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Farm service agency news


Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



CRP Signup Ends April 15

Farmers and ranchers have until April 15 to enroll eligible land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during the general sign-up period, which opened in March.

Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2011. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers.

FSA will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) that shows the wildlife, water, soil, and air benefits of enrolling the land in CRP. Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the sign-up ends and after analyzing the EBI data of all the offers.

In addition to the general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program will be ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. More information can be found online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp

Please call 507 765-3892 if interested in making an offer.

Continuous CRP

The Continuous Conservation Reserve Program allows participants to enroll acreages in conservation practices that will reduce soil erosion, improve water and soil quality and provide wildlife habitat and food sources.

Continuous CRP program participation is voluntary. Eligible landowners enter into contracts that range from 10 to 15 years in length. In return, the landowners will receive annual rental and maintenance payments, incentive payments for certain activities, and cost share for establishment.

For more information on Continuous CRP enrollments or local Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) availability, please contact your local FSA office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas /publications/facts/html/crpcont03.htm.

2011 DCP Signup

Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will continue through June 1, 2011. USDA urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit any USDA Service Center to complete their 2011 DCP contract. Fillmore County has only about 50 percent of the farms enrolled currently; therefore, we have many farms to signup yet. You do not need to make an appointment, however your signup will go faster if you give us a call ahead of time.

USDA computes DCP payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by .....
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Extension Notes

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Visit two Winona County Minnesota grape growing operations to discuss "bud break," young shoots and other spring grape growing issues on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

In the morning, you will tour Bob and April Heiring's n ..... 
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Ninth annual Dairy Show

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The ninth annual Southeast Minnesota All-Breeds Youth Dairy Show will be held on Friday, June 10 at 10:30 am at the Houston County Fairgrounds in Caledonia, MN. This show is for all youth ages 20 years old and younger and will include all breeds, bo ..... 
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Extension Notes

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Earlier this winter I completed the Houston County Land Rent Survey, and now have results from the Fillmore County Land Rent Survey. In those two surveys not one landlord or renter projected rents to decline from 2010 to 2011. So is this a l ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) has begun and will continue through June 1, 2011.

USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers ..... 
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Dairy princess to be crowned Saturday in Preston

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The crowning of the new Fillmore County Dairy Princess will be held Saturday, April 2nd, at St. Columban's Catholic Church in Preston at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to attend.

The princess candidates are Alyssa Vrieze from Spring Valley, K ..... 
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Grazing cover crops

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

A Grazing Cover Crops Field Day will be held Saturday, April 2nd, from 1:00 ~ 3:00 pm at the Mike (Tom) Boelter Farm, 29254 181st Avenue, Wykoff, MN. There is no fee and no pre-registration needed for this event.

Direc ..... 
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Consider pros, cons, timing of ground rolling in soybean production

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The idea of using land rollers is somewhat novel to row-crop farmers, but alfalfa producers have been rolling fields for decades. Ground roller equipment sales have increased substantially in the past five years, with soybean producers as a ..... 
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Extension Notes

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Caledonia Area Community Education and Houston County Master Gardeners would like to invite all current or interested gardeners to attend the first ever "Growing Green" Gardening Workshop on April 2, 2011. The day is centered on growing and ..... 
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