USDA Accepting Applications for $1 Billion Rural High-Speed Internet Program

ST. PAUL, Minn., September 15, 2022 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Minnesota Collen Landkamer today announced that the Department is accepting applications for ReConnect Program loans and grants to expand access to high-speed internet for millions of people in rural Minnesota. The ReConnect program is a critical piece of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment…
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September 20, 2022 0

USDA Announces Its Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement with Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has signed a cooperative agreement with Minnesota under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture seeks to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers. “USDA…
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September 11, 2022 0

USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Funding Awarded to Minnesota

RELEASE FROM USDA AND MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today awarded over $1.3 million in Fiscal Year 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding to Minnesota. This USDA grant will help the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) fund projects that enhance the competitiveness…
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August 25, 2022 0

Students Enrolled in Medicaid to be Directly Certified for Free & Reduced Lunch Program

[ST. PAUL, MN] – As students and families prepare to head back to school in the fall, Governor Tim Walz today announced a new effort across state agencies that will make school meals available to approximately 90,000 additional students. More than 200,000 students on Medicaid will be automatically enrolled or re-enrolled to receive free meals…
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August 16, 2022 0

MN Corn Growers May Update

Chemistry from corn The Minnesota Corn-supported Center for Sustainable Polymers develops the next generation of corn-based polymers. Read more Growers reminded of treated-seed BMPs The BeSure! campaign encourages safe and responsible use of crop- protection products. Read more Urge USDA to help ensure fair markets NCGA call to action asks farmers to share stories about rising input…
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May 12, 2022 0

Mahnomen City Council Pursuing $2 Million Solar Grant; Seeking Housing Solutions

Mahnomen, MN — The Mahnomen City Council approved applying for a pair of grants and discussed some housing opportunities at their regular monthly meeting on Monday night, April 18th.  Following some recent discussions about potentially bringing a solar farm to the city industrial park, the council gave the green light to apply for a $2…
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April 20, 2022 0

FSA Offering Loans for Youth and Beginning Farmers

Ada, MN — Whether you want to purchase livestock to display at the county fair or you’re looking to start your own farming operation, the USDA Farm Service Agency has funding options for youth and beginning farmers. Youth loans are available to individual young persons to start and operate income-producing projects of modest size in…
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March 14, 2022 0

USDA Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program

Do you raise hogs that were sold through a negotiated, or negotiated formula, sale? You may be eligible for assistance for hogs sold through a negotiated sale from April 16, 2020, through September 1, 2020, through USDA’s Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program (SMHPP). This new program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative,…
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January 18, 2022 0

New Program Addressing Supply Chain Issues

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, and Representative Angie Craig (all D-Minnesota) announced a new program that will release approximately $1 billion in funding to shore up food supply chains and support farmers. The funding is available through the American Rescue Plan, which Senators Klobuchar, Smith, and Rep. Craig helped pass earlier this year. Even…
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December 24, 2021 0

With Nearly 200,000 Acres, Soybeans are Again Top Planted Crop in Norman County`

Ada, MN — The interest in planting soybeans rose again this year in Norman County, adding an additional 20,000 acres over last year. The results from this 2021 final acreage reports were shared last week during the Kaleidoscope Program by Norman County FSA Director Randy Tufton. 195,000 acres of soybeans were planted this spring, which…
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September 13, 2021 0