Farmers Struggling Financially Despite Record Crop YieldsDespite having record numbers in crops, farm income continued to decline last year and reached its lowest point in inflation-adjusted dollars in 20 years.
Sheriff: Man Injured by 1-Ton Bull In Stearns Co.A 73-year-old man was injured by a 2,300-pound bull while trying to load him into a cattle trailer Thursday afternoon in Stearns County. David Hartwig was hurt while loading the bull from the chute at Central Live Stock in Albany Township at about 1:20 p.m., according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.
Minnesota Officials Bracing For Possible 2nd Wave Of Bird FluTop state officials say there's a good chance Minnesota will see another bird flu outbreak.
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.
Walker Declares State Of Emergency Over Bird FluGov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency following an outbreak of the deadly bird flu in Wisconsin.
Police: $70K In Bull Semen Stolen From Minnesota FarmPolice are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota. Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi says a LeRoy man reported Tuesday that a storage canister with vials of bull semen was taken from his unlocked barn.
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.
Number Of Minnesota Farms Declines 8 PercentNew federal data show the number of farms in Minnesota fell 8 percent from 2007 to 2012, while the market value of agricultural products the state's farmers sold increased by 61 percent over the same five-year period.
MPCA Board Considers Feedlot Rule Updates The citizens board that oversees the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is considering a set of updates to the state's environmental rules for livestock feedlots. The board is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to drop a requirement for large feedlots to have water quality permits under the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System if they don't discharge manure into public waters.
Urban Hens Often Abandoned Once Egg-Laying EndsFive chickens live in artist Alicia Rheal's backyard in Madison, Wis., and when they age out of laying eggs, they may become chicken dinner. More old hens are showing up at animal shelters, where workers increasingly respond to reports of abandoned poultry.
Shutdown Cuts Funds To SD Farmers Dealing With 20K+ Cattle DeathTwo 20-foot-deep disposal pits opened in western South Dakota on Monday to help ranchers dispose of tens of thousands of livestock carcasses piling up since an early October blizzard decimated herds. Up to 4 feet of snow fell in the Black Hills area during the storm, killing at least 10,000 to 20,000 head of livestock, state officials say. The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association estimates this part of the state lost at least 5 percent of its cattle, which is mostly raised for beef. Normally, the federal government would provide financial assistance to ranchers in a crisis of this magnitude, but the farm bill expired during the government shutdown.
DNR Offers Livestock Producers Emergency HayingThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering emergency haying for livestock producers because of a hay shortage. State wildlife managers have identified 922 acres on 43 wildlife management areas where emergency haying would benefit wildlife.
Wacky Weather Putting Potential Damper On 4-H CompetitionThe summer fair season has arrived and in the next few weeks, children from around state will bring their livestock to 4-H competitions. Last year, there was concern that the dry weather would have an impact on the size and turnout of livestock during this year's fair season.
Minn. Livestock Producers Face Forage ShortageMinnesota livestock producers could be facing a forage shortage this spring. Experts with University of Minnesota Extension say reports of winter injury and winterkill of alfalfa continue to intensify across parts of southern Minnesota.
Power Outages Tough On SW Minn. Livestock Producers