STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Food stamp cut begins farm bill debate
By Don Davis
Food stamps are at the same time the biggest hurdle to enacting federal farm policy and a necessary part of passing the farm bill.
Discussion about cutting spending for the program to fee... Posted on 6/18/13 at 5:16 PM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS Conservation groups praise Senate farm bill
Conservation groups are praising the Farm Bill the U.S. Senate passed Monday for its strong conservation title.
The Senate passed the version 66-27.
The groups were especially pleased with the bills... Posted on 6/11/13 at 9:51 AM
STAFF BLOG ASTROBOB Conversation with the sky
I know what it feels like again to stay up till 4 a.m. Friends and I joined the owls and coyotes at the Furtman Farm Star Party near Webster, Wis. for a third of an Earth rotation under the stars. T... Posted on 9/15/12 at 3:33 PM
STAFF BLOG ALL ABOUT FOOD Weekend Finds: Minnesota Maple Syrup and Hand-Rolled Butter
Who would have thought that a favorite find at a food and wine event would be maple syrup? Oh, and butter, too.
One of my first vendor stops at the 17th Annual Food and Wine Experience at Target Fiel... Posted on 3/6/11 at 1:22 AM
FAR SIDE OF FIFTY A Trip To The River
I am warding off a dreary day with a few old memories today and some photos I took on September 30, 2009.
Last September we took a trip over to "The Farm" about four miles away on the road o... Posted on 3/9/10 at 6:26 AM
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for moving forward to complete work on the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Jobs and Food Act of 2013. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers.
Planting season is one of the busiest times of the year, especially this year when the season has been delayed by weather. Yet, farmers and their helpers need to pay as much attention to what’s above their heads and within reach of their machinery as they do to their tillage and planting work.
The extension of the 2008 Farm Bill opens up the decision to participate in either of the safety net programs: the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program or the Direct and Countercyclical Program (DCP). Farmers have until June 3, 2013 to sign up for the ACRE program and August 2, 2013 for the DCP program.
Kent Olson, University of Minnesota Extension
, May 11, 2013
The potential of reduced production due to delayed planting in 2013 because of the cold, wet start to the growing season could result in additional challenges in managing marketing. While there is still time to plant this year’s crop and achieve normal yields, it is important to understand the marketing implications if we experience continued delays in corn planting.
Brett Oelke, University of Minnesota Extension
, May 04, 2013
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will provide nearly $175 million in funding for up to 12.6 million additional acres of enrollment this year.
Minnesota farmers were largely spared from the drought that severely impacted much of the Corn Belt during the summer of 2012, according to an analysis conducted jointly by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and University of Minnesota Extension.
There’s a new officer in town and she’s maneuvering her way through the county’s manure. Feedlot Officer Deja Anton presented Douglas County commissioners with an annual report covering the condition of farm sites and pastures from January 1 through December 31, 2012.
Beginning today, Minnesota farmers can turn to a vital source for information on their crops and weather by referring to the weekly crop and weather report from the Minnesota Field Office of the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS).
Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) commemorates National Agriculture Week, March 17-23, and National Agriculture Day on March 19. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Agriculture Week, which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for Ag Week 2013 is “Generations Nourishing Generations.”
A group of 26 farmers are traveling to China with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council’s (MSR&PC) sponsored See For Yourself trip from March 19 to 28. The See For Yourself program allows Minnesota soybean farmers the opportunity to meet and learn more about their largest export customer, China.
The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is hitting the airwaves using television advertisements that addresses consumer questions about farming and promotes the chance to win a year’s worth of groceries.
Heard this one before? Probably not. Third-generation logger, Bruce Vincent, spoke about responsible environmentalism at the Douglas County Corn and Soybean Growers annual banquet in Brandon on February 11.
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