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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 12/04/13

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    JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, has finished harvesting for 2013. 50 farm families were helped this year, and the reasons ranged from paralysis, broken bones, cancer and natural disasters.
 
    "Every year, we try to help the maximum number of farm families experiencing unexpected crises, and this year, we were able to help 50 farm families," said Bill Gross, founder and president. "We are thankful for our volunteers, sponsors, and all who support Farm Rescue in making a positive impact for present and future generations of farm families and rural communities."
 
    Visit farmrescue.org to view video testimonials and recent news articles, and see where Farm Rescue has helped farmers. Farm Rescue is also active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

    Farm Rescue was founded in 2006 and has helped more than 250 families since its inception. The organization's mission is to help farmers who have experienced a major illness, injury, or natural disaster by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant or harvest their crop. Farm Rescue helps farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 planting season, which can be obtained at 701-252-2017 or www.farmrescue.org

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Jan. 6 hearing has been scheduled at the Cass County Courthouse in Fargo on a proposed settlement in the case of a failed seed company.  Mentor, Minn.-based Anderson Seed shut down its sunflower processing facility in Redfield, S.D., in 2012 without paying farmers for millions of dollars' worth of delivered seeds.
 
     North Dakota's Public Service Commission late last month approved a proposed settlement in which farmers with cash claims will get about 43 percent of what they are owed and those with credit sale claims will get about 80 percent.  The PSC says valid claims total about $3 million.
 
     South Dakota regulators last year got a judge's approval to use a $100,000 company bond to give partial payments to farmers in that state who lost about $2.6 million.

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     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is making $1 million in grant funding available to livestock producers for on-farm improvements that help them stay competitive.
 
     The 237 Livestock Investment Grant recipients to date have invested an estimated $75 million in upgrades to their operations since the program began in 2008.
 
     Qualifying producers can get reimbursed 10 percent of the first $500,000 of their investment, with a minimum investment of $4,000. Qualifying expenditures include the purchase, construction or improvement of facilities for the production of livestock, and the purchase of fencing as well as feeding and waste management equipment.
 
     Producers who have suffered losses due to natural disasters may also apply. The grants don't pay for livestock or land purchases or for debt refinancing.  The deadline to apply is Feb. 21, 2014.
 
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     LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Shareholders have approved the sale of Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op in Little Falls.  About 650 shareholders voted in the last week on selling the facility to Green Biologics, Inc. It plans to convert the plant to butanol production. The purchase is expected to be completed late in 2014.  Green Biologics specializes in renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels.
 
     The St. Cloud Times says the sale is the end of an era for CMEC, which was established in 1995. The Little Falls plant was one of the first of its kind in Minnesota. It bought 7.5 million bushels of corn annually and produced 21 million gallons of ethanol per year.



     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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