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:ension report John Cunningham, nty Extension Director 2518 or 1-800-279-2518 OF M SWINE CENTER HAS FOR PORK HIT BY LOW tools to help Minnesota survive low hog prices Igh the University of Swine Center, according Shurson, director of the producers are/'acing the most economic conditions in with live hog prices l'alling to digits in late December. This loss of income is having effects on all sizes and types of hog farms. Producers are dealing with severe cash flow problems, inability to repay dcbt, inability to obtain operating loans, default on production contracts, bankruptcy in some cases, and mental and family stress. The Swine Center is not a building, but an assembly of U of M faculty members doing research, teaching and extension work in the swine area. The center is working in partnership with county extension educators and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association to: Coordinate educational programs centered around the economic crisis; Assist with cash flow, credit access, and loan payment options; Evaluate the legal language el production and marketing contracts; Provide resources on mental and family stress management; Identify and publicizc the availability of various agencies and resource groups. Land grant universities such as the University of Minnesota have no control over the central issues in this economic crisis, including slaughter capacity, volumc of hogs produced, and debt structure and contract obligations on farms. However, the U of M Swine Center has developed short term, intermediate, and long term .plans to be a major partner in sustaining the viability of the Minnesota pork industry, now and in the future. The Swine Center distributes information on risk management, production management, and market situation, often on a daily basis, to numerous groups who work directly with pork producer families. These include county extension educators specializing in livestock and financial and business management, adult farm management instructors, and members of the state's Feedlot Task Force. The U of M Swine Center is serving as a central contact and referral service for the Minnesota pork industry. This service has been in place for several years. Producers can call our central phone number at (800) 61 l-PIGS and their call will be directed to the appropriate resource person. Calls from Minnesota producers to the National Pork Producers Council are currently being forwarded to the Swine Center. County offices of the University of Minnesota Extension Service have a variety of resources available to pork producers in financial analysis, at's entertainment production management, and family stress management. Another resource for family stress management is Project Farm Wrap at (800) 543-7709. Legal assistance on contract evaluation is available through the Minnesota State Bar Association at (800) 292-4152 or the Farmers Legal Action Group at (800) 233-4534. The web page for the National Pork Producers Council is at http://www.nppc.org/PROD. New publications on farm legal issues are available A new series of 15 publications on legal issues in farming is now available from the University of Minnesota Extension Service Topics include financing the farm operation, agricultural production contracts, farm leases, mortgages and mortgage foreclosures, tax considerations in liquidations and reorganizations, and bankruptcy. Unfortunately, there's increased demand for farm legal information due to low prices in the hog industry and the farm financial crisis in the Red River Valley. To order copies of individual publications or the entire series, contact your county office of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Or, call the Distribution Center at 800-876- 8636, or (612) 624-4900 for local calls. You can also access them on the web at http://www/extension.umn. edu/Documents/D/F/DF7291 .html. Funding for the farm legal series was provided through the Rural Options Task Force, University of Minnesota Extension Service. Monda an. 25th  , +'"" " I I  Per Person I  "  i" in I  |;*., :" I I L !., .i I  '. : I  !:,i".,; OFF SALE SPECIALS ['.i ,r,b Jan. 18-23, 1 999 ,:. I ;,%,, BUD LIGHT BLACK ROOT BE R ':'' ".;! BOTTLES 1.75 liter Mothers, 750ml !; E !,,. ,2PACKS VELVET SCHNAPPS'"';'' :BUST i00l, "'7 65 '15 59 *5 99 ;,,?. %...,...'g rlr., ...... ,.. , ....... ,-,, . ..... ,.,,,oi,.. .'. I I  Cou ires .' i: ii , , TRYUS!II r S.HWY. 15  n EASTHWY. 12 ORTONVILLE, MN MILBANK, SD 97: L J PH. 605"432-4421 " I I I I I I I I I I I I a .bF BLUE MOON DINEII SPECIALS [TUES.,JAN. 19i i s,.00ciA, i I I , 1st Dinner Reg. Price i i 2nd Dinner for $].00 1 i WITH COUPON ONLY I Not redeemable with gift L2ZZ_c2J _2L22v_2m_yLE_L222.. 1 I [ THURS., JAN. 21 EVENING SPECIAL Steak Cubes I st Dinner Reg. Price 2nd Dinner for $ 1.00 """""""""'OU PO N'''''"" WITH COUPON ONLY o*'_ $2.oo Off  Notredeemablewlthgt. " kIL'l i . ['BI'-/_'=uIIII.. certificate or any other coupon F-- II7 r""li'L''' 'q) Family Pizza Large$1.00 PizzaOf* c,,x , , FIESTA ROOM 3 2 5-5 5 5 D ,: N .'t ...... . -. ,..,....,,.,.;,..;... ,.,,- .,, ..., :,...,',.. : Mcmb';:t':n(;'i'l:/SMl; 'h''''ne PnEandCOFFEE, .......... 