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Minnesota Research Aims At Mountain Pine Beetles

The mountain pine beetle has devastated huge swaths of forest in the Rockies, and scientists fear the insects could threaten the majestic pines of Minnesota and states farther east someday.

11/23/2014

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Minnesota’s Gypsy Moth Population Drops

At least something good came out of the bitter cold of last winter — Minnesota’s gypsy moth population is down. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says its traps captured around 500 gypsy moths around the state this year.

11/19/2014

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Minnesota Makes Grants Available For Crop Research

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is making $1.7 million in competitive grants available for applied crop research. The department says the research needs to focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity and value.

10/15/2014

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Pesticide Collection Program Makes Gains In 2014

An effort by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has kept 58,000 pounds of unwanted and unused pesticides out of the environment.

09/23/2014

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Ash Borer Infestation Found In Olmsted County

Minnesota officials have confirmed trees in Olmsted County are infested with the destructive emerald ash borer. The state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the county will join Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey and Winona counties in a state and federal quarantine to prevent the infestation from spreading.

08/21/2014

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2 More E. Coli Cases Confirmed In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health says two more cases of E. coli infection have been confirmed in the state. The department said Thursday it has been able to interview 14 of the 15 cases. Through the interviews, investigators confirmed that 12 of the ill people ate at an Applebee’s restaurant in Minnesota between June 23 and June 29.

07/17/2014

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Report: Rail Delays Cost Minnesota Farmers

A new report estimates that delays in railroad shipping have cost Minnesota corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $100 million. The report was released Thursday at a conference in Alexandria organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Edward Usset of the University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management estimates rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million from March to May. He puts the losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers and $8.5 million for wheat growers.

07/10/2014

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Gypsy Moth Quarantine Imposed In NE Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has imposed the state’s first quarantine for gypsy moths. The quarantine affects Lake and Cook counties in far northeastern Minnesota. It took effect Tuesday.

07/01/2014

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Minnesota Strawberries Running Late By 2 Weeks

The long, cool spring is expected to delay Minnesota’s strawberry season by up to two weeks this year. However, the state Agriculture Department says Minnesota strawberry producers are forecasting a large, healthy crop.

06/17/2014

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Gypsy Moth Spraying Set For Duluth

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is preparing to treat about 1,200 acres in Duluth to slow the spread of a gypsy moth infestation. Depending on the weather, officials are set to conduct the treatment on Thursday.

06/06/2014

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Minnesota Company Recalls Some Cheese, Salsa

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says consumers should avoid eating certain cheese and salsa produced by Coon Rapids-based Parkers Farm Acquisition because of possible listeria contamination.

06/05/2014

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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.

04/18/2014

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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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