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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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Bird Flu Appears At 5th Minnesota Turkey Farm

Another Minnesota turkey farm is dealing with an outbreak of the bird flu.

State officials confirm a farm in Stearns County found the H5N2 strain of avian influenza, making it the fifth commercial turkey grower to be hit with the virus.

04/03/2015

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Deadly Bird Flu Shows Up On 5th Minnesota Farm

Officials say a bird flu strain that’s deadly to poultry has been confirmed on a fifth turkey farm in Minnesota. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 strain in a flock of 71,000 turkeys in Stearns County.

04/02/2015

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Minnesota Farmers Expect To Plant Record Soybean Acreage

Minnesota farmers plan to plant a record amount of soybeans this spring, as well as more corn than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota soybean producers expect to plant 7.5 million acres of soybeans, compared with 7.35 million acres last year. That’s in line with national projections for record high soybean acreage this year.

03/31/2015

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USDA, Minnesota Agree To Provide $220K For Wolf Control

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Minnesota have agreed on a plan to provide $220,000 to control gray wolves that prey on livestock. The announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. The Minnesota Democrat calls it welcome news for farmers and ranchers who haven’t been allowed to shoot or trap wolves that threaten their livestock since a federal judge in December put wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan back on the endangered list.

03/18/2015

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Serious Strain Of Bird Flu Found In Minnesota Turkey Flock

Federal officials say a serious strain of bird flu has been found in a Minnesota commercial turkey flock. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the finding in Pope County, in western Minnesota, is the first appearance of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain in the Mississippi flyway.

03/05/2015

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Minnesota To Get $9M For Agricultural Water Quality Program

Minnesota will get $9 million under an initiative announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. The agency has approved 115 proposals nationwide for the first round of funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was part of the 2014 farm bill.

01/14/2015

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$372.5M In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation Projects

Projects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations.

01/14/2015

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USDA: Minnesota Corn Production Slips In 2014

Minnesota’s corn harvest in 2014 slipped from the previous year, but soybean production was up. Updated estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday say Minnesota’s corn production was 1.18 billion bushels.

01/12/2015

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US Farmers Produce Bountiful Crop Of Dry Beans

U.S. farmers produced a bountiful crop of dry beans this year, but any potential savings for consumers might be gobbled up by freight problems in the Northern Plains, where much of the crop is grown.

12/19/2014

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Snow, Cold Hamper Minnesota Harvest Wrap-Up

Freezing temperatures and snow have hampered Minnesota farmers as they try to finish the fall harvest. In its final weekly crop report of the season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers in the state had only two days suitable for fieldwork in the week that ended Sunday.

11/24/2014

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Snowstorm Halts Corn Harvest For Some Farmers

Minnesota farmers are nearing the end of the corn and sunflower harvests, but last week’s snowstorm halted the harvest for some farmers.

11/17/2014

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Snow Could Reduce Corn Harvest In Upper Midwest

The season’s first snowstorm could be bad news for farmers in the Upper Midwest where corn remains in fields.

11/10/2014

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Chicken Kiev Linked To Minnesota Outbreak Recalled

Federal authorities say a Chicago company has recalled nearly 29,000 pounds of chicken Kiev products linked to a salmonella outbreak in Minnesota.

10/25/2014

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Minnesota Crop Projections Slip From Last Forecast

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are still expected to harvest more corn than last year, but not quite as much as the government forecast a month ago. Updated estimates from the U.S. Department […]

10/10/2014

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Freeze Could End Growing Season For Immature Crops

A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region’s corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest.

10/04/2014

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Ag Secretary To Talk Up Farm Programs In Minnesota

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit the University of Minnesota to talk about new programs for farmers. The USDA says Vilsack will appear on the St. Paul campus Thursday to announce new initiatives to help farmers across the country better manage their risks.

09/25/2014

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Minnesota Spring Wheat Harvest Nearly Complete

Minnesota’s spring wheat harvest is nearly complete but is still about 10 days behind the average pace.

09/22/2014

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Minnesota Corn Crop Should Be Larger Than Expected

Minnesota’s corn crop should be larger than first expected. But while the U.S. Department of Agriculture says record yields will be set in 18 states, Minnesota isn’t one of them.

09/12/2014

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