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Farm Storage Facility Loans

FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks.

The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities, floriculture, hops, maple sap, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Qualified facilities include grain bins, hay barns and cold storage facilities for eligible commodities.  

Loans up to $50,000 can be secured by a promissory note/security agreement and loans between $50,000 and $100,000 may require additional security depending on the project. Loans exceeding $100,000 require additional security.

Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply. The loans are designed to assist a diverse range of farming operations, including small and mid-sized businesses, new farmers, operations supplying local food and farmers markets, non-traditional farm products, and underserved producers.

The January interest rates range from 1.875% for a 3 year loan up to 2.375% for a 12 year loan.  

To learn more about the FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan, visit  or contact your local FSA county office.  To find your local FSA county office, visit

Slayton Friends of the Library 2018 Chocolate Affaire

Each year in February the Slayton Friends of the Library holds the Chocolate Affaire, their major fund raising event for the local public library. Last year the funds raised were used for the children’s area at the library. Many wonderful new educational interactive toys and furnishings were added to the children’s area during the year. Here is a list of what was purchased: Puppet Theater, Puppet Tree and Puppets,Tepee, Activity Table, Educational Toys – Monkey Gears, Joy Mags, Wooden Train Set and Scoop Rockers.

This years’ Chocolate Affaire will be held Friday, February 9th at the Dinehart Holt House. For the $6.00 admission fee you may enjoy a variety of chocolate treats, baked goods and candies. There is also a silent auction with a variety of handmade items, baskets, and chocolate items. There will be musical guests performing during the afternoon to add to the festive feel.

The Friends of the Library has decided that the funds from the 2018 Chocolate Affaire will go towards purchasing a Culligan water cooler, a coffee cart and Keurig coffee maker, and a magazine wall rack for starting a community magazine exchange.

If you would like to be involved in the Chocolate Affaire, there are sign up sheets for silent auction items, fudge, and chocolate treats at the Slayton Public Library. Call the library at 836-8778 for more information. We hope to see you at the 2018 Chocolate Affaire!

“Cinderella’s Closet”

Hearts and Hands of Murray County is now collecting gently used prom dresses for our “Cinderella’s Closet” project. These dresses will be used to help provide a special prom experience for young ladies from the MCC and Fulda school districts. 

Dresses can be dropped off at The Plaid Moose in Slayton weekdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. or Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We ask that dresses be modern styles from within the past 5 years that are in good repair and free of stains. We will also accept prom-appropriate shoes and jewelry. Donations will be accepted until Monday, February 19. All donations are tax deductible.

Check out Hearts and Hands of Murray County on Facebook to find out more about us!

Social Media Awareness Parent Education Night

Is your child on social media? Are they glued to a smartphone or tablet? Then you need to come to this presentation because although these can be powerful tools, with great power comes great responsibility! This presentation is called “Social Media Land Mines” because, like with a landmine, you might not see the danger coming until it’s too late.

Parents need to know the latest trends and potential dangers and best practices to help your child navigate around these potential dangers.

For most parents, social media is overwhelming. There are thousands of apps and it’s a moving target; what is popular today is out tomorrow. During this highly interactive presentation you will learn simple techniques and receive powerful resources to help them stay up-to-date with the latest trends and apps to keep your kids safe.

Who Is This For?

Whether you are tech savvy or have no idea what this whole “social media” stuff is about; whether your child is even using social media (yet) or if they are about to graduate high school, this presentation has something for you. You will not only leave this presentation understanding the potential issues, but with a variety of simple tips and tricks to help guide your child and promote responsible posting.

Not Your Typical Speaker!

Get ready to be edutained! Robert Hackenson Jr. is a professional speaker and “edutainer” that infuses lectures with magic and illusions designed to reinforce the lessons. With over a decade of experience speaking to youth, parents, and professionals, he has now spoken in 46 states across the country, several provinces in Canada, and around the world (as far as Australia). His unique skills have also earned him numerous appearances on Fox News, PBS, and several other local media outlets.

Join us on January 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

P.S. Be sure to sign in so your child gets a free homework pass!