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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Joe Martin reminds producers that Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) are available to help producers through periods of low market prices. MALs and LDPs provide financing...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced a new pilot program that enables farmers in Prairie Pothole states to receive payments for planting perennial cover for conservation use on their land for three to five years.      The new Conservation Reserve Program (...
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Eva Kramer reminds producers that Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) are available to help producers through periods of low market prices. MALs and LDPs provide financing...
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...
To the Editor: Luverne has made many positive changes in the past few years as we envision our future. I’d like to share my own thoughts on the subject, specifically regarding food and agriculture.  I grew up on a Rock County farm and have lived here all but about three years of my life. I’m...
Important Dates Aug. 31 - CRP Emergency Haying ends Aug. 31 - 2017 Expiring CRP reenrollment deadline Sept. 1 - 2018 NAP Fall-Seeded Annual Crops sales deadline Sept. 1 - 2018 NAP Value Loss Crops sales deadline Sept. 1 - 2018 NAP Controlled Environment Crops sales deadline Sept. 1 - 2018 MPP-Dairy...
A statewide editorial June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population. And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants,...
This Star Herald file photo shows the need for a buffer strip between the field and river.
Gov. Mark Dayton introduced legislation last year to mandate vegetative buffer strips along waterways in an effort to clean up Minnesota’s notoriously impaired waters. Ever since those details have emerged, farm groups have pushed back vigorously, especially on the piece of legislation that...
  As farmers across Minnesota ramp up fall harvest activity, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds everyone of possible hazards of the season. Federal and state statistics show farming is one of the most dangerous professions. In 2013, the latest year reported, 17 of the 69 work-...
  The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including Federal Crop Insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the fall-seeded crop deadlines of Sept. 30 for winter wheat and forage production and...

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