Agriculture

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Minnesota Corn, Soybean Development Ahead Of Last Year

According to the USDA’s weekly crop report Monday, 65 percent of Minnesota’s corn acreage was in or beyond dent stage. That’s 10 days ahead of last year and six days ahead of the five-year average.

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Minnesota’s Small-Grain Harvest Makes Substantial Progress

Minnesota’s small-grain farmers are making substantial harvest progress while the state’s corn and soybean crops are in great shape.

08/10/2015

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Farmers Anticipating Bumper Crop Of Sweet Corn

Just the right amount of sun and rain this summer has set up a prime sweet corn crop. Farmers are excited about soil conditions and other factors that have led to what should be a bumper crop for sweet corn.

07/28/2015

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Minnesota Soybean Development Remains Ahead Of Last Year

Minnesota’s soybean and small grains continue developing well ahead of last year’s pace.

07/13/2015

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Wet Weather Hampers Hay Harvest But Good For Soil Moisture

Wet weather and high humidity across North Dakota over the past week has delayed the hay harvest and spraying of newly planted crops. But the Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the precipitation has been good for soil moisture and stock water supplies.

07/07/2015

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Homeowners Begin Cleanup After Massive Fly Infestation

Earlier this month we told you about some Isanti County families who were dealing with a serious fly issue. Homeowners along County Road 42 were dealing with a major fly infestation.

06/29/2015

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Hemp Welcomed Back Into Minnesota Crop Mix On Small Scale

A once-banished crop could soon sprout legally again in select Minnesota farm fields. Minnesota lawmakers have given a small nod to growth of hemp plants that lead to oils, lotions, seeds, rope fibers and other industrial uses.

06/23/2015

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Lawmakers Go Public With Budget Agreements Made In Private

Concrete details about incomplete parts of a new Minnesota government budget are surfacing ahead of a coming special session. An education plan negotiated in private but posted publicly on Friday shows schools are in line for a sizable increase in per-pupil allowances.

06/05/2015

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Minnesota Corn, Soybean Crop Development Ahead Of Average

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 95 percent of Minnesota’s corn crop has emerged. That’s 17 days ahead of last year and 16 days ahead of average.

06/01/2015

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May Economic Report Suggests Slow Growth Ahead In Midwest

Slower economic growth is likely through the end of the third quarter this year for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report issued Monday. The survey report says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 in April.

06/01/2015

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Good Question: What Does CHS Do?

The St. Paul Saints played their first game in their new stadium Thursday: CHS Field. The Inver Grove Heights-based Fortune 500 company bought the naming rights to the ballpark last fall, and acknowledged not many people knew who they are. So, what does CHS, Inc. do?

05/21/2015

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New Buffer Strip Plan Speeds Implementation, Carries Fines

Late changes to a plan seeking stricter rules on buffer zones separating farmland and public waterways speeds the timeline for compliance and carries possible fines of up to $500 for violators.

05/18/2015

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‘Buffer Bully’? Dayton Embraces Title In Clean Water Push

Gov. Mark Dayton has been labeled “the buffer bully” and run into severe resistance with a plan requiring farmers to leave more space between cropland and sensitive waterways.

05/06/2015

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Legislators Rally Around Farmers Hit By Bird Flu In Budget

Minnesota lawmakers are hoping to send more help to turkey farmers and the state as they fight a deadly bird flu outbreak.

05/04/2015

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Iowa Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Response To Bird Flu

A state of emergency was declared Friday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak.

05/01/2015

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Minnesota Spring Planting Continues Ahead Of Average

Despite cool, wet weather, Minnesota farmers are continuing a spring planting pace well ahead of last year and the five-year average.

04/27/2015

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Bird Flu Confirmed At Iowa Farm With 5.3 Million Chickens

Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

04/20/2015

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Good Weather Boosts Minnesota Small Grain Planting

Minnesota farmers have made early strides in planting small grains, thanks to good weather. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers in Minnesota were able to plant over one-third of the expected small grain acreage and over half of the sugar beet acreage during the week ending Sunday.

04/20/2015

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Minnesota Farmers Get Jump On Small Grain Planting

Although only 3.5 days were suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, the U.S. Department of Natural Resources says small grain planting by Minnesota farmers is 3.5 weeks ahead of last year’s pace.

04/13/2015

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Dayton To Visit Worthington, Austin To Tout Buffer Strips

Gov. Mark Dayton will visit Worthington and Austin to promote his proposal to require farmers to leave 50-foot buffer strips along ditches, streams, ponds and lakes to improve water quality and animal habitat.

04/02/2015

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Report: Minnesota Livestock Producers Had Profitable 2014

Many Minnesota livestock producers enjoyed record profits in 2014 while earnings for crop producers fell for the second straight year, according to a new report that warns both sectors will face tougher times this year.

04/01/2015

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March 31 Farm Bill Crop Program Signup Deadline Approaching

University of Minnesota Extension officials remind farmers and landowners they have until the end of March to make their crop program choices under the 2014 farm bill. The choices are between the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage programs.

03/17/2015

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Bill Would Boost Marketing Of Agriculture Exports To Cuba

Seeking to fan agriculture exports to Cuba, a Minnesota House panel took initial steps Tuesday to spend state money on promoting the shipment of goods to the island nation amid improving relations with the United States. The bipartisan bill that the House Agriculture Finance Committee kept in the budget mix would designate $100,000 to promote marketing exports to Cuba.

03/03/2015

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Bill Would Boost Marketing Of Agriculture Exports To Cuba

Talk of a new Minnesota trade mission to Cuba is in the air. The House Agriculture Finance Committee kept a bill in the mix Tuesday that would designate $100,000 to promote agriculture exports to Cuba. Its sponsor says half of that could defray costs from a state trade trip to the island nation.

03/03/2015

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Klobuchar: Cuba Holds Economic Opportunity For Minn.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to lift the Cuba trade embargo. She just got back from a visit to the island country, and at a summit Monday morning in St. Paul, the Democrat talked about how ending the embargo could help farmers and businesses here.

02/23/2015

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