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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Farm bill

Farmers and landlords, find information on the 2018 Farm Bill programs and decision strategies for crops and dairy.

Crop programs

Farm Bill crops program meetings are being held throughout the state in December 2019 and January 2020. Our course page has more information.

Dairy program

Dairy risk management strategies includes news about Dairy Margin Coverage.

Market Facilitation Program

The USDA announced a Market Facilitation Program on July 25, 2019 for the 2019 program crops planted. The payment for 2019 varies from 2018 when most of the payment went to soybeans and was based on actual bushels produced.  

The program was modified to include a $15 dollar payment across the board for any prevented planting acres that were planted to a cover crop by August 1, 2019.

  • The 2019 payment is based on acres planted of 20 program crops.  
  • The payment is not based on bushels. It is a set amount per acre for any acres planted to one of the 20 program crops.  
  • It varies by county. All of Minnesota individual county figures per acre are listed in the table below.  
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