficul- Stress is a serious problem; help ties and higher than usual levels is available of personal stress as a result. Being The USDA Crop and Weather stressed-out is something to take Jill Pert|er "Slices of Life" of truck Report for June 10, 2013 is strik- seriously. There are two helpline Not long ago, I foundmyselfliv- Who cares if you can't fit your ing in contrast to last year's report: numbers that are available to farm- ing in a house inhabited by two whole family into the cab? That s ers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, entities: those who thought we why toppers were invented. State~Minnesota/Publications~ all year long: needed a pick-up truck, and those As for the folks who claim Crop_Progress&_ConditionL Last Minnesota Farmer Assistance who didn't. . trucks are gas-guzzlers, any proud year by that time 100 percent of Network (MFAN)provides business It's an age-old dilemma faced truck owner understands priori- most crops had been planted and and financial guidance at no cost by families from Alabama to Wyo- ties. Hauling a new toilet for your had emerged, and 84 percent of to Minnesota farmers and farm ming. To truck or not to truck? wife, or if few extra bucks in your oats were in the joint stage. This families facing economic hard- That is the question, wallet- the choice is obvious. year the percentages are far lower ship.; on all counts; and the percentage of 1-877-898-MFAN. crops m good to excellent condition Crisis Connection is a non- is below 75 percent for all crops. It's profit agency that provides 24-hour no news to Minnesota farmers that crisis counseling by telephone. the late spring has pushed many, (866)379-6363. planting dates out past the allowed LSP Farm beginnings course accepting applications The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is now accepting applica- tions for its 2013-2014 Farm Begin- nings course. Farm Beginnings class sessions will begin this fall and LSP is providing participants two options for getting involved in one of the most successful begin- ning farmer training initiatives iri the country. Classes will be offered in the Minnesota commu- nities of Winona and Saint Cloud this fall and winter. The application deadline for the 2013-2014 Farm Begin- We had a truck years ago, back Some people think trucks are in our life BC (before children), road hogs. Big. Not easy to drive After our daughter came along, we or fit into your garage or a regular traded it in for a minivan. I never parking space at the grocery store. looked back. I can't say the same For a happy truck owner it again for my husband, comes down to priorities. Some- He is quick to point out a pick- thing s got to give when a truck up truck affords one many advan- is supplying you and your entire tages and perks over a minivan. A family with so much. proud truck owner can cruise into Trucks are tough. Even their the local home improvement store names sound robust. You've got at any hour of the dayand grab a your Toyota Tundra (Brrr!), and Classes are led by farmers and bunch of two-by-fours or that new your Dodge Ram (Grrr!). For other agricultural professionals toilet his wife's been eyeing. Home years, Chevrolet claimed their from the area. The classes, which improvement projects are a breeze trucks were "Like a rock." We meet approximately twice-a- when youownatruck, all know nothing beats a rock month, run until March 2014, fol- He adds that weather is no (except maybe paper). Ford plays lowed by an on-farm education match for a truck. A truck can bar- it straight, sayingtheirvehiclesare component that includes farm rel through snow and sleet, rain "Built Fora tough." tours and skills sessions. The fee is $1,500 per farming partnership (flexible payment plan and partial scholarships available), and early- bird registrants are eligible to attend on-farm education events this summer and fall. Over the years, more than 600 wood? Not a problem for a truck. and fog. It can get the kiddies to There's that word again - tough. school during ablizzard. It doesn't I've noticed tough and truck are matter if you're a butcher, baker, often paired. Both begin with the banker or builder, during inclem- letter T, as does, I'm sure you're eat weather, everyone benefits aware, the word testosterone. Coin- from owning a truck, cidence? I think not. Need to move a load of fire- A truck may be ideal for prac- tical things like bringing loads to nings course is Thursday, people have graduated from the Ditto that for new furniture. And the dump or getting to school in Aug. 1. For application materi- Minnesota-region Farm Begin-trips to the dump? They're an a snowstorm, but don't kid your- als or for more