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Friday, March 1, 2013

U of MN Extension Offering Backyard and Small-Scale Poultry Workshop

The University of Minnesota Extension's Small Farms Team is inviting those interested backyard and small-scale poultry to attend their new educational program packed with production and marketing information. The 3-hour workshop will be held on March 7 in Slayton, March 11 in Hutchinson and March 26 in Northfield. The program will start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. at each location. The cost is $20.00 for adults (spouses and business partners $10.00) and $10.00 for students. A light meal will be provided and attendees will receive a copy of the workshop's proceedings.

The program's agenda is filled with multiple topics geared towards the needs of the beginning farmer, hobbyist or backyard producer and those who would like to raise birds on a small commercial enterprise. Presenters will discuss specifics related to local laws and ordinances, breed and species selection and management techniques. Additionally, marketing direct to consumers or supplying local coops, grocery stores, and restaurants will be covered. Whether for fun, profit or both, this workshop is for you! A complete agenda is outlined here:

·         Best Breeds to Fit Your Needs, and Where to Purchase

·         Proper Housing, Nutrition, and Predator Control

·         Processing Regulations/Food Safety and Handling

·         Economics and Marketing

·         Zoning ordinances for Urban and Rural Settings

The small-scale and backyard poultry is emerging throughout all parts of Minnesota. To accommodate this growing sector of agriculture, the University of Minnesota Extension is offering this workshop at three locations throughout Southern Minnesota. Location specifics include the following:

Slayton – Thursday, March 7 – 6:00 p.m.

Courts Building Meeting Room

2848 Broadway Ave

Slayton, MN 56172

Contact: Mike Boersma, Extension Educator – or 507-825-6715

Hutchinson – Monday, March 11 – 6:00 p.m.

Commercial Building Meeting Room

McLeod County Fairgrounds
840 Century Ave SW
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Contact: Nathan Winter, Extension Educator – or 320-484-4334

Northfield – Tuesday, March 26 – 6:00 p.m.

Community Resource Center

1651 Jefferson Parkway

Northfield, MN 55057

Contact: Mike Donnelly, Extension Educator – or 507-332-6165

Those who are interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register to assist with meal count and handouts; however walk-ins will be welcomed. To pre-register, please contact the Rice County Extension office at 507-332-6109 or email Mike Donnelly at For more information and to view the full view the full brochure, please visit

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