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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
Livestock producers should document losses for potential claims
WILLMAR — Below-normal temperatures and continual episodes of snow, rain and ice made April an extremely stressful month for livestock — especially for herds confined to feedlots or open pasture. Since early spring is a primary calving season, the added weather stresses may have...
May 4, 2013 - 11:18am
April 30, 2013
USDA study looks at immigration, its importance to agriculture sector
WILLMAR — In recent weeks, the emotionally charged and politically sensitive issue of reforming our nation’s immigration policy has been debated in the halls of Congress. And while inflows of immigrants of all skill levels and categories have long augmented our nation’s labor...
April 30, 2013 - 7:34am
April 14, 2013
Wetland banking an option for farmers seeking mitigation
WILLMAR — After several years of notably higher grain prices, farmers have an added financial incentive to increase crop production. The two primary means of increasing production are to devote more acres to crop production, or increase the yields on the acres already producing...
April 14, 2013 - 11:20pm
April 6, 2013
Up to 8.5 percent reduction in direct payments proposed by USDA for required cuts
Congress recently approved, and the president has signed, a continuing resolution that provided funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies through the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. By Wes Nelson USDA Farm Service Agency...
April 6, 2013 - 10:03am
March 28, 2013
USDA: Highest corn acreage since 1936 expected; records expected in Minn., N.D.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA's spring planting survey said Thursday. By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the...
March 28, 2013 - 1:20pm
USDA to release first look at 2013 crop estimate
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report. After a year dominated...
March 28, 2013 - 10:55am
March 26, 2013
USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding. By MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty...
March 26, 2013 - 6:27am
March 17, 2013
USDA report finds U.S. food supply safe from pesticide residue
WILLMAR — The recently released results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested were at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection...
March 17, 2013 - 9:36am