Extension Reflects on Farming and Agriculture in 2021
By: Mary Balstad firstname.lastname@example.org
Polk County, MN – As 2021 comes to a close, different industries can look back and reflect on the highs and lows of the year. For Minnesota farmers and livestock owners, a big part of 2021 that will be felt well into next year was the intense drought and high temperatures that many parts of the state dealt with in the summer. Extension Educator for Polk and Norman counties Heather Dufault spoke about these major events of 2021, such as the drought or how the community came together after the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. She also covered how farmers will most likely learn from both the extreme highs and lows of the past year.
Although farming is a gamble, Dufault does highlight the persistence the practice requires. One aspect of farming many producers will pay attention to this winter is the amount of snowfall received in the coming months and subsequent moisture levels of the soil. Along with the upcoming 2022 farming season, the extension office is keeping an eye on a few upcoming programs and meetings.
There will also be a Farm Couple Retreat available through the Minnesota Dairy Initiative (MDI). The retreat is designed to offer resources to couples to gain better management of family and work stresses. Dufault says that any farming couple can apply, not just ones involved in dairy.
The retreat will take place February 11 through the 12 at the C’mon Inn in Thief River Falls. More information can be found on MDI’s website at mn-dairy-initiative.org.