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To Save Bees, Minn. Growers & Gardeners Are Switching Pesticides

A new trend in gardening is generating a buzz. More growers and gardeners are moving away from chemicals and insecticides that are hurting or killing bees.

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Minnesota Beef Producers Reject Check-Off Fee Hike

Minnesota’s beef producers have rejected a proposed increase in the check-off fees they pay for research and promotion. The Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council had asked the state to hold a referendum on increasing the current state check-off by an additional $1 for each animal they sell.

04/02/2014

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Audit: Farm Commodity Councils Need More Oversight

Minnesota’s legislative auditor is calling for greater oversight over the state’s 13 agricultural research and promotional councils, which are funded by millions of dollars in check-off fees that producers pay.

03/21/2014

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March Is Time To Search For Emerald Ash Borer

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.

03/15/2014

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Minnesota Offers Specialty Crop R&D Grants

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.

02/20/2014

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Minnesota Grown Directory Update Coming In April

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.

01/03/2014

Emerald Ash Borer

Minn. Reports Success Against Emerald Ash Borers

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.

12/11/2013

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Best Places For Unique Christmas Ornaments In Minnesota

These five enterprises will give you an edge on shopping for the unique decoration this holiday.

12/10/2013

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Sign-Up Opens For Minn. Livestock Grant Program

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.

12/04/2013

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Minn. Corn Harvest Now Ahead Of Average

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.

11/05/2013

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Minn. Offers Sustainable Farming Grants

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.

10/29/2013

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Minn. Holding Listening Sessions On Nitrogen

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.

09/17/2013

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MN Offering $1M In Grants To Livestock Producers

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.

09/12/2013

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Minn. Officials Link Illnesses To Farm’s Raw Milk

Minnesota health and agriculture officials say at least six illnesses are linked to raw dairy products from a Cambridge area farm.

06/25/2013

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Minn. Dairy Voluntarily Recalls Skim Milk

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.

06/21/2013

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