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2020 Private Pesticide Applicator Training Events in Northwest and West Central Minnesota

Dates have been set for the Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT) events in northwest and west-central Minnesota (Table).

Advanced Crop Advisors Workshop registration now open

The agenda for the 2020 Advanced Crop Advisors Workshop has been set and registration is currently open. This event, where crop advisors can earn up to 9 continuing education units (CEUs) will be held on February 11 and 12 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. The topics and speakers for this NDSU Extension- and Univ. of Minnesota Extension-sponsored event were developed in consultation with the crop advisors and other agricultural professionals that serve on the workshop's planning committee. Additional Details

Farm Bill Crops Meetings

From the program webpage, "Educational events to help crop producers understand decisions regarding the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization of ARC and PLC programs. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, crop producers must make a selection by March 15, 2020, of either ARC-County, PLC or ARC-Individual for all covered commodity base acres on a farm. This election will apply to the farm for 2019 through 2020. Crops grown in Minnesota that are covered by this program include corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, canola, sunflowers, oats, sorghum, lentils, dry peas, garbanzo beans and flax. This educational meeting will provide information to help you decide which program is best for your situation." Dates and locations of farm bill crops meetings in northwest Minnesota are as follows:

Farm Transition and Estate Planning Workshops and Multi-generation Farm Transition Retreat

Farm Transition and Estate Planning Workshops  From the program webpage, "Learning objectives for the one-day workshop: Establish individual, family, retirement and business goals as the foundation to the transition process. Understand farm business transition strategies and examples including business entities. Understand the need for determining the financial viability of the business. Understand tax issues in the transition process. Identify estate planning issues and strategies, including identifying a transition and estate planning team." Pre-registration is highly recommended for meal planning purposes. Program dates, locations and times:

Farmland Rental Workshops

From the program webpage, "Wondering what is acceptable to charge or pay for land rent in Minnesota? Recently, farmer profits are down and farmland rental rates have declined slightly while commodity prices have decreased significantly. These factors make determining a fair profitable farm rental agreement a challenge in today’s economy. University of Minnesota Extension Farmland Rental Workshops help farmers, landlords and ag professionals determine a fair farmland rental rate. Presenters review historical rental rates throughout Minnesota and use data-driven decisions to help determine a fair value for land. Extension hosts free workshops held across the state starting in November. Ag Business Management Extension educators help farmers and landowners determine a fair farmland rental rate for both parties. Workshops cover local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends and current farmland values and sales. We also walk through a worksheet to help par