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White Rock's new name will be First Farmers & Merchants

All White Rock banks will be renamed First Farmers & Merchants during the weekend of Aug. 24.

The First Farmers & Merchants family of banks acquired White Rock Bank in the fall of 2010. The plan always was to integrate White Rock with First Farmers & Merchants, officials said, but they first wanted to make sure all policies, procedures and methods were finalized.

Customers can continue to use existing checks and cards; future checks or cards will carry the First Farmers & Merchants name. Branches in Cannon Falls, White Rock, Goodhue, Bellechester and Red Wing will have the same hours.

To celebrate the change, the banks will offer coffee and cookies during the week of Aug. 26 and employees will be available for questions.

Women farm owners invited to conservation talk

Women who own or manage farmland in southeast Minnesota are invited to a free conservation discussion and field tour Tuesday,July 23 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 W. Third St., Northfield. Coffee and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A free lunch is provided.

The event will begin with an informal, discussion-based morning session followed by a more in-depth look at the two or three topics. Discussion topics range from managing soil and water conservation, wildlife management and government cost-share programs, to how to talk with tenants about changing management practices.

RSVP by 5 p.m. July 19 to 570-786-3913 or


Bedding techniques shown at dairy field day

The University of Minnesota Extension will showcase two bedding systems that may help dairy farmers cut costs and provide maximum comfort for their cows during a dairy field day July 23 in Goodhue County.

The day will start at 9 a.m. at Arendt's Holstein Resort, 66272 430th Ave, Mazeppa. The Arendts use three sand lanes to reclaim sand for reuse as bedding.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the tour will move to Huneke Dairy, 25409 County 16 Blvd., Goodhue. The Hunekes utilize separated manure solids to deep bed their herd.

The program will conclude at 1 p.m.

The field day is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension dairy team with cooperation from the Minnesota Dairy Initiative and Riverland Farm Business Management programs.