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Agricultural producers in Minnesota still have time to apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection. The interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for more farmers and ranchers to get low-interest loans to start their first farm, or expand an existing family farm,” said Crusoe. “There are no backlogs or waiting for funding. If you’ve dreamed about starting a farm, or if you’re looking to strengthen your farm, we want to help.”

FSA encourages all interested applicants to apply for direct farm ownership loans. For more information about the program and other loans administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.



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Apply Today for the American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence Contest

Tue, Aug 5th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and county Farm Bureaus across Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. This national contest is designed to celebrate and recognize successful county programs and activities. With a focus on th ..... 
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Discounts on Polaris off-road vehicles offered to Farm Bureau members

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that a new FB Member Advantage! program with Polaris Industries Inc., is available to eligible members in Minnesota, effective immediately. The roll-out of the new three-year program with Polaris, the leading manuf ..... 
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Crop insurance & indemnity payment tax information available

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. - Torrential spring rains and the flooding that followed has caused many problems for Minnesota farmers. They are faced with many decisions not the least of which are related to their choices regarding what to do about crop insurance ..... 
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University of Minnesota Extension Dairy Educator relocating to Rochester Regional Office

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

As of July 1, Jim Paulson, Extension Educator-Dairy, will be relocating to the Rochester Regional Extension Office from the Willmar Regional Office. Paulson worked from the Rochester office for a few months in 2012, before moving into the office at ..... 
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IOWA’S DAIRY CENTER HOSTING BREAKFAST ON THE FARM ON JUNE 21

Thu, Jun 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

CALMAR—Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation for the 5th Annual Breakfast on the Farm event on Saturday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m. – noon, at Iowa’s Dairy Center in Calmar, Iowa. The center is located just south of Northeast Iowa Community Co ..... 
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Youth tractor safety a success

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Youth Tractor Safety Training was held Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 11. This is a joint effort from the University of Minnesota Extension and area High School Ag instructors. There were 13 students who completed the joint training thi ..... 
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Top Minnesota dairy farms honored for superior cow care

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In honor of June Dairy Month, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson released the annual list of top Minnesota dairy herds with low somatic cell counts (SCC). Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality ..... 
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Warmer weather welcomes farmers market season

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Another great farmers market season is underway in Minnesota. Even with the late start to spring, most markets in the southern to metro regions are now open for business, while those in northern Minnesota will be opening ..... 
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