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Important dates: Aug. 2: CRP Managed Harvesting and Routine Grazing begin. Aug. 17: Expiring Continuous CRP One-Year Extension application deadline. Sept. 3: FSA Office closed for Labor Day. Sept. 4: 2018 MPP premium payment deadline; 2019 NAP Fall-Seeded Annual Crops sales deadline; 2019 NAP Value...
The USDA will host regional soil health workshops on March 28 in Comfrey and March 29 in Marshall. Both events are free, and participants are encouraged to bring a soil sample to test at the workshop. The March 28 workshop in Comfrey will be at the Community Center, 120 Brown St. East. Registration...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now offering an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, making it easier to transfer property to the next generation of farmers, including family members. The land that is eligible for the early termination...
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow...
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the...
Plans to move two federal service offices to a new location in Luverne has Rock County officials concerned about the impact on area farmers. The Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service lease space in a privately owned building on Gabrielson Road. Rock County’s Land Management...
Important dates: •March 30: MPP Premium Payment Deduction authorization deadline •March 31: 2015 Small Grains Loans and LDS request deadline •April 1: 2016 Maple Sap Acreage certification deadline •April 15: 2014 and 2015 ARC-Co Payment waiver request deadline. •Ongoing: Continuous CRP sign-up  ...
When the USDA released its annual crop production report last month, it confirmed Minnesota’s 2015 crop season as its best on record. On Thursday, Feb. 18, the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Minnesota Field Office released individual county results and confirmed 2015 was also a good...
Local farmers making structural improvements to their operations with federal funds are finding themselves on a waiting list. Kurt Halfmann, Natural Resource Conservation Service district conservationist, said there are significant delays in the approval process. He said 21 producers have completed...
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