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4 New York Wildcats Relocated To Minnesota Sanctuary

Four wildcats were relocated after being surrendered by their owner.

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Minnesota Corn, Soybean Development Ahead Of Last Year

According 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.

08/31/2015

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USDA Seeking Proposals For Production Of Bird Flu Vaccine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking bids from animal health companies for a bird flu vaccine.

08/19/2015

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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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Kandiyohi County Hit Hard From Bird Flu Crisis

So far, 97 farms have been affected by the bird flu since the outbreak began in March. Kandiyohi County is ground zero with 37 of those farms. The state announced three new cases of the bird flu today, six new ones were reported yesterday.

05/27/2015

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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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Minnesota Farmers Planting Soybeans At Near-Record Pace

Minnesota farmers are planting soybeans at a near-record pace.

05/11/2015

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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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Baby Food Maker Recalls Products That May Contain Glass

Beech-Nut is recalling nearly a ton of baby food products that may contain small pieces of glass. The USDA says the affected baby food is 4-ounce glass jars of Stage 2 Beech-Nut Classics Sweet Potato and Chicken.

04/16/2015

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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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To Gluten Or Not To Gluten And Why Should I Care?

Confused by Gluten? Feeling like Paleo is the way to go? Or are you just not sure who to believe? You’re not alone. Here’s why I changed my attitude towards food and why you should care!

02/05/2015

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Minnesota Company Recalls Ground Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination.

11/23/2014

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Minnesota Tops Nation In Elk Farming

Minnesota is tops in the nation when it comes to elk farming, but the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association says there’s room for growth. The USDA Census of Agriculture shows that Minnesota leads the U.S. in farmed elk production and is home to 141 elk farms raising more than 4,200 elk.

10/11/2014

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USDA Details New Risk-Based Farm Payment Programs

Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face.

09/25/2014

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Wayzata High School Opts Out Of Federal Lunch Program

Any parent will tell you that trying to get kids to eat healthier is tricky business, particularly for teenagers.

09/09/2014

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US To Spend $328M On Conservation Easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $328 million in funding Monday to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country.

09/08/2014

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USDA Orders Farms To Report Pig Virus Infections

Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. The disease has been blamed for recent increases in bacon and pork prices. Farmers have struggled to control the virus, because little is known about how it spreads and there is not yet a federally approved vaccine.

04/18/2014

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Good Question: Why Are We Drinking Less Milk?

When it comes to milk, Americans are drinking much less than we used to. According to USDA statistics, we drank 0.96 cups of milk a day in 1970. By 2010, that dropped to 0.61 cups.

02/19/2014

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Crop Values Decline On Lower Corn, Soybean Prices

The value of U.S. crops fell 9.8 percent last year as prices declined for major crops, including corn and soybeans, from 2012’s record high levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its annual estimate.

02/17/2014

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Soybeans Rapidly Mature In Minnesota

Soybean maturity has rapidly advanced in Minnesota in the last week, but soybean maturity still lags behind the normal pace.

09/30/2013

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Good Question: Why Is Child Care So Expensive?

We love them to death, but any parent knows, it’s expensive to raise a child. New numbers from the USDA estimate the cost to raise a boy or girl born in 2012 is $241,080 – up 2.6 percent from two years ago.

08/14/2013

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Minn. School’s Adjust To USDA Lunch Guidelines

Minnesota schools are adjusting after the USDA issued new guidelines on the amount of fat and calories contained in snacks made available in lunchrooms.

06/27/2013

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Good Question: What Can You Buy With Food Stamps?

In an average month, 514,900 Minnesotans receive SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. The average monthly payment is $117.26 per person. In a visit to Bergan’s SuperValu, WCCO loaded seven items into a grocery cart – cookies, candy, ice cream, dishwashing detergent, hot macaroni and cheese, dog food and steak – to test shoppers on their knowledge of what’s eligible.

06/19/2013

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USDA: Highest Corn Acreage Since 1936 Expected

Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA’s spring planting survey said Thursday. The survey said the 2013 corn planting forecast is up slightly from last year’s 97.2 million acres.

03/28/2013

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USDA Declares Drought Disaster For Parts Of Minn.

Most Minnesota farmers escaped the worst of the drought, but those who didn’t are eligible for federal loans to help cover crop and livestock losses.

10/26/2012

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