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SURE Signup


Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) began on January 4, 2010. SURE 2008 is for those who suffered crop production losses during crop year 2008.

SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or crop quality losses. The program takes into consideration crop losses on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. SURE provides assistance in an amount equal to 60 percent of the difference between the SURE farm guarantee and total farm revenue. The farm guarantee is based on the amount of crop insurance and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on the farm. Total farm revenue takes into account the actual value of production on the farm as well as insurance indemnities and certain farm program payments.

Producers with a farming interest physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance. Fillmore County was contiguous to a Secretarial Designated county in 2008, therefore, land in Fillmore county only needs to suffer a 10 percent loss to qualify. For 2009 we were not declared or designated a Secretarial county, therefore, for 2009 Fillmore county producers will need to have suffered at least a 50 percent loss to qualify. We will not be taking 2009 applications until next year. Producers must meet the risk management purchase requirement by either obtaining a policy or plan of insurance, under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or NAP coverage, for all economically significant crops. For 2008 crops, producers had the opportunity to obtain a waiver of the risk management purchase requirement through a buy-in provision. Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer or rancher, or a limited resource farmer, may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.

If there is no Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may also be eligible for SURE if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster. For SURE, a farm is defined as all crops in which a producer had an interest nationwide.

For more information on the new SURE program, please visit the county office or http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

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Get ready for Spring planting: Join the Arbor Day foundation

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the spring planting season, and the Arbor Day Foundation is offering an ideal way for everyone to plant trees when the weather turns warm.

Every person from Minnesota who joins the Arbor Day Fo ..... 
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How research in Chile advances Minnesota's crop

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota soybean farmers provided more than $1.5 million from their own pockets in 2009 to help fund research to improve yields and quality of the state's soybean crop. The University of Minnesota is the primary recipient of this farmer-funded rese ..... 
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Conservationalists of the year

Mon, Feb 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Teacher Award, Minnesota SWCD

Craig Colbenson, a teacher at Rushford-Peterson High School, received an award from the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) at their convention held in Duluth in December. The ..... 
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POET plant recycles 19 million more gallons of water per year

Mon, Feb 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

POET Biorefining - Preston has cut its water use by 13 percent thanks to a recently installed water recovery system.

The new system allows the plant to recycle an additional 19 million gallons of waste water per year from the filtering syste ..... 
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Farm transfer seminar

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Extension has joined with Riverland Community College to present "Farm Transition & Estate Planning: Build Your Exit Strategy." This full-day workshop is filled with practical information and strategies to help farm famil ..... 
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Farm Service Agency news

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



County Committee Election Results

Congratulations to Michael Boyum, he was re-elected to represent farmers from Arendahl, Rushford, Holt, Norway, Amherst, Preble, Canton and Newburg townships on the county committee. Michael was electe ..... 
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Dairy Princess candidate & Ambassadors sought for 2010

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association is seeking candidates to participate in this year's dairy princess program. Dairy princesses serve as goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry by appearing at various promotional events. A candidate ..... 
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Local Angus breeders recognized

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Julie Ann Abrahamson, Lanesboro, Minnesota, owns two bulls listed in the Spring 2010 Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. Philip Abrahamson, Lanesboro, Minnesota, owns three bulls listed and R ..... 
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