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Despite Bird Flu, Minnesota Still Top Turkey Producing StateMinnesota has retained its ranking as the nation's top turkey producing state despite this year's bird flu outbreak. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting that the country will raise 228 million turkeys this year, down 4 percent from the number raised in 2014.
USDA Adds Suffocation To Bird Flu Euthanasia MethodsA new federal bird flu control policy says ventilation systems must be shut off as a means of suffocating entire poultry barns if other methods of euthanasia cannot be completed within 24 hours. It was among several new policies released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.
Grain Surplus, Strong Dollar Could Hamper Record Growing SeasonAs a stiff, southern breeze shimmers a ripening field of soybeans, fall harvest cannot be far behind. This summer's growing season is about as close to perfect as it gets for grain farmers like Bruce Peterson of Northfield.
Minnesota Officials Bracing For Possible 2nd Wave Of Bird FluTop state officials say there's a good chance Minnesota will see another bird flu outbreak.
Minnesota Corn, Soybean Development Ahead Of Last YearAccording to the USDA's weekly crop report Monday, 65 percent of Minnesota's corn acreage was in or beyond dent stage. That's 10 days ahead of last year and six days ahead of the five-year average.
Oscar Meyer Recalls 2M Pounds Of Turkey BaconTwo million pounds of turkey bacon is being recalled over its expiration date. Oscar Meyer is taking three varieties dated between May 31 and August 6 off the shelf.
Using Sweet Grass To Repel MosquitoesThis is the time of year mosquitoes most often transmit the West Nile virus. But there is an all-natural way to prevent mosquito bites by using sweet grass. Native Americans have used sweet grass for centuries for ceremonial purposes and weaving.
USDA Seeking Proposals For Production Of Bird Flu VaccineThe U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking bids from animal health companies for a bird flu vaccine.
Minnesota's Small-Grain Harvest Makes Substantial ProgressMinnesota's small-grain farmers are making substantial harvest progress while the state's corn and soybean crops are in great shape.
1st Restocked Iowa Turkey Farmer Talks Lessons From Bird FluThousands of young turkeys are running around barns on a farm that was the first in Iowa to restock after a bird flu outbreak devastated Midwest flocks.
USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Works On Chickens; Testing On TurkeysScientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.
Minnesota Farmers Welcome Rain As Crop Development AdvancesMinnesota farmers have generally welcomed the recent rain despite high winds and hail in some areas. In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that topsoil moisture supplies are rated 87 percent adequate, 10 percent surplus, and only 3 percent short.