Tag: USDA

R&J Agriculture Corner – Cell Cultured Protein and Comparable Issues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service had a comment period open on labeling over cell cultured animal proteins. Dr. Nicole Neeser is the director of meat and dairy inspection with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and speaks on what the rules would mean for producers and consumers.


September 27, 2021 0

R&J Agriculture Corner – Soybean Acres and Demand

A recent report from Farm Progress says soybean acres, as well as wheat and corn, will increase in the 2022 growing season. Tom Slunecka, CEO of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, talks about the thoughts behind those acres increasing and the latest World Supply and Demand Estimates report and how it reflects on…
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September 22, 2021 0

R&J Agriculture Corner – Sheep Industry Makes Suggestions to USDA on Processing

Chase Adams is the senior policy and information director for the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), and talks about some of the key points they asked USDA to look at when it comes to processing lamb. The full letter can be found on the sheep industry website here.


September 16, 2021 0

With Nearly 200,000 Acres, Soybeans are Again Top Planted Crop in Norman County`

Ada, MN — The interest in planting soybeans rose again this year in Norman County, adding an additional 20,000 acres over last year. The results from this 2021 final acreage reports were shared last week during the Kaleidoscope Program by Norman County FSA Director Randy Tufton. 195,000 acres of soybeans were planted this spring, which…
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September 13, 2021 0

USDA Conservation Signup Ending Soon

Ada, MN — The rental rate calculations and enhancements have been announced for those interested in one of the several USDA Conservation programs, but landowners will have to act fast as deadlines are approaching. Randy Tufton of the Norman County FSA previews some of the new incentives that should have more producers interested in enrolling…
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July 21, 2021 0

FSA Youth Loans

Ada, MN — Young persons looking to start or operate income-producing projects of modest size through their local 4-H, FFA, or other agricultural youth groups can finance their projects through the USDA Farm Service Agency Youth Loans. Gary Schommer with FSA says the Youth Loans are a great option for financing and an opportunity for…
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April 6, 2021 0

Federal Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching

Ada, MN — USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin producers that the final date to apply for crop insurance for spring crops such as barley, corn, dry beans, hybrid seed corn, oats, onions, potatoes, soybeans, sugar beets, sunflowers, sweet corn, wheat, and a number of other crops is March 15 for…
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March 4, 2021 0

Ada EDA Revolving Loan Fund Expands Guidelines to Assist with COVID Recovery

Ada, MN — Through 2020 and early 2021, there have been a number of grant and loan opportunities for businesses to take advantage of to help offset losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as those offerings dry up, the Ada EDA wants local businesses to know that they still will have low-interest loans available…
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February 19, 2021 0

FSA Accepting Applications for New Quality Loss Adjustment Program

Ada, MN — Farmers who suffered crop quality losses due to the natural disasters that occurred in 2018 or 2019 may be able to get financial assistance through the USDA Quality Loss Adjustment Program. The USDA announced the program in January to provide assistance for those with quality losses due to drought, excessive moisture, flooding,…
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February 10, 2021 0

Food Safety Reminders Ahead of this Weekend’s Big Game

Ada, MN — For some people during the Super Bowl, more important than the game itself is the food. And whether you order pizza, fry up some wings, smoke racks of ribs, or slice up a meat and cheese tray, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is encouraging football fans to…
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February 5, 2021 0