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Thursday, December 9, 2010 Tri-Coun News * Kimball, MN i ii!iiii!i!J!m ball&apos; MN 7: :::::: I,Ii, , Back by popular demand - the Minn. Organic Conf. 2011 event will appeal to organic and conventional farmers alike The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting registrations for the 2011 Minnesota Organic Conference, which will be held Jan. 14-15, 2011, at the St. Cloud Civic Center. Organizers expect that hundreds will again turn out because of the conference's appeal. Keynote speakers are award- winning public radio host and food authority Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Organic Valley cooperative founder George Siemon, and organic pio- neers Martin and Atina Diffley, co- operators of one of Minnesota's first certified organic vegetable opera- tions. The conference also includes 36 educational breakout sessions and a trade show featuring 62 seed, fertil- izer and equipment dealers, organic ...... Farm 2klb. Page 5 IlllHIIIIII I IIII I buyers, certifying agencies, and orga- nizations that provide information and assistance to farmers. "I think this year's conference sessions have the broadest appeal that I've ever seen," says Lynn Brakke, who farms 2,000 organic acres near Moorhead and serves on the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force. Sessions will include management insights that conven- tional, as well as organic, produc- ers can use, including soil biology, cover cropping, weed management, grass finishing beef, marketing, and an opportunity to "Ask the Vet." MDA organic specialist Meg Moynihan says Minnesota now has more than 650 organic farms that range in size from just a few acres to large operations like Brakke's. These farmers are raising grains, oilseeds, dairy, beef, poultry, fruits and vegetables. Moynihan says producers curious about what's involved in becoming organic can attend several sessions focusing on legal organic requirements as well as the transition process. The conference price includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks all prepared with organic ingredients. Early bird registration (until Dec. 17) is $100 for the two-day con- ference and $70 for only one day. There are further discounts for additional people from the same farming operation. Reduced hotel rates are available until Dec. 12. The full conference program and registration forms are avail- able at the MDA web site <www. mda.state.mn.us/food/organic>, or by calling (651) 201-6012. MOSES 22nd annual Organic Farming Conference Organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Educa- tion Service (MOSES), the annual Organic Farming Conference (OFC) is the largest organic farming con- ference in the U.S. It will be held Feb. 24-26, in La Crosse, Wis. It's an extraordinary, farmer-centered event featuring more than 70 infor- mative workshops, 150 + exhibi- tors, locally sourced organic food, live entertainment and nationally known keynote speakers. The OFC is considered the fore- most educational and networking event in the organic farming commu- nity. In 2010, the OFC attracted more than 2,700 farmers, advocates, edu- cators, students and industry repre- sentatives. A 27-page flyer of all the 2011 conference offerings and regis- tration form can be found at <http:// mosesorganic.org/conference.html>. Highlights of the OFC MOSES Farmer of the Year award: Every year, MOSES recog- nizes an outstanding organic farmer or farm family who are innovators; who excel in managing their farm resources and are good stewards of the land; and who serve as educators and shining examples in their com- munities and to the next generation of organic farmers. Organic University: The Organic University offers nine intensive courses on various organic agricul- ture topics for novice and experts alike through pre-conference, full- day courses. Research Forum: Through inte- gration of the Organic Research Forum with the Organic Farm- ing Conference, researchers have a unique opportunity to share their cutting-edge organic agricultural research with farmers, students and agriculture professionals. Workshops: More than 70 work- shops will be offered on a multitude of organic farming, marketing, pro- duction and management topics and timely agriculture issues. Young Organic Stewards: Young people have always been at the heart of the MOSES Con- ference. The Young Organic Stew- ards program recognizes the need to honor and support the next gen- eration of food producers through targeted workshops and social activities. Organic, Locally Sourced Food: Two full days of meals for conference attendees featuring the best locally sourced, organic food prepared in delicious entrees, sides, salads and desserts. Inspiring keynote speakers: MOSES will once again be host to two outstanding keynote speakers. Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., is the Direc- tor of Technical Policy for Consum- ers Union. She developed the rat- ings system, database, and website for evaluating environmental labels. Rangan continues to decode the meaning of eco-labels for consum- ers, and advocates for credible label- ing in the marketplace, including influencing government policy deci- sions at the state and federal level. Tom Stearns, of High Mowing Organic Seeds, will speak about local food systems development in Hard- wick, Vermont, and the fascinating, collaborative work among farmers, businesses, and the community as they face this challenge in a bold and ambitious way. Tom Stearns founded High Mowing Organic Seeds in 1996 when he began sharing seeds with others through a small seed flyer. Since that time, High Mowing Organic Seeds has expanded into one of the leading organic seed com- panies in the United States. Contact: To