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NASCOE Convention First Timer Stipend Contest!

2017 NASCOE Convention St. Charles, MO August 2-5 Historically Awesome!!Are you a MNASCOE member who has never been to a NASCOE Convention?  Are you interested in joining NASCOE members from throughout the country at the 2017 NASCOE Convention?

If so, enter your name in the MNASCOE Contest for first time NASCOE Convention attendees!!  Two MNASCOE members will each receive $500 stipend to be applied toward the cost of attending the 2017 NASCOE Convention in St. Charles, Missouri.

To enter, email MNASCOE Vice-President, Kayla Mattson, to submit your name.

The deadline for entry is June 1, 2017.


Visit the NASCOE Convention Page to learn more about the schedule of events and for information on how to register for the convention.

Last Minute MNASCOE Convention Updates!

The final MNASCOE Convention Agenda is available to view or download on the Conventions page.  On this page, you will also find links to the registration form and information on Friday Game Night.

If you are a social media user, share your experiences at the MNASCOE Convention with your friends and colleagues by including #MNASCOE16 in your Tweets, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram posts.  This will help us show our members what a MNASCOE Convention is like – and hopefully gain more attendance in upcoming years!

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MNASCOE-MACS Convention Update!!

Join us in Alexandria at the MNASCOE-MACS Joint Convention on April 8 & 9, 2016!

It is not too late to make your reservation to attend the MNASCOE-MACS Joint Convention!  The deadline for the Convention block of rooms at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center has been extended to when the rooms are gone or the end of the convention.

MNASCOE Convention Schedule

Meetings • Friday, April 8: 12:30 PM through Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 PM
Banquet • Friday, April 8: 5:30 PM Social, 6:00 PM Meal, Speakers and Awards
Friday Game Night • beginning at 8:00 PM


MNASCOE website survey available until May 1, 2015

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Agweek: Deadline nears on key ARCPLC decision

Kelly Turgeon, executive director of the Kittson County, MN Farm Service Agency, explains details of two key safety-net options in the federal farm bill. He talked with producers at an ARCPLC informational meeting March 24 in Hallock, Minn. (Jonathan Knutson, Agweek)

Kelly Turgeon, executive director of the Kittson County (Minn.) Farm Service Agency, explains details of two key safety-net options in the federal farm bill. He talked with producers at an ARCPLC informational meeting March 24 in Hallock, MN. (Jonathan Knutson, Agweek)

Kelly Turgeon is on the stretch run of a half-year marathon. Turgeon, executive director of the Kittson County (Minn.) Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is working to help farmers meet a crucial March 31 ARCPLC deadline. They’re choosing between two important safety-net provisions in the federal farm bill, and their irrevocable decision will impact their bottom line for the next five years.


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Ice Bucket Challenge Supports Retiree

Recently, co-workers and friends of Gloria Laue took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Gloria worked at the Martin County FSA Office for over 30 years, and retired after being diagnosed with ALS earlier this year. Both Gloria and current Martin County employee, Lori Janssen are interviewed in the video.

Courtesy of KEYC 12, Mankato, MN:

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You’ve probably seen a fair amount of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads for a good cause. Today, a group of coworkers and friends took the challenge in Fairmont to support their friend who’s battling ALS.

You’ve probably seen it on TV a few times, and maybe your Facebook Newsfeed is full of them.  But one thing’s for sure, the act of people dumping ice water on themselves has never been so popular, and neither has the advocacy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis known for short, as ALS.

Friend of a person battling ALS, Lori Janssen says, “Nobody really knows what ALS is. They’re taking this challenge but do they actually know?”  It’s a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, progressively taking away one’s ability to control their muscles.  Janssen says, “So this is making everybody aware of what’s going on.”

And those diagnosed with the disease, appreciate all the attention it’s been getting.  Laue says, “I don’t think people realize it’s still a fatal disease. And they still don’t have a cure for it.”  Gloria Laue was diagnosed with ALS in April of this year. Laue says, “I thought maybe I had parkinsons. But never ALS.”

Janssen says, “Two months ago she was living at her house by herself and now she is in Ingleside here.” An assisted living center in Fairmont, where this afternoon, friends and coworkers of Gloria’s gathered outside to keep the challenge going, with a little twist of their own …along with help of the Fairmont Fire Department.

Janssen says, “I know it’s not the ice but I hear it’s just as cold is what I hear.”

Raising spirits, money and awareness so that one day the wishes of those affected by the disease will come true.  Laue says, “That they come up with a cure very soon and help a lot of people.”

As of Friday, August 22, The ALS Association has received $53.3. million dollars in donations compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year

Wilkin County FSA: 2014 Relay for Life Team

The Wilkin County FSA Relay for Life team members are pictured at the event.

The Wilkin County FSA Relay for Life team is pictured at the Richland – Wilkin Counties Relay for Life Event at the North Dakota State College for Science on May 10, 2014.

The Wilkin County Farm Service Agency Relay for Life Team was first formed in 2006 when as a “Stride for Life” on the campus of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton it just seemed to be a journey they wanted to take. It held special meaning as PT, Kathy Steiner’s son David passed away suddenly of cancer while a student on that same campus in 1999. This fundraiser for the American Cancer Society held a special meaning for every member of the staff who had been touched by cancer in some way. Now in the 9th year of participation in the Relay for Life, the FSA team had a great year. They raised $11,497, the top team of the event. This was a combined effort of the Wilkin Staff – Carol Poppel, Kathy Steiner, Mary Norman, Karen Awender & Wayne Krump; West Otter Tail County PT, Sheila Saurer; NRCS staff – Yara Gonzalez, Marissa Moxness, & Jenny Tischer, plus friends and family. Wayne (Daisy Dike) Krump was crowned “Mr. Relay” raising $2100 in donations on his own. They plan to keep “Relaying” until there is a Cure…..hopefully soon. For more information about the team see There is a special video about David Steiner on Kathy’s homepage on this site.