Tractor rollover protection program begins in Minnesota

Minnesota farmers now have an easier way to get tractor safety equipment thanks to a new program that will improve farm safety. The ROPS Rebate Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), reimburses farmers and schools at least 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping, and installing a rollover protection kit—a roll bar and seatbelt—limiting applicants’ cost per tractor to no more than $500. It also provides help to farmers with identifying and pricing the appropriate rollover kits for their tractors.

Sen. Sparks Honored with Two Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators Awards

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators (MAAE) honored Sen. Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin) with two awards recently for his successful efforts during the last legislative session to secure $13 million for agriculture research and education. Sparks, who chairs the Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, was given the MAAE Bell Ringer […] Read more

High Profile Laws Going into Effect July 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Starting Wednesday, dozens of laws passed during the 2015 Legislative Session will go into effect. Here is a brief rundown of some of the more high profile laws taking effect this week. AGRICULTURE July 1 marks the beginning of the state’s grant program dedicated to funding agricultural research, education, rapid response, […] Read more

Low Interest Loans Available for Farmers Affected by Avian Influenza

ST. PAUL, Minn – Disaster relief loans are being made available to Minnesota poultry farmers who have suffered losses due to the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The zero percent interest loans are being offered through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) who recently received $10 million from the state legislature to help out during this […] Read more