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Study: Bird Flu’s Economic Impact Above $300M In Minnesota

The discovery of another infected flock of chickens will mean that 2 million birds will have to be destroyed — the latest casualties of the bird flu. Meanwhile, the economic impact of the flu is just beginning to be felt.

05/18/2015

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Report: Minnesota Livestock Producers Had Profitable 2014

Many Minnesota livestock producers enjoyed record profits in 2014 while earnings for crop producers fell for the second straight year, according to a new report that warns both sectors will face tougher times this year.

04/01/2015

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March 31 Farm Bill Crop Program Signup Deadline Approaching

University of Minnesota Extension officials remind farmers and landowners they have until the end of March to make their crop program choices under the 2014 farm bill. The choices are between the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage programs.

03/17/2015

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Lawn Care Tips For Our Early Warmup

It never fails. Those first 60-degree days of the year have people thinking about their lawns and gardens. It just so happens the first 60 degree day of this year came very early.

03/11/2015

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U of M Extension Hosts Seminars On Dairy Program

University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency kick off a series of free seminars across Minnesota next week to help milk producers understand their options under a new federal dairy program.

09/27/2014

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Good Questions: Chip Bags, Mushrooms & Cutting Onions

James from Apple Valley asked: Why are potato chip bags so full of air? Frito-Lay, the largest of the chip makers, says the following: “Our chips are packaged by weight depending on bag size. Prior to sealing, we add air to the bags to cushion the chips and help prevent breakage.”

09/12/2014

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End Of Summer Is Prime Time For Dragonflies

You may have noticed an increase of a certain insect recently. A large number of dragonflies are common during the end of summer, and experts say this year is no exception.

08/18/2014

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Good Question: What Are Chiggers And How Do You Get Them?

You hear people complain about them all the time in the summer: chigger bites. For some people, they are even worse than mosquito bites because more can attack at once and they can leave you itchy for days.

06/25/2014

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Good Question: Why Is Some Grass Greener?

Every spring, as the snow begins to melt, our lawns are usually mushy with brown spots. All of us wonder when they might start to green up. Sam Bauer, a turfgrass specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension, says don’t worry. He expects – with some more rain, sun, time and a little raking – most of the grass should green up later in May.

04/24/2014

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Ask A Minnesota Expert: How To Start Your Dream Garden

A WCCO “Smart Gardens” expert envisions your dream garden and was kind enough to share tips for starting your own dream garden at home.

04/18/2014

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Minnesota Farm Income Dropped 78 Percent In 2013

Lower corn prices fueled a dramatic 78 percent drop in Minnesota farm income last year, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and University of Minnesota Extension.

03/27/2014

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Farm Fields Turn Dry In Central, Eastern Minn.

Cornfields and pastures are drying out in parts of central and eastern Minnesota, and some cattle producers are starting to thin out their herds to cut costs.

08/19/2013

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Minn. Livestock Producers Face Forage Shortage

Minnesota livestock producers could be facing a forage shortage this spring. Experts with University of Minnesota Extension say reports of winter injury and winterkill of alfalfa continue to intensify across parts of southern Minnesota.

05/16/2013