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Sign up for a new Conservation Stewardship Program


Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a sign-up for the 2010 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with the sign-up/ranking period to end June 11, 2010 in Minnesota.

The Conservation Stewardship Program changed dramatically in the 2008 Farm Bill. Congress renamed and revamped the former Conservation Security Program completely to improve its availability and appeal to agricultural and forestry producers. The CSP program rewards producers who are maintaining high levels of conservation on their land, while encouraging additional levels of conservation stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, and private forestland. Eligible applicants may include owner/operators, operators, or legal entities that are identified as the farm operator with the local Farm Service Agency (FSA). The new CSP is available nationwide with competition based on ranking pools consisting of several counties with similar geography and farming operations. Ranking is determined by the producer's current and proposed conservation activities. Contracts are five years in length with annual payments made to the farm operator.

Your local NRCS will be having two meetings in June to assist with the sign-up. The meeting dates are Wednesday, June 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, and Thursday, June 3, from 7 to 9 PM. Both meetings will be held in Room 108 at the Fillmore County Courthouse Annex, 902 Houston Street, Preston, MN. Please contact the NRCS field office at 507-765-3878 by May 28 to reserve your place at either of these two meetings. You will need to verify that you will be attending one of these meetings so that farm maps, farm operation information, and eligibility records can be made available for your use during the meeting.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272(voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

June is dairy month; be sure to thank a dairy farmer!

Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul (June 1, 2010) - June is a month to celebrate the dairy farming industry in Minnesota - dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and a rich variety of ingredients for our health.



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2010 crop test plots

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The newest, and what I consider a very interesting test plot, is a Nitrogen Credit study when a field is in an Alfalfa-Corn rotation. This plot will look deeper at the question of nitrogen credits following alfalfa. It is looking at fall versus spri ..... 
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Beef Princess for 2010

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are seeking candidates for the 2010 Beef Princess. The Beef princess will represent the beef industry at various events during 2010. A candidate must be 17 years old by December 31, 2010 and not yet 20 years old by Dece ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Brown wins Simmental Honors at the Minnesota Junior Spring Classic

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle enthusiasts gathered together at the 3rd Annual Minnesota Junior Spring Classic (MJSC) cattle show held at the Mower County Fairgrounds, April 17-18. Todd Caldwell, Elmwood, Ill., evaluated the 258 head of cattle and Joshua Brown, Peterson, M ..... 
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Fourth grade Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

To quote and old TV show, "I love it when a plan comes together!"

It just keeps getting better! I might be talking about the beautiful weather we had last Tuesday during the fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds ..... 
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Breakfast on the Farm

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Houston County American Dairy Association will host the 20th annual Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, June 12, from 7am - 11:30 am. This year's hosts are the Stan and Bev Meyer Family who live two miles west of Eitzen, MN, on Portland Prairie R ..... 
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