request a confer- ence flyer or to request a media pass contact MOSES at (715) 778-5775, AgVenture receives top awards for 2010: The top Doboy Feeds dealers in the nation AgVenture Feed & Seed Inc., Watkins, received Top Dealer awards for sales in 2009/2010 from Domain Incorporated/Doboy Feeds of New Richmond, Wiscon- sin. AgVenture was awarded Top Dealer in the Top Overall Increase, Top Tend-R-Leen sales and Top Tend-R-Leen Increase. Addition- ally, AgVenture was awarded sec- ond place in the Top Overall Dealer award and Top Dairy Dealer. These awards are based on ton- nage, sales, and sales increases for the year and are awarded on a national, company-wide basis. Kimball schods Menu Dec. 13-17 Breakfast Monday:. Toasted cheese bread, sausage pat W, fruit choice, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast burrito, juice choice, milk. Wednesday: Cereal choice, slice of toast, juice choice, milk. Thursday: Scrambled eggs & sausage, slice of toast, juice choice, milk. Friday: Sausage & cheese on an English muffin, fruit choice, milk. Lunch Monday: Hot dog on wheat or tuna salad on wheat, baked beans, Kimball senior Dinin_q Menu Dec. 13-17 Monday-Euchre: Hot roast pork sandwich, whipped pota- toes w/gravy, squash, apricots. Tuesday-Euchre: Parmesan chicken breast, baked potato w/ sour cream, tangy green beans, wheat bread, oatmeal cake. Wednesday-Christmas Din- ner; Christmas Sing-Along fol- lowing dinner: Honey-glazed ham, sweet potato casserole, country trio vegetables, cranberry garnish, dinner roll, Christmas gelatin cake. Thursday: Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, confetti vegetable salad, wheat bread, cinnamon bread pudding with topping. Friday: Roast beef w/horserad- ish, whipped potatoes w/gravy, broccoli Normandy, dinner roll, sunshine salad. 1% milk is served with every sliced wheat bread, fresh pineapple wedge, milk. Tuesday: Italian dunkers or corn dog, diced carrots, sliced wheat bread, watermelon slice, milk. Wednesday: Italian lasagna or chicken patty on wheat, crisp cole- slaw, garlic bread, pear slices, milk. Thursday: Chicken divan over pasta or southwestern burger, green beans, sliced wheat bread, cantaloupe wedge, milk. Friday: Homemade pizza or pork riblet on wheat, dinner salad, sliced wheat bread, rosy apple- sauce, milk. meal. Menu is subject to change. Suggested contribution for per- sons 60+ and volunteers is $3.50, or what you can afford. Guests under 60 pay $7. REMINDER: When there is a choice of entree on the menu, you will receive the first one listed UNLESS you notify us. The cof- fee pot is on by 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call Rosalea Hoeft at (320) 398-2211 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Gift dining booklets are avail- able at the Senior Dining Site and the State Bank of Kimball. Par- tially funded under contract with the Central Minnesota Council of Aging as part of the Older Amer- icans Act and administered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Ik00ta a,tgJ [a,ta it,A'2t00i I itu,'tJ m i i nelidouS --4 ] - --ken I HWY 55, KIMBALL 320-398-3965 ':.3-i ::JFS-: FSiU AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE PARTIES l BANQUETS[ WEDDINGS & ANNIVERSARIES Tim Ellis, Owner HRS: Mon-Fri: 7:30-5:30; Sat: North of Hw. 55 on Hwy. 15 in Kimball 398-2200 Congratulations Patty Gothier Happy 35th Anniversary! Patty Gothier joined Malco Products in August of 1975. After working in the kitchen at Powder Ridge ski hill in Kimball, ("not exactly Ski Patrol status" says Patty), she was looking to make some serious money for school and applied to Malco Products. That was over 35-years ago. During that time Patty's career at Malco has taken her all through the Annandale plant, from her first job in the Fastener Department to Packaging, Shipping, Engineering, and Customer Service Departments, to the front office as an Administrative Assistant to Malco's Executive Vice President, Don Schmidt, and past president, Gerry Keymer ("nice guys"), to Marketing ("doing research"), and finally to Sales where she "keeps Malco's Sales Channel Leaders in line". Patty recalls that when she started work in Malco's Fastener Department, a long time associate named Dick Sjodahl, (who is now retired, and who had a short career as a horse jockey) "would do all the heavy lifting of fastener quarter kegs for, what was at the time, a women-only departmentL Since those early days however, the bulk of Patty's work at Malco has revolved around Sales and Marketing with her longest stints being in Customer Service and Sales. Patty explains that her education goal was never abandoned and that, while still a young working mother, she commuted to North Hennepin Community College to earn her Marketing Degree. Patty says that she truly enjoys her cmxent position working with Sales Channel Leaders and Independent Manufacturers' Representatives. "No two days are ever the same!" Patty also enjoys working and demonstrating products at "tool schools" for Malco "reps" and manning the Malco exhibit booth at industry trade shows. She is looking forward to working her first international trade show in Germany in 2011. Patty Gothier makes her home in Fairhaven with her husband David. She is the mother of two "wonderful" daughters, MicheUe and Amanda, has a "sweet" stepdaughter, Alicia, and is a very proud grandmother to Michelle's three "terrific" sons. Having worked at Malco for more than half of the company's 60-year history, Patty has many fond workplace memories and friends. When not juggling a multitude of tasks at work, she enjoys photography, cooking and gardening ("Flowers only please" says Patty). Happy 35tb Patty and sincere thanks from all of your Malco associates! 1408S State Nwlf 5 NW PO Box 400 Aeeandale, MN 531E-04011