Agriculture

U Of M Gets $25K Grant To Fund Beekeeping TeamNorth Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded nearly $110,000 in grants for five honey bee projects. The largest grant is nearly $27,000 to the North Dakota Beekeeper's Association for promotion, outreach and education.
Minnesota AG Commissioner Reflects On Trip To CubaMinnesota's Commissioner of Agriculture, Dave Frederickson, admits he was a little apprehensive going to back to Cuba. The last time he was there, he was in the service.
Finding Minnesota: Red Wing Man's Model Tractors Show Decades Of Skill, ArtistryPete Freiheit was a farm kid who developed a love for history -- most of all the tractors used on his farm. So he started tinkering with some tools and built a few model tractors -- thousands of them, actually.
Dayton Announces Statewide Water Quality SummitGov. Mark Dayton has announced plans to convene a statewide water quality summit in February. Dayton announced the summit Saturday at annual meetings of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union.
USDA Forecasts Record Corn, Soybean Crops In MinnesotaWith Minnesota's fall harvest nearly over, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has boosted forecasts for what were already expected to be record corn and soybean crops.
About 2,000 Have Filed Suits Against SyngentaAbout 2,000 farmers, grain handlers and corn exporters have filed lawsuits against Swiss biotechnology company Syngenta now that a federal judge has ruled their cases have merit to move forward.
30-Day Comment Period On Wild Rice Standards Now OpenThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has opened a 30-day public comment period on proposed changes to the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice. State law currently limits discharges of sulfates into wild rice waters to 10 milligrams per liter.
Minnesota Propane Supplies Should Be Adequate This WinterMinnesota propane supplies are expected to be adequate this winter, easing any concerns about a repeat of the shortages that hit much of the Midwest in 2013-14. The Energy Information Administration said Monday that U.S. propane inventories are at an all-time high.
Taiwan To Spend $2.4 Billion On MN Exports Through 2017Minnesota has forged a multi-billion dollar partnership with Taiwan, as Taiwanese trade officials and business leaders signed agreement letters to buy agricultural products from Minnesota farmers.
Pumpkin At Wisconsin Festival Named Biggest In North AmericaThe massive pumpkin broke a record at the Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival. It weighed in at more than 2,000 pounds and is now the biggest pumpkin of record in North America.
Report Says Mississippi River Commerce Worth $400 BillionA report released at a gathering of mayors in Dubuque finds that commerce along the Mississippi River generates more than $400 billion and supports 1.3 million jobs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinated the report, which was released Wednesday at a gathering of more than two dozen mayors in Dubuque.
Minnesota Corn, Soybean Development Ahead Of Last YearAccording 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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