US Expects To Pay Farmers $191 Million For Birds Lost To FluThe U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.
Farmers Restocking Their Flocks As Bird Flu Winds DownMidwest poultry producers are growing turkeys again. Minnesota lost 9 million turkeys and chickens to bird flu. Now, 37 of its farms have been cleared to restock.
Good Question: What Does CHS Do?The St. Paul Saints played their first game in their new stadium Thursday: CHS Field. The Inver Grove Heights-based Fortune 500 company bought the naming rights to the ballpark last fall, and acknowledged not many people knew who they are. So, what does CHS, Inc. do?
New Buffer Strip Plan Speeds Implementation, Carries FinesLate changes to a plan seeking stricter rules on buffer zones separating farmland and public waterways speeds the timeline for compliance and carries possible fines of up to $500 for violators.
Minnesota Farmers Planting Soybeans At Near-Record PaceMinnesota farmers are planting soybeans at a near-record pace.
'Buffer Bully'? Dayton Embraces Title In Clean Water PushGov. Mark Dayton has been labeled "the buffer bully" and run into severe resistance with a plan requiring farmers to leave more space between cropland and sensitive waterways.
Dry Spring Has Farmers Ahead Of ScheduleDry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.
Minnesota Turkey Farmer Shares Story Of Stress, HopeMinnesota turkey farmers are on edge, trying to stop the spread of an avian flu that's killed millions of birds. Scott Heymer is the owner of Red Bridge Farms in Princeton. He's been in the turkey business for nearly 40 years, with about 60,000 turkeys on his farm
Dayton Outlines Possible Loan Program For Turkey FarmersGov. Mark Dayton says the state may set up a low-interest loan program for farmers hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Fifty-six farms had been hit with the virus as of Tuesday, costing farmers more than 3.3 million birds.
Sen. Klobuchar Seeks Broader Compensation For Poultry FarmersU.S. Senator Klobuchar met with poultry producers Monday morning in Litchfield. She says some producers have lost everything all in one week. Klobuchar said it was very emotional with several of them breaking down.
Gov. Dayton Declares State Of Emergency Over Bird FluMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that's killed millions of birds in the state's poultry industry. The governor's order activates an emergency operations plan to support the state response to the epidemic.
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.
Minnesota Farmers Expect To Plant Record Soybean AcreageMinnesota farmers plan to plant a record amount of soybeans this spring, as well as more corn than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota soybean producers expect to plant 7.5 million acres of soybeans, compared with 7.35 million acres last year. That's in line with national projections for record high soybean acreage this year.
Legislators Look At Tougher Requirements To Protect HabitatThe Minnesota Legislature is beginning its consideration of Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal for stronger requirements that farmers leave buffer strips along drainage ditches and other waters.
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.