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Farm Service Agency News - March 8, 2010


Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

SURE Signup

Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) began on January 4, 2010. SURE 2008 is for those who suffered crop production losses during crop year 2008.

SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or crop quality losses. The program takes into consideration crop losses on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. SURE provides assistance in an amount equal to 60 percent of the difference between the SURE farm guarantee and total farm revenue. The farm guarantee is based on the amount of crop insurance and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on the farm. Total farm revenue takes into account the actual value of production on the farm as well as insurance indemnities and certain farm program payments.

Producers with a farming interest physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance. Producers must meet the risk management purchase requirement by either obtaining a policy or plan of insurance, under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or NAP coverage, for all economically significant crops. For 2008 crops, producers had the opportunity to obtain a waiver of the risk management purchase requirement through a buy-in provision. Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer or rancher, or a limited-resource farmer may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.

If there is no Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may also be eligible for SURE if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster. For SURE, a farm is defined as all crops in which a producer had an interest nationwide.

For more information on the new SURE program, please visit the county office or http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

Crop Insurance Deadline March 15

The crop insurance deadline is fast approaching for spring seeded annual crops, being March 15, 2010. If you wish to be eligible for the new disaster program SURE in 2010, you are required to carry crop insurance on all your economically significant crops. Grazing acres are not included in the SURE program.

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Pasture Walk Series to continue in 2010

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The last two years a series of events under the general title "Pasture Walks" have taken place in Southeast Minnesota. Generally, we have started with an indoor activity and then later in the summer gone to a number of farm locations to observe vari ..... 
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Nation's Largest Organic Farming Conference Continues to Grow

Tue, Mar 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The nation's largest organic farming conference, hosted by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) had approximately 2,700 organic farmers and agriculture professionals attend this year's Organic Farming Conference (OFC) from al ..... 
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Remember the trees

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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USDA Rural Development Awards Over $418 Million Throughout Minnesota in Recovery Act's 1st Year

Thu, Feb 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. - Since being signed into law by President Obama in February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has made a major impact throughout rural Minnesota. Over $418 million in loans and grants have been awarded to improv ..... 
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Manure value workshop doubleheader

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A pair of Manure Value workshops have been scheduled for Tuesday, January 26th, one in Preston and one in Caledonia. The morning session will take place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Room 108, County Office Building, Preston. The afternoon session wil ..... 
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Climate change and Minnesota's woods

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Southeastern Minnesota's forested landscapes provide home to wildlife, income for landowners, clean water, and a beautiful scenic backdrop. However, the future health of these forests depends on care and wise management. If you own or spend time in ..... 
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Remember the trees!

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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Wet spring, corn residue affect spring nutrient management

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The agriculturally troubled fall of 2009 may be over, but here comes the sequel-a potentially wet spring. Due to the late corn harvest, many fields have yet to be tilled, and they have large amounts of residue remaining on the surface.

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