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Important crop insurance deadline near for Minn. producers


Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds agricultural producers seeking federal crop insurance that they must have their Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, commonly called form AD-1026, on file with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015.

Many farmers have their certification form on file meeting conservation compliance provisions since it’s required for participation in other USDA programs, including NRCS conservation programs. But producers, like specialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium subsidies and do not participate in other USDA programs, must now file a certification form with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

“Most producers already have a certification form on file, but we want to ensure all producers interested in USDA benefits take the steps to be eligible,” said Walter Albarran, NRCS acting state conservationist in Minnesota. “We want to make sure producers interested in crop insurance know of the upcoming June 1 deadline. We encourage you to contact your local USDA service center to ensure you’re in compliance.”

Producers should visit their local USDA service center before the June 1, 2015 deadline to ask questions, get additional information or learn more about conservation compliance procedures. Producers that file their form by the deadline will be eligible for federal crop insurance premium subsidies during the 2016 reinsurance year, which begins July, 1, 2015. The June 1 deadline does not apply to producers seeking benefits from FSA and NRCS programs.

Additional information on conservation compliance is available at nrcs.usda.gov/compliance, including a Five Steps to Meet Conservation Compliance guide and answers to frequently asked questions.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD)or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).

Youth tractor safety classes offered

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County Extension and area ag instructors will be holding youth tractor safety training again this year. The training is being planned for Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at ..... 
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Springtime is good time for farmers to sign up for MnDOT’s standing corn row program

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

ROCHESTER, MN – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is interested in talking with southeastern Minn. farmers who are willing to leave a minimum of six rows of corn stalks standing through the winter to earn payment and help reduce the amoun ..... 
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Big night for Fillmore County Dairy industry

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association (ADA) and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) held their annual banquet Thursday March 19 at the Branding Iron. Highlights from the event included the 2015 Fillmore County Dairy Princesses be ..... 
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Wildlife management expert visits Minnesota

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Scott Hohensee, a national speaker and consultant on deer nutrition, recently shared his expertise with area deer raisers. From Tex., Hohensee braved the weather on one of the coldest days this winter to help southeastern Minn. wildlife managers un ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H kicks off 4th Annual Gold Card fundraiser

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Between March 14 and April 11, 4-H families throughout Fillmore County will be selling Gold Cards, which are coupon cards to various merchants throughout Fillmore County. There are 31 Fillmore County businesses that are included on the cards includ ..... 
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Workshop to be held on strategies in managing phosphorus on livestock farms

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a workshop on managing phosphorus in livestock manure at the Fillmore County Office Building, Room 108 (902 Houston Street NW, Preston) on Tuesday, March 3. If you have dairy cows or a beef finish ..... 
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Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment deadline Feb. 27

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

The deadline for farmers to enroll in the 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is Friday, Feb. 27. While farmers may apply for a CSP contract at any time, applicants who file after the deadline will not be able to start their contracts until ..... 
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Eickhoff and Winslow attend Leadership Conference in Bloomington

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Jeff Eickhoff and Katie Winslow of Fillmore County Farm Bureau joined nearly 300 Farm Bureau members from across the state attending the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Leadership Conference January 23-24 at Treasure Island Resort near Red W ..... 
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