Area Farm & Ag Headlines

2013 Farm Resource Guide Available

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The annual Farm Resource Guide for 2013 is now available via the University of Minnesota Extension.

This comprehensive guide includes a variety of very useful farm business management information.The front of the Guide has the most frequently requested information on Custom Rates, Rental Rates for various ag commodity, forages, bins and buildings, Farmland Sales and Rents and Pasture rental rates. Marketing information included lists the cash price probabilities for cash corn and soybeans for Worthington, Minnesota, since 1974.

Information from the Southwest Farm Business...


Nobles County Farmer Shares his REAL Story

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You may be familiar with "The REAL story" as brought to you by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. This is a site which spreads the story of your local farmers, telling the R.E.A.L. story (mission to practice Responsible, Ethical Agriculture for Life). Nobles County farmer Bill has decided to share his, in an article from therealstorymn.com. His story is as follows:

Farming is one of the oldest occupations in the world, and it’s been in Bill’s family for four generations. His great grandfather started farming in Nobles County in the early 1900s, and his family has...


Walz Named Ranking Member on Conservation, Energy and Forestry Committee

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In a press release, Congressman Tim Walz released the following statement after being chosen by his colleagues to lead the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry.

“I am truly honored to serve as a leader of the Conservation, Energy, and Forestry Subcommittee,” said Walz. “Our producers and farmers are good stewards of the land and we must allow them to do what they do best; feed and clothe the world. To accomplish this, we must renew our commitment to passing a long-term, five-year Farm Bill that will give rural America certainty.

Walz continued, “I...


Farmers Offered Penalty Relief From IRS

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In a press release on Friday, January 18th, the IRS announce it will issue guidance to provide relief from the estimated tax penalty for farmers unable to file and pay their 2012 taxes by the March 1 deadline due to the delayed start for filing tax returns.

The delay stems from this month’s enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). The ATRA affected several tax forms that are often filed by farmers and fishermen, including the Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization (Including Information on Listed Property). These forms will require extensive programming and testing...


Texas Cargill Beef Plant Closes

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The drought of 2012 has affected not only grain farmers, but also livestock producers and companies. On Thursday, January 17th, Cargill announced that it will idle its Plainview, Texas, beef processing facility effective at the close of business, Friday, Feb.1, 2013, resulting primarily from the tight cattle supply brought about by years of drought in Texas and Southern Plains states.

In a press release, Cargill revealed that approximately 2,000 people work at the Plainview facility, and that they will receive company support. Federal, state, county and city government...


Farmers vote AGROTAIN® stabilizer the most valuable fertility product

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WichitKan. – For eight years running, readers of No‐Till Farmer magazine have voted AGROTAIN®nitrogen stabilizer by Koch Agronomic Services the top product in the fertility/soil amendmentscategory. Allen Sutton, who was on the product development team for AGROTAIN® stabilizer, acceptedthe award on behalf of Koch at the National No‐Tillage Conference in Indianapolis on Friday, Jan. 11.

“Farmers who implement conservation tillage are some of the most knowledge‐seeking, discerningfarmers in the industry, so Koch should be proud that its product has been recognized for its...


AG CONNECT Expo to Showcase Latest Product and Technologies

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Producers will have no problem finding the more than 150 new products and technologies that exhibitors plan to display at the upcoming AG CONNECT Expo & Summit 2013, thanks to pre-show and at-show efforts to help attendees locate new products on the show floor.

As part of AG CONNECT’s New Products & Technologies Program, attendees may preview new products online and create a personal show planner to keep track of exhibitors they want to visit.

At the show, the printed show directory will provide attendees with the complete list of New Products & Technologies...


2013 USDA Report Release Times

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For those whose eyes follow the USDA statistical reports, this is a reminder that all USDA statistical reports released in 2013 will be revealed at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

These major reports with the noon release time are:World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), Acreage, Crop Production, Grain Stocks, Prospective Plantings, and Small Grains Summary. USDA previously released these crop reports at 8:30 a.m. EDT. or 7:30 a.m. Central Time

The time for livestock reports currently released at 3:00 p.m. will not change.

The first 11:00 a.m. time report...


2012 Farm Bill Update (as of Jan 2, 2013)

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Working into the wee hours of the new year, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a fiscal cliff bill that will extend farm policy through September. With this extension, legislation has essentially kicked the farm bill can down the road in an attempt to avoid the so-called Milk or "dairy" cliff.

The giant New Year’s tax package rushed through Congress Tuesday includes a nine-month farm bill extension that forestalls any immediate spike in milk prices but also represents a bitter blow for farmers who had hoped for long-sought changes in the dairy support program.

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University of Minnesota Crops Trial Bulletin Available

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The University of MN Field Crop Trials Bulletin is now available in print and electronic forms. The new publication, dated January 2013, provides results from U of MN trials conducted in 2012 across the state. The varieties tested are from both public and private breeding programs and include U of MN developed forage, grain, and oilseed crop varieties.

Plant varieties tested include alfalfa, barley, birdsfoot trefoil, canola, corn for grain, corn for silage, oat, soybeans, spring wheat, and winter wheat. Trials were conducted across the state at Research and Outreach Centers...