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Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period open


Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year’s elections. We have seen an increase in the number of qualified nominees, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues.”

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2016 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on August 1, 2016.

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning November 7, 2016. Ballots must be returned to the local county office via mail or in person by December 5, 2016. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on January 1, 2017.

Nationwide, there are approximately 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. These individuals make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers, and members serve three-year terms.

To learn more about county committees, contact your local FSA county office or visit http://offices.usda.gov to find a county office near you.

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, pr .....
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Fillmore SWCD 75th Anniversary poster/logo contest

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Attention, kids of all ages! The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be celebrating our 75th Anniversary in 2017. We are asking for your help by creating a poster or logo that we can use next year that represents 75 years of so ..... 
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SWCD offers $500 returning college student scholarship

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship for Fillmore County college students who will be returning to school this fall. To be eligible, students must be a returning college sophomore, junior or senior; must be pur ..... 
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Management of wild parsnip

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties You do not have to drive too far down a county road today before you see wild parsnip in a ditch, field or pasture. If you have seen some wild parsnip you have likely seen a l ..... 
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2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course recap

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the 2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course! The course was held June 6-8 at Rushford-Peterson High School and we had 11 youth from m ..... 
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Farmers care about their animals: Tipsy, our special cow

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Meet 1226. She may just look like an ordinary calf to you, but to us, she has a special history. Her mom is 639, a good cow, keeps to herself, and milks like crazy. But who I (Alicia) really want to tell you about is her grand-dam, 477. 477 was born ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Dairy Knowledge Bowlers experience success

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Janet Kappers Since 2008, Stacy Leiding of Fountain and Christine Troendle of Lanesboro have been helping Fillmore County Dairy 4-H’ers study their lessons. When their children, Haely and Kayla Leiding, and Travis and Jared Troendle, became o ..... 
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Fillmore County woman is Princess Kay Finalist

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. CLOUD – Twelve county dairy princesses have been named finalists for Minnesota’s 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, an icon for the state’s dairy community best known for the Minnesota State Fair butter sculptures associated with it. Th ..... 
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Farm safety: it’s not just for farmers

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Just because you are not a farmer does not mean you are not exposed to many of the same hazards that farmers are. For example, how long has it been since you had your tetanu ..... 
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