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Honey & Bees At The Minnesota State Fair

USDA To Spend $4M On Honey Bee Aid In 5 States

The federal government this fiscal year is providing $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help Midwestern farmers and ranchers improve the health of honeybees.

10/29/2014

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USDA Details New Risk-Based Farm Payment Programs

Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face.

09/25/2014

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Franken Hosts US Ag Secretary In Minnesota

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is hoping for an election-season bump on an issue he’s tried to build into a cornerstone of his campaign: agriculture.

09/25/2014

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Vilsack To Launch Minn. Farm Water Quality Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Minnesota to launch a new pilot project offering farmers incentives to take steps to reduce water pollution from their operations. The USDA describes the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program as the first of its type in the nation.

06/10/2013

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Federal Official Promises To Fund Wolf Trapping

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says federal officials have pledged money to restart the wolf trapping program in Minnesota.

10/05/2011

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Wetlands Initiative Aimed At Valley Flood Control

The federal Agriculture Department is making up to $10 million available to enroll land in the Red River Valley watershed into its Wetlands Reserve Program.

04/21/2011

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USDA Chief Defends Ethanol Subsidies In Minn.

Ending current subsidies for the corn ethanol industry would cost jobs and make America more dependent on foreign oil, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.

04/21/2011

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