Harvest Safety On The Road

Area producers are beginning the work of harvesting crops, which means motorists will see combines, grain trucks, semis, tractors, and equipment for fieldwork on the roads.  Raysha Tate, Executive Director for the Livingston County FSA Offices urges motorists to be patient and cautious around the equipment. Tate says don’t assume you know what the driver of that equipment is doing. […]

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Planting Progress

While much of the fieldwork ahead of planting was completed, some of the area farmers are falling behind due to rainfall.  Livingston County FSA Executive Director Raysha Tate says corn planting is running long. She says soybean planting is taking place. As the corn is past the normal cutoff of May 15th for planting, some farmers may be switching to […]

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CRP Sign-Up Is Open For Many Programs

A program designed to reduce erosion on marginal land was started in 1985.  The USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program or CRP is overseen by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.  The FSA says the maximum acre limit is 25 million acres and the program is currently at 22 million acres.  In addition to erosion control, the program also seeks to mitigate climate […]

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FSA: CRP Sign-Up Begins Soon

The USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program or CRP began in 1985 in an effort to reduce erosion on marginal land.  The USDA’s Farm Service Agency, who oversees the program, says the maximum acre limit is 25 million acres.  The program is currently at 22 million.  In addition to erosion control, the program also seeks to mitigate climate change.  Zach Ducheneaux, the […]

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FSA County Committee Elections Underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots this week for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county and urban county committee elections.  The ballots have been mailed to all eligible agricultural producers and private landowners across the country. Elections are occurring in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for committee members who make important decisions about federal farm programs […]

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NRCS Program Application Deadline Dates

The USDA is recommending registration for their Natural Resources Conservation Service programs.  The program applications are available year-round, but many states – including Missouri – have upcoming ranking dates for the current funding cycle. Apply before the ranking date to be considered for EQIP and CSP funding in this cycle.  If you miss the ranking date, your application will automatically […]

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New Crop Quality Loss Program

The USDA introduced a new Crop Quality Loss Program.  Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says the program is to protect crop quality from loss due to natural disasters.  Fordyce talked about the crops eligible for the program. He also talked about the loss threshold. Contact your local FSA office for additional information.

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Harvest Progress Going Great

Livingston County farmers are making good progress on the fall harvest and Livingston County FSA Director Jeanette Straker says they have seen some good yields as well. Straker says the corn harvest is about 60% complete with yields in the 175 to 200 Bushell range. Soybeans are near 40%, with yields of around 45 Bushells, maybe better on the later […]

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GRM Networks In Princeton Receives $41.6 Million For Rural Broadband

A $41.6 million dollar grant for rural broadband fiber is awarded to GRM Networks in Princeton.  GRM Networks is a member-owned cooperative and the USDA’s ReConnect Program will help with the installation of fiber optic connectivity for Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa.  USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce presented the grant and loan to GRM. Ron Hinds, CEO of […]

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