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Farm service agency news


Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

FSA Reminder:

June 1 Deadline for 2011

DCP/ACRE Sign Up

SAINT PAUL, MINN., May 17, 2011 - USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Minnesota Executive Director Linda Hennen reminds producers that June 1, 2011, is the enrollment deadline for the 2011 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP).

"Farmers in Minnesota who are interested in enrolling in these programs need to add this important deadline to their list of 'must do' jobs," Hennen said. "Producers should contact their local county office right now to set up appointments before the June 1 deadline."

Annual contracts are required to be signed to receive program benefits. All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by the June 1, 2011 deadline.

For the farm and ranch calendar, here's a schedule of FSA program deadlines coming up in the next several months:

May 31, 2011 - 2010 Crop Year Final Loan Availability Date for Corn, Soybeans, Grain Sorghum, Sunflowers, and Pulse Crops

June 1, 2011 - Deadline for 2011 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) Enrollment and for 2011 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program Election

July 15, 2011 - 2011 Crop Year Acreage Reporting Deadline for most crops and deadline to file 2010 Production Reports for most Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) crops

July 29, 2011 - 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) Program Signup Deadline

August 1, 2011 - Deadline to Request a 2011 Farm Reconstitution

September 1, 2011 - Deadline to file 2010 Production Reports for ACRE. This deadline was extended from July 15, 2011 for 2010 production only.

For more information about DCP and ACRE programs or other FSA programs, contact your county FSA office and visit the state FSA website at: www.fsa.usda.gov.

County Committee

Nominations Open June 15

SAINT PAUL, MINN., May 18, 2011 - Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, announced Linda Hennen State Executive Director of the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

"County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the positive effect they have on rural communities," said Hennen.

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Summer hay pricing

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

With snow still on the ground I received my first inquiry on, "How to charge for standing hay?"

Merv Freeman was an Extension Farm Management Specialist when I first started working for Extension. A formula he often us ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process

Linda Hennen, state executive director of USDA Farm Service Agency in Minnesota, announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers ..... 
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Flourish summer programs bring ag and culture together

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative, a not-for-profit organization based in Fillmore County with a focus on arts in rural spaces, offers two intensive programs that invite participants to explore the arts on a working small-scale farm. Flourish Summe ..... 
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Farm safety day camp a success

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

"Thank you for a great day! It was awesome!" That was the e-mail message waiting for me when I arrived at my office the morning after the Fourth Grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

I don't know how we continue to be so fortunate. We had beautiful wea ..... 
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AgStar offers grant to support ag education in high school

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. (April 19, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer grants to support the purchase of equipment for agriculture classrooms. There is a total of $2 ..... 
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Mn/DOT reminds farmers to avoid planting, mowing crops in highway rights of way

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds farmers that planting crops within rights of way is illegal because as crops grow higher and fuller they can block motorists' vision and create other safety problems.

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DCP Sign-up Deadline June 1

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



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 ..... 
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Local team finishes high at National Beef competition

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The beef industry looks large in Minnesota, accounting for more than $2 billion in revenue. Still, the industry faces challenges with less than one percent of the U.S. population claiming farming as an occupation. While the number of farmers ..... 
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