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Minnesota Farm Bureau commends Senate for passing five-year farm bill


Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Act of 2014. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers.

“We appreciate the Senate’s decision to protect and strengthen the federal crop insurance program and not reduce its funding, as well as the approval of a commodity program that provides farmers varied safety net options,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “This proposed bill will encourage farmers to follow market signals. Most importantly, the bill is fiscally responsible.”

“We thank Senators Klobuchar and Franken for voting in support of the final bill. A special thank you to Senator Klobuchar for her leadership on the farm bill conference committee,” said Paap. “They had many tough decisions to make but were able to move forward with a solid bill that includes many Farm Bureau supported provisions.”

“It’s been a tough road for the legislation, but we are pleased with the clear bipartisan vote that prevailed,” said Paap. “We need the final bill signed into law by President Obama so farmers and ranchers can have the certainty they need to make business decisions over the next five years and to provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture time to begin implementation of the bill’s provisions.”

Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.

Winter Grazing Extravaganza

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

I’m pleased to announce the lineup for the Winter Grazing Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Room 108, Fillmore County Office Building, Preston Minn. with registration at 9:45 a.m. The morning program will feature Dr. Tim Gold ..... 
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Keeping forages in focus during the offseason

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The winter of 2012/13 will be one to remember for anyone in the business of producing and/or feeding forages. Region wide winterkill including parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Canada resulted in a tight supply and ..... 
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Wetland mitigation workshop

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and agricultural land owners can gain a better understanding of the wetland mitigation process and their options by attending a 2 hour workshop on Wednesday, February 5 or Thursday, February 6. The February 5 workshop is at Cabela’s in O ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference

Wed, Jan 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Melinda Miller Stewartville Between two weather systems giving us ground blizzard conditions late in January, I headed to Fargo, ND to participate in Minnesota Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference. Along with over 200 fellow attendees, I experie ..... 
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Cow Calf Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minesota Extension Beef Team will be holding the 2014 Cow Calf Day on Thursday, February 13. The registration and meal begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Heintz Center, 863 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minn. 55904. The topics to be covered in ..... 
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Land sales remain strong, auction levels high

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

OMAHA, Neb. - Land sales finished strong in 2013, spurred by good farmer demand for additional land, according to Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch real estate company in the country. Farmers National Company is report ..... 
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2014 private pesticide applicator recertification workshops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers can attend a 3 ½ hours Private Pesticide Applicator Workshop for recertification instead of taking a test. Testing (online or mail-in) remains an option. If you are not currently certified (i.e. certified through March 1, 2014) you cannot ..... 
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Biosecurity workshop for alternative swine producers

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

University of Minnesota Extension will hold a Biosecurity Workshop for Alternative Swine Producers the evening of January 15, 6-9 p.m. in St Charles, Minn. “Recent cases of Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome (PRRS) virus and Porcine E ..... 
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