information, see nings program. In surveys ofeffortless joy from behind the self. The real reason God invented or con- recent Farm Beginnings grad-wheel of your truck, trucks is because they are cool. tact Karen Benson at (507) 523- uates, 70 percent said that they You can transport your four-Trucks are high up off the ground 3366; lspse@landstewardship were actively farming within 6 Wheeler in the back of your truck, and hard to climb into. When you, months of completing the course. (Once you get a truck, thenextlog- ride around in a truck you can In 2013, LSP's Farm Begin- Farm Beginnings graduates are ical step is a four-wheeler.) The look down at all the little guys in nings program is marking its 16th involved in awide range ofagricul- same goes for a boat and Jet Ski their minivans and think, "I bet he year of providing firsthand train- tural enterprises, including grass- and snowmobile and oh, the list wishes he had a truck." ing in low-cost, sustainable meth- based livestock, organic vegeta- goes on. When you think about it, And you know what? I bet h'e ods of farming. The course is tat- bles, Community Supported Agri- a truck is useful year'round. It can does. lor-made for people of all ages just cukure and specialty products, pull and transport all sorts of toys, But, not at my house. After getting started in farming, as well Besides Minnesota and Wis- which of course you want andweeks of discussion I was finally as established farmers looking to consin, Farm Beginnings classes need, after you get your truck, swayed to the dark side when my make changes in their operations, have been held over the years People who own trucks get tohusband, armed with a tape men- Farm Beginnings participants in Illinois, Nebraska and North talk about things like torque, bed sure, assured me a truck really learn goal setting, financial plan- Dakota. Farm Beginnings courses liners, and Hemis. They get to ask would fit into our garage after all. ning, enterprise planning, mar- have recently been launched in questions like,,"What's your pay- He was right. It fits quite nicely - keting and innovative production South Dakota, Missouri, Kentucky, load capacity? and How s she do right next to my new minivan. techniques. Indiana, New York and the woods?" Jill Pertler is an award-winning Truck ownership certainly has syndicated columnist, playwright and plenty of benefits. My husband author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" You can read more A roundtable discussion of the notes the disadvantages pale in columns at the Slices of Life page on Great Depression in Stearns County comparison. I'm sure you'll agree. Facebook. The Great Depression was a completed in Stearns County and time of unemployment and hard- will be part ofthe discnssion. ~l~,~l~:~ ~ ship. In Stearns County, the Wednesday, July 17, at responsibility and duty for car- 6:30 p.m., St. Cloud Times ~~d3[~ MT, ' OLDFAI114FOL ing for victims of the Depression writer and 2013 Zapp Histo- was accepted by the community, rian Award recipient Bill Mor- ~ ~1~~ ~ A coordinated effort by commu- gan will be at the Stearns His- nity groups, service clubs, and tory Museum to facilitate a round- the city government led the way. table discussion of the Great The Chamber of Commerce coor-Depression in Stearns County. dinated work projects within the As a former history professor at community. The mayor proposedSt. Cloud State University, Bill a "Make Work Program," which Morgan is extremely knowledge- provided employment, not char-able in Depression-era history, ity, for 400 men with families to and this evening is sure to be both support, informational and interesting. At the national level, the WPA Admission to this event is free to (Works Progress Administration) members, $5 to non-members. was the largest and most ambi- Event: The Great Depression in tious New Deal agency, employ- Stearns County: A Roundtable ing millions of people to carry out Discussion public works projects, including Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 the construction of public build- Time:6:30pm ings and roads. Almost every com- Cost: Members free. Non- munity in the United States had a members $5 new park, bridge, or school con- Location: Stearns History structed by this agency. There are Museum and Research Center several of those projects that were GRIND gr roE of Lt [y BY Mondays POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, NO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County Hews (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periedi- cats. It is published Thursdays by the Tn-County News, Inc., P.O. 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