Farming

On the House: Beginning Farmers Loans

Oct 11, 2020

Once a month local real estate agent Jesse Davis joins John and Heidi on the Friday Morning Show for On The House.  This week farm loan officer Cattibrie Nichols from the USDA Farm Service Agency joins them to answer questions on how direct farm loans work, who they can work for and what they can do.

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Andy Tri is a bear biologist with the Minnesota DNR.  We caught up with him this morning and talked about dens, cubs, what's happening with bears now, what to do if you accidentally flush a bear off a nest, and what happens when bear cubs are orphaned. 

This past fall, several bears denned in cornfields left standing because of a particularly wet season.  Farmers are connecting with local conservation officers to handle the situation when they come across a den.  Andy told us about that process as well.  

Farmers in Minnesota and around the country are struggling. Especially for small farmers, issues like severe weather, globalization, low commodity prices, and trade wars have made it hard to make a living. One bright spot may come from new methods of sustainable farming that strengthen soil health. These new methods allow multiple uses for the same acreage, strengthen resiliency against severe weather, and lower the number of “inputs” (such as fertilizer) needed to grow a robust crop.

Boggs family

Over a year ago KAXE received email from Amanda Roach, explaining that her mom, Peggy Boggs, was both a farmer and one of Northern Minnesota's Strong Women.

Peggy Boggs grew up in Chicago but fell in love with farming when she moved north to the Spring Lake area many years ago. Like most farmers, Peggy is super busy. It took us months to find a time when we could talk and share her story. She spoke with Northern Community Radio's Maggie Montgomery.

Maggie: Tell me about your farm up in Spring Lake.

locallylaid.com

Agriculture is not an easy line of business .  Lucie Amundson blames her husband Jason for their leap into poultry.  How did a freelance writer and a grant writer start Locally Laid?  It was what Lucie calls a "farmgument".