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RFA to offer zero-interest loans for farmers in flood disaster counties

October 6, 2016

            ST. PAUL, Minn. –  The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) has lowered its interest rate on the Disaster Loan program to zero percent to help farmers cover the costs to replace and repair items lost or damaged due to flooding and not covered by insurance.     As with other RFA loans,…

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Minnesota Wheat Council Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors

October 4, 2016

The Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council is seeking candidates for three positions on its board of directors. Members of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council are elected to direct Minnesota wheat checkoff dollars to benefit wheat producers. Board members must be wheat producers willing to serve as leaders and advocates for the Minnesota…

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USDA to Conduct On-Farm Labor Survey

October 4, 2016

  St. Paul, Mn –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be conducting the biannual Agricultural Labor Survey. The survey will collect information about hired labor from more than 350 Minnesota farmers and ranchers. “Labor is obviously critical to farming operations and data about the use of hired workers helps administer…

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Congress Approves Continuing Resolution Keeping Government Open until December

October 4, 2016

After weeks of political wrangling, the Senate and House of Representatives acted on a continuing resolution to enable government operations to continue at largely FY 2016 levels until December 9, 2016.  When Congress acts on CRs, Congressional leaders will usually minimize the inclusion of any extraneous provisions.  The debate this time around centered around the…

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NAWG Submits Testimony for Senate Ag Committee Farm Economy Hearing

September 23, 2016

On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the state of the farm economy, which included testimony from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.  Particularly given the limited Congressional schedule in September, the scheduling of this hearing highlights the high level attention that Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, and members of the…

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Taking Stock of the World Wheat Crop

September 23, 2016

As a very informative Grain Risk Management and Procurement course at the Northern Crops Institute wraps up this week, many of the 24 other participants from 16 countries have been discussing the world’s 2016/17 wheat crop. While production volume and supply are once again remarkably high, the buyers here are concerned about how much of…

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Price slump to curb U.S. wheat acres while Russia expands

September 21, 2016

U.S. farmers are poised to plant winter wheat on the smallest area in over a century this autumn, as tumbling global prices and fierce competition push the world’s former top supplier into retreat. But even that shrinkage is unlikely to dent massive global supplies or help bolster prices. The world wheat harvest hit a record…

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Spring Wheat, Durum Crops Nearly Harvested

September 21, 2016

Harvest of the U.S. spring wheat crop is nearly complete with only a small amount of harvest left in North Dakota and Montana. Rain continues to be an issue for some producers trying to finish harvest and has caused quality problems – particularly with vomitoxin in the last of the harvest. In North Dakota, 98…

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Wet Fields Limit Minnesota Fieldwork, Harvest

September 20, 2016

Wet field conditions continued to limit fieldwork and harvest operations across Minnesota during the week ending Sunday, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork. In addition to limiting harvest opportunities, the consistently wet conditions have raised concerns about mold in corn and soybeans, stalk problems in corn, and…

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NAWG Continues to Push for Market Access to Cuba

September 20, 2016

Yesterday, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) submitted testimony to the House Committee on Agriculture leadership, Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson, in regards to the House Committee on Agriculture hearing on American Agriculture Trade with Cuba. The hearing was held to provide interested parties the opportunity to expand on their opinions regarding opening…

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