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Feedlot Korner


Tue, Nov 17th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Deadline approaching for Livestock Investment Grant applications

Minnesota livestock producers are encouraged to apply for a Livestock Investment Grant that will help offset the cost of improving or expanding their operations. Producers have until November 30 to apply for the grant through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Qualifying producers would be reimbursed up to ten percent of the investment toward improving or expanding their livestock operations. A minimum investment of $4,000 is required. Qualifying expenditures include the purchase, construction or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock, and the purchase of fencing as well as feeding and waste management equipment. Improvements made

since January 1 of this year are eligible for consideration. The grant will not pay for the cost of purchasing livestock, real estate or the cost of debt refinancing. Qualified grant applications are awarded competitively through an evaluation committee.

This year, grant evaluators will also give special consideration to producers who experienced a natural disaster or unintended consequence (i.e. fire, accident or expenditures as a result of the bovine TB requirements). MDA livestock development specialist Curt Zimmerman said, "This is a great incentive for producers considering improvements to their operations. Last year we had a large number of applicants, making it apparent that producers were looking for ways to offset some of the expense of improvements or expansion." More information on the Minnesota Livestock Investment Grant Program can be found on the MDA website at www.mda.state.mn.us/livestockinvestmentgrant or call 651-201-6500.

Michael P. Frauenkron

Assistant Zoning Administrator

Fillmore County Feedlot Officer

507-765-2539

Mold and corn quality issues

Tue, Nov 17th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

While searching for information for a number of farmers with questions about the mold in their corn, I soon learned this was a very widespread problem covering most of the upper Midwest. Not every field is affected and not every variety of corn is e ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Supplemental Disaster Assistance Programs

The 2008 Farm Bill amended the Trade Act of 1974 to create five new disaster programs, collectively referred to as Supplemental Agriculture Disaster Assistance programs. These programs include:

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Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network ready to help struggling farmers

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota farm families have a new statewide resource network to help them address difficult financial challenges. The Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network (MFAN) provides financial guidance, technical assistance and mentoring to fa ..... 
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Woody biomass harvesting

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

For those who like to look into the future and see what sort of potential we have, and what sort of research is being done on woody biomass for renewable energy, a great opportunity is coming up at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and O ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News - November 16, 2009

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Final Payments for 2009 DCP

Enrolled producers can expect their final direct payment to be deposited directly into personal bank accounts sometime during October. Payments are being issued in a different process this year which is going to ta ..... 
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Late harvest resources available from U of M Extension

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Soybean moisture levels of 16 to 20 percent or more at harvest have been reported throughout the state as this challenging harvest season continues, according to Lizabeth Stahl, crops educator with University of Minnesota Extension. At these moistur ..... 
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