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Organic farm report shows fairly strong farm performance last year


Mon, Aug 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report issued by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) shows that 2011 was generally a good year for certified organic crop producers in the state, and somewhat challenging for organic dairy farms, although there was a high degree of variability across farm types and sizes.

The 2011 Minnesota Organic Farm Performance report summarizes financial data reported by 61 certified organic farmers, for both whole farm and for individual cropping and dairy enterprises. It also includes historical data for the four previous years.

For key financial measures, such as rate of return on assets, rate of return on equity, and liquidity, organic farms performed, on average, in the acceptable to strong range. Average and median net farm income were higher for crop farms in 2011 compared to 2010, but dairy profits declined, likely due in large part to feed and forage prices that climbed throughout the year.

MDA’s organic program administrator, Meg Moynihan, says the report is primarily intended for organic producers and those who may be considering a transition to organic production.

“Farmers can really find it helpful to compare their farm’s performance against a group of peers, to see where the farm is doing well, and where it may be falling short,” said Moynihan. “Similarly, farmers thinking about going organic in the future can use the report to get an idea of what they might expect.”

The MDA’s systematic collection of organic farm data started in 2006 with funds provided by the USDA Risk Management Agency to reduce the cost of tuition for organic farms and is unique to Minnesota. All farms participate voluntarily and their privacy is strictly protected. The report can be viewed on the MDA website at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/fbm.

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farms in this report, along with several thousand other nonorganic operations, participate in farm business management education programs offered by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Their data is analyzed and published by the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota in a public database called FINBIN www.finbin.umn.edu.






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Members sought for new Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking members to fill six positions on a new Minnesota Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority. Authorized by Minnesota Statute, the nine-member Dairy Authority ..... 
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Bratland Family recognized as a 2012 “U of M Farm Family” for Houston County

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties Gerald and Judy Bratland (Viking Valley Farm) of Spring Grove has been named Houston County’s “2012 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. Viking Valley Farm is ..... 
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Beef rotational grazing tour

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A Rotational Grazing Tour will take place on Saturday, August 11, 9:30 am - 12 noon at the Jerry and Susie Frank farm 10775 Frank Rd., 3 miles North of Caledonia, MN, just off Highway ..... 
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County committee nomination deadline nears

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers may begin nominating eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees. “County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the pos ..... 
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SWCD extends cover crop deadline to July 31

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has extended the deadline for signup for its cover crop program to Tuesday, July 31. Anyone who is interested should contact the SWCD office at (507)765-3878, ext. 3 or email [Read the Rest]

Calling all aspiring farmers and everyone who eats meat

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

Lanesboro, MN – Consider this hot question concerning the future supply of beef, chicken and pork: Is it really possible to live a happier, healthier lifestyle and, at the same time, save the family farm, raise animals humanly, reduce your carbon ..... 
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Minnesota Pork Ambassador Winslow attends MAAI

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Minnesota Pork Ambassador Katie Winslow of Fountain attended the 17th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) in Red Wing and southeastern Minnesota. The MAAI program combines hands-on activities, speakers and tours that encour ..... 
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Nitrogen management for alfalfa-corn rotations field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension Corn Agronomists, Matt Yost, University of Minnesota Extension Research Assistant, and Michael Russelle, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist are conducting research on N credits from alfalfa to corn. This year, t ..... 
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