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Agricultural Best Management Practices (Ag BMP) low interest loans


Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Anne Koliha, Feedlot Engineering Technician

Loan dollars are available to help correct existing water quality problems and used to restore or protect water quality. At an interest rate of 3 percent and for a term of 5 to 10 years, many local lenders participate in this program to assist landowners in protecting our water quality.

Eligible practices include:

•Feedlot fixes

•Manure handling equipment

•Conservation practices (Terraces, Waterways, Grade Stabilization Structures)

•Conservation Equipment (no-till equipment)

•Replacement of Failing Septic systems

•Sealing of wells

•Well Replacement

•Variable Rate Technology

•Secondary Fuel Containment

To start the loan application process, bring in a written estimate for the project to be completed and fill out an application at the Fillmore SWCD office. You are required to start the loan application process to secure funds at the Fillmore SWCD office before any work begins. Once the loan application is complete at the SWCD office you will then go to one of the participating program lenders to finish up the details and terms of the loan with them.

These funds are limited each year so they are on a first-come, first serve basis. For further information or to apply for the loan please contact Anne Koliha or Donna Rasmussen at the Fillmore SWCD Office at 507-765-3878 ext 3.

Plan Now to Attend Driftless Region Beef Conference

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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Plan now to attend driftless region beef conference

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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2013 Winter Crops Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties The 2013 Winter Crops Day will be coming to Caledonia on Wednesday, January 16. This interesting and educational event will be held at the Good Times Restaurant, 118 Bissen Street. Regis ..... 
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Will grid soil sampling work for my livestock farm?

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Randy Pepin, Extension Educator Agriculture Production Systems, Livestock, Crops, Manure University of Minnesota Extension Grid Soil Sampling is rapidly becoming a widely accepted practice for use with precision placement of commercial fertilizer ..... 
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Managing the great super-cycle

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The economic landscape appears to be crazier than the weather as the Nordic winds flow out of Canada and many of you nestle in for planning in 2013 and beyond. The great supercycle in commodities is now entering its second decade creating unpreceden ..... 
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Extension Calendar 2013 for Fillmore/Houston Counties

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

January •10 & 17: Dairy Farm Safety Short Course, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, St Charles Community Center, Registration: www.uwrf.edu/CenterForDairyFarmSafety/, 715-425-3240 ..... 
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Dairy Farm Safety short course offered by University of Minnesota Extension this winter

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Agriculture ranks third in the total number of fatal work injuries behind construction and transportation/warehousing. It ranks first in the rate of non-fatal injuries per thousand workers and in this category, it is more than double the rate of t ..... 
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Houston County land rent shows slight increase

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Based on the results of the recently completed Houston County Land Rent Survey, farmland rent continued to increase. There were seventy usable surveys exactly the same as last year. H ..... 
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