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Important 2014 deadlines for livestock disaster aid


Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota livestock producers can submit notices of animal loss and apply for payment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster programs, which were reinstated with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Funding is retroactive and covers some losses back to October, 2011. Claims from past years must have proper documentation to receive funding, which may include photos, ownership records or purchase and transportation receipts.

“With funding restored, now is the time to act. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has been encouraging producers over the last few years to document all losses pending this return in funding of livestock assistance programs. We encourage producers to connect with their local Minnesota FSA to seek reimbursement,” said MDA livestock development supervisor, Curt Zimmerman.

The reimbursements cover several areas of livestock and are broken down into three categories:

•Livestock Indemnity Program: pays producer for livestock deaths dating back to October, 2011 caused by adverse weather or attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government. Deadline to submit a notice of loss and application for payment is January 30, 2015.

•Livestock Forage Program: pays producer for livestock losses due to drought or fire on pastureland planted specifically for grazing, dating back to October, 2011. Deadline to submit a notice of loss and application for payment is January 30, 2015.

•Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program: provides producer assistance for eligible losses due to disease and weather conditions not covered in the Forage or Indemnity Programs. These losses are covered dating back to 2012 and deadline to submit a notice of loss and application for payment is August 1, 2014.

Questions and specific qualifications and deadlines to file for losses can be directed to the Minnesota FSA office: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/stateoffapp?mystate=mn&area=home&subject=landing&topic=landing.

Youth tractor safety classes offered

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The 25th joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 11. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. each day. It will be held at Rushford-Peterson High School. Our are ..... 
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2012 Census of Agriculture shows number of farms decline, market values on the rise

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota statistics of the 2012 Census of Agriculture may be on the spectrum of suprising to concerning, depending on how you interpret them. The census is completed every five years with a wide range of data collected; everything from what agr ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator hires general manager, Gordy Elliott

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) board of directors is pleased to announce that they have hired Gordy Elliott to be the new general manager. Elliott will be responsible for the overall management of FCE. Elliott brings a wealth of knowledge and exper ..... 
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USDA announces additional support for small and midsized farmers and ranchers - Second major small farmer package this year includes research awards, technical assistance and marketing support

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 29 additional support and resources for America’s small and midsized farmers and ranchers. The announcement includes $7 million in university research awards in support of small and midsized producers; ..... 
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Funds help schools put healthy food on the plate: Farm to School Grants awarded across the state

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Several Minnesota school districts are able to upgrade their kitchens thanks to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Farm to School Grant. More than $250,000 is being awarded to fund 15 school districts and their loca ..... 
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Preston Historical Society announces tractor ride dates

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Preston Historical Society has set Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14 for a two-day autumn tractor ride through the scenic Bluff Country of southeast Minnesota. The round-about ride will begin and end each day at the Fillmore County Fairgr ..... 
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Area farmers’ markets promote local in southeast Minnesota/northeast Iowa

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Shop local. Dine local. Buy local. The energy behind the movement of supporting what’s in our own backyards is massive and it doesn’t appear to be slowing any time soon. Americans are tired of not knowing what’s in a product or where it comes f ..... 
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Farmers’ Market season just weeks away

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

It may be hard to tell, given the dismal start to spring and winter’s icy grip on our area, but local farmers’ markets are just weeks away from opening. Market organizers are working to bring in vendors of all sorts and customers are equally as e ..... 
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