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December 2012 Archives

It looks like 2012-13 could be a year for the Midwest to get hit by heavy snow and ice storms, which can leave large amounts of snow and ice on roofs of agricultural buildings. The recent large snowfall left over a foot of snow and ice on roofs in central Minnesota, but fortunately most of that snow came off roofs during the warmer temperatures that followed. With colder temperatures expected, we cannot count on future snowfalls sliding off. Trusses and rafters must support the increased weight, or roofs may collapse.

The news of yet another tragic school shooting has affected us all. We think of the lives lost and the people touched by this violence and grief. University of Minnesota Extension has educational resources available to guide families, schools and communities as they help youth recover from school violence.

Access Extension's "Violence in Our Schools" website at Several resources are available in Spanish.

Increasing commodity prices have placed tremendous pressure on farmers to increase their total production; however, land and input costs continue to rise in parallel with grain prices. These increased costs, prices and risks have changed the landscape for crop management.

The beauty of a green, fresh-cut tree is one of the highlights of the holiday season. If you're among the millions of Americans who still treasure a fresh-cut Christmas tree, a trip to your local tree lot or Christmas tree farm is probably on your calendar.
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