Bird Island Man Dies In Farm AccidentOfficials in southwestern Minnesota say a 53-year-old man died Saturday after a tractor tire fell on him in a farming accident.
Turkey Farms Boost Precautions After Deadly Flu Strain FoundMinnesota turkey farmers are boosting protective measures after a lethal strain of bird flu wiped out 15,000 birds in about a week. The H5N2 strain of avian influenza devastated a flock of turkeys at an unidentified Pope County farm. Officials say it's unlikely to infect humans.
Judge Rejects Farm Groups' Lawsuit To Keep EPA Data PrivateA federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by two major farm groups that sought to block the release of data on large livestock farms in Minnesota and Iowa.
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.
Rain Delays Minnesota Farmers Finishing Planting Widespread rain in the past week has delayed Minnesota farmers who are trying to finish planting. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the rain has left soil saturated and stressed crops. Wet fields also are hampering crop spraying and the first cutting of hay.
Another Day In Flood Ravaged Farm Fields For Gov. DaytonGov. Mark Dayton spent another day in waterlogged farm fields in southern Minn. getting a firsthand look at flood damage. . The Governor was on WCCO Radio with Esme Murphy Friday afternoon. "Forty percent of the farm land has been destroyed or damaged. Bridges and culverts wiped out. And of course people are dealing with loss of crops, and livestock," Dayton said. "It's really awful."
Man Killed In Southeastern Minnesota Farm AccidentA man has died in a farm accident near the Dodge Center Municipal Airport. The sheriff's office identified the victim Saturday as William Pohlman of the Wanamingo area. His age was not listed.
Despite Rain, Minnesota Farmers Make Corn Progress Minnesota farmers have been able to make gains planting corn, despite continued wet and cool weather. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 20 percent of Minnesota's corn crop was planted last week.

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