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SE Mn community leader meets with DC policymakers on Ag Investments


Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

CHATFIELD, MN - At a time when policymakers in Washington, D.C., are debating the future of federal farm policy, Tim Gossman traveled to the Capitol to meet with several top agriculture decision makers. Gossman, who is a farm loan officer and senior vice president at Root River State Bank in Chatfield, went to D.C. earlier this month with a group of other Land Stewardship Project (LSP) members with a simple message: this is a critical time to support beginning farmers and conservation while cutting costs by reforming large crop subsidies.

“This Congress needs to move forward a Farm Bill that invests in the growing areas of agriculture like new farmer support, local food efforts and sound conservation for working farmland like the Conservation Stewardship Program,” said Gossman.

During two days of whirlwind meetings, Gossman and the other LSP members met with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Agriculture Committee member Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), as well as Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.).

After numerous delays, Congress is expected to take up a full Farm Bill re-authorization this coming spring, with a strong focus on reducing overall costs and simplifying programs. Unfortunately, innovative beginning farmer, conservation and local foods programs are threatened with major budget cuts, while excessive federal crop subsidies could remain untouched, according to Adam Warthesen, an LSP policy organizer.

Gossman also operates a small farm and serves on the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District Board. He said he is particularly concerned about the role farm policy plays in promoting farming practices that threaten the region’s soil and water.

“I’ve been frustrated by the deterioration of our soil and water quality the last few years in southeastern Minnesota. We are seeing more highly erodible land converted from pasture and hay to row crops, often with little regard to preserving our soil for future generations,” said Gossman. “And while strong crop prices are clearly playing a role in how the landscape is being farmed, we also have government programs, like federally subsidized crop insurance, that have no conservation guidelines or expectations. While crop insurance is a vital safety net for farmers, taxpayers are right to demand that good conservation pra .....
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Chatfield takes no position on distribution of Rochester sales tax

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their March 11 meeting decided not to take a position for or against House File 476 which seeks to add cities to receive a share of the Rochester area local sales tax. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Legislation p ..... 
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Upgrades for cable TV administrator

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at the February 25 meeting, granted two requests submitted by the city’s cable TV administrator, Craig Manahan. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent. The Personnel Committee and the Cable Access Board had recommended approval ..... 
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Chatfield recognizes growth opportunities

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young discussed Mayo Clinic’s vision for the future at the February 11 meeting. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent. Mayo Clinic announced recently an ambitious plan for investment in future growth. Young suggested Chatfield make plans ..... 
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Chatfield goes forward with 2013 street improvements

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers at the city council’s January 28 meeting reviewed the proposed street improvements for 2013. The project will include milling and overlaying Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Streets between Twiford Street and F ..... 
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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Chatfield 2013 final levy increase less than two percent

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner During the Chatfield city council’s last meeting of 2012, councilors approved the final 2013 levy and budget. City Clerk Joel Young detailed the numbers for the city. The preliminary levy had been approved in September at an inc ..... 
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Chatfield increases water and sewer rates

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 26 Chatfield City Council meeting an amended list of Particular Fees, Fines and Charges under Ordinance 406 was unanimously adopted. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. All city fees, fines, and charges will remain constant with th ..... 
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