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  Applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. The program, reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to producers...
    The Rock County chapter of Pheasants Forever was recently recognized for its efforts to reinvest more than $1 million in local wildlife habitat. Pictured during an April meeting are (front, from left) Steve Heitkamp, Darrin Kindt, Pheasants Forever regional field representative Matt...
  As anyone with farm ground knows, the extreme rainfall events in June of 2014 caused severe erosion on farm ground in Rock County.  Gullies were cut through crop fields and ditches filled with sediment. Fields that had conservation practices in place such as terraces, waterways and sediment...
  While the old adage, “April showers bring May flowers,” is true of most years that cannot be said of this year.  I was mulling over some new adages that might have been more appropriate like “April drought brings May burnout” or “April dry causes May flowers to go bye-bye,” but nothing seemed...
Area fire and rescue personnel work Monday to extinguish the blaze at this hog barn fire east of Jasper that took the lives of two Jasper women.
Two people died Monday morning, May 11, in a hog barn fire four miles east of Jasper in Rock County. According to Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, Sharla Drew, 50, and Kristy (VanSurksum) Giesler, 32, both of Jasper, died in the blaze. Drew, an employee of New Horizon Farms, and Giesler, a...
  The Farm Service Agency (FSA) would like to remind Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants of their responsibility to ensure that acres enrolled in CRP are properly maintained throughout the contract period, as agreed to in their CRP contract (CRP-1 Appendix) and the Conservation Plan of...
  While the recent avian influenza outbreak poses a low risk to human health and is not a food safety risk, Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency to stop the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The declaration by the state’s leader couldn’t have come quickly enough. As...

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