Minnesota Reports 2 New Presumptive Bird Flu CasesThe Minnesota Board of Animal Health says two more Minnesota turkey flocks have tested presumptive for bird flu.
State, Federal Agencies Plan Forums On Predator CompensationThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the federal Farm Service Agency will host a series of town hall meetings in northern Minnesota to explain state and federal programs that compensate farmers for livestock losses due to wolves, raptors and weather.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Anoka County City Of Ham LakeThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed an emerald ash borer infestation in Anoka County. It says the destructive tree pest was found in an ash tree on private property in the city of Ham Lake.
Minnesota Research Aims At Mountain Pine BeetlesThe mountain pine beetle has devastated huge swaths of forest in the Rockies, and scientists fear the insects could threaten the majestic pines of Minnesota and states farther east someday.
Minnesota's Gypsy Moth Population DropsAt least something good came out of the bitter cold of last winter -- Minnesota's gypsy moth population is down. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says its traps captured around 500 gypsy moths around the state this year.
Minnesota Makes Grants Available For Crop ResearchThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture is making $1.7 million in competitive grants available for applied crop research. The department says the research needs to focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity and value.
Pesticide Collection Program Makes Gains In 2014 An effort by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has kept 58,000 pounds of unwanted and unused pesticides out of the environment.
Ash Borer Infestation Found In Olmsted CountyMinnesota officials have confirmed trees in Olmsted County are infested with the destructive emerald ash borer. The state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the county will join Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey and Winona counties in a state and federal quarantine to prevent the infestation from spreading.
2 More E. Coli Cases Confirmed In MinnesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health says two more cases of E. coli infection have been confirmed in the state. The department said Thursday it has been able to interview 14 of the 15 cases. Through the interviews, investigators confirmed that 12 of the ill people ate at an Applebee's restaurant in Minnesota between June 23 and June 29.
Report: Rail Delays Cost Minnesota Farmers A new report estimates that delays in railroad shipping have cost Minnesota corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $100 million. The report was released Thursday at a conference in Alexandria organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Edward Usset of the University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management estimates rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million from March to May. He puts the losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers and $8.5 million for wheat growers.
Gypsy Moth Quarantine Imposed In NE Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has imposed the state's first quarantine for gypsy moths. The quarantine affects Lake and Cook counties in far northeastern Minnesota. It took effect Tuesday.
Minnesota Strawberries Running Late By 2 WeeksThe long, cool spring is expected to delay Minnesota's strawberry season by up to two weeks this year. However, the state Agriculture Department says Minnesota strawberry producers are forecasting a large, healthy crop.
Gypsy Moth Spraying Set For DuluthThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture is preparing to treat about 1,200 acres in Duluth to slow the spread of a gypsy moth infestation. Depending on the weather, officials are set to conduct the treatment on Thursday.
Minnesota Company Recalls Some Cheese, Salsa The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says consumers should avoid eating certain cheese and salsa produced by Coon Rapids-based Parkers Farm Acquisition because of possible listeria contamination.
To Save Bees, Minn. Growers & Gardeners Are Switching Pesticides A new trend in gardening is generating a buzz. More growers and gardeners are moving away from chemicals and insecticides that are hurting or killing bees.