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USDA announces nearly $1 million for agricultural entrepreneurs to turn commodities into value-added products in Minnesota


Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, Minn. - USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer recently announced nearly $1 million to help seven rural Minnesota businesses and entrepreneurs expand their operations and create new products to market.

The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program. The program helps agricultural producers grow their businesses by turning raw commodities into value-added products, expanding marketing opportunities and developing new uses for existing products.

“These projects create expansion and job opportunities for local producers and small rural businesses,” Landkamer said. “Providing local entrepreneurs and agricultural producers with access to capital, technical assistance and new markets was made possible through support by Congressional leadership and the 2014 Farm Bill.”

Landkamer’s announcement follows Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s recent highlighting of the importance of rural entrepreneurs to the U.S. economy and announced investments to help rural businesses grow, diversify and create jobs. USDA is investing $25 million to help 247 businesses nationwide this year through the Value-Added Producer Grant program - $994,000 for seven projects in Minnesota.

“The funding we are announcing will have far-reaching, positive impacts in rural communities across the country,” Vilsack said. “The investments will help businesses create new products, expand their operations, and support local and regional food systems. The new Farm Bill expands this program to provide even more of these opportunities.”

Since 2009, USDA has awarded 863 Value-Added Producer Grants nationwide totaling $108 million – 24 in Minnesota totaling $4.9 million. Twenty percent of the grants and 16 percent of total funding has been awarded to beginning farmers and ranchers. The 2014 Farm Bill increases mandatory funding for the program from $15 million to $63 million over five years (while also reauthorizing an additional $40 million in discretionary funding).

The grants can be used for a wide range of purposes. They can support local and regional food systems, further the development of the growing bioeconomy, and finance the distribution of local and regional products.

For example, Shepherd’s Way Farms, Inc. in Nerstrand, Minn., has been selected for a $200,000 Value-Added Producer Grant to be us .....
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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Tuesday, September 2, Ostrander City Council meeting, 6 p.m., Community Center. •Tuesday, September 2, Rushford Village City Council meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center. •Tuesday, September 2, Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, 9 a.m., Fil ..... 
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County approves Local Option Sales Tax

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the Fillmore County board’s August 26 meeting County Engineer Ron Gregg gave a detailed presentation describing the need for more road and bridge funding. He then reviewed an eight year capital improvement plan listing specific projects for eac ..... 
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Board of Adjustment hears dispute over variance

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

Board of Adjustment Hears Dispute Over Variance The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their August 21 meeting held a somewhat contentious public hearing over a variance to construct a new dwelling on land with a crop equivalency rating or C ..... 
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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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Rushford looking at budget limits; future development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In September, the Rushford City Council will need to certify the maximum levy to the county and city staff is wasting no time working out the limitations and goals of the 2015 budget. For four years, the city has seen a 0 percent increase in the lev ..... 
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Peterson clarifies zoning; considers development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues to iron out potential issues within its zoning ordinance, particularly as it relates to the adopted Minnesota Basic Code. At the Wednesday, August 27 meeting, the council formally approved the updated basic code editio ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Government

In the article titled “Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school” that appeared in the August 18 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that the assessment rate for road, curb and gutter would be $654 per lin ..... 
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