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Recovery after disaster: the family financial toolkit


Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

On Sunday evening I surveyed much of the tornado damage across Bristol and Harmony Township. When I arrived at the office Monday morning Phyllis Onstad, Extension Educator in Family Resource Management had a message waiting for me about a NEW, FREE, ONLINE TOOLKIT to assist individuals and families to put the pieces of their financial recovery together after experiencing a natural disaster-Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit. I wanted to pass that along as quickly as possible to those that might find it helpful.

Financial recovery from a natural disaster is often a complex and long-term process. Individuals and families can use this online, hands-on toolkit to learn key strategies for financial recovery, identify helpful resources, and explore options they may have as they make financial decision--financial decisions which may impact their financial well-being for the rest of their lives. There are no easy fixes and guarantees but there are tools available that will help disaster survivors along the road to financial recovery.

The Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit content was developed with input from disaster survivors and those who work closely with them on the often long road to financial recovery. In the toolkit find:

•10 key strategies every disaster survivor should know as they begin to work on their financial recovery. You are provided the tools needed to work on these strategies.

•Checklists on what to do in the first hours and days after the disaster, when you return to your property plus key financial issues and resources related to the clean-up phase of the recovery process.

•Worksheets to help you assess your financial situation which will be used to make your plan for long-term recovery

•Actions to explore plus housing assessment tools to use as you work on both your short-term and long-term housing needs. Included are separate units specific to the homeowner and to the renter. These units provide examples of multiple sources of assistance and resources.

•A "new normal" may feel like it is a long way off at this time. This section helps individuals understand that things will never be the same as before the disaster but eventually you will come to a new normal.

•Rounding out the toolkit are state specific disaster r .....
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Farm service agency news

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

FSA Reminder:

June 1 Deadline for 2011

DCP/ACRE Sign Up

SAINT PAUL, MINN., May 17, 2011 - USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Minnesota Executive Director Linda Hennen reminds producers that June 1, 2011, is the enrollment deadline ..... 
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Summer hay pricing

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

With snow still on the ground I received my first inquiry on, "How to charge for standing hay?"

Merv Freeman was an Extension Farm Management Specialist when I first started working for Extension. A formula he often us ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process

Linda Hennen, state executive director of USDA Farm Service Agency in Minnesota, announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers ..... 
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Flourish summer programs bring ag and culture together

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative, a not-for-profit organization based in Fillmore County with a focus on arts in rural spaces, offers two intensive programs that invite participants to explore the arts on a working small-scale farm. Flourish Summe ..... 
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Farm safety day camp a success

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

"Thank you for a great day! It was awesome!" That was the e-mail message waiting for me when I arrived at my office the morning after the Fourth Grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

I don't know how we continue to be so fortunate. We had beautiful wea ..... 
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AgStar offers grant to support ag education in high school

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. (April 19, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer grants to support the purchase of equipment for agriculture classrooms. There is a total of $2 ..... 
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Mn/DOT reminds farmers to avoid planting, mowing crops in highway rights of way

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds farmers that planting crops within rights of way is illegal because as crops grow higher and fuller they can block motorists' vision and create other safety problems.

State ..... 
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DCP Sign-up Deadline June 1

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will continue through June 1, 2011. USDA urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit any USDA Service Center to complete their ..... 
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