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As possible drought looms, Commissioners Rothman and Frederickson urge farmers to review crop insurance needs


Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN – In light of current drought conditions, Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today issued a consumer alert encouraging Minnesota farmers to consider purchasing crop insurance ahead of this year’s growing season. The standard deadline for purchasing crop insurance is less than one month away. Farmers must finalize a crop insurance plan with their insurance agent by March 15.

“Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; and Minnesota farmers may stand to benefit from that wisdom this growing season,” said Commissioner Rothman, the state’s top insurance regulator. “If dry conditions persist in the weeks and months ahead, having proper crop insurance coverage could be crucial. We encourage all farmers to review their crop insurance needs this month.”

As spring planting season approaches, the threat of drought is real. According to the National Weather Service, more than 96 percent of Minnesota is currently facing moderate to severe drought conditions, and more than 99 percent of the state is facing “abnormally dry” conditions. By comparison, one year ago this month only 4 percent of the state was facing abnormally dry conditions – in fact, farmers and communities across Minnesota were instead bracing for the possibility of severe flooding.

“Risk comes in many forms when you’re a farmer, from commodity prices to input costs to weather,” Commissioner Frederickson said. “Crop insurance is an important tool for managing that risk, and I encourage farmers to review their options carefully.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), before purchasing crop insurance farmers should consider how a policy will work in conjunction with their other risk management strategies to ensure the best possible outcome each crop year. Crop insurance agents and other agri-business specialists can assist farmers in developing a good management plan. A list of crop insurance agents by county can be found on the RMA website.

RMA provides policies for more than 100 crops. Crop insurance policies typically consist of general crop insurance provisions, specific crop provisions, policy endorsements and special provisions. Minnesota farmers are encouraged to review RMA’s county crop program listings for more information about crop policies available in .....
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Minnesota seeks lookouts for invasive pests

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

With the recent large Emerald Ash Borer infestation on I-90, the two large oriental bittersweet infestations in Red Wing and Winona, and the value of our black walnuts, there should be considerable interest in becoming Forest Pest First Detectors. T ..... 
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Fertilizing grass pastures

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Are you looking for ways to get more out of your pasture? Have you ever soil tested your pasture? Do you treat your pasture like a valuable crop? As with other crops, adequate fertilizer is needed for optimal economic production. This could mean ..... 
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Farm family recognition nominations

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Extension Committee is asking your help in identifying potential farm families for recognition by the University of Minnesota. The Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over two decades and honors farm families from thr ..... 
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Cow/Calf Days

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

The 2012 Minnesota Beef Cow/Calf Day will be held Thursday, February 9 at America's Best Value Inn in Rochester from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. The topics for the evening's agenda are as follows.

"Pasture and Forage Management for Optimal Production." ..... 
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Regional Forage Workshop

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

"Making Great Silage" and "Silage Additive - When Should You Use Them" will be topics of featured speaker Richard Muck, USDA Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison Wisconsin at the 2012 Tour de Forage to be held Monday, February 6, in Rochester at th ..... 
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AgStar's Fund for Rural America seeks scholarship applications

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Mankato, Minn., (Dec. 13, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is offering $20,000 in scholarships to help students in rural areas continue their education. High school seniors throughou ..... 
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Private pesticide certification workshops

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Six Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Workshops have been scheduled for Fillmore, Houston, and Winona Counties. If you are one of the 207 in Fillmore County, one of the 70 in Houston County, or one of the 101 in Winona County due for recert ..... 
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Winter grazing update

Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Have you started making plans to improve your grazing in 2012? There will be a Winter Grazing Update on Saturday, January 21 at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia. A full day is planned, with registration at 9:30 am and the program beginning at ..... 
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