RURAL REFLECTIONS One Empty Chamber
Its back to the bullet format this week. I give five bullets
points that do not warrant a column on their own but together fill
the cylinder quite well.
Bullet One: Whenever I am in Thief River Fal... Posted on 7/8/11 at 8:13 AM
Federal agricultural spending in programs administered by the Farm Service Agency most likely will take a hit, but the organization will continue to play a major role in U.S. agriculture, the executive director of the North Dakota FSA says.
WILLMAR — Following a modest decline in 2009, Minnesota cropland values moved higher again in 2010. Meanwhile, average cash rental rates for Minnesota cropland continued their uninterrupted and steady upward climb.
WILLMAR — Despite the fact that large-scale farming operations now produce the bulk of our nation’s agricultural products, a recent study found that a vast majority of the farms in the United States are owned by what the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as small family farming operations.
WILLMAR — Livestock producers seeking additional supplies of hay should note that local Farm Service Agency offices are now accepting requests to allow limited haying or grazing of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.
The Grand Forks County Farm Service Agency is seeking nominations of farmer and ranchers for the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee. The nomination period continues through Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, with the election taking place between Friday, Nov. 5, and the close of business on Monday, Dec. 6.
WILLMAR — An independent study by IHS Global Insight Inc. found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s international market development programs have had a positive and significant impact on U.S. agricultural trade.
WILLMAR — According to a recent survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, beekeepers report a 33.8 percent decline in managed honey bee colonies nationwide. The reported losses were from all causes during the period of October 2009 to April 2010.
Wes Nelson, USDA Farm Service Agency
, June 12, 2010
WILLMAR — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a preliminary study revealing existing gaps within regional food systems regarding the availability of slaughter facilities for small meat and poultry producers.
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