Minnesota Department Of Agriculture
As spring approaches, bug experts say now is the best time for Minnesotans to look for signs of emerald ash borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges homeowners to search their ash trees for potential infestations, especially those in and near the quarantined counties of Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston and Winona. Entomologist Mark Abrahamson says it’s an ideal time for homeowners to go into their yards and look.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is looking for innovative grant proposals for specialty crop research and development. The department says it expects to get the money from a federal block grant authorized under the 2014 farm bill.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is updating its annual Minnesota Grown directory of farms and farmers markets. The 2013 edition listed 970 farmers and farmers markets. Producers who grow or raise products to sell directly to consumers are eligible to be included.
Minnesota officials reported success Wednesday in the battle to slow the spread of emerald ash borers, saying stingless wasps released in Great River Bluffs State Park near Winona two years ago are reproducing, which is evidence they’re attacking the destructive tree pests.
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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is making $1 million in grant funding available to livestock producers for on-farm improvements that help them stay competitive.
Minnesota’s corn harvest is now ahead of the five-year average for the first time this season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers were able to harvest 25 percent of their corn for grain in the week ending Sunday.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is making grants available for innovations in sustainable farming. The Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program has $250,000 that it plans to award next year for on-farm sustainable agriculture research or demonstration projects.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is hosting a series of public listening sessions on proposed revisions to the state’s Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan. The plan is a blueprint for prevention or minimization of the impacts of nitrogen fertilizer on groundwater in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is urging livestock farmers to apply now to take advantage of $1 million available for Livestock Investment Grants. The program helps eligible producers offset the costs of on-farm improvements.
Minnesota health and agriculture officials say at least six illnesses are linked to raw dairy products from a Cambridge area farm.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer advisory for some skim milk produced by a Forest Lake dairy. The department says consumers should avoid drinking Autumnwood Farm brand skim milk in one-half-gallon glass bottles with a sell-by date of June 24. A routine inspection found the milk had not been properly pasteurized.
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed this week Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Minnesota. The designation is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the destructive nature of the tree pests, and to spread the word about the “three P’s of EAB” — Prepare, Protect, and Plant.
Officials will set more than 14,000 gypsy moth traps across Minnesota this spring as part of the state’s annual monitoring program for the destructive tree pest. Gypsy moth caterpillars eat the leaves of many trees and shrubs. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says they favor oak, poplar, birch and willow.
As farmers get underway with their spring planting, some bee farmers in Minnesota are already counting their losses. In the last couple days one major producer reported that thousands of honey bees suddenly died.