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Coronavirus Financial Aid

Jun 03, 2020

USDA is accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program now through August 28, 2020.

PPP - Small Business Programs

Herds & Overcrowding

Jun 03, 2020

Over the past 60 days I have heard rumblings of dairy farms selling cows in attempts to reduce their milk production, only to see their bulk tanks not budge an inch. As a nutritionist traveling the countryside, it is not often a question of “if” herds are overcrowding, but more so “how much.” There is a fine line between the two, and every herd’s line is different. If we want to ride closer to the overcrowding line, here are five steps that can help in successfully doing so.    

2020-2021 Propane Contracts

Jun 02, 2020

I hope you all are finding reasons to get outside and enjoy yourselves. We saw some great weather this spring. It’s amazing how quickly our farmer patrons were able to get their seeds in the ground this year compared to last year. In talking to a few farmers, some of them had their planting completed this year before they even started planting last year. Great job. 

Energy Division Summer Projects

Jun 02, 2020

I hope you are enjoying your summer. It’s been an interesting one so far, hasn’t it? I’ve been spending a lot of my free time on my barn roof replacing old nails with new screws. I figured I’d better get at it because I swear it rains harder inside my barn than outside. I’m hoping to wrap up that project soon so I can move on to the next one. 

Do It Best Green House

From the Manager's Desk

Jun 01, 2020

Again, this year, I had the pleasure of stopping at several of our member’s farms, homes, and businesses to drop off equity redemption checks. While it was much different this year--appropriate distancing, meeting outdoors, and no handshakes—it was still very enjoyable. Part of the thrill was just driving somewhere other than the office and back home for the first time in nearly two months. The opportunity to stop and visit some members I’ve never had the chance to meet, or to catch up with some I haven’t seen in quite some time, was extra special this year given how long we’ve all been cooped up. Even more rewarding is handing them an unexpected check for the eligible redemption equity they have in the cooperative. Each of the members I had the pleasure of visiting this year seemed quite surprised to be receiving their old eligible redemption equity. Several commented that they never expected to see the equity returned.

Toay Farms Sign

Lime Alternative for New Seeding

May 26, 2020

Dan Toay, and his agronomist Dan Durst, talk about how they improved Toay’s alfalfa stand to be thicker, greener and more vibrant with 98G pelletized limestone from Calcium Products.

Measuring RFV of Alfalfa

Alfalfa & Relative Feed Value (RFV)

May 22, 2020

Premier Nutritionist Craig Wagner talks about Relative Feed Value (RFV) and using that information to decide when it's time to start cutting alfalfa. Keep an eye on our Interactive Alfalfa Map, which updates daily with information on how alfalfa is maturing througout the region.

Coronavirus Financial Aid

May 21, 2020

Nearly daily there is new information released for grants, low interest loans, and other government assistance programs related to Covid-19 financial aid and direct producer payments.

Webinar for Producers on Applying for CFAP Payments

May 13, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

New Eligibility Notice for EIDL

May 12, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) recently put out a notice for New Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance (EIDL). A few highlights from the SBA website...

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