99 : ' : Friday & Saturl:la PInOsEINC;VE.;N%U;AIyST=RRTaN.GnAC 2 :%7 pMC.am ;r'.::::. BAR SPECIALS " , Old Mdl:caukeLiaht or "--' ' --- ' !!! Open 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM - Food Orders Taken Until II:00 P.M. S. 75 12 OwRT kOlVoo lm 6LI: (0MAI t (71210: )3 08 3}M2 9 3 3 EAST HWY 12 ORTONVILLE, I I VETS CLEB POST #3964 Mcmbers ,%; Guc.sts Wch'omc Ortonville, MN ; Coupon expires 1130199 j I III IIIIIIII Jan. 19,1999 INDEPENDENT Page 7 :ension report John Cunningham, nty Extension Director 2518 or 1-800-279-2518 OF M SWINE CENTER HAS FOR PORK HIT BY LOW tools to help Minnesota survive low hog prices Igh the University of Swine Center, according Shurson, director of the producers are/'acing the most economic conditions in with live hog prices l'alling to digits in late December. This loss of income is having effects on all sizes and types of hog farms. Producers are dealing with severe cash flow problems, inability to repay dcbt, inability to obtain operating loans, default on production contracts, bankruptcy in some cases, and mental and family stress. The Swine Center is not a building, but an assembly of U of M faculty members doing research, teaching and extension work in the swine area. The center is working in partnership with county extension educators and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association to: Coordinate educational programs centered around the economic crisis; Assist with cash flow, credit access, and loan payment options; Evaluate the legal language el production and marketing contracts; Provide resources on mental and family stress management; Identify and publicizc the availability of various agencies and resource groups. Land grant universities such as the University of Minnesota have no control over the central issues in this economic crisis, including slaughter capacity, volumc of hogs produced, and debt structure and contract obligations on farms. However, the U of M Swine Center has developed short term, intermediate, and long term .plans to be a major partner in sustaining the viability of the Minnesota pork industry, now and in the future. The Swine Center distributes information on risk management, production management, and market situation, often on a daily basis, to numerous groups who work directly with pork producer families. These include county extension educators specializing in livestock and financial and business management, adult farm management instructors, and members of the state's Feedlot Task Force. The U of M Swine Center is serving as a central contact and referral service for the Minnesota pork industry. This service has been in place for several years. Producers can call our central phone number at (800) 61 l-PIGS and their call will be directed to the appropriate resource person. Calls from Minnesota producers to the National Pork Producers Council are currently being forwarded to the Swine Center. County offices of the University of Minnesota Extension Service have a variety of resources available to pork producers in financial analysis, at's entertainment production management, and family stress management. Another resource for family stress management is Project Farm Wrap at (800) 543-7709. Legal assistance on contract evaluation is available through the Minnesota State Bar Association at (800) 292-4152 or the Farmers Legal Action Group at (800) 233-4534. The web page for the National Pork Producers Council is at http://www.nppc.org/PROD. New publications on farm legal issues are available A new series of 15 publications on legal issues in farming is now available from the University of Minnesota Extension Service Topics include financing the farm operation, agricultural production contracts, farm leases, mortgages and mortgage foreclosures, tax considerations in liquidations and reorganizations, and bankruptcy. Unfortunately, there's increased demand for farm legal information due to low prices in the hog industry and the farm financial crisis in the Red River Valley. To order copies of individual publications or the entire series, contact your county office of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Or, call the Distribution Center at 800-876- 8636, or (612) 624-4900 for local calls. You can also access them on the web at http://www/extension.umn. edu/Documents/D/F/DF7291 .html. Funding for the farm legal series was provided through the Rural Options Task Force, University of Minnesota Extension Service. Monda an. 25th  , +'"" " I I  Per Person I  "  i" in I  |;*., :" I I L !., .i I  '. : I  !:,i".,; OFF SALE SPECIALS ['.i ,r,b Jan. 18-23, 1 999 ,:. I ;,%,, BUD LIGHT BLACK ROOT BE R ':'' ".;! BOTTLES 1.75 liter Mothers, 750ml !; E !,,. ,2PACKS VELVET SCHNAPPS'"';'' :BUST i00l, "'7 65 '15 59 *5 99 ;,,?. %...,...'g rlr., ...... ,.. , ....... ,-,, . ..... ,.,,,oi,.. .'. I I  Cou ires .' i: ii , , TRYUS!II r S.HWY. 15  n EASTHWY. 12 ORTONVILLE, MN MILBANK, SD 97: L J PH. 605"432-4421 " I I I I I I I I I I I I a .bF BLUE MOON DINEII SPECIALS [TUES.,JAN. 19i i s,.00ciA, i I I , 1st Dinner Reg. Price i i 2nd Dinner for $].00 1 i WITH COUPON ONLY I Not redeemable with gift L2ZZ_c2J _2L22v_2m_yLE_L222.. 1 I [ THURS., JAN. 21 EVENING SPECIAL Steak Cubes I st Dinner Reg. Price 2nd Dinner for $ 1.00 """""""""'OU PO N'''''"" WITH COUPON ONLY o*'_ $2.oo Off  Notredeemablewlthgt. " kIL'l i . ['BI'-/_'=uIIII.. certificate or any other coupon F-- II7 r""li'L''' 'q) Family Pizza Large$1.00 PizzaOf* c,,x , , FIESTA ROOM 3 2 5-5 5 5 D ,: N .'t ...... . -. ,..,....,,.,.;,..;... ,.,,- .,, ..., :,...,',.. : Mcmb';:t':n(;'i'l:/SMl; 'h''''ne PnEandCOFFEE, .......... 99 : ' : Friday & Saturl:la PInOsEINC;VE.;N%U;AIyST=RRTaN.GnAC 2 :%7 pMC.am ;r'.::::. BAR SPECIALS " , Old Mdl:caukeLiaht or "--' ' --- ' !!! Open 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM - Food Orders Taken Until II:00 P.M. S. 75 12 OwRT kOlVoo lm 6LI: (0MAI t (71210: )3 08 3}M2 9 3 3 EAST HWY 12 ORTONVILLE, I I VETS CLEB POST #3964 Mcmbers ,%; Guc.sts Wch'omc Ortonville, MN ; Coupon expires 1130199 j I III IIIIIIII Jan. 19,1999 INDEPENDENT Page 7