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USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Available to Minnesota Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses that could potentially be affected by the recent storms that USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters. USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices in the states of Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are ready to help. Continue reading ‘USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Available to Minnesota Farmers’

MDA Nutrient Management Initiative

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) invites Minnesota farmers and crop advisers to participate in a unique on-farm nutrient management program that can help water quality while managing production costs. Participants in the Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI) evaluate different nitrogen management practices on their own farms through the use of replicated side-by-side field trials. Continue reading ‘MDA Nutrient Management Initiative’

Whole Farm Revenue Protection Signup

The deadline is coming up to sign up for Whole Farm Revenue Protection. Now in its third year, this crop insurance rewards farm diversity by providing higher government subsidies when farm revenue has two or more income streams. Sign up by March 15, 2017. Continue reading ‘Whole Farm Revenue Protection Signup’

Feast! Smart Start Initiative Offers Technical Assistance to Local Food Makers & Growers

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), recently received a $70,000 grant from Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture (MDA) for a Feast! Smart Start initiative. This grant will provide technical assistance to local food and beverage makers, producers and growers. SMIF, in partnership with the FEAST Local Foods Network, will use these funds to offer trainings and conferences for southern Minnesota food businesses to increase their capacity and growth potential. Continue reading ‘Feast! Smart Start Initiative Offers Technical Assistance to Local Food Makers & Growers’

Cropland Grazing Exchange

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture along with Partners from NRCS and Sustainable Farming Association have developed this website which is intended to match up livestock farmers with crop farmers who have forage to harvest. This website serves as a starting point for crop farmers and livestock producers to form partnerships which can benefit both parties. Continue reading ‘Cropland Grazing Exchange’

Farm Service Agency Bridges to Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the expansion of a unique service for farmers and ranchers. FSA’s Bridges to Opportunity program provides a one-stop-shop that connects producers with resources, programs and educational services offered across the department, as well as from other USDA partner organizations. For more information about Bridges to Opportunity, please contact your local FSA county office. To locate your FSA county office, please see https://offices.usda.gov/Continue reading ‘Farm Service Agency Bridges to Opportunity’

USDA-AMS Announces Accreditation Program for Transitional Agricultural Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from existing organic accredited certifying agents (ACAs) interested in AMS accreditation to certify agricultural products as “Transitional”.  ACAs should submit their applications by February 28, 2017, for this National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP).   Continue reading ‘USDA-AMS Announces Accreditation Program for Transitional Agricultural Products’


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