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MDA program helps dispose of tons of unwanted pesticides

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Thanks to a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) program, 58,000 pounds of unwanted and unused pesticides are now out of the environment. The Waste Pesticide Collection Program held events in 31 counties throughout this summer and offered homeowners, farmers, and businesses a place to safely discard old pesticides. The amount collected […]

September 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

State agriculture leaders back return of tax deduction

BISMARCK – The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has recommended to Congress that the Section 179 tax deduction level in the Internal Revenue Service code remain consistent with the 2010-2013 limit for small businesses. “The amount of investment required to sustain agricultural operations is only increasing,” said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug […]

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Export Terminals Improving to Keep Up with Export Demand

Twenty-five percent of all U.S. soybeans are exported through Pacific Northwest ports; a majority of these beans eventually make their way to China. And with China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for soy continuing to increase, these ports are staying on the cutting edge of technology to make sure they are able to meet these customers’ demands. […]

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Mid-September frost on corn and soybeans

ST. PAUL, Minn. —Many corn and soybean fields in central, west central and southwest Minnesota were affected by frost early on Sept. 13. For corn, a killing freeze occurs when temperatures are 32 F for four hours or 28 F for minutes. A frost or killing freeze can still occur when temperatures are above 32 […]

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USDA Implements New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers. The policy, approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors, paves the way for USDA’s Risk Management Agency to make it broadly available to producers for […]

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Independent study shows checkoff returns more than five dollars for every dollar farmers invest

ST. LOUIS – Under the soy checkoff program, all U.S. soybean farmers contribute a small percentage of their gross soybean sales for research and marketing projects that maximize their profit potential. According to the results of a new, independent study, the checkoff continues to grow those small investments into big results for U.S. soybean farmers. […]

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Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins Next Week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia today announced that farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) from Aug. 11, 2014 through Oct. 7, 2014. The program, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides interim payments to cotton producers during the 2014 […]

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Provides Six-Month Update on Farm Bill Implementation Progress

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law nearly six months ago on Feb. 7, 2014. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow America’s economy. “I am […]

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MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in east central and metro counties

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in seven east central and metro Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 19, through Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Through these free collection events, Minnesota homeowners and farmers can safely dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides. MDA has collected […]

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Project Safe Send brings in record amount of unwanted pesticides

BISMARCK – More than 150 tons of unusable pesticides – an all-time record – were collected and shipped out of state in the 2014 Project Safe Send collections. “This year’s total eclipses the previous record of 145 tons in 2012,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “More than 300 North Dakota farmers, ranchers, applicators, homeowners and […]

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