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Enrollment for new Dairy Farm Risk Management Program in Minnesota open now


Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sept. 2, 2014 — USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, tannounced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, Smartphone, tablet or any other platform, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Development of the online resource was led by the University of Illinois, in partnership with the USDA and the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy (DMaP). DMaP partners include the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and Michigan State University.

“The Margin Protection Program is an important tool that allows dairy producers to build a safety net that fits the needs of their operation,” said Crusoe. “This program has the potential to assist 4,000 dairy farmers throughout Minnesota where 465,000 head of cattle produce 9 billion pounds of milk.”

The Margin Protection Program, which replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program, gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Enrollment begins Sept. 2 and ends on Nov. 28, 2014, for 2014 and 2015. Participating farmers must remain in the program through 2018 and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee each year. Producers have the option of selecting a different coverage level during open enrollment each year.

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Agricultural producers in Minnesota still have time to apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’ ..... 
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Apply Today for the American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence Contest

Tue, Aug 5th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and county Farm Bureaus across Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. This national contest is designed to celebrate and recognize successful county programs and activities. With a focus on th ..... 
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Discounts on Polaris off-road vehicles offered to Farm Bureau members

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that a new FB Member Advantage! program with Polaris Industries Inc., is available to eligible members in Minnesota, effective immediately. The roll-out of the new three-year program with Polaris, the leading manuf ..... 
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Crop insurance & indemnity payment tax information available

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. - Torrential spring rains and the flooding that followed has caused many problems for Minnesota farmers. They are faced with many decisions not the least of which are related to their choices regarding what to do about crop insurance ..... 
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University of Minnesota Extension Dairy Educator relocating to Rochester Regional Office

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

As of July 1, Jim Paulson, Extension Educator-Dairy, will be relocating to the Rochester Regional Extension Office from the Willmar Regional Office. Paulson worked from the Rochester office for a few months in 2012, before moving into the office at ..... 
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IOWA’S DAIRY CENTER HOSTING BREAKFAST ON THE FARM ON JUNE 21

Thu, Jun 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

CALMAR—Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation for the 5th Annual Breakfast on the Farm event on Saturday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m. – noon, at Iowa’s Dairy Center in Calmar, Iowa. The center is located just south of Northeast Iowa Community Co ..... 
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Youth tractor safety a success

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Youth Tractor Safety Training was held Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 11. This is a joint effort from the University of Minnesota Extension and area High School Ag instructors. There were 13 students who completed the joint training thi ..... 
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Top Minnesota dairy farms honored for superior cow care

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In honor of June Dairy Month, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson released the annual list of top Minnesota dairy herds with low somatic cell counts (SCC). Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality ..... 
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