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December 14, 2013
Production expenses rise again but less than in previous years
WILLMAR — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest farm income and expense forecast, total farm production expenses are projected to reach another nominal and inflation-adjusted record high of $352 billion in 2013. However, the expected rise in expenses is less...
December 14, 2013 - 10:14am
December 7, 2013
USDA program connects school cafeterias with local farmers
WILLMAR — Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it was approving grants for 71 projects, spanning 42 states, to connect school cafeterias with local farmers under its Farm to School Program.
December 7, 2013 - 10:28am
November 30, 2013
Three Minn. nominees recently accepted for USDA veterinary loan repayment
WILLMAR — Veterinarians are critical to America’s food safety and food security, plus the overall health and well-being of both animals and humans. Major studies indicate significant and growing shortages of food supply veterinarians, and veterinarians serving in certain other...
November 30, 2013 - 1:01pm
October 26, 2013
New crop insurance pricing options available for organic producers
WILLMAR — According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, organic agriculture is now more than a $30 billion industry and is one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture.
October 26, 2013 - 11:51am
October 18, 2013
Farmers report significant yield increases when using cover crops, even in drought
By Wes Nelson Farm Service Agency WILLMAR — Based on the detailed results from a survey of producers, a recently released report indicates that during the 2012 drought, corn and soybean yields improved significantly following the planting of cover crops. Under a partnership...
October 18, 2013 - 11:33pm
October 5, 2013
New USDA report quantifies benefits from conservation
WILLMAR — A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that farmers have significantly reduced the loss of sediment and nutrients from farm fields through the utilization of voluntary conservation practices within the lower Mississippi River basin.
October 5, 2013 - 12:27pm
August 24, 2013
USDA Farmers Markets Directory updated
WILLMAR — A recent update of USDA’s online Farmers Markets Directory now lists 8,144 markets nationwide, up from 4,685 reported in 2008. The directory is voluntarily updated by managers of farmers markets, state departments of agriculture, marketing associations and others,...
August 24, 2013 - 7:43am
August 10, 2013
USDA’s August crop production forecast to be released Monday
By Wes Nelson Farm Service Agency WILLMAR — On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release one of its most anticipated reports of the year — the August crop production forecast. The reason why this report is considered so significant is because it provides...
August 10, 2013 - 12:28pm
July 29, 2013
Limited haying of CRP acres is allowed after Aug. 1
By Wes Nelson Farm Service Agency WILLMAR — Livestock producers seeking additional supplies of hay should note that local Farm Service Agency offices are now accepting requests to allow limited haying of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program after Aug. 1. In...
July 29, 2013 - 7:44am
July 13, 2013
USDA to update 2013 soybean acreage data
WILLMAR — When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its June Acreage Report on June 28, it indicated that our nation’s farmers had planted a record-high 77.7 million acres of soybeans, up 1 percent from 2012.
July 13, 2013 - 7:15am
June 27, 2013
New rules aim to rid schools of junk foods
WASHINGTON (AP) -- High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.
June 27, 2013 - 8:00am
May 20, 2013
CRP sign-up period begins today, ends June 14
WILLMAR — Producers and landowners with Conservation Reserve Program contracts that expire this fall may submit offers to re-enroll their acres during a general sign-up period that begins Monday and continues through June 14.
May 20, 2013 - 8:11am
May 16, 2013
USDA providing new satellite-based vegetation assessment
WILLMAR — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it was launching a new state-of-the-art, satellite-based crop condition vegetation assessment and monitoring service named “VegScape.”
May 16, 2013 - 9:00am
May 10, 2013
USDA: Despite late start, record corn crop likely
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The wet start to the corn planting season may reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much corn they're still likely to bring in a record crop. In a report released Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated...
May 10, 2013 - 10:00am
May 4, 2013
CRP challenges: Losing acres because of attractive crop prices, federal budget cuts
Last fall, for the fourth straight year, Thief River Falls, Minn., farmer Ken Asp chose not to re-enroll some of his farmland in the Conservation Reservation Program. By Jonathan Knutson Forum News Service Last fall, for the fourth straight year, Thief River Falls, Minn.,...
May 4, 2013 - 2:22pm