Agriculture

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Rybak To Sign Amendment To Expand Urban Farming

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is expected to sign an amendment that will make it easier to grow and sell fresh food in the city.

04/02/2012

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Klobuchar Staffers Hold Meetings On 2012 Farm Bill

Staffers for Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be holding a series of regional meetings this week to get public input on the 2012 Farm Bill.

03/20/2012

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‘U’ Honors 3 For Excellence In Agriculture

The University of Minnesota on Thursday awarded its annual Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture to a longtime state agriculture commissioner, an economist who works to improve agricultural productivity around the world, and a wheat farmer with a long record of community service.

03/08/2012

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Animal Agriculture Worth $8 Billion To Minnesota

As farmers across the county mark National Agriculture Day on Thursday, the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council is sharing new data on the importance of agriculture to Minnesota.

03/08/2012

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Upper Midwest Winter Wheat Lacks Snow, Still OK

The lack of snow in the Upper Midwest is causing some concern among winter wheat farmers.

02/20/2012

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Farmers In Midwest Warned To Buy Crop Insurance

A relatively snow-free winter in the Upper Midwest has some officials worried about damage to agriculture if the dry weather persists into spring planting.

02/17/2012

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USDA Closing Minneapolis Office

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is shutting down 259 offices, labs and facilities across the country.

01/10/2012

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More Young People See Opportunity In Farming

A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas.

12/21/2011

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Minn. Farmer To Testify On MF Global Collapse

A Minnesota farmer told a Senate panel Tuesday he wants to know what became of $253,000 of his money that’s gone missing in the collapse of commodities trading firm MF Global Inc.

12/13/2011

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Organic Food And Farming Leader To Speak At ‘U’

A national leader in the organic food and farming movement will speak at the University of Minnesota about water and the challenges facing agriculture.

11/09/2011

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USDA Declares 11 Minn. Counties As Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 11 Minnesota counties as disaster areas because of the combined impacts of excessive rain, high heat, strong winds, tornadoes and an early fall frost this year.

10/26/2011

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Milk Output In Minn., Wis. Hints At Positive Trend

Wisconsin’s dairy industry is continuing a modest turn-around in production, and Minnesota is inching closer to its own positive reversal.

10/25/2011

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Despite Rain Break, Minn. Rapid Harvest Continues

Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on harvesting, despite a brief rainfall interruption.

10/17/2011

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New Afghan Deployment About Farming, Not Fighting

For the past 10 years America’s military mission in Afghanistan has targeted the Taliban and terrorists. But on Friday, 22 Minnesota National Guard soldiers will begin a much different tactic. They’re being sent to the dusty fields of the high Afghan desert.

09/27/2011

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Storms Affect Minn. Farming As Dry Stretch Ends

Last week’s storms ended Minnesota’s longest stretch of dry weather this summer, and it’s having an impact on Minnesota agriculture.

07/18/2011

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Minnesota Agriculture Exports Up $900 Million

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports that Minnesota exported $900 million more in agricultural products in 2010 than the year before.

07/08/2011

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State Sets 1Q Export Record

Minnesota exports set a first-quarter record with $4.8 billion in goods shipped out of the state.

06/30/2011

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Agriculture Colleges, Extension Get Budget Squeeze

As university budgets take a beating across the country, agricultural schools and extension programs are feeling the impact.

06/27/2011

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Minn. Senate Confirms Agriculture Commissioner

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed David Frederickson to serve as state agriculture commissioner in the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton. The GOP-controlled Senate on Monday approved by voice vote the Democratic […]

05/16/2011

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Event Looks At Water, Agriculture In 21st Century

The intersection of water and agriculture in the 21st century is taking center stage at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.

05/06/2011

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Landscaping Plants Not Always Fit For Minn.

Minnesota officials advise consumers to check for health and hardiness when buying trees, shrubs and other landscaping plants.

04/28/2011

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‘U’ To Mark 2nd Agriculture Awareness Day

Cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and sheep will be visiting the heart of an urban college campus.

04/19/2011

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Cold, Wet Keep Minn. Farmers From Spring Planting

Cold and wet conditions from the fourth snowiest winter on record are keeping Minnesota farmers from getting going on spring planting.

04/18/2011

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High Soil Moisture Delays Minn. Farm Fieldwork

The high soil moisture that’s contributing to flooding across Minnesota is keeping farmers from getting started on fieldwork.

04/11/2011

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Farm Subsidies Face $30B Hit Under GOP Budget Plan

The Republican head of the House Budget Committee has proposed cutting agriculture subsidies by $30 billion over the next 10 years as part of a broad effort to slash federal spending, but it remains to be seen whether his ideas will be incorporated in legislation that sets funding for agriculture programs.

04/11/2011

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