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USDA/US DOT RELEASE WALZ TRANSPORTATION STUDY


Wed, Apr 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Transportation released a report to study freight transportation issues facing rural America. The study focused on freight rail, particularly as it relates to the movement of agricultural inputs and commodities, renewable fuels, and coal. The study was mandated by a Walz amendment to the 2008 Farm Bill.

"The transportation of agricultural products is critical to our rural economy," said Walz. "This study provides Congress the most up-to-date data and information about transportation challenges we face in rural America. I am pleased that this study will allow us to make informed decisions about policies that lead to more efficient transportation of commodities and goods in the future, particularly as Congress prepares to take up the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill."

The Study of Rural Transportation Issues, conducted jointly by USDA and the Department of Transportation, examined the effect of deregulation on the rail industry, the reasonableness of rates and the reliability of service, how better policies can improve the flow of freight through all modes of transportation and whether the federal grievance process for shippers is too cumbersome to be effective.

This study reaffirmed that freight rail is a critical mode of transportation for rural America. It also confirmed that decreased competition in the rail industry has led to increased rates for shippers and ultimately, consumers who are buying groceries or paying their electricity bills.

To read the study, please click here.

Last week, The Hill published an op-ed by Rep. Walz that called for open and free competition in the rail industry, while acknowledging the important role the rail industry plays in shipping goods throughout the United States. To read that op-ed, please click here.



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GPS technology helps farmers save time and money

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Farmers, like everyone else, have seen great advances in technology that help to make their work easier, and to save time and money. Recently, the farming community has been able to utilize satellite technology in ways they never imagined.

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Spring Valley farmer is Gold Country Seed "Picture Your Success" winner

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A farmer from Spring Valley, Minn., was recently chosen the winner in Gold Country Seed's "Picture Your Success" drawing. Ralph Tart received $1,000, and chose the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA to receive an additional $1,000 donation from the company.[Read the Rest]

Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Direct and Counter Cyclical Program (DCP) Deadline June 1, 2010

You can sign-up online or at local USDA Service Centers until Tuesday, June 1, 2010. This deadline is mandatory for all participants. FSA will not accept any late-filed applicati ..... 
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Best Acetochlor management

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has revised the "Water Quality Best Management Practices for Acetochlor". These voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) were developed to address the presence of acetochlor and its breakdown products ..... 
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POET Biorefining to hold POET tree poetry contest for local students

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Area students are invited to submit nature-inspired poems for the POET Tree poetry contest in honor of Arbor Day. Each leaf in a tree is a biorefinery, drawing energy from the sun. At POET, we find inspiration in nature's efficiency, and Arbor Day i ..... 
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Wetland Grant Applications Sought Through May 20

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

(Kansas City, Kan., April 6, 2010) - Proposals for Wetland Program Development grants to develop effective, comprehensive programs for wetland protection and management will be accepted through May 20, 2010, from states, tribes and local governments. ..... 
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2010 Fillmore County land rent survey

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

I was very pleased with the response to the Fillmore County Rent Survey and would like to thank all those who responded. In particular, I would like to thank Tammy Martin, FSA director, for doing the mailing with the FSA newsletter. I also need to t ..... 
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Mark Holmen elected as MN Angus Association Vice President

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Mark Holmen, Fountain, Minnesota, was elected by the Minnesota Angus Association Board of Directors to the position of vice president at their annual meeting. The meeting, and other activities, were held in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, March 6 and 7, 20 ..... 
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