The producer information center is available to members of the agricultural community, the general public, and news media as a source of information specifically for producers about Minnesota agriculture. If you are unable to find specific answers to your questions, please contact us at MDA.Info@state.mn.us.
Where can I find information on hay?
Each year a current Haylist is compiled. It is a self-service tool enabling buyers and sellers of hay in the U.S. and Canada to announce and search available or needed hay lots and to view haylot summary data.
What is the Minnesota Farm Advocate Program and how can it help me?
Farm Advocates provide one-on-one assistance for Minnesota farmers who face crisis caused by either a natural disaster or financial problems. Farm Advocates understand the needs of our agricultural families and communities. They are trained and experienced in agricultural lending practices, mediation, lender negotiation, farm programs, crisis counseling, disaster programs and to recognize the need for legal and/or social services.
When is the next pesticide applicator training workshop?
For more information about local training workshops, please contact your local county extension office or call 800-367-5363 extension 55267 to locate the Extension office in your county or check the PAT web site for a schedule private applicator training opportunities.
How do I register a brand for my horses and livestock?
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health shall approve marks or brands for registration according to Statute 35.822.
Where can I obtain a copy of Minnesota's feedlot rules?
An overview of the Revised Feedlot Rules and the Environmental Review Rules (PDF: 132 KB / 27 pages), intended to answer your questions about what is defined as a feedlot, the registration and permitting processes, technical requirements, and other sources of information.
I spilled a large amount of agricultural fertilizer on my field, should I be concerned?
Yes. All agricultural chemical incidents should be reported to the state duty officer upon discovery. The duty officer is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-422-0798 (greater Minnesota) or 1-651-649-5451 (Twin Cities Metropolitan area). There is a limited exemption for reporting small spills by licensed applicators. Failure to properly report an incident may jeopardize eligibility for partial reimbursement from ACRRA.
How can I get rid of the gophers eating my alfalfa?
As with weed control, gopher control requires a long-term commitment and attention to timing. Poisoning and trapping are the most common ways to control gophers. Trapping takes time and works well in small areas (and larger ones, if a cheap labor source exists). Poisoning works well over large areas. This should be done in early spring or late fall when gophers are actively seeking and storing food. Baits should be placed in burrows, not left on the soil surface.
What loans are available for farmers from the MDA?
The Rural Finance Authority offers a variety of loan programs through participating lenders.
Where can I find a licensed and bonded grain buyer?
Check the list of licensed grain buyers and grain elevators.
What are the requirements for selling honey?
Beekeepers may sell honey but all honey offered for sale in a public place must be properly labeled.
How can I get my products listed as "Minnesota Grown"?
If you are a grower and you want to acquire a Minnesota Grown labeling license, the cost is just $5 per year. Minnesota Grown Directory listings, available to growers who sell direct to the consumer, are $30. Applications are available for downloading online.
What should I do if I suspect wolves have killed my livestock?
Recognizing the economic harm wolf depredation can have on domestic livestock, the 1977 Minnesota Legislature authorized the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to reimburse livestock owners for losses caused by wolves. USDA/Wildlife Services provides wolf trapping for cases of verified wolf attacks on domestic animals. To receive trapping services and to be eligible for state reimbursement, farmers and ranchers need to follow specific reporting procedures.
What are the regulations for traveling with animals from state to state?
Please visit the Board of Animal Health's web site.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org