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WILLMAR, Minn. — Registration is now open for SowBridge, the distance education series for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters, and boars, including operation owners, caretakers, technicians, managers and technical service providers. New this year, the series…

FOLEY, Minn. — Farmers with Private Pesticide Applicator certifications which expire on March 1 will need to renew that license for the 2022 growing season. The process to renew your license remains similar to what it has been from previous years with a few newer options for 2022.

ST. MICHAEL, Minn, — The Minnesota Association of Townships recently announced its 2022 Scholarship Program, which will award up to five $2,000 scholarships to high school juniors. All students currently enrolled in 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial school, o…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently opened signup for the Dairy Margin Coverage program and expanded the program to allow dairy producers to better protect their operations by enrolling supplemental production. The signup period runs to Feb. 18, 2022.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Each summer, University of Minnesota Extension welcomes undergraduate students interested in crops, livestock, horticulture, natural resources or communicating science to gain experience through internships. In this paid internship program, interns work closely with Extens…

MANKATO, Minn. — David Preisler, long-time CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and Minnesota Pork Board, announced his plans to retire from the organization effective June 1, 2022.  Preisler notified the Board of his plans at its Board meeting on Dec. 16. His retirement will mark…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for agricultural producers who are certified organic, or transitioning to organic, to apply for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program. This program provides pandemic assistance to cover certification and …

For 35 years, a free, agricultural education magazine has been sharing the stories of real farmers from across the state and the food, fuel, and fiber they grow with Minnesota students to help them learn more about the world of agriculture.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is issuing an advisory to farmers who have conducted business with Pipeline Foods, LLC based in Fridley, Minn. The company announced on July 8, 2021, it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The MDA is encouraging anyone who has not received paym…

Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants were first funded by the Minnesota Legislature in 2017. The Wolf Livestock Grant is offered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to help producers protect livestock depredation by wolves. The Department has received a grant from the US Fish and…

Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners can plan for next year and apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation funding. Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) are due Nov. 19 for the first cutof…

ST. PAUL —Minnesota farmers who want to improve safety on their farms can now apply for funding through two programs from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that help with the cost of buying, shipping, and installing eligible safety equipment.

Tradexpos has recently announced the first annual North Star Ag Expo will take place July 26-28, 2022. This new outdoor farm show will be held at the Ritchie Bros. Auction site, located four miles north of Owatonna, Minn. just off of I-35. 

HAMILTON, Ill. — Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC recently announced their agreement to acquire Henslin Auctions and Henslin Real Estate, headquartered in Bird Island, Minn. The acquisition, effective Dec. 1, will strengthen Sullivan Auctioneers’ footprint throughout the North Central United States…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a request for applications for the new Pandemic Response and Safety grant program. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants.

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $250,000 to demonstrate and publicize the energy efficiency, environmental benefit, or profitability of sustainable agricultural techniques or systems, from production through marketing.

ST CLOUD, Minn. — “Farmers Night Out: Should they stay or should they go?” is a program offered by University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Dairy Initiative, offering education and networking about heifer raising.  This program will begin with a farmer panel addressing options around …

ST. PAUL — A public-private partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation is offering grants to K-12 teachers, 4-H, and FFA groups in Minnesota to develop educational experiences around agriculture and food systems education.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency reminds Iowa and Minnesota producers the final date to apply for crop insurance for perennial crops (such as apples, cranberries, grapes, and tart cherries) is Nov. 20 for the 2022 crop year. Current policyholders who wish to make c…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. The policy will be a…

St. Paul, MN: Businesses, schools, nonprofits, local governments, and tribal entities seeking to promote urban youth agricultural education and urban agricultural community development can apply for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation…

Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management have partnered to establish a new financial data gathering process for cover crops within the FINBIN database — the largest publicly available farm financial database and benchmarking service in…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program. Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 22, 202…

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides funding to help small specialty crop producers, food processors, manufacturers, distributors and farmers markets recover costs incurred by responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, including for measures to protect workers. The minimum…

ST. PAUL — Minnesota organic farmers and processors can apply for a rebate of up to 50 percent of the cost of their organic certification. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Minnesota Organic Cost Share Program through Nov. 1.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $250,000 to demonstrate and publicize the energy efficiency, environmental benefit, or profitability of sustainable agricultural techniques or systems, from production through marketing.

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Jenny Lester Moffitt today announced funding of $1.73 million for nine projects to improve the oversight capacity of the organic industry by supporting and expanding the pool of qualified inspectors, reviewers…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products.

St. Paul, MN: Minnesota farmers who want to improve safety on their farms can now apply for funding through two programs from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) that help with the cost of buying, shipping, and installing eligible safety equipment.

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Emerging Farmers’ Working Group has openings for nine volunteer members for two-year terms. Minnesotans interested in making it easier for new and emerging farmers to create or sustain an agricultural business are encouraged to apply.

ST. PAUL — Horses in two Minnesota counties have been confirmed with two different equine diseases after they were euthanized following deteriorating conditions. An Itasca County mare was confirmed to have Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which is spread to horses by mosquitoes. A Washingt…

Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program are due Nov. 1.  

ST. PAUL — Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers seeking to improve their livestock operation are encouraged to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Livestock Investment Grant program. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $1.3 mi…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities.

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