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Farm service agency news


Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Foreign persons must report U.S. agricultural land holdings

Preston, MN - Nov 25, 2011 - Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tammy Martin, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holding and any transactions to the US Secretary of Agriculture.

"Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction," said Martin.

Foreign investors must file Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) reports with the FSA county office that maintains reports of the county where the land is located.

"Failure to file a report, filing a late report or filing an inaccurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land," said Martin.

For AFIDA purposes, agricultural land is defined as any land used for farming, ranching, or timber production, if the tract totals 10 acres or more.

Disclosure reports are also required when there are changes in land use. For example, reports are required when land use changes from nonagricultural to agricultural or vice versa. Foreign investors must also file a report when there is a change in the status of owner such as owner changes from foreign to non-foreign, from non-foreign to foreign, or from foreign to foreign.

Data gained from these disclosures is used to prepare an annual report to the President and Congress concerning the effect on such holding upon family farms and rural communities in the United States.

For more information regarding AFIDA and FSA programs, contact the Fillmore County FSA office at 507 765-3892 or visit the USDA Website at http://www.usda.gov.




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Fillmore County farmer tells his story

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Chatfield, MN-December 5, 2011-Fillmore County farmer Eric Thorn can't imagine working any career other than farming, and he wants to share his passion for the farming lifestyle with others. That is why he has joined a group of Minnesota farmers in ..... 
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Ag statistics has many stories to tell

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Russ Krech was right! Years ago, I would often bring up the fact that Fillmore County was Number One in beef cows. Russ Krech, retired Houston County Ag Agent, would always come back with the statement that on a tillable acre basis Houston County ha ..... 
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Cattle Feeder Day

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Beef Team will present the 2011 Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days at four locations this December. The Southeast Minnesota location will be Thursday, December 8 at American's Best Value Inn (formerly La Quinta Inn), Rochester. ..... 
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AgStar Home Mortgage Services launches the "You Make the Difference" campaign

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

AgStar Home Mortgage Services, a division of AgStar Financial Services, ACA is excited to announce its "You Make the Difference" campaign. Volunteers from any of the 69 counties in AgStar's local service area can submit an entry on AgStar Home's Fac ..... 
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Grazing research for Minnesota's future- 2011 video conference

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Join us on Thursday, December 8 for the first-ever Grazing Video Conference - an opportunity for graziers and researchers to network and communicate about current and future grazing research needs. This innovative, interactive event will be held at ..... 
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Additional State Fair Winners

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

In the October 3, 2011, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there were three people in 4-H that were accidentally left out of the State Fair results. Ben Gruszynski won a blue ribbon with his Mini Lop Junior Doe, Michala Morrow won a blue ribbon i ..... 
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Corn stalks - fertilizer bill?

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

This past week, I have had considerable conversations about how much fertilizer is going off the field when corn stalk bales are removed. The farms I'm talking about are those w ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

2012 DCP Signup

Enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will begin on January 23, 2012, and will continue through June 1, 2012. This is different from past years when we started signup on October 1. Producers can ma ..... 
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