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White House 'nice': Trump pardons turkey raised in Douglas County
County to sue drug companies
Minn. woman arrested on I-94 stop in ND for $1.37 million in pot
Alexandria company 'not scared' by animal cruelty accusations
Greater Minnesota cities urge action on bonding, aid, streets
Boys basketball: Lakers hoping for a big start
Racing Across the Sky
Osakis girls basketball: New faces in place
Boys basketball: Knights small but mighty
Elks Hoop Shoot contest set for Jan. 7 in Alexandria
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
College to show film about Rwanda war crimes
New Year's Eve in November for Newcomers
Dave & Jean Schonberg
Larry & Terry Sather
Mike Frisch: Lessons on fishing clearer waters
A rare mule deer sighting near Alexandria
DNR: Seven deer presumed positive for CWD in area 603 after initial test
Finally his turn
Opening morning memory
Robert F. Forster
OUR TURN: Social media opens door to hate and unkindness
EDITORIAL: Advice for Black Friday shoppers
LETTER: Who benefits from proposed tax cuts?
LETTER: The religion of Americanism
COMMENTARY: E-cigarettes are a public health concern
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
On The Street
KCCO going away, but CBS signal may stay
Laven re-elected to the state chamber board
Alex born company now part of global high-tech firm
UPDATED: 2 Minnesota Target stores closing
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April 12, 2017
Steve Frericks: Ask for help in tough times
The sights and smells of spring in conjunction with the increase of daylight hours brings excitement and optimism for me as I fine tune my equipment for spring planting. In my younger years, I would never have thought that the smell of fresh-cut hay, newly tilled earth or even a cleaned...
April 12, 2017 - 7:07pm
March 15, 2017
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
National Ag Day is March 21. In honor of this, the staff at the Douglas County FSA office would like to thank all the farmers and ranchers that make agriculture such a vital part of communities here in Douglas County. Agriculture is alive and well in Central Minnesota. Douglas County...
March 15, 2017 - 9:00am
March 1, 2017
Multiple FSA deadlines are approaching
Deadlines seem to bring out the best in some of us and, at times, the worst in some of us. Without deadlines, we would not have the motivation to chase after our ambitions or our accomplishments. Completing tasks attached to deadlines gives us a sense of accomplishment and a peace...
March 1, 2017 - 10:00am
February 8, 2017
Farm Storage Facility Loan program expands
One of the things I admire most about farmers is their resilience to anything Mother Nature can throw at them. Farmers generally are the eternal optimists. Times are tight for many aspects of agriculture, yet most producers that come through our office are positive about the future....
February 8, 2017 - 12:00pm
November 22, 2016
Producers encouraged to consider FSA options
What a blessing this fall has been. Yes, we started very wet, but we have experienced an extended above average timeline that made for extremely good harvest conditions. I have seen cattle in seasonal pastures later into the fall than ever before.
November 22, 2016 - 11:00am
November 9, 2016
Acreage reporting deadline is Nov. 15
In order to comply with Farm Service Agency program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Douglas County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline. The following acreage reporting date is applicable for Douglas...
November 9, 2016 - 10:00am
October 26, 2016
FSA is committed to assisting producers
What a fall. This is my favorite time of the year. Impressive yields along with a late killing frost has really pushed this crop ahead of a normal year's schedule. Economic concerns are always present, but having a big crop is very satisfying knowing the work of the last year has...
October 26, 2016 - 11:00am
July 20, 2016
Stay up-to-date on Douglas County FSA
By Steve Frericks, Douglas County FSA director There is always a positive in every negative. Agriculture has been presented many challenges lately that could be considered negatives to some.
July 20, 2016 - 12:00am
June 29, 2016
FSA county committee nomination period is open
The nomination period for the local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began on Wednesday, June 1. "County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level," Douglas...
June 29, 2016 - 12:00am
December 23, 2015
New county FSA executive director appointed
Steve Frericks of Albany was named the new county executive director of the Douglas County Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Frericks will assist...
December 23, 2015 - 12:00am
January 16, 2011
Farm Service Agency works to reduce fraud, abuse
Linda Hennen, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Minnesota, used the release of a final rule that targets fraud and abuse of farm programs to join FSA Administrator Jonathan Coppess and state her commitment to accuracy. At issue has been the dispersal of payments...
January 16, 2011 - 11:07am
December 31, 2010
Conservation Reserve Program celebrates 25 years
Linda Hennen, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Minnesota announced the 25th anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which has protected the nation's natural resources since the signing of the historic Food Security Act of 1985. The act...
December 31, 2010 - 10:23am
December 18, 2010
Help available for farmers who suffered losses due to natural disasters
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the sign-up period for the 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program begins on Jan.
December 18, 2010 - 9:04am
July 2, 2010
Nominations sought for Farm Service Agency committee
The election of agricultural producers to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee is important to all farmers, whether beginning or long established, with large or small operations. It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because the county...
July 2, 2010 - 12:00am
May 3, 2010
Applications accepted for losses in livestock, honeybee and fish production
Late-filed applications for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) will be accepted for losses that took place in calendar years 2008 and 2009. ELAP sign-up ended on December 10, 2009, for 2008 losses and on February 1, 2010 for 2009...
May 3, 2010 - 10:45am