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Livestock gross margin - dairy insurance


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Many dairy operators are expressing concern today about milk and feed prices and how they will plan ahead to maintain and strengthen their business positions. A common recommendation in risk management states that not only should one be protecting some milk price, but also protect some feed costs as well.

The USDA Risk Management Agency has been funded to open the Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-D) insurance policy again after October 1, and it has from $20 -30 million more than last year with which it can operate, so hopefully it will be available for a longer time than last year. LGM-D offers the opportunity to protect both sides of the equation (milk and feed) with one insurance policy and in a fairly simple manner.

Unfortunately, many producers don’t fully understand the insurance, or are unfamiliar with how to purchase it if they do want it. University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Business Management advisors in southeast Minnesota are hosting a webinar with Dr Brian Gould, University of Wisconsin, who has done extensive work preparing tools and educational materials to help people understand LGM.

The webinar will be Friday, September 14. It can be viewed individually at home or in your office, but much is often gained by interactive discussion with others so we will be hosting viewing sites and discussions at the Bank of Zumbrota, in Zumbrota and First National Bank, Plainview, for each the session. Webinars start at 10:30 am. There is no cost to participate in these programs.

For more information and receive a copy of the brochure contact:

Wayne Pike, 507-251-1937, wcpike@myclearwave.net; Tom Anderson, 507-259-6269, tom.anderson@riverland.edu; Jack LaValla, 507-951-9453, jack.lavalla@riverland.edu; Jennifer Smith, 507-323-0249, Jennifer.smith@riverland.edu; Rex Quam, 507-301-1140, rex.quam@riverland.edu; or Chuck Schwartau, 507-251-8903, cschwart@umn.edu.



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Beef Ambassador team members sought in MN

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Minneapolis, MN- Applications are currently being accepted for the MN Beef Ambassador Team for 2013. The MN Beef Ambassador team provides an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship an ..... 
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Final on-farm dairy meeting for 2012

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The final on-farm dairy meeting offered by University of Minnesota Extension this summer will be held Thursday, September 20, 9:30am-12:00pm (Winona County) at the Kieffer Farm, Gary & Linda Kieffer, 26234 Cty Rd 33, Utica, MN. The farm is located s ..... 
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Crop production field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A Crop Production Field day will be held on the Lawler Farm on Wednesday, August 29. The University of Minnesota has conducted agronomic research at this location for 25 years. Come and learn about new and existing research activities in southeast Mi ..... 
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Apply today for the American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence contest

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
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 t ..... 
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Small scale pork and poultry production

By Jerrold Tesmer

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

On the afternoon of August 25th, Hoch Orchard and Gardens will host University of Minnesota Extension for a field workshop on poultry and hog production near La Crescent, Minnesota. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about free-range poul ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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