Nobles County USDA Service Center Faces Temporary Communications Outage

Lightning struck the Nobles County USDA Service Center on September 15th, 2016, causing electrical outages throughout the agencies in the building.

If you need to conduct business, please see the following suggestions for ways to complete your transactions. Stay tuned for further developments if communications will be restored by tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21st.

Receiving Changes

Please note a few changes for receiving at MNSP of Brewster:

• One lane in receiving
• Meal and hull/pellet loadout will be closed Wednesday, June 22nd

Questions, call 507-842-6677.

Afternoon Ag

As of today, there are only seven days left for Congress to come to a compromise on national GMO labeling, ahead of the Vermont law coming into effect July 1, 2016. Negotiations continue between the U.S. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking member Debbie Stabenow.

At the same time, two sets are sitting firm on their positions: The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is open to a legislative deal that would make GMO disclosure mandatory, so long as other disclosure methods could e used. However, the Center for Food Safety, the Orgnaic Consumers Association and other groups are refusing to budge, firm on their position that on-farm language is necessary, as it will be in the looming Vermont labeling law.

Tune in this Thursday as we catch up with prominent leaders within the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food to get their views.

Senators Seek Transparency on ARC

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst requested more information from the United States Department of Agriculture regarding the methodology for determining county yields for the Agriculture Risk Coverage or ARC County program.