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Farm service agency news


Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

FSA County Committee Nominations Begin June 15

Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tammy Martin, wants to remind farmers and landowners that local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee nominations begin on Wednesday, June 15.

Farmers and ranchers are urged to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the August 1 deadline. County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide a voice to landowners, farmers and ranchers so that their opinions and ideas can be heard.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

Farmers and rancher may nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women may also nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Nomination forms for the 2011 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2011. Elections will take place this fall.

FSA county committees make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers.

FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4. The voted ballots are due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 5. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office on Jan. 2, 2012.

NOTE: FSA news releases and media advisories are available on the Web at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

Crop Reporting

The annual, timely and accurate reporting of acres for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of benefits for a variety of Farm Service Agency programs. All cropland on the farm must be reported to receive benefits from the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program, marketing assistance loans and .....
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June is Dairy Month - Duschee Hills Dairy Farm

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Abby Stocker

Got milk? June is officially dairy month, a time for everyone to acknowledge how much they enjoy milk. And cheese. Don't forget yogurt. Or ice cream...dairy products play a big role in keeping stomachs full and happy. If it we ..... 
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June is Dairy Month - A day in the life of a dairy cow

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Nellie the Holstein, as related to Abby Stocker

Mooooo. (That means "howdy" in cow, in case you didn't know.) My name's Nellie, and I'm a dairy cow at Duschee Hills Dairy just outside Lanesboro, Minnesota. I heard June is Dairy Month and d ..... 
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June is Dairy Month - Top 10 strategies to improve early lactation performance for higher peak milk yield

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Noah Litherland, Dairy Nutritionist, University of Minnesota Extension

Getting cows off to a good start and successful navigation through early lactation is critical to the health and performance of the cow and has significant impact on re ..... 
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My apologies to EAB

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

With the tornado related concerns last week, I slighted "Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week." I've been drawing some comparisons between EAB and tornados ..... 
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Feedlot Korner

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Due to the recent damage on area farms a question has come up for discussion. "What can or can't I bury on my farm?"

As of July 1st, 2011, Section 6, Minnesota Statute 2010, section 17.135 will be in effect:

A permit is not required ..... 
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Recovery after disaster: the family financial toolkit

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

On Sunday evening I surveyed much of the tornado damage across Bristol and Harmony Township. When I arrived at the office Monday morning Phyllis Onstad ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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