South metro news briefs: New site for Feed My Starving Children

  • Updated: August 3, 2013 - 2:00 AM

The Eagan meal-packing site of Feed My Starving Children is expanding.

The site, currently located at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 160, will move Aug. 20 to Suite 136 on the north side of the same building.

The move will increase the number of packing stations from six to eight, boosting production capacity from 27 million to 42 million meals a year.

When fully ramped up, the larger site will be able to accommodate 3,400 volunteers a week, up from 2,200 per week.

The move also will increase warehouse space for the organization’s Minnesota-based MobilePack operations and for two departments of the group’s international programs.

This is the second time in less than a year that the organization has expanded one of its three meal-packing sites in Minnesota.

The Chanhassen location moved to larger space in January. The nonprofit also operates a site in Coon Rapids.

Dakota County

County offers field day on corn research

Farmers and agricultural professionals are invited to a Dakota County Field Day where a soil scientist will lead a tour focused on fertilizers and crop needs.

The on-farm research event will focus on practices and products that increase fertilizer efficiency to match needs of farm crops. It aims to help farmers maximize profitability while minimizing environmental risks.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the farm research site located on Knox Path, just south of Hastings. From Hastings, drive south on Hwy. 61, turn west onto 170th Street and follow signs to the field tent on Knox Path. The event is free and open to the public.

A corn rootworm clinic will be offered. University of Minnesota Extension educators will demonstrate how to evaluate corn roots for damage. Discussion about managing corn rootworm resistance will also take place. Certified crop advisers will be on hand.

The event is sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, Dakota County and in part by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

For information, contact Phyllis Bongard, extension educator, at 651-480-7757 or bonga028@umn.edu. Participants can also visit www.dakotacounty.us, search for “agriculture,” then look for “Agriculture Event Calendar.”

Burnsville

‘Community Builder’ nominees sought

The Burnsville City Council is seeking nominations for individuals, community groups and businesses worthy of the city’s 2013 Community Builder Award.

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