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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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Dayton Proclaims Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

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.

05/21/2013

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Minnesota Begins 2013 Gypsy Moth Trapping Program

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.

05/17/2013

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Minn. Farmer Blames Pesticides For Big Bee Die Off

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.

05/16/2013

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Officials Warn Against Pruning Ash Trees

Minneapolis officials are warning homeowners against pruning their ash trees.

05/03/2013

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Some Sausages From Belgrade Meat Center Recalled

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.

04/03/2013

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Stink Bug Found In Duluth

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.

03/15/2013

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Two Warnings Out For Frozen Pet Food Containing Salmonella

There’s a warning out Tuesday night about two brands of raw pet food.

03/12/2013

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Minnesota Agricultural Exports Hit Record $6.8B

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.

12/12/2012

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Minn. Plots Next Steps In Fight To Stop Tree Pest

Minnesota is plotting its next steps in the fight to stop the spread of emerald ash borers.

11/28/2012

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Minn. Deer Hunters Can Again Donate Venison

Minnesota deer hunters will again be able to donate venison to state food shelves this year.

10/31/2012

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Agriculture Dept. Wins Grant For Food Safety

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is getting federal help to more quickly trace contaminated food to grocery stores and other distribution points.

09/15/2012

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Minn. Offers Flood Aid To Farmers In 15 Counties

Minnesota is offering grants to farmers in 15 counties who suffered losses due to heavy rains and flooding in June.

09/13/2012

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New Basil Fungal Disease Found In Minnesota

Minnesota gardeners who grow basil for cooking should be aware of a new fungal disease that attacks the herb.

09/05/2012

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Coming Up Just Short In The Celebrity Butter Carving Contest

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.

08/30/2012

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Minnesota Apple Crop Arrives Early

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.

08/21/2012

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New Fruit Pest Confirmed In Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed a new fruit pest in the state. It’s the spotted wing drosophila, or SWD. The invasive pest originated in Asia and was first […]

08/15/2012

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Minn. Consumers Warned About Fresh Cilantro

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says consumers should not eat fresh cilantro sold at certain stores because of possible salmonella contamination.

08/09/2012

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Iowa Company Issues 3-State Tomato Recall

An Iowa grower is recalling grape tomatoes distributed in stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan because they may contain salmonella.

08/08/2012

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New Site Links MN Farmers To Drought Information

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has rolled out a new web site providing information and resources to help farmers cope with the drought conditions that are deepening across southern and western Minnesota.

07/27/2012

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Minn. Kicking Off 2012 Agricultural Pest Surveys

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is conducting its annual surveys for new and emerging pests in some of the state’s key crops.

07/14/2012

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ND Creamery Recalls Peppermint Bon Bon Ice Cream

The Cass-Clay Creamery of Fargo, N.D., is voluntarily recalling some brands of peppermint bon bon-flavored ice cream because they may contain eggs that aren’t listed on the label.

07/09/2012

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Flood-Damaged Produce Should Not Be Eaten

Growers and gardeners are being advised that fruit and vegetables that come into contact with flood waters should not be eaten.

06/21/2012

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