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MDA Loan Program Hits Milestone


Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has completed its 10,000th loan to farmers and rural landowners to help finance practices that prevent pollution. Under the agency's Agricultural Best Management Practices (AgBMP) loan program, farmers and landowners have been able to stop runoff from feedlots, prevent soil erosion, and upgrade home septic systems.



MDA has received a total of $62 million dollars from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Legislature for the AgBMP loan program over the past 15 years. Since that time, the program has issued 10,000 loans, totaling almost $150 million.



Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson says the loans have helped farmers and landowners in almost every county of the state.



"The AgBMP loan program has provided a reliable and sustainable source of funds to tackle pollution problems," said Hugoson. "Eligible farmers have used these loans to properly manage manure, to purchase conservation tillage equipment and for virtually any project that reduces water pollution."



Any farmer or rural landowner in Minnesota is eligible to apply for an AgBMP loan. The loans can be up to $100,000, amortized over 10 years, and are typically financed at 3 percent interest. Currently more than 250 lenders and their branch offices statewide are participating in the program.



Media Note: County-by-county data is available online at www.mda.state.mn.us/agbmploans.

MDA will recognize the 10,000th loan recipient at an event Monday, June 21, 2010. See media advisory.

Construction begins on new facility at Mpls Veterans Home

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Ground was broken today at the Minneapolis Veterans Home for a new 100-bed skilled nursing facility.

This building will replace Building 9, which was demolished in 2009 at the same location. Residents were moved from the b ..... 
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Minnesota Public Radio Launches Minnesota Today

Thu, Jun 10th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

(St. Paul, Minn.)-June 10, 2010-Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) today announced the debut of Minnesota Today, a new online service that aims to amplify Minnesota arts, culture and statewide current events. Minnesota Today, which can be found onMPRNewsQ. ..... 
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Local leaders urge Minnesota Senators to push for passage of Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation yet this year

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: Local leaders today called on Senators Franken and Klobuchar to put pressure on other members of the United States Senate to establish as priority climate change legislation yet this year.

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State testing matches E. coli bacteria from Gibbon farm with those from ill consumers

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Laboratory testing conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) this week provided additional evidence that the Hartmann dairy farm, of rural Gibbon, was the source of a str ..... 
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Blue Diamond Dairy is Good Neighbor

Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Stearns County couple will receive the monthly Good Farm Neighbor Award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Sadie and Glen Frericks of rural Melrose operate a 70-cow dairy and were selected the May winners of the a ..... 
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2009 Minnesota Quality Award Celebrates Excellence

Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 2010 - The Minnesota Council for Quality honored Workforce Development, Inc. and eight other recipients of the 2009 Quality Award, which recognizes Minnesota's leading organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to continuo ..... 
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BBB, MN Cyber Crime Task Force Warn Small Businesses Foreign Hackers Are Targeting Them Immediate PCI Compliance Urged

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

May 25, 2010 - St. Paul, MN - The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and the Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force (MCCTF) are issuing a warning to all small businesses that process credit cards. Foreign hackers are targeting small ..... 
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STILLWATER TEENS' TV SPOT WINS "DON'T TEXT & DRIVE" CONTEST

Mon, May 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - A TV public service announcement produced by Stillwater teens humorously showing a nagging mom pushing cigarettes and alcohol onto her son - and other unsafe choices - won in a landslide in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)/A ..... 
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