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Ag Board Authorizes Loan for Wadena Recovery


Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL - The state Agricultural and Economic Development Board (Ag Board) has authorized a loan of $75,000 to help businesses recover from the tornadoes that struck Wadena last month.

The board awarded the interest-free loan to the Initiative Foundation, a Little Falls-based nonprofit group that will distribute the funding to businesses affected by the June 17 tornadoes.

The Ag Board loan, which the foundation must match, is expected to create a $150,000 loan fund. The fund is expected to assist between 10 and 20 businesses damaged by the storm.

"Many businesses were damaged in the Wadena tornadoes and need help getting back on their feet," said Dan McElroy, commissioner of the Minnesota Department and Economic Development (DEED) and chairman of the Ag Board. "This funding is part of our commitment to assisting the recovery efforts in the community."

Under expected terms of the funding, the Initiative Foundation can award loans to storm-damaged businesses in its service area at 3 percent interest for a term of four years, with payments deferred in the first year. Loans to businesses cannot exceed $20,000.

The foundation must repay the loan to the Ag Board within five years.

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at www.PositivelyMinnesota.com.




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Dairy Tour near Lewiston July 21

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Tour Rolling Ridge Acres Dairy and hear from a variety of dairy experts on Wednesday, July 21, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Gary, Paul and Justin Luehmann are hosts for this tour, and you can see their new free-stall barn, pre-fresh barn and do ..... 
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Pork producers gain a voice in D.C.

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Growing up on a beef farm in rural Fountain, Chelsie Redalen has some exciting news relevant to Fillmore County, Minnesota, and our nation.

The National Pork Producers Council recently promoted Chelsie to director of government relations in ..... 
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Kimball Corner Pasture Walk

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Grazers Daniel and Terese Hall will be hosting a field day at Kimball Corner in Jackson County, on July 17, 2010. The tour will start at 10:30 A.M. and feature a demonstration of high tensile fence building, a pasture walk and grazing discussion.
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2010 National Junior Angus Show Entry

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Caroline E. Mayer, Peterson, Minnesota, will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show at the National Western Stock Show Complex, Denver, Colo., July 11-17, reports Robin Ruff, director of activities for the American Angus Associa ..... 
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Fillmore County Pork Ambassador attends MAAI

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fillmore County Pork Ambassador Morgan Mensink of Preston attended the 15th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) earlier this month in Mankato and southern Minnesota.

The MAAI is a leadership and advocacy development pro ..... 
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Crop management tour

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota 2010 CROP MANAGEMENT TOUR will be held in Rochester on Thursday, July 8th. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the Tour/Program running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The plot tour is located at the University of Minnesota Exten ..... 
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USDA Livestock Reforms - Renewed Hope for MN Farmers and Producers?

Tue, Jun 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS - Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a new rule which is aimed at leveling the playing field for small livestock and poultry producers. It's promoted as a way to restore market competition and strengthen protect ..... 
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Field Day near Lakefield on July 7 Will Address Agronomic Management for Alfalfa-Corn Rotations

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Each year, corn is grown after alfalfa on an estimated 250,000 acres in Minnesota. Although this amounts to only 3% of total field corn acreage in the state today, it may represent the path to a more secure future. This is because including alfalfa i ..... 
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