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Farmers to receive documentation of USDA services Local offices issue receipts for services provided


Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Preston, MN, October 21, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Jane Ray reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

“If you visit our office, you’ll receive documentation of services requested and provided,” said Acting SED, Jane Ray. “It’s part of our mission to provide enhanced customer service for producers. From December through June, FSA issued more than 327,000 electronic receipts.”

The 2014 Farm Bill requires a receipt to be issued for any agricultural program assistance requested from FSA, the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Rural Development (RD). Receipts include the date, summary of the visit, and any agricultural information, program and/or loan assistance provided to an individual or entity.

In some cases, a form or document – such as a completed and signed program enrollment form – serve as the customer receipt instead of a printed or electronic receipt. A service is any information, program or loan assistance provided whether through a visit, email, fax or letter.

Today’s announcement was made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing, and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill. To learn more about FSA, visit www.fsa.usda.gov or to find your local USDA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

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2015 Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention registration is open

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Hutchinson, MN (October 12, 2015) – The Minnesota Cattle Industry convention is an event that brings together producers and beef industry partners for educational opportunities, policy discussion and development, and a cattle focused trade show. ..... 
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Weed and Pest Profiles: Soybean aphid

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Soybean aphids are a relatively new pest for Midwest agriculture and since their first sighting in Wisconsin in 2000 have been a significant problem for farmers. A native to eastern Asia, the soybean aphid shares many characteristics with other aphi ..... 
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2015 4-H results

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Aggen, Garrett - BL, Class 13 - Division II Crossbred Barrow (273-277) Aggen, Hunter - Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair; Champion Simmental Cow/Calf Pair; CH, Reg Simmental (Purebred & Foundation)-Cow/Calf Aggen, Hunter- PA, Class 15 - Cow ..... 
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What is a fair & profitable farm rental agreement?

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Negotiating a fair land rental agreement that satisfies both land owner and farmer is a challenge. While corn and soybean prices in 2014, 2015, and 2016 are significantly lower than recent reco ..... 
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Minnesota State Fair 2015 results

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County had 90 youth participants and 11 chaperones for livestock. Fillmore County had 34 youth participants and 1 chaperone for general encampment. Fillmore County had four animals in the State Fair Auction (a dairy market goat, a dairy ..... 
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Pork checkoff announces recipients of the 2015 pork industry scholarships

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

The Pork Checkoff has awarded 21 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s human capital for the future. Recipients were selected based on scholastic merit, leadership activiti ..... 
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Pork producers serve military families through Snowball Express

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

A pork dinner with all the trimmings isn’t just a meal when pork producers volunteer with the Snowball Express, a charity that serves the children of America’s fallen military heroes. These dinners become food for the soul, providing hope and ha ..... 
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Minnesota myth buster

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Whether visiting with consumers at the Minn. state fair’s “Oink” booth or meeting with celebrity chefs and bloggers in Japan, National Pork Board President Karen Richter is passionate about dispelling myths and misconceptions about how today ..... 
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