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Grain bin safety

Reilly Davis, 9, pulls a weighted rope on an exhibit on grain bin safety at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota Friday, as Jade Kempsen of the Southern Minnesota Center for Agriculture holds the bin tight. The model, presented by the center for agriculture, is meant to teach children the dangers of grain bins and how difficult it is to rescue people from them. Photo by Pat Christman

The Free Press

MANKATO — Grain bin accidents, sometimes ending in tragedies, are an unfortunate reality in farm country.

Yet families who don’t grow up on farms might not be aware of the dangers.

An interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Friday taught children the basics of grain bin safety, including how difficult it can be to perform a rescue.

Grain bin emergencies occur every year, most often after people walk out onto the grain, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. When the farm auger starts moving the grain, it can create a false floor that collapses under weight.

Jade Kampsen, coordinator of outreach and recruitment at the Southern Minnesota Center for Agriculture, said the moving grain can then suck a person down.

“Quicksand is the best way to describe it when the grain starts moving,” she said. “It’s very dangerous.”

The exhibit was presented by the center for agriculture, which often uses it for education. Children were invited to tug on a weighted rope to show how much force is needed to pull someone out of the bin to safety. The farther down, the more force needed — 325 pounds of force would be needed to pull a 160-pound person up from just 3 feet under the grain.

Friday's demonstration is part of the museum’s ongoing efforts to give children a full view of agricultural practices in the region, said Rochelle Koberoski, museum farm manager.

“Most children haven’t been exposed to a lot of the farm equipment,” she said. “With them learning about harvest outside, it’s nice to have this piece inside when they first come in the door to learn to be safe and aware.”

Reilly Davis, 9, and his friends tried their turn at the rope. Gaining leverage with his feet up against the base of the grain bin model, he exceeded 50 pounds of force. His mother, Beth Ann, said she liked how educational the exhibit was, as she didn’t realize how difficult rescues were.

“Yes we live in Minnesota, but it’s not something we deal with everyday,” she said. “Just this little bit of information helps them.”

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Published: Monday, 30 October 2017 11:35

Rochester, Minnesota - September 29, 2016 - Riverland Community College's Farm Business Management program will be hosting a 2017 Corn and Soybean Management Seminar sponsored by Bremer Bank to discuss the agricultural
outlook for farms in the coming year. Riverland's 2017 Corn and Soybean Management Seminar is scheduled for December 6th, 2016 from 8:30am to 3pm at the Eagles Club in Rochester, Minnesota. 

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The seminar will feature a variety of speakers on topics such as price risk management, rural mental health, leasing versus purchasing benefits, and data decisions for crop nutrients.

The cost to attend is $10 for current Riverland Farm Business Management enrollees or $15 for the general public. Fee includes lunch, coffee, and materials.

If you have questions about the event please contact Jack LaValla, Riverland FBM Instructor, at 507-951-9453 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Published: Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:57

North Mankato, Minnesota - The Center for Business and Industry at South Central College will be hosting 2 informational seminars about the updates to the FDA Food Safety and Mondernization Act (FSMA). One will be held on Tuesday, May 31st at the Faribault campus from 6-7:30pm, and the second will be held on Tuesday, June 7th at the North Mankato campus from 6-7:30pm. The sessions will feature a panel of industry experts to answer question and discuss how the FSMA regulations will affect food businesses and the industry. 

The seminars are free of charge but an RSVP is encouraged. Faribault RSVP's can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and North Mankato RSVP's can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additional details can be found online here. Panel information can be found here.

The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, a public-private partnership, is focused on expanding the footprint of services to producers, agribusinesses and agriculture lenders throughout Southern Minnesota. South Central College serves as the lead institution for the Center and partnered is Minnesota West Technical and Community College within the MnSCU system. A variety of services focused on program development and research, professional preparation, domestic and international marketing opportunities, and partnership development are offered.

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For additional information about this press release or the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, please contact Sara Hewitt, Project Coordinator for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture at 507-389-7276 or email: sara.hewitt @southcentral.edu.

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Published: Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:38

Worthington, Minnesota- The 2015 Spring Break Conference at the Worthington Campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College is scheduled for March 6th and 7th. Events begin at noon on Friday, March 6th and run until 6 p.m. that evening, and begin again at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7th and last until 6 p.m.

