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MDA requesting specialty crop grant proposals


Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant proposals for specialty crop research and development. A federal block grant from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service was authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill and the MDA anticipates funds for farmers. The goal of the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program is to increase specialty crop competitiveness.

The USDA defines specialty crops as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Non-profits, government agencies, universities and other organizations involved in Minnesota agriculture are encouraged to apply for funding to support new and on-going innovative research. MDA is seeking proposals spanning up to three years and ranging from $10,000 - $100,000.

SCBG projects may not benefit individual businesses or organizations. “These are not business development grants, the funds must address sector-wide opportunities or barriers,” said MDA program manager, Brian Erickson.

MDA Commissioner Dave Frederickson makes a strong case for continued support of diversifying our agricultural economy, “Specialty crop production and marketing provides opportunities for Minnesota farmers to diversify their operations.” Frederickson said, “Research into production and marketing of non-traditional agricultural products will benefit many Minnesotans.”

Examples include nursery and turf crops, direct-marketed fruits and vegetables, and investments directed toward the development of the local food systems to help get those products from farm to table. MDA is accepting applications from eligible entities submitted electronically by 4 p.m. April 30, 2014.

Project review will be provided by an independent panel with experience growing, marketing, researching and promoting specialty crops.

For a copy of the Minnesota Specialty Crop Block Grant RFP/Grant Manual, grant application guidance and a fillable application form, go to http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/specialty.aspx

CONTACT: Michael Crusan, MDA Communications - 651-201-6629 - michael.crusan@state.mn.us

Minnesota beef showcase in its third year

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Join beef breeders from across the Midwest this March 13, 14, and 15 at the Minnesota Beef Showcase. Held at the Red Horse Ranch Arena in Fergus Falls, the Minnesota Beef Showcase features females and bulls in all breeds. Come see top producing anim ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator hosts two ag expos

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) hosted its 1st Annual Ag Expos in Caledonia, Minn. on February 12 and Houston on February 13. The expos brought together regional experts and nearly a dozen agriculture suppliers to provide FCE’s customers with the inf ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project participants receive awards

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project started off the new 4-H year by electing new officers on November 4, 2013. The following office were filled: Youth Chair- Jackie Apenhorst, Adult Chair- Deb Haugstad; Youth Vice Chair- Heather Apenhorst, Adult V ..... 
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Yes, spring is coming!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

We each have our own markers, in my case; I’ve received messages about corn silage test plots, and black cutworm pheromone trapping. Before we get too excited about spring, we have one more event for farmers that will be of interest. There will ..... 
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Sesquicentennial Farm Applications due April 1

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, over 165 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial ..... 
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Winslow attends National Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Young farmer leaders from Minnesota attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference held in Virginia Beach, Va., February 7-11. Katie Winslow of Fountain in Fillmore County was among the more than 1,0 ..... 
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The strong demand to rent land continues

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farm profits remained strong in 2013, keeping the demand for land leases steady, according to Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch real estate company in the country. Despite lower commodity prices and decreased gross inco ..... 
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Gardening: We dig it

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Houston County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners are proud to be hosting their fourth Annual Gardening Workshop on Saturday, March 29. They are working closely with Caledonia Area Community Education to once again provide you wi ..... 
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