DL News Staff
House Republicans want to mail tax rebate checks to more than 1 million Minnesotans, a plan Democrats call an election-year gimmick. Homeowners would receive checks worth 10 percent of their property tax bills, making the average check $205. They would arrive by Oct. 1, two weeks before most property tax payments are due.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community awarded a grant for $1 million to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa for a youth activities center. The ceremonial check presentation was held March 15, between members of the SMSC Business Council, Red Lake Nation Chairman Floyd Jourdain, and Red Lake youth and staff at the SMSC Community Center in Prior Lake. The grant will assist the Tribal Council in its efforts to improve conditions on the Red Lake Reservation through the provision of education and services.
The 13th annual Juried National Watermedia Exhibition is scheduled for May 1-June 20 at Moorhead's Hjemkomst Center. The Red River Watercolor Society had artists from 25 states enter this national competition. Juror Robert Burridge, Arroyo Grande, Calif. selected a total of 45 paintings. Seven artists from the Fargo-Moorhead area were accepted, including: Barbara Nagle, Don Aasland, Judy Koehmstedt, Warren Kessler, Michael Dunn, Ellen Jean Diederich and Carl Oltvedt. Burridge will present a slide lecture on Tuesday, May 9 from 5-6 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave.
What is the future of wheat in Minnesota? First of all, if there is to be one, it rests primarily with spring wheat as the winter hardiness trait is lacking in winter wheat varieties that could be successfully planted in the northern counties. Secondly, the current primary use of wheat is flour.
The Minnesota and North Dakota Farm Business Management Education programs have compiled their annual financial summary of farms in the Red River Valley. This is the most detailed farm analysis information available to the public for this region. It is available at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/aginfo/farmmgmt/FBM.htm and will soon be available at www.mgt.org . Financial performance in 2005 was much worse than in 2004. Gross revenues were similar, but total expenses were up 10 percent. This caused net farm income to shrink by 49 percent.
There are thousands of acres of what are termed "permanent grass pastures" in central Minnesota.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (R-Minn.) will host a farm meeting in Ada on Monday, April 10. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. at the Ada VFW. Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, will address issues like the budget, the upcoming farm bill, renewable energy, and disaster assistance. "The President's budget proposal has created a lot of uncertainty for farmers," he said.
U.S. soybean acreage for 2006 is projected to rise 7 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department released its prospective plantings report March 31. It suggests fewer corn and wheat acres to be planted this spring. It is a different story in Minnesota.
Persons attending the "Wheat Summit" in Moorhead Wednesday answered a number of questions posed on wheat's future in Minnesota. Some of the questions and answers were: What topic do you feel will help keep wheat viable in this region? The top two answers were biotechnology and high yielding wheat. What are research priorities? Finding and using wheat traits that are also consumer acceptable, and disease tolerance. What areas should research dollars be applied to? Biotechnology and spring wheat breeding.
The signup deadline for persons wishing to re-enroll acreage or extend contracts in the federal Conservation Reserve Program is April 14. The deadline applies to landowners with CRP contracts expiring Sept. 30, 2007. Landowners must notify their county Farm Service Agency office of their intentions.