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Thanksgiving Turkey Prices Impacted By Bird FluSo much of the turkey talk this year has been about the bird flu. Minnesota was one of a handful of states that saw an epidemic that wiped out millions of turkeys.
Wholesale Price Of Fresh Turkeys Up This Thanksgiving, But Not DrasticallyBird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop. Yet Thanksgiving groceries likely won't cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods.
Austin Pork Processor Disciplines 2 Employees After Undercover Video ReleasedAn animal welfare group has released an undercover video that it says shows cruel treatment of pigs at a Minnesota slaughterhouse that supplies Hormel Foods Corp.
USDA Forecasts Record Corn, Soybean Crops In MinnesotaWith Minnesota's fall harvest nearly over, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has boosted forecasts for what were already expected to be record corn and soybean crops.
Corn Harvest 96 Percent Complete, Well Ahead Of 2014 PaceIn its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the state's corn harvest advanced to 96 percent complete from 91 percent a week earlier.
Federal Bee Researcher Says He's Getting Punished For Pesticide StudyA federal scientist says he was punished for publicizing research showing a link between pesticides and the decline in bees and other pollinators.
Minnesota Farmers Making Good Progress On Corn HarvestDespite a week of having the fewest days suitable for fieldwork in a month, Minnesota farmers continue making progress in the harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in the weekly Minnesota crop report only 5.3 days were suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday.
Corn Harvest Ahead Of Normal In MinnesotaMinnesota farmers took advantage of ideal weather last week to double their progress in harvesting corn. According to the USDA's weekly crop report, Minnesota saw 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.
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.
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