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On The Street
August 21, 2010
Training and cash assistance available for catfish, asparagus growers
Linda Hennen, State Executive Director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Minnesota reports that catfish and asparagus producers will have until September 23, 2010 to apply for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program for Farmers.
August 21, 2010 - 2:39pm
August 18, 2010
USDA announces Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has begun and will continue through Friday, August 27, 2010. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive...
August 18, 2010 - 12:00am
Program helps livestock farmers improve water quality efforts
Minnesota livestock producers have a new voluntary and proactive way to address water quality issues on their land through the Livestock Environmental Quality Assurance (LEQA) program. With funds from the environmentally-dedicated sales tax, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture...
August 18, 2010 - 12:00am
August 4, 2010
Farmers work to bridge city-rural gap
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Many Americans have drifted away from the farm for years, creating a division between city and farm cousins. For those in the city, their idea of farming may be outdated. "They have this vision of what we are," Liz Doornink said. "It is really from the stories...
August 4, 2010 - 12:00am
July 21, 2010
Disaster aid available for Minnesota producers
More than $350,000 in disaster assistance is being sent to Minnesota livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers that suffered losses in 2009 because of disease, adverse weather or other conditions. The aid will come from the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and...
July 21, 2010 - 12:00am
July 7, 2010
New law extends lower tax rate to some group-owned ag land
Some farmers who hold an interest in group-owned agricultural land may receive a lower class rate on part of those holdings under a new law that extends their agricultural homestead for property tax purposes. Eligible property owners must notify their county assessor by July 1 about...
July 7, 2010 - 12:00am
Acreage report deadline is July 15
Producers are reminded that the final date to submit a report of their planted acres to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office is Thursday, July 15. Farmers should contact their local county FSA office to schedule an appointment. For producers in Douglas County, the telephone...
July 7, 2010 - 12:00am
July 5, 2010
Committee votes to expand U.S. ag trade to Cuba
The House Agriculture Committee passed legislation last Thursday to expand U.S. agriculture trade and increase jobs, approving historic legislation that will greatly expand trade of U.S. agriculture products to Cuba. H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement...
July 5, 2010 - 8:26am
July 3, 2010
Top-performing farmers characterized by attitudes, goals
Editor's note: The following information was submitted by Kent Olson, a University of Minnesota Extension economist. Farmers, lenders, educators and many others in agriculture have a long history of wondering why some farmers perform better than others. Since conditions vary over...
July 3, 2010 - 8:20am
July 2, 2010
Assistance available for livestock producers hit by June 17 tornado
Minnesota farmers who suffered livestock losses due to the June 17 storms may be eligible to receive benefits through the USDA Farm Service Agency's Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Producers who lost livestock need to notify their local FSA office within 30 days after the weather...
July 2, 2010 - 12:00am
June 30, 2010
Fun on the farm
"Lunch on the Farm" at the Bill Dropik farm near Nelson on June 19 harvested a bumper crop of fun for all ages. There were free cheeseburgers...
June 30, 2010 - 12:00am
May 27, 2010
Farmers reminded of DCP deadline: June 1
Linda Hennen, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Minnesota, reminds producers that enrollment for the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will end June 1, 2010. Farm producers must apply for DCP on an annual basis and unlike years past, participants...
May 27, 2010 - 5:55am
March 24, 2010
Farmers Union members attend national convention
Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members recently returned from the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) Convention held in Rapid City, South Dakota. Residents from Douglas County who attended included Blaine Graff of Alexandria, and Marlys and Marvin Jensen of Kensington. At the convention,...
March 24, 2010 - 12:00am
March 17, 2010
Douglas County farmers may be eligible for emergency aid
Farmers in 16 Minnesota counties - and possibly those in Douglas County - will be eligible for emergency loans and other help after dealing with multiple weather problems. U.S.
March 17, 2010 - 12:00am
March 10, 2010
Sustainable grants available for farmers
Minnesota farmers have an unexpected opportunity to apply for funds that will help them research and demonstrate ways to improve resource efficiencies on their farms. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program is announcing a...
March 10, 2010 - 12:00am