Iowa Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Response To Bird FluA state of emergency was declared Friday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak.
Minnesota Spring Planting Continues Ahead Of AverageDespite cool, wet weather, Minnesota farmers are continuing a spring planting pace well ahead of last year and the five-year average.
Bird Flu Confirmed At Iowa Farm With 5.3 Million ChickensUp to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.
Good Weather Boosts Minnesota Small Grain PlantingMinnesota farmers have made early strides in planting small grains, thanks to good weather. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers in Minnesota were able to plant over one-third of the expected small grain acreage and over half of the sugar beet acreage during the week ending Sunday.
Minnesota Farmers Get Jump On Small Grain PlantingAlthough only 3.5 days were suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, the U.S. Department of Natural Resources says small grain planting by Minnesota farmers is 3.5 weeks ahead of last year's pace.
Dayton To Visit Worthington, Austin To Tout Buffer StripsGov. Mark Dayton will visit Worthington and Austin to promote his proposal to require farmers to leave 50-foot buffer strips along ditches, streams, ponds and lakes to improve water quality and animal habitat.
Report: Minnesota Livestock Producers Had Profitable 2014Many 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.
March 31 Farm Bill Crop Program Signup Deadline ApproachingUniversity 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.
Bill Would Boost Marketing Of Agriculture Exports To CubaSeeking to fan agriculture exports to Cuba, a Minnesota House panel took initial steps Tuesday to spend state money on promoting the shipment of goods to the island nation amid improving relations with the United States. The bipartisan bill that the House Agriculture Finance Committee kept in the budget mix would designate $100,000 to promote marketing exports to Cuba.
Bill Would Boost Marketing Of Agriculture Exports To CubaTalk of a new Minnesota trade mission to Cuba is in the air. The House Agriculture Finance Committee kept a bill in the mix Tuesday that would designate $100,000 to promote agriculture exports to Cuba. Its sponsor says half of that could defray costs from a state trade trip to the island nation.
Klobuchar: Cuba Holds Economic Opportunity For Minn.Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to lift the Cuba trade embargo. She just got back from a visit to the island country, and at a summit Monday morning in St. Paul, the Democrat talked about how ending the embargo could help farmers and businesses here.
Vilsack Visits Minnesota To Talk About Export OpportunitiesU.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Minnesota to discuss efforts to expand trade. Vilsack will meet Friday in St. Paul with officials from the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council and other business leaders to talk about increasing exports as a strategy for creating job opportunities in Minnesota.
Farm Rescue Accepting Applications For Spring Planting HelpThe nonprofit Farm Rescue is accepting applications from farmers who need help with spring planting.
Minnesota To Get $9M For Agricultural Water Quality ProgramMinnesota 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.
Seed Libraries Struggle With State Laws Limiting ExchangesGardeners at hundreds of spots around the country are sharing seeds as part of an increasing interest in locally grown food, but some agriculture officials say the well-meaning effort violates state laws.