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Usda Commodity Loans Available To Murray County Producers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Murray County Farm Service Agency reminds producers that Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) are available to help producers through periods of low market prices. The 2014 Farm Bill authorized MALs and LDPs for the 2014 to 2018 crop years.

MALs provide interim financing and allow producers to delay the sale of the commodity at harvest-time lows and wait until more favorable market conditions emerge. A producer who is eligible to obtain a loan, but agrees to forgo the loan, may obtain an LDP if such a payment is available.

MALs and LDPs provide financing and marketing assistance for wheat, feed grains, soybeans and other oilseeds, pulse crops, rice, peanuts, cotton, wool and honey.

The Murray County FSA office is now accepting requests for 2018 MALs and LDPs for all eligible commodities after harvest.

Before MAL repayments and LDP disbursements can be made, producers must meet the requirements of actively engaged in farming, cash-rent tenant and member contribution.

In order to meet eligibility requirements, producers must retain beneficial interest in the commodity, meaning they have control of the commodity or a title to the commodity, until the MAL is repaid or the Commodity Credit Corporation takes title to the commodity.

The 2014 Farm Bill also establishes payment limitations per individual or entity not to exceed $125,000 annually on certain commodities for the following program benefits: Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments, Marketing Loan Gains and LDPs. These payment limitations do not apply to MAL disbursements.

Producers or legal entities whose total applicable three-year average adjusted gross income exceeds $900,000 are not eligible for Marketing Loan Gains and LDPs, but are eligible for MALs repaid at principal plus interest.

For more information, please visit your local FSA office or To find your local USDA service center, visit 

Youth Soccer Opportunity

Mr. Philani Mkhwanazi, US college team, then Twin Cities Men’s League soccer player, is a special Guest Coach for the Fall Soccer Program through Fulda Community Education. The participants are enjoying working with Philani at the Monday evening sessions. “He is SUCH a good coach!” said one player, and another one chimed in, “This is so AWESOME!” Area youth are invited to join in the learning and scrimmage time during one or both of these future sessions: Monday Oct. 1 and 8th; 3:30-4:30pm for 4th-6th graders and 4:30-6pm for 7-12th graders. Cost is only $5 per player per session. Parent permission slips are required, and can be found at Fulda Elementary, Fulda High School, MCC West Elementary, and MCC High School.

Rebel Roundup

With the first month under our belt here at MCC, we are now fully in the school routine.  This month has been a blur with the hustle and bustle of teacher workshops, student orientations, homecoming, and students getting re-acclimated to classes, studying, and staying organized.   It is good to have the hallways full of students again with their energy and excitement to be at school!  I think their excitement speaks volumes about the relationships students have developed with one another as well as with our staff.  One of our goals is to have every student connected to at least one caring adult.  When this happens students feel more comfortable being at school and are more successful in there learning.  I would say that we are off to a great start here at MCC.

During the last board meeting I gave a report on our MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) scores, and I would like to briefly address those here.  As we look at our scores district wide, we continue to score higher than the state average in all assessed areas- reading, math and science.  In fact, when we compare our proficiency scores to the schools in our area of southwest Minnesota, we rank in the top two.  Our teachers continue to work hard to look at ways of incorporating high quality instructional strategies that will help students better understand the material they are learning.  Murray County Central continues to maintain a high standard of academic excellence as measured by our state MCAs.  District proficiency scores are close to the 70% mark in reading and math, and these are good numbers.  

While the numbers for this year are positive overall, there is always room for improvement.  As a district we want to model continuous improvement by setting goals to help us grow incrementally and maintain our standard of excellence.   This year when our district Q-comp committee met and reviewed the data, we decided to focus on math at both the elementary and high schools.  We are discussing strategies for how to incorporate mathematical thinking across the curriculum, as mathematical reasoning and critical thinking is not limited to working with numbers.   We will be meeting in our Professional Learning Communities next week to continue refining our practice to help students grow in this area.  

As we move forward this year, I want you to know that I look forward to working with our community to help make our schools the best place they can be.  It truly takes all of us working together to develop the potential in every student.  Thank you for your support.

Go Rebels!

Jake Scandrett

HS Principal

Murray County Central

Good News Column

By John Stenen

George Campbell Morgan (1863 – 1945) was a great minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He once heard the statement made: “The preacher must catch the spirit of the age;” and gave the following answer: “God forgive him if he does. The preachers business is to correct the spirit of the age.”

Multitudes of our preachers today have compromised the Word of God and exchanged its truths concerning righteousness and holiness for worldly morals and values.  I had one minister who said to me:  “Perhaps we need to reinterpret the Word of God in light of our culture.”  He said that in order to embrace the immorality that has invaded many of our churches today. I said to him: “No! We do not need to reinterpret the Word of God in light of our culture. We need to get our culture in line with Gods Word.”

In spite of the fact that unrighteousness appears to be on the increase in our nation, more so than righteousness;  I still believe God will reward the Christians who still cry unto Him through prayer and have stayed true to His Word and have not compromised their morals and values. I believe He will bless this great nation with a Holy Spirit revival that will bring millions and millions of Americans to Jesus Christ where they will find the only means of their salvation. Only in Christ can we find true meaning for our existence and purpose for our lives.

Those of you who have not compromised the Word of God, keep praying for this great revival for “His eyes are upon the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers.”  1 Peter 3:12