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Wednesday January 22, 2014 $1.00 WEATHER ii,ll,lllhhilNl,J,l,lhlS-h,Slh,liih,Sl,ll,llhlllil,ldl : - - MIXEDAD 2 SmailTownPapem Inc 09/13/99 217 W COTA ST LJ ,, SHELTON, WA 985842263 6 . IIIU!!U[IIII!!!I!!IIII, Volume No. 29 NUMBER 22 8 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition 'i" n i i i irlrlr. AGRICULTURE FORUM Re ons USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is extend- ing the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation' Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014. Producers inter- ested in participating in the program can now submit applications to their local NRCS office through Feb. 7, 2014. "Extending the enroll- ment deadline will make it possible for more farm- ers and forest landowners to apply for this important conservation program," said Minnesota NRCS District Conservationist Kelly Heather-Pfarr "Through their conservation efforts, these good stewards are ' ..... ensuring that their .opera-. i:- tions are more productive and sustainable over the long run." CSP is offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodical- ly makes funding selec- tions. Last year, Minnesota NRCS obligated more than $10,047,837 million through 552 contracts cov- eting 387,331 acres. The program emphasizes conservation performance - producers earn higher payments for higher perfor- mance. Through CSP, pro- ducers install conservation enhancements to make pos- itive changes in soil health, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quali- ty, plant resources, animal resources and energy. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic informa- tion about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship thre shoJ d,_&e quir_0a_e_nt s, and payment types. To access the self-screen- ing checklist or to learn more about CSP, visit the Minnesota NRCS website or your local NRCS field office. Farmland values continue to increase in 2013 By Dave Bau, U of MN Ext. SPECIAL -- At the end of each year for the last nineteen years, a survey has been conducted for farm land sales in fourteen southwestern Minnesota counties. The survey reports bare farm land sales to non-re- Yellow Medicine Counties. This year the increase across the fourteen counties averaged 35.6% Data from these counties indicate prices increased from an average of $6,245 in 2012 to $8,466 in 2013 or an increase of 35.6%. This increase is larger than last year's 33.2% increase when farm land prices increased in the fourteen counties and from an overall average of $4,687 per acre in 2011 to an average of $6,245 in 2012. There was a lot of variability in the num- lated parties for the first_six montl . _bers from 201_2 to 2013. of each year. Atter the crash in farm land values from record high prices in the 1980's, farmland values continue to rise and are reaching all time record levels. Data collected in this survey is available at the county extension offices in Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Watonwan and The largest increase was in Murray County with an increase of 48.9% while Redwood County experienced an increase of 10.5% for the sales that met the bare farmland to non-related party transac- tion. None of the counties experienced a decline in farm land values in 2013 from 2012 for the first time in several years. Rock County had the highest average sale price of $11,074 per acre and Lac qui Parle the lowest at $5,797 per acre The average Crop Equivalency Rating (CER) for the fourteen counties was 69 with the highest price per CER in Redwood County at $137.43 and the lowest in Jackson County at $102.98 per CER. The assessed values did keep up with the higher actual sales price. Historically the assessed value would be 75 to 80 percent of the sales value. This year the average for the fourteen counties increased to 80.9% for 75.5% in 2012. Only Ja-ckson Cothaty experienced average sales prices that were lower than the assessed values in 2013. All other counties experienced average sales prices that were more than the average assessed values, the highest percent- age was 85% in Lincoln, Lyon and Yellow Medicine Counties. Values -- on page 3 annu crop mana The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) invite farmers, crop advisors and other nutrient manage- ment professionals to the 5th Annual Crop Nutrient Management Conference, which will be held on February 11, 2014 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minnesota. The conference will highlight recent research in nutrient management presented by University of Minnesota researchers, fertilizer indus- try experts and state agency officials The ongoing importance of efficient use of applied crop nutrients relating to farm profitability and food production economics com- bines with growing interest in the environment. Recent regulatory agency reports acknowledge the role of nutrient efficiency as a strat- egy for improving water quality. The program will focus on nitrogen and phos- phorus management from both fertilizer and manure sources with significant emphasis on water quality considerations. More infor- mation and the full agenda can be found at http://www. mawrc.org/events.html. There is no registration fee due to the support of event sponsors, but pre-registra- tion is requested. You can register via e-mail at nutri. conf@state.mn.us or by calling Ryan Lemickson of the MDA at 612-209-9181. For more information call Lemickson or George Rehm of the MAWRC at 507-263- 9127 Plain-talk Wetland e Ag. . Mff gahon workshop Farmers and agricultur- al land owners can gain a better understanding of the wetland mitigation process and their options at 2 hour workshop at Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 6, accord- ing to John Beckwith, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Resource Conservation and Development Council. The objective of the meeting is to provide farm- ers with plain-talk infor- mation to make decisions regarding drainage projects needing mitigation. They should also gain knowledge of the key factors involved in wetland mitigation. Under both federal and Minnesota laws, farmers are required to mitigate for both functions and acres of any protected wetland they want to drain. Plain -- on page 3 Recently retired WWG Industrial Arts Teacher Leonard McLaughlin built a doll house for the pre-school class. Kathy Filter and Angie Taylor took time during the holiday break to paint it. Above: McLaughlin, Filter, and Taylor joined aides and the pre-school class for this photo. Submitted photo. EDUCATION PAGE 2 IN SIDE PAGE 3 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 7 AREA NEWS PAGE 8 WINTER SPORTS INFORMATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING CIRCULATION 507-274-6136 OR 800-41 O- 1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2014 Sentinel Tribune