Sep 11, 2012
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What happens if Congress fails to pass the House Ag Committee farm bill

Farmers face the prospect of not having a farm bill in 2012 or ever if Congress fails to seize the opportunity presented during the short business session before it returns to the election....More
Sep 11, 2012
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Enthusiastic About the Future of Agriculture: Top-10 Countdown

Recently, a longtime friend who is now an agricultural news broadcaster asked me an intriguing question: “You've traveled 8 million air miles, been in every state, and worked with all types of agricultural groups. Could you give me the top 10 reasons why you are enthusiastic about the future of agriculture?” Well, here is the first edition of my countdown. Subsequent columns will focus on the remaining factors....More
Sep 11, 2012
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2012 Corn Harvest Underway

The very warm growing season this year has pushed the 2012 corn crop very rapidly toward maturity. Corn harvest has begun in many areas of south-central and southwest Minnesota. The corn moisture content is in the 20-25% range on early-planted corn, which is more typical of early October conditions. Corn yields in 2012 are expected to be quite variable across southern Minnesota, depending on timely rainfalls, soil types, planting date and corn hybrids. So far, the early corn yields in many areas have been pleasantly surprising, considering the extremely dry conditions that existed throughout most of July and August across the region....More
Sep 11, 2012
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FSA Low-Interest Disaster Loans 4

On Sept. 6, the Farm Service Agency sent Notice FLP-622 to state and county offices with guidance on how to establish losses to pasture, livestock and salvaged crops and procedures regarding emergency loan programs. Eligible producers have eight months after their county is designated a disaster to apply for low-interest (2.25%) emergency loans up to $500,000, which can be used to replace lost production, restructure the farm, family living expenses and other uses....More

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