Minnesota Department Of Agriculture
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.
Minneapolis officials are warning homeowners against pruning their ash trees.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to avoid consuming smoked pork and beef pepper sticks produced by Belgrade Meat Center after routine sampling discovered Listeria contamination.
Stink bugs are moving north in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture Friday confirmed the brown marmorated stink bug has been found in Duluth. It’s the first time the invasive pest has been found in St. Louis County.
There’s a warning out Tuesday night about two brands of raw pet food.
Minnesota’s agricultural exports hit a record $6.8 billion last year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says that’s up 13 percent, or about $750 million over the previous year.
Minnesota is plotting its next steps in the fight to stop the spread of emerald ash borers.
Minnesota deer hunters will again be able to donate venison to state food shelves this year.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is getting federal help to more quickly trace contaminated food to grocery stores and other distribution points.
Minnesota is offering grants to farmers in 15 counties who suffered losses due to heavy rains and flooding in June.
Minnesota gardeners who grow basil for cooking should be aware of a new fungal disease that attacks the herb.
The winner of Thursday’s Celebrity Butter Carving Contest at the Minnesota State Fair? WCCO’s very own, Rachel Slavik of course. She effortlessly churned out a replica TV and WCCO 4 logo for the title.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says most varieties are ripening one to two weeks ahead of normal, and many orchards already have early-season varieties such as Zestar for sale.