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Tribune Wednesday, January 1, 2003 Page 3 Wayne Hansen re..roauc+;v el $ u vl Redwood County Extension Director beef cattle home studycourse Minnesota Dairy Days reproductive the 5th beef cattle home study producers with course offered by the U of M small herds is Extension Service. a home study Registrations received by the of M Extension Jan. 27 deadline will guarantee this winter, course enrollment. Class is entitled lessons will be mailed to Management" participants every 6-10 days 6 sessions beginning feb. from the the basics of Pipestone County Extension for beef cattle Office. The course registration fee is is designed to $40, and covers the 6 lessons, a with the 3-ring binder, supporting to make reference materials and postage will improve costs. Materials from the first 4 Lesson topics course offerings (Breeding Herd management for Nutrition, Health Management, nutrition effects Pasture Management and expected Preparing for Value-Based (EPDs) and Marketing) are also available. improved Additional information and heifer registration forms are available synchronization, from the Pipestone County Versus buying Extension Office, 119 2nd Ave. An added bonus SW, Suite #2, Pipestone, MN, appendix listing phone 800-967-2705 or 507-825- reproductive 6715. There is also a registration form on the provides an Internet at http://extension. Opportunity for The it difficult to form is under the "Home Study due to work Course" heading. commitments location. This is Makes The Work Of Manageable mega-merg- coms and the bumps and is still in good are expand- to bring in fresh Vhich means that for the often difficult g task of Is a more frequent the heart of any or small -- they decisions important busi- are to be made. takes a keenness, that many busi- human resources not feel equipped Guide to Hiring Hungry Minds is an indispens- who want to and (when neces- as quickly, effec- as possible. and a team human resources It:E HIELo GHIACClO GLACE professionals, the book provides savvy tips and techniques on what works and what doesn't. Written with small-business owners and man- agers in mind, the book touches on all aspects of the hiring process, including how to write a job descrip- tion, how to prepare to conduct a job interview, and how to fire someone as painlessly as possible. What sets this book apart from others on the topic is that it not only aims to make hiring and firing processes less costly and worrisome, but makes the hard economic necessity understand- able if not palatable. The book's money-saving strate- gies are invaluable as are the warning signs of a potential bad hire. Making the most of your new hires, maintain- ing morale and productivity and learning the legal issues surrounding termination -- all are "bottom line'" lessons in today's business world. As the global landscape in business and the workforce continues to shift with the changing times, the book is sure to become a valuable resource for managers and human resources professionals alike. TF02C075 A young partridge is called a cheeper. The dairy cow of the future, robotic milking, cow health, and keys to successful dairy production will be topics at Minnesota Dairy Days at 8 locations in January. The U of M is offering the events, which are designed for producers and others interested in dairying. The program will be similar at each site. Registration at each location will open at 9:30 a.m. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. The Dairy Days registration fee is $25 per person and $15 for each additional person from the same farm. Pre-registration is not required, however, some locations have limited space. You may register at the door, but please call the local coordinator at least a day in advance so that a meal count can be planned. The closest locations, dates, and local coordinators are: January 10, Willmar, Health & Human Services bldg., Jim Salfer, 320-255-6169; January 14, Edgerton, Pizza Ranch, Tim Dolan, 507-237-4100; January 16, Gaylord, Sibley Co. Courthouse, Tim Dolan, 507- 237-4100. The Minnesota Dairy Days website is at http://ansci.umn. edu/dairy/dairydays/2003mndai rydays.htmL Beef Cattle Reproduction Study -Course. Beef cattle reproductive management for the large and small producers is the subject of a home study course offered by the U of M Extension Service this winter. The course is entitled, "Reproductive Management," includes 6 lessons covering the basics of reproduction for beef cattle producers. The course is designed to provide producers with the information necessary to make decisions that will improve profitability. Lesson topics include health management for reproduction, nutrition effects on reproduction, EPD's and genetics for improved reproduction, heifer development, synchronization and raising versus buying replacements. An added bonus will be an appendix containing advanced reproductive technology. The course provides an educational opportunity for those who find it difficult to attend meetings due to work schedule, family commitments, or geographic location. This is the fiih course offered by the U of M Extension Service. Registrations received by Jan. 15 deadline will guarantee course enrollment. Class lessons will be mailed to participants every 6-10 days beginning in Feb. from the Pipestone County Extension Office. The course registration fee is $40, and covers the 6 lessons, a 3-ring binder, supporting reference materials, and postage costs. Materials from the first 4 course offerings (Breeding Herd Nutrition, Health Management, Pasture Management and Preparing for Value Based Marketing are also available. Additional information and registration forms are available from the Pipestone County Extension Office, 119 2nd Ave. SW, Suite #2, Pipestone, MN, phone 800- 967-2705 or 507-825-6715 or registration forms can be found at the following web site county/pipestone. The registra- tion forms can be found under the "Home Study Course" heading. Farm Bill Help Workshops. Just a reminder that if either Redwood County farmers or landowners have not yet signed up for the new FSA farm program, be sure to register to attend one of the hands-on help workshops scheduled for Redwood County farmers and landowners. Thes workshops will provide analysis for the various options for sign- up and provide information to help farmers and landowners to choose the best option for their farlns. The Redwood County FSA office will not have time to help you fill out the forms and to look at different options. If you need assistance, be sure to attend one of these workshops. If you have not attended one of the information meetings, a videotape is available for viewing at the FSA office. Contact them for a schedule. These workshops will be held in area school computer labs. Participants need to bring along the Base Option Reports and the Yield Reports mailed out by the FSA office this fall. They should also have. their input sheets completely filled out. The input sheets were mailed to producers with the Nov. and Dec. FSA newsletter. They were also handed out at the Farm Bill meetings. And they are available in the Redwood County FSA and Redwood County Extension offices. In addition to the reports listed above, producers will need their yield histories - either Assembly sheets or LDP information from the FSA office - to fill out the input sheets. It is also a good idea to have Crop Insurance summaries to assist in assigning yields. Workshops are being planned for after the holidays in early 2003. Locations and times are Wabasso High School on Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.; Red Rock Central H.S. in Lamberton on Tuesday, Jan 7 at 3 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m.; Walnut Grove on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Space is limited at each of these workshops. Advance registration is required. Call Becky at the Redwood County Extension office 507-637-4025 or 800-310-8323 to register. Registration deadline is Jan. 3 for Wabasso and Lamberton and Jan. 7 for Walnut Grove. There will be a minimal charge per farm to cover costs. Each workshop will take about 2 hours. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; please check the due date on your address label of your paper, in order to avoid a lapse in your subscription, please remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date.