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FSA Year End Payment and Loan Reminders

The end of the year is coming fast and if you are thinking about a commodity loan before the year is done, you need to see us as soon as possible.  In most cases commodity loans take a few days to prepare.  Although we have not received an official cutoff date for commodity loans, FSA encourages any interested producer to visit our office by Wednesday December 20th to better your chances of getting a loan in calendar year 2017.  

If you are interested in a commodity loan right after the first of the year, then you also need to see us right away as it will take some time to complete the lien work and prepare the loan documents.    

If you are waiting for any other type of payment like cost share for CRP, CRP annual rental payments etc. and want that payment to be included as income for 2017, then you should immediately contact our office and make sure that payment will be made timely so it can be included as 2017 income.  

Are You Concerned About Falling?

Join us for an educational evidence-based exercise program that has been proven to help prevent falls. 

Falls Prevention Aging is inevitable, falling is not. Many adults can benefit from learning low-impact exercise to improve balance and strategies to increase confidence and reduce their fear of falling. Juniper delivers evidence-based classes that have been proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling. 

A Matter of Balance classes emphasize practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. 

A Matter of Balance - What is it? 

A group-based, participatory class led by two trained lay leaders over 8 weekly or semi-weekly sessions. Initial sessions are educational and focus on the development of coping strategies to overcome the fear of falling. Components include group discussion, problem-solving, skill-building, assertive training, exercise training for strength and balance, sharing of practical solutions, and cognitive restructuring. A Matter of Balance works to reframe falls and fear of falling as something controllable. Participants use a workbook and home safety evaluation action planner to change their environment and reduce risk factors. Thirty minutes of supervised exercise is introduced in the third session. Participants set realistic goals for further increasing activity. Program includes a visit from a guest PT/OT/RN professional to discuss how to respond to a fall and to demonstrate how to get up from a fall, along with Q&A. 

A Matter of Balance - Who is it for? 

Designed for community-dwelling seniors who are able to problem solve (age>60) and have concerns about falls and/or prior falls. Measured effects increase with age and fall risk. A Matter of Balance targets overcoming the fear of falling, thus breaking the “fear of falling cycle” by keeping people more active and engaged. A great introductory program for those interested in Tai Ji or other longitudinal exercise programs such as the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program.  

A Matter of Balance - What does it do? 

Original trials showed improvement in confidence in ability to manage and prevent falls, as well as improvement in level of exercise, mobility, and reduction in social limitations due to concern about falling among Boston area older adults in senior housing. Large follow-up trial in 2009 confirmed these benefits among community-dwelling adults >age 70. A subsequent state-wide analysis of female participants in Texas confirmed the value of the program in reducing falls and improving mental and physical health. The program has confirmed this assumed value through claims data.  

A Matter of Balance classes will be offered starting on January 9th, 2018 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1pm - 3pm through February 1st, 2018. It will be held at the new A.C.E. of SW Minnesota Office (former Legends Building) 2989 Maple Rd. Slayton, MN. Please register by calling Joyce Wiekeraad at A.C.E. of SW MN – Murray County at 507-836-8705 or email at The class size is limited, so call early to reserve your spot! Sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN - Murray County and Murray County Medical Center.

Wyffels Hybrids Names Trevor Holm as District Sales Manager

GENESEO, Ill. (December 11, 2017) — Trevor Holm has been named a district sales manager for Wyffels Hybrids. He will work directly with corn growers in southwest Minnesota, helping place superior genetics with the most advanced traits on their farms and working to build a team of Wyffels Seed Representatives. As a former account manager with Legend Seeds, Holm brings seed sales and agronomy experience to his new role.

“Trevor will bring a new level of focus to Murray and Cottonwood counties,” said Wade Anderson, Region Manager. “He’s a welcome addition to our already successful team and will help us continue to improve on the level of service we provide to corn growers in southwest Minnesota.”

About Wyffels Hybrids

In 1946, Wyffels Hybrids was established with a vision to produce seed that could help friends and neighbors be more successful. That promise has resulted in significant growth and opportunity as Wyffels continues to build a team of employees who share that vision for the seed business, and passion for serving customers.

Wyffels Hybrids, headquartered in Geneseo, Ill., is one of the nation’s largest independent seed corn companies. Focusing strictly on developing and marketing elite corn hybrids, the company is dedicated to providing corn growers in Illinois, Iowa, Southern Wisconsin, Southwestern Minnesota, Southeastern South Dakota and the Ohio River Valley with exceptional products, the latest agronomic information, and unmatched customer service and product support. To learn more or request information, visit or call 1-800-369-7833.

Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadlines

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the crop deadline of March 15, 2018.

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

The following 2018 crops have NAP sales deadlines that have not passed:

• March 15, 2018 - Spring-seeded crops and Pasture

• May 1, 2018 - Ornamental nursery

Producers can determine if crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP by visiting 

NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers.

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator,, to predict insurance premium costs.

For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact the Murray County FSA office at 507-836-8567 or visit the web at