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MINNWEST BAN K Ih from 2005-2008. Minnesota is the fifth largest dairy the U.S. for Minnesota's corn and soybean crops. In 2008, dairy production consumed 44 million bushels of corn, about four percent of Minnesota's total corn crop. Dairy production also consumed 141,600 tons of soybean meal in 2008, about 15 percent of total soybean meal fed to all livestock. As part of her ongoing efforts to help Minnesota's farmers, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will enact measures to help financially-stressed dairy farmers struggling with a drop- off in international demand and subsidized prices in many countries. In the past few weeks, Klobuchar has been in contact with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative concerning dairy farmers' situation. These measures build on steps Klobuchar announced in March: After speaking with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Klobuchar announced that the USDA would launch a program to purchase dairy products from the. market and provide them to food shelf programs in order to stabilize prices and boost domestic demand. "We've provided immediate and targeted support to stabilize prices domestically, now we need to ensure a level playing field for our dairy farmers as they continue to deal with international market forces that are beyond their control," said Klobuchar. "Farmers are especially vulnerable during these tough economic times and Secretary Vilsack's actions today will help protect our family farmers." The newly enacted program allows allocations under USDA's Dairy Export Incentive Program for the July 2008 through June 30, 2009 period, as allowed under the rules of the World Trade Organization. The allocations, available through the Invitations for Offers, will include: 68,201 metric tons of nonfat dry milk; 21,097 metric tons of butterfat; 3,030 metric tons of various cheeses and 34 metric tons of other dairy products. The program is designed to help dairy exporters compete with world prices while encouraging competition in international markets in which dairy prices are kept artificially low through subsidies. So during June Dairy month, we salute our dairy farmers in Big Stone County. Future. Communications. Today. Our thanks to the American Farmers! Chokio, MN 56221 Phone (320) 324-7111 Phone 320-839-2861 OR Toll Free 1-800-368-3310 I " FEED I !. AGRONOMY ,iDIJ l 31mWa J :zllI I I /m--/l/HWd I I ORTONVILLE,| biorefining P.O. BOX 356 48416 - 144TH STREET - BIG STONE CITY, SD 57216 PHONE 605.862.7902 FAX 605.862.7904 J SALES & SERVICE Auto Sales Full Service Mechanic Work Body Shop Auto Parts Tire Sales Kevin Backstrand Ortonville, MN P.O, 98 - Big City, SD 57216 erican FarmeH Colleen & Gayle Hedge, Owners 0 JOHN DEERE SERVING FARMERS' NEEDS FOR OVER 50 YEARS 609 Hay. 75 North * Wheaton, MN 56296 Phone 320-563-8112 Toll Free 800-950-4417 n~KI LENDER Member FDIC Minnwest Bank 21 SE Second St. P.O. Box 128 Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2568 r I LOCAL SUPPORT AND INSTALLATION! ~ Commercial and Residential ~ Peace of mind for your home or business Cameras Burglar es at i !ii i i ii i i iiiil i i!i ii i lii i i i i ill! il i i i ill i ii: i i !ii i? ii ii!' . 74S !ii ;iii ii! i; i !i i !! iil172 iii; iiiiii ili iiii !!ii i il i i !i!il i i i ii ii iii i i! i i i! !ii !ilii' !i!i i i ii!i I i iiiiiiiii;iiiiii;i;iiiiiiiiijii1 iSi :#":: :. :::i!! ii i:: : iiiiiiii /,iiii #: ,iii': ,iii ~iiiiiiii!ii~iii!~i~i~i~!!!~iiiiii~i!!~!i!~!~!!!i~i~(~i~!~!!!i~!~ii~;iii~;~;~i!iiiiiiiiiiii7ii4~iii!iiiiiii~!!i7i2i~ :/~ii~iii!'~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i'iiiiiiiii!!iiii!i!ii~,l RR2 " GRACEVILLE, MN Chuck Bauer 800-930-0713 (mobile) Rick Gilsdorf 800-620-2983 (mobile) Jeff Taffe 888-394-0650 (mobile) armers - For All Your Farm Supplies. - ;P, JJN DEI= r. 568-2127 AGRONOMY DEPT. 568-2216 PETROLEUM DEPT 568-2126 BOX 337 BELLINGHAM, MINNESOTA I