Featured Keynote Speakers on Friday, March 6th include Doug Berven from Poet and Dr. Art Barnaby from Kansas State University. A drone demonstration from the MN West NASA Team will also take place at noon on the 6th.

Saturday, March 7th includes multiple breakout sessions including learning from the ISU Master Gardeners, home energy savings and farm to table information.

This event is free of charge, and no pre-registration is required. If you have additional questions about the event please contact Roxanne Hayenga at 507-372-3468 or visit www.mnwest.edu. An event brochure is available for download. pdfFarmer Spring Break Conference Brochure710.45 KB

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For additional information about this press release or the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, please contact Sara Hewitt, Project Coordinator for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture at 507-389-7276 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Published: Friday, 20 February 2015 09:14

North Mankato, Minnesota - There are still seats open in the fall Nursery Finish Management course, taught completely online from August 25th through December 17th. 

websiteThis course covers the requirements of the growing and finishing phases of swine to maximize production and efficiency. An overview of the technical and theoretical aspects of nursery, grower and finishing stages will be covered in this course. Production efficiency will be emphasized, as well as the humane treatment of animals. The discussion of social stress, nutritional stress and housing requirements will be included as well. The course will also cover scheduling of facilities, animal marketing, environmental considerations, animal observations and proper animal husbandry skills.

Classes are taught online by Pete Neigebauer, instructor at South Central College, and are open to anyone. Classes can be used towards credit for the Professional Swine Manager Education Program through the National Pork Board, and prepare you for the Certified Swine Manager exam. Questions about the course can be directed to Pete by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 507.389.7290.

To register for the Nursery Finish Management Course, please visit South Central College's registration page. 

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For additional information about this press release or the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, please contact Sara Hewitt, Project Coordinator for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture at 507-389-7276 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Published: Friday, 22 August 2014 12:25

The Center for Business and Industry at South Central College is holding a Wine Analysis Workshop on Saturday, August 23rd starting at 9am on the North Mankato campus. The wine analysis workshop with offer a hands-on approach covering the chemistry that is critical to wine production. Dennis Drummond, MSc Enology U.C. Davis, will lead you through the basics with realistic insights from his 33 years in the wine industry. You will learn to perform titration, enzymatic testing, use a micropipette and much more. The class fee is $165 and covers all materials. 

For additional details and to register for the class visit the Center for Business and Industry registration page. 

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Published: Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:18

South Central College currently has an opening for an Agribusiness Instructor starting Fall semester 2014. Qualified applicants should possess a bachelor's degree or above in agriculture education or technical agriculture and 4,000 hours of occupational experience OR possess a two-year post-secondary education in technical agriculture or agricultural sales and service and 6,000 hours occupational experience. To apply or find out additional information about the position, visit South Central College's employment website. 

 

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Published: Monday, 07 July 2014 13:59

SWP2North Mankato, Minnesota - A 2014 Summer Course in Swine Records and Analysis still has seats open for those interested in furthering their education in the swine industry. The course runs June 10th through July 31st and is taught completely online.

The class covers many aspects that a swine operation would encounter. Topics such as record use to maintain efficient productivity, computerized record systems such as PigChamp and Pigcare, factors that impact obtaining business production goals, feed inventory control, labor and production schedules, financial reports and facility inventory management will be covered as part of this course.

Classes are taught online by Pete Neigebauer, instructor at South Central College, and are open to anyone. Classes can be used towards credit for the Professional Swine Manager Education Program through the National Pork Board, and prepare you for the Certified Swine Manager exam. Questions about the course can be directed to Pete by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 507.389.7290.

To register for the Swine Records and Analysis Course, please visit South Central College's registration website.

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For additional information about this press release or the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, please contact Sara Hewitt, Project Coordinator for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture at 507-389-7276 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Published: Monday, 02 June 2014 13:38

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom will be hosting their Summer Teacher Tour Monday, July 28th and Tuesday, July 29th. These tours are for educators, administrators, curriculum directors, career couneslors and guidance counselors. To find out more visit the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom website and get registered for the tours

MAITC

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Published: Friday, 16 May 2014 12:46