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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Works On Chickens; Testing On Turkeys

Scientists 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.

07/22/2015

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Minnesota Farmers Welcome Rain As Crop Development Advances

Minnesota 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.

07/20/2015

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Aspen Foods Recalls Nearly 2 Million Pounds Of Chicken

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois-based Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of raw, frozen chicken products over concerns they might be contaminated with salmonella.

07/17/2015

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Minnesota Soybean Development Remains Ahead Of Last Year

Minnesota’s soybean and small grains continue developing well ahead of last year’s pace.

07/13/2015

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Federal Gov’t To Step Up Bird Flu Monitoring This Fall

The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

07/02/2015

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Meat Prices Fluxuating With Father’s Day, Fourth Of July Ahead

If you’re going to be grilling out as we officially start summer on Father’s Day or are getting ready for the Fourth of July, expect certain meats to be more expensive.

06/18/2015

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Rain, Wet Fields Hamper Alfalfa Hay Harvest In Minnesota

Rain and wet fields have slowed the alfalfa hay harvest and crop spraying in Minnesota.

06/08/2015

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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Not Good Enough For Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a bird flu vaccine doesn’t work well enough to approve it for emergency use against the current outbreak that’s shaken the Midwest poultry industry.

06/03/2015

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Minnesota Corn, Soybean Crop Development Ahead Of Average

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 95 percent of Minnesota’s corn crop has emerged. That’s 17 days ahead of last year and 16 days ahead of average.

06/01/2015

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Egg, Turkey Meat Prices Begin To Rise As Bird Flu Spreads

Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there’s no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.

05/12/2015

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1 New Case Of Bird Flu Reported At A Minnesota Turkey Farm

One new Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by bird flu, raising the state’s total to 85 since the outbreaks were first confirmed in early March. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the latest case is in Swift County.

05/11/2015

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Top Vet: Bird Flu May Be Spreading Farm To Farm In Minnesota

Minnesota’s state veterinarian suggested Wednesday that bird flu may be spreading from farm-to-farm in the state’s top turkey-growing counties, a possibility they downplayed in the early days of the outbreak.

05/06/2015

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Minnesota Spring Planting Continues Ahead Of Average

Despite cool, wet weather, Minnesota farmers are continuing a spring planting pace well ahead of last year and the five-year average.

04/27/2015

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An Explanation Of Wild Birds’ Role In Avian Flu Outbreak

Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States, with the virus confirmed in the animals in 10 states. Here are some questions and answers about how wild birds remain healthy even when carrying the virus and spread it to backyard and commercial flocks of chickens and turkeys.

04/27/2015

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Bird Flu Hits 13 More Minnesota Farms With Over 430K Turkeys

The number of Minnesota farms hit by bird flu outbreaks has taken a big jump — 13 new farms with over 430,000 turkeys. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an update Wednesday evening that the farms with newly confirmed H5N2 infections are all in counties where other farms had been affected earlier.

04/22/2015

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With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts On Potential Vaccine

As losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak.

04/22/2015

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Bird Flu Takes Biggest Toll Yet As Virus Hits Chicken Farms

Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held more than 5 percent of the state’s egg-laying chickens.

04/21/2015

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Good Weather Boosts Minnesota Small Grain Planting

Minnesota farmers have made early strides in planting small grains, thanks to good weather. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers in Minnesota were able to plant over one-third of the expected small grain acreage and over half of the sugar beet acreage during the week ending Sunday.

04/20/2015

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Wisconsin Records 1st Outbreak Of H5N2 Bird Flu Strain

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird flu strain that has struck several other Midwest states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it has confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain in a commercial flock of 200,000 chickens in Jefferson County of southeastern Wisconsin.

04/13/2015

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Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed At 13th Minnesota Turkey Farm

Authorities have confirmed another bird flu outbreak at a Minnesota turkey farm, raising the state’s total to 14 affected farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the latest case is a commercial turkey flock with 38,000 birds in Kandiyohi County.

04/11/2015

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2 More South Dakota Farms Confirmed With Deadly Bird Flu

Federal officials say a deadly strain of bird flu has been confirmed at two more South Dakota farms, condemning about 100,000 more turkeys to destruction and raising the number of affected Midwest farms to 22. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said late Friday that a flock of 53,000 turkeys at a farm in McCook County and 46,000 turkeys at a farm in McPherson County are infected.

04/11/2015

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Bird Flu Confirmed At 4 More Minnesota Turkey Farms

State and federal authorities have confirmed outbreaks of a deadly form of bird flu at four more turkey farms in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected in the state to 13. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the new cases are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties.

04/10/2015

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Jennie-O Turkey Farm In Minnesota Hit By Deadly Bird Flu

Federal authorities have now confirmed that a ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry.

04/08/2015

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Good Question: What Does Organic Actually Mean?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture started regulating the use of the word “organic” on foods in 2002. Since then, there’s been huge growth in that category. Grocery stores like Kowalski’s say they’ve seen double-digit growth in demand for organics every year in the past decade.

04/07/2015

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Bird Flu Hits 2nd Farm In Minnesota’s Top Turkey County

A second turkey farm in Minnesota’s top turkey producing county has been hit by an outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain, raising the number of outbreaks across the state to eight.

04/07/2015

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