Agriculture, Garden and Outdoor Calendar Published December 4, 2021 | West Central Tribune

Suicide prevention; Dec. 16, 1 to 2 ፡ 30 pm, free, online. NAMI Minnesota (National Mental Illness) is offering a suicide prevention program for agricultural communities. The QPR (Question, Persuasion, Referral) program for agricultural communities will help you learn three steps that anyone can take to prevent suicide. For members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who want to learn good practices on suicide prevention. See “Classes” at namimn.org to register. Call 651-645-2948 for more information.

Let’s talk about systematic farming webinar series. This free, live, online program provides up-to-date and research-based information to help streamline crop management strategies for 2022. Sessions will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, and March 30. Start with a brief presentation by the discussion leaders and begin by discussing the topic of farmer / participant questions. Sign up for the entire series at z.umn.edu/strategic-farming. Sessions will be recorded and posted for later viewing.

Fair farm rent agreement Jan. 13, 9 ፡ 30 ወይም or 1 ፡ 30 ፣, through magnification; Free program. Land rent is the biggest input cost a farmer has. Determining a fair farm lease is always a challenge, and negotiating a fair lease that satisfies landowners and farmers is a challenge. David Bows and Nathan Hulinsky, Extension Teachers in Ag Business Management, offer a number of ways – with examples, brochures and worksheets – to determine the fair farm land rent for both parties. Zoom in at z.umn.edu/LandRentWillmarCo.


Winter Webinar Series The Iowa State University Master Gardener Program is hosting a Winter Webinar series from December 8 through March 2. The rooms are free. Registration is required at www.extension.iastate.edu/mastergardener/winter-webinar-series and is limited to the first 300.

Sibley State Park Closing- A driver’s license is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is located just west of New London off US Highway 71. For more information, visit the State Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Prairie Woods Environmental Education Center Trails in the rural Spicer Center can be used during daylight hours at no cost. The bathroom with the composting toilet was opened by Pavilion. Pets should be on the ropes. All equipment rentals (thick tires, bicycles, canoes) must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call until noon. Two-hour equipment rental is $ 20 for adults, $ 10 for members and $ 5 for all teens. Call 320-354-5894.

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