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Farm service agency news


Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

USDA Announces

Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-up

General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will began on August 2, 2010 and continues through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres.

Secretary Vilsack has recorded two public service announcements, which are available to the press and public at www.fsa.usda.gov/psa.

CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share, and technical assistance. CRP protects millions of acres of America's topsoil from erosion and is designed to improve the nation's natural resources base. Participants voluntarily remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production by entering into long-term contracts for 10 to 15 years. In exchange, participants receive annual rental payments and a payment of up to 50 percent of the cost of establishing conservation practices.

By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP also protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resource-conserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to wildlife population increases in many parts of the country. As a result, CRP has provided significant opportunities for hunting and fishing on private lands.

Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this sign-up provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall covering about 4.5 million acres may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2010. CRP contracts that expire Oct. 1, 2011, or later, are not able to make odders during this signup period.

FSA implements CRP on behalf of Commodity Credit Corporation. FSA will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) for environmental benefits to be gained from enrolling the land in CRP. The EBI consists of five environmental factors (wildlife, water .....
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Join Farm Bureau Members at AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Florida

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Join Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) from Minnesota at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) YF&R Leadership Conference, February 4-8, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.



This interactive conference brings together 800 young ..... 
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Come visit with Minnesota Farmers Union at Farmfest

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL (July 29, 2010) - It is that time of the year again when farmers, ranchers and over 40,000 attendees converge at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls for Farmfest. This year Farmfest will be held August 3-5, and over 500 organizations and ..... 
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Red, White and You conference

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Three young people from Fillmore County recently attended the 2010 Red, White and You Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation with support from the CHS Foundation. The conference was held at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, ..... 
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Blueberries are busting out all over

Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's blueberry picking season is ramping up as farms in the Twin Cities metro area and in central Minnesota are ready for customers.



If you live in the northeast Twin Cities Metro area, you're especially luck ..... 
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Dairy SCC Field Day-July 28 in Houston County

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A U of M Dairy SCC Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Udder Valley Dairy (Peter & Teri Rosendahl), Spring Grove. Directions: From west end of Spring Grove at the intersection of MN Hwy 44 and Co. Rd 4, drive south ..... 
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Farm Service Agency news

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The annual requirement of reporting to the FSA office can be referred to as crop reporting, acreage reporting, or crop certification. Filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of ben ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on 2012 Farm Bill

Wed, Jul 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Today, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap served as a panel member at a Farm Bill Forum hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in Amenia, ND.

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Ag Board Authorizes Loan for Wadena Recovery

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL - The state Agricultural and Economic Development Board (Ag Board) has authorized a loan of $75,000 to help businesses recover from the tornadoes that struck Wadena last month.

The board awarded the interest-free loan to the Initiativ ..... 
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