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Pa00e 26 Libbesmeier From left are Jordan Meyer, Rene, Vony, Bethany Libbesmeier, and Dana at the Farewell Picnic at school in France. Submitted photo. By Katelyn Asfeld, Ag writer According to the Institute of International Education, "U.S. stu- dent participation in study abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades." In the U.S. higher education system, 19,903,000 stu- dents have studied abroad in the 2010-2011 school year. The top field of study for studying abroad is social sciences and the top des- tination is the United Kingdom. Bethany Libbesmeier is one of those fortunate students to study abroad, her destination; Angers, France. For one month, May 28-June 28, Beth had the opportunity to study in the historical city of Angers. The Sustainable Food Chains program at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities provided Beth with this opportunity. The whole study abroad group consisted of five stu- dents from the O of M, five from Wyoming, four from Madison, one student from Maryland, a profes- sor from Russia and 16 students from Texas A & M. Angers is located in western France where agriculture and agribusiness is important for the economy. Beth chose this pro- gram because she was able to use it as a supporting program for her Business and Marketing Edu- cation major and France suited Beth's romantici:sm. "I'm a sucker for the romantics of it all," Beth explained when asked why she Luke takes first place at Farmfest Farm Thursday, August 15,2013 ets a taste of agriculture abroad Congratulations to Luke Christians (right) of Watkins, who won first place in the pedal pull contest in the age 10 category at the Minnesota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Insurance Agency- sponsored pedal pull contest at Farmfest in Redwood Falls. Luke now has the opportunity to participate in the state pedal pull contest in Hutchinson Saturday, Sept. 7. Submitted photo. Join us for 2013 Rural Life Celebration Aug. 18 ........... The 2013 Rural-Life Celebra- tion will be held 11 a.m. on Sun- day, Aug. 18, outside the Onamia Depot Library at 204 Roosevelt Road, Onamia. All are welcome to attend this outdoor family-friendly event. The parishes hosting the annual celebration are Holy Cross in Onamia; St. Therese in Vine- land; Sacred Heart in Wahkon; and St. Rita in Hillman. This year's celebration features an outdoor Mass at 11 a.m., imme- diately followed by special guest Ft. Kermit HoU, OSC, prior of the Holy Cross Priory in Onamia who will speak of the history of the area and the Crosiers. The day will con- clude with a free picnic lunch at 12:30 p.m. and family entertain- ment. Catholic Charities and the Dio- cese of St. Cloud are co-sponsors of the Rural Life Celebration, an annual salute to rural living and the goodness of God's creation. chose France. She said of her visit Beth felt was a different point of not necessarily comfortable with to the Eiffel Tower, she was more intrigued by the cute couples than the tower itself. Beth's program was focused on agricultural policies and econom- ics, food industry economics, and agriculture and society. Her study abroad program was composed of lectures, free time and visits to com- panies and tourist areas. Her classes included a beginner French class, and French civilization and his- tory. Her company visits included tours of a dairy farm, an orchard, a salt marsh, a cattle-breeding farm, a sheep farm, a liquor distillery, and several vineyards. Beth described one visit to an agroforestry farm where the farm- ers work toward growing bet- ter trees for future generations by studying and enhancing the nutri- ents in the soil. These farmers are planning for the benefit of people years from now. "These farmers that are planting these trees now won't be able to reap the benefits of selling the furniture that the trees will be made into, but (they) are honored to be able to poten- tially help their future genera- tions who may take over the fam- ily farm." Beth said "This is very different from the U.S. where we are looking for immediate profits - it's a culture thing." Beth also told me that the farmers in France are greatly appreciated for their work and the population of France is fascinated by what they do which view. During her weekends, Beth was able to visit Paris, Brittany, Nor- mandy, Saint Malo, Mont Saint Michel, landing beaches, the American war cemetery and a War memorial museum. One weekend, she and a group of friends visited Dublin, Ireland, where they had a private tour of the Jameson Distillery. Beth came back from France fully enlightened; "Studying abroad is an eye-opening expe- rience because it challenges who you are and forces you to adapt to another way of life that you are not familiar with, and sometimes Vietnamese importers see Minnesota as an option between the two countries. "I was in Vietnam a month ago touring their facilities and now some of the people I visited were able to come here and see my operation," Simonsen said. "Minnesota is known for hosting trade teams because our farmers see the importance of inter- national trade and relationships. It sets us apart from our competition." While at Simonsen's, guests took