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Farm Service Agency News


Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

2012 DCP Signup

Enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will begin on January 23, 2012, and will continue through June 1, 2012. This is different from past years when we started signup on October 1. Producers can make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or they can visit the FSA office to complete their 2012 DCP contract.

Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices.

FSA Is Moving To

Electronic Information

The USDA Farm Service Agency offices are moving toward a "paperless" operation, according to Tammy Martin, County Executive Director for Fillmore County FSA Office.

Minnesota FSA offices are moving away from mailing monthly newsletters, reminder cards or other general information. However, County Committee ballots will continue to be mailed to all eligible producers.

Producers are asked to give us their email addresses for the new GovDelivery system which will provide notices, newsletters and reminders through electronic means. Also providing the local FSA office with the producers email will assist in a smooth transition to the new system.

Martin said, "FSA, like many other organizations, is trying to work smarter and be more efficient. Moving to electronic notifications will help us conserve resources yet be in communication with our producers."

Grazing crop residues

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Now that corn harvest is well underway, I have started to see beef cows grazing harvested corn fields. I started to say cornstalks, but 12% of the residue is husk, 27% is leaf, and 12% cob. So there is much more than just stalks, and I'm not countin ..... 
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Fillmore County pork wagon gets new look

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Mensink family has been a big part of Fillmore County's pork production for many years. Craig Mensink of rural Preston has been farming on his land since 1977. His father raised pigs before that, and his grandfather bought the farm in 1945.
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Farm computer usage continues to climb

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

A recent report by the Agricultural Statistic Board reports that a total of 62 percent of U.S. farms now have Internet access, compared with 59 percent in 2009. Sixty-five percent of farms have access to a computer in 2011, up one percentage point f ..... 
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Mathison family to be honored as area finalist at State Soil and Water Conservation District Convention

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) has named Larry and Irene Mathison and Loren and Carrie Mathison as one of eight Area Finalists in the 2011 Outstanding Conservationist Award Program. The Mathisons will be ..... 
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Plan Your EAB Response

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

I believe most people in Southeast Minnesota are aware that Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed two new Emerald Ash Borer infestations. A beetle was found in a purple monitoring trap in Veterans Park in La Crescent, and another one was fou ..... 
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Become a Master Gardener- more than pulling weeds

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Master Gardeners do love digging in the soil. But you may not realize the scope of their involvement in the community. Minnesota Master Gardeners assist University of Minnesota faculty with research projects and varietal trials, advice city official ..... 
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Compare your nitrogen sources by price

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

This past week I came across the updated version of the Nutrient & Manure Management Tables, produced by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This jam-packed, one page, two-sided publication is loaded with v ..... 
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Compare your nitrogen sources by price

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

This past week I came across the updated version of the Nutrient & Manure Management Tables, produced by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This jam-packed, one page, two-sided publication is loaded with v ..... 
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