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USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program


Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2013-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. CRP has a 27-year legacy of protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. Under Secretary Vilsack's leadership, USDA has enrolled 11.7 million acres in various CRP efforts.



"Since the 1980s, the CRP program has established itself as a benchmark in voluntary conservation efforts, providing American producers with assets to address our most critical resource issues," said Vilsack. "Last year, during one of the worst droughts in generations, the CRP proved vital in protecting our most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion. Emergency haying and grazing on CRP lands also supplied critical feed and forage for livestock producers due to the drought. And the program continues to bring substantial returns to rural areas, attracting recreation and tourism dollars into local economies while sustaining natural and wildlife habitat for future generations."



Additional sign-ups for continuous CRP programs-such as Highly Erodible Land Initiative and Initiative to Restore Grasslands, Wetlands and Wildlife-will be announced in spring 2013.



Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP, which is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them safeguard environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. Contracts on 3.3 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2013. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.



Producers that are accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years). Producers also are encouraged to look into CRP's other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, sign-up basis and that often provide addit .....
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Katelyn Ristau competing for 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen

Tue, Feb 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Katelyn Ristau, daughter of David and Deb Ristau of Preston, will be competing for the 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen. The crowning of the 2013 Simmental Queen will take place in Rochester on February 22 at the 40th Annual Minnesota Simmental Associa ..... 
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Fillmore County appoints new members to the Extension Committee

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

More than 1,000 engaged Minnesotans serve on 87 County Extension Committees, regional and program advisory committees, and Extension’s Statewide Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Fillmore County Commissioners recently appointed Don Bergey as a ..... 
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Fillmore County Farm Bureau Commemorates Food Awareness Month

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County Farm Bureau is celebrating February as Food Awareness Month. Food Awareness Month was created to bring awareness to all things food- from the farmers who grow and raise our food, to food safety and availability. “Farm Bureau’s ..... 
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The Minnesota Farm Bureau Council of County Presidents meeting

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently held the Minnesota Farm Bureau Council of County Presidents meeting on February 5 at the University Club in St. Paul with 120 Farm Bureau leaders, elected and appointed officials in attendance. Cou ..... 
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2013 Farm to Cafeteria workshops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

A series of Regional Farm to Cafeteria workshops have been planned around the state to strengthen relationships between growers and institutional buyers. The Southeast Minnesota workshop will be held March 7, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Hote ..... 
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2013 Tour de Forage

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The keynote speaker for the 2013 Tour de Forage is Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His topic will be “Benefits of Alfalfa in Crop Rotations & Soil Health.” The Tou ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau announces YF&R Discussion Meet semi-finalists

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee held the preliminary rounds of the Discussion Meet at the MFBF Leadership Conference at the Hilton Airport in Bloomington on January 26. Contestants were judged ..... 
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Minnesota Beef Cow/Calf Days

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Extension Service and Beef Team will again offer the Cow/Calf Day program on February 14. The Southeast Minesota program will be in Rochester at the Rochester Event Center, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. The Minnesota Board of Anima ..... 
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