MAWQCP is a voluntary program designed to accelerate adoption of on-farm conservation practices that protect Minnesota’s rivers and streams. Producers who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn assured that their operation will obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years. The Whiskey Creek area was selected as one of four pilots throughout the state to test and refine the program. This pilot area includes parts of Wilkin and west Otter Tail County.
At the open houses, MDA and BRRWD staff will provide a brief presentation on the program and demonstrate the assessment tool used to evaluate individual operations. A panel discussion will feature local farmers, advisory committee members, and technical staff. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and receive a free assessment of their farm.
No registration is required for the open house. Farmers with questions about the event can contact Bruce Albright, BRRWD Administrator, at 218-354-7710.
Ohio ‘Farm Bill’ meeting scheduled
Farmers interested in learning more about the 2014 farm bill and its impact on commodity programs can hear from experts who will provide insight into the legislation and its impact on agriculture during a meeting March 20.
The 2014 farm bill's safety net requires farmers and landowners to elect which program design they prefer based on what they think will be most effective for their operation, particularly in conjunction with crop insurance, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator.
OSU Extension, which is hosting the event, is the outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“Significant analysis is needed to compare the new programs and provide valuable information to the farm's decision makers, who will be locked into the program choice for the life of this farm bill,” Custer said.
A panel discussion of the farm bill will include Jon Coppess, clinical professor of law and policy at the University of Illinois; Adam Sharp, vice president of public policy with the Ohio Farm Bureau; and Art Barnaby, professor of policy and risk management at Kansas State University.
The meeting will cover several issues including:
• Crop safety net decisions