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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. […]

August 11, 2014 | By | Reply More

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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Farm families recognized for their leadership, success

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/28/2014)—Every day, in more ways than we are aware, agriculture impacts our lives. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, to the machines and materials we use to work and play – we all depend on a thriving agriculture industry. Minnesota farm families are a vital part of the […]

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Rebates available for farmers obtaining organic certification

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson has signed an agreement with USDA to offer an organic certification cost share program again in 2014. In August, the MDA will begin accepting applications for this program, which refunds up to 75 percent of the certification costs organic farmers and handlers pay […]

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More

Goehring sets goals for 2014 Hunger Free ND Garden Project

FARGO – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is asking gardeners across the state to plant an extra row of fruits and vegetables this year to help meet the needs of hungry North Dakotans. “One in 10 of our fellow citizens seeks food assistance from charitable feeding programs every year,” Goehring said. “We are asking individuals and […]

July 15, 2014 | By | Reply More

Missouri Corn Growers Pushing For More Ethanol at the Fuel Pump

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. July 8, 2014 – Are wise consumers of gasoline being pushed to use a fuel that doesn’t work in their boats, lawn equipment, and other small engines? A June 24 statement from the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) blames current high gasoline prices on volatile markets and calls for more ethanol at […]

July 14, 2014 | By | Reply More

ASA Supports Missouri Farming Rights Amendment

ST. LOUIS (June 24, 2014) – The Creve Coeur-based American Soybean Association has issued its support of the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment (Amendment 1), a measure that would amend the state’s constitution to recognize and protect modern agriculture and the benefits that it provides all Missourians.   “As a proud Missouri-based organization, the American Soybean […]

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