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Farm service agency news


Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Tammy Martin

SURE Signup

Signup for the 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) began Jan. 10, 2011. SURE provides benefits for 2008 - 2011 crop year farm revenue losses due to natural disasters.

A farm enrolled in SURE is eligible when either:

• a portion of the farm is located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster declaration (USDA Secretarial Declarations only) or a contiguous county and suffers an actual production loss of 10 percent or more on one crop; or,

• the actual production on the total farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production.

Fillmore county is a contiguous county again for 2009, therefore, production losses need to meet the 10 percent loss threshold to qualify. Quality losses will need to be documented with production evidence. Signup will end on July 29, 2011.

2011 DCP Signup

Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) has begun and will continue through June 1, 2011. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit the FSA office to complete their 2011 DCP contract.

Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices. FSA will issue advance direct payments beginning Dec. 1, 2010.

Now is a good time to get your farm(s) signed up. Please provide leases on rented land unless we have a current lease on file. Cash rent leases need to either state the dollar amount or say cash lease. Please call 507 765-3892 for an appointment.

Sat, Dec 11th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The 2011 Winter Crops Day will be held at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia on Wednesday, January 12th. Registration begins at 8:30 with the program beginning with the Crop Year Review at 9:00 am. The most current material related to cropping i ..... 
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Cattle Feeder Days

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The U of M Beef Team will be hosting the annual Minnesota Cattle Feeder Day program at five locations in southern Minnesota from December 6-9, 2010. The Southeast program will take place in Rochester on December 9 at 5:30 pm at the La Quinta Inn.
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Buckthorn keeps coming back

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Buckthorn is not the only invasive species we have in southeast Minnesota, but having seen and heard Angela Gupta, University of Minnesota Regional Extension Educator for Forestry, at both the Woodland Advisor-Tree ID class near Caledonia and the Sm ..... 
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University of Minnesota Extension Forage Meetings

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Come and learn more about Corn Silage Research Results and current issues in forages on Monday, December 6, 2010, at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia or the Community Center in St. Charles. A morning program will be held in Caledonia, with reg ..... 
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Owner of Livestock Feedlot in Plymouth County, Iowa, to Pay $5,850 Penalty for Violating Terms of Discharge Permit

Wed, Nov 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



(Kansas City, Kan., November 16, 2010) - The owner of a cattle and hog feedlot in Plymouth County, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $5,850 civil penalty to the United States to settle alleged violations of the facility's National Pollutant Discharge ..... 
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2010 Minnesota ag statistics

Fri, Nov 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



The 2010 Minnesota Ag Statistics is out much earlier this year with the 2009 numbers. Many times in the past, it is the following spring before the information is compiled and published.

In addition to the traditional rankings of Min ..... 
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Do you need LGM/LRP?

Fri, Nov 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Those initials certainly didn't mean much when I first saw them; they stand for Livestock Gross Margin and Livestock Risk Protection Insurance. Livestock Gross Margin Insurance provides protection against the loss of gross margin (market val ..... 
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2010 DCP final payments

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Final DCP payments for 2010 participants have been issued. Producers who received an advance payment will be paid the balance they are due. Those who did not take an advance will be receiving their full payment amount. These payments will be ..... 
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