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Minn. Corn, Soybean Planting Way Ahead Of Average

Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on planting corn and soybeans, thanks to warm, dry weather.

05/14/2012

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Good Question: How Important Are Expiration Dates?

The ground beef says “use or freeze by,” the cookies say “best by,” and the cheese says “sell by.” Expiration dates are on almost every product we buy at the grocery store.

04/30/2012

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USDA Closing Minneapolis Office

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is shutting down 259 offices, labs and facilities across the country.

01/10/2012

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Survey Helps Shed Light On Emerald Ash Borer

Triangular, purple kite-like contraptions placed in trees across the country are helping state and federal agriculture officials learn more about a deadly beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada and threatens countless more.

12/23/2011

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USDA Declares 11 Minn. Counties As Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 11 Minnesota counties as disaster areas because of the combined impacts of excessive rain, high heat, strong winds, tornadoes and an early fall frost this year.

10/26/2011

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Renewable Energy Grants Awarded For Minnesota

Twenty-five Minnesota farmers and rural small businesses are getting almost $300,000 in renewable energy grants.

08/18/2011

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USDA Seeks Ways To Boost Farm-To-School Programs

The popularity of farm-to-school programs that put locally grown food on cafeteria trays has exploded in recent years — so much so that the federal agency in charge of school lunches is giving them a new stamp of approval.

07/13/2011

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USDA To Resurvey Farmers In 4 States This Month

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking the unusual step of resurveying corn, soybean and wheat farmers in four states.

07/06/2011

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Good Question: How Do You Eat From The New ‘Food Plate?’

It is the biggest change in the U.S. government’s visual representation of how we should eat — since the last time the government issued a visual representation of how we should eat.

06/02/2011

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USDA Releases New Food Guide Symbol

Move over food guide pyramid and make way for the “My Plate.” The USDA recently revealed their new food nutrition symbol to help encourage healthy eating.

06/02/2011

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Money Cut For Minnesota Wolf Management

Congressional budget cuts could jeopardize a federal program that controls wolves that attack or threaten farm animals or pets in Minnesota.

04/13/2011

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USDA Funds Research On Crops And Climate Change

The federal government is investing $60 million in three major studies on the effects of climate change on crops and forests to help ensure farmers and foresters can continue producing food and timber while trying to limit the impact of a changing environment.

03/21/2011

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School Lunch Standards To Get Major Overhaul

The lunch line at your children’s school could be changing. The government wants schools to dramatically change breakfast and lunch menus.

01/13/2011

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Minnesota Nutritionist Gives ‘A’ To New School Menus

A Minnesota nutrition researcher is giving high marks to the government’s new standards for school lunches.

01/13/2011

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NW Minn. Farmer Pleads Guilty To Lying To USDA

A farmer from northwestern Minnesota has pleaded guilty to lying to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a moldy beans scheme.

01/11/2011

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