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December 2011 Archives

Freezing problems with septic systems may be more common this year because a lack of snow cover across Minnesota exposes existing system inadequacies as temperatures dip lower.

12-19-2011-windbreaks.jpgWindbreaks and living snow fences benefit open and rural landscapes by protecting homes, farmsteads, communities and roadways from blowing and drifting snow. Winter is a great time to monitor drifting snow to identify locations for living snow fences, develop a planting design and prepare to order plants for spring.

Windmill in fieldThe year 2011 was a wild ride for agriculture with unpredictable weather and prices. That makes someone in my role cautious when asked to predict what will happen next.

I do not know what the weather will be in 2012, but I am fairly certain Minnesota agriculture in 2012 and beyond will be driven by three key factors:

Venison is a versatile meat, and there is a certain pride that comes when you bring it home fresh from the hunt. The thrill of the hunt can continue at the dinner table if the game is handled properly along the way to prevent foodborne illness and ensure good flavor.

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