part in a discussion about Essen- tial Amino, networked with local farmers from Minnesota and North Dakota, and enjoyed a home- cooked meal. "We talk to them in a casual envi- ronment and build those essential relationships," Simonsen said. "One of the visitors said they see the farms on American media and aren't sum if what they're seeing is real, but once they visit, they are very impressed Soybean farmer Paul Simonsen hosts trade team Vietnamese soybean importers left Minnesota knowing the quality of the soybeans grown here, thanks to a tour across the state that included a stop at soybean farmer Paul Simonsen's cabin in Atwater. Simonsen hosted agricultural delegates that are leaders in Viet- nam's soybean importing prac- tices. Their visit to the United States included seeing how soybeans are produced start-to-finish. Before coming to Minnesota, they visited Grey's Harbor in Washington State to learn about the exporting pro- cess and processing plants to show what happens to the beans after they leave the farm. They came to Minnesota to see the soybean fields and equipment used to harvest the crops, furthering the relationship Recycle pesticide containers label material should be removed. Stick-on labels do not need to be removed. The SECOND KEY STEP is to check with the farm store where you purchased the product for directions on how they want them handled and when they are able to take them for recycling. If containers have to be stored outside, it might be preferred to put the cap back on AFIER the container has been rinsed and drained and dried. The cap should be removed again before recycling. Minnesota Department of Ag (MDA) contracts with a company called Container Services Network (CSN) that collects and recycles these containers. This company will provide large plastic bags that would hold about 40 2.5 gallon jugs. The bags are primarily used where containers need to be stored out- side to keep them dry. Containers should not be crushed before put- ting in these bags because sharp corners can tear the bags - and the either." One of the challenges Beth had to face was the language bar- rier and cultural differences. By keeping an open mind, she was able to manage and enjoy the per- spectives of France. "I don't neces- sarily believe that there is one spe- cific practice that is the best, dif- ferent farming practices benefit different people and that is abso- lutely okay." Beth is majoring in Business and Marketing Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cit- ies and plans to attend the School of Public Health at the U and enter in the Community Health Promo- tion program after college. bags are not heavy enough to hold more than about 40 2.5 gallon jugs. Containers can be stnmg together on a twine string for easier trans- port and handling. Farmers, custom applicators, and farm stores can call CSN with questions about the process, or if they need the storage bags. The CSN number is (866) 225-6629. The Minnesota Department of Ag contact for the pesticide container recycling program is Stan Kaminski at (651) 201-6562. A lot of pest control work has been done now, but not finished. We should be pretty well through a recent flush of some armyworm problems. We'll be watching for the next month to see how the soybean aphid population develops this year. We might be still cleaning up on some weed control issues with late planted crops and unplanted acres. Potato growers will still be doing some work to prevent prob- lems with blight to protect the potato crop. By Dan Martens, U of M Extension We're probably not done with weed, insect and crop disease issues for the 2013 crop yet. Still as some of this work starts to ease up a little bit, it is a good time to think about recycling plastic containers from products used to spray agri- cultural crop. It's good that today we have a channel for recycling these plastic containers that is kept separate from other plastic recy- cling. Farmers really pay for the cost of recycling containers in what they pay for product, so it seems to make sense to use the recycling process. It's part of taking care of the soil and water resources we depend on. The FIRST KEY STEP for recycling plastic agricultural pesti- cide containers is to triple rinse or pressure rinse them when they are emptied into the sprayer tank; and then make sure they drain com- pletely and dry. The preference then is to store them inside, out of the weather. Caps and booklet-type with the quality of our product." Besides Atwater, the group also visited family soybean farms in Tyler and Danvers and a dairy farm in Morris. While touring the farms, the international guests had the oppor- amity to ask questions of local farm- ers about their crops and equipment. The MSR&PC oversees the invest- ment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of the state's soybean farm- ers. The council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated check- off program that requires all soybean producers to pay a fee on the soy- beans they sell. Funds are used to promote, educate and develop mar- ket opportunities for soybeans. For questions, more informa- tion or to arrange an interview with Paul Simonsen, please contact Allie Arp at, or call (507) 388-1635.