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APHIS Q&A on PEDv Control

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Questions & Answers: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Reporting and Control

(As derived from the USDA APHIS website)

Q. What is Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)?

A. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea is a virus that causes signifi cant sickness in swine, affecting their growth and health, and causes high mortality in piglets. The disease is common in parts of Asia and Europe, but is not reportable to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). PEDv only affects pigs and does not pose any risk to people or pets.  It is not a food...


Andrea Ruesch 4-H Scholarship Award Winners

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The 2014 Andrea Ruesch Regional 4-H Scholarship recipients have been selected! Congratulations to the following ten recipients, who each received $1,000 in scholarship monies:

  • Andrea Fuerstenberg, Nobles County 4-H
  • Paige Gravenhof, Nobles County 4-H
  • Aaron Fest, Jackson County 4-H
  • Kristin Liepold, Jackson County 4-H
  • Paige Anderson, Jackson County 4-H...

PED Worries Continue, Senator Presses for Efforts to Step Up

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to quickly step up efforts to prevent further incidence of the fast-spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus that has already killed millions of pigs in Minnesota and across the country, and to provide help to producers already hit by the disease.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Sen. Franken urged quick action by USDA to help producers detect PED in their herds and to develop countermeasures such as drugs and vaccines to battle the virus. He also pressed for USDA to provide...


MFB Members Traveled to Washington, D.C.

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Nearly 20 Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota met with their members of Congress and Senators while in Washington, D.C. during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Farmers to Washington D.C. trip, March 24-28.

Farm Bureau members met with American Farm Bureau Federation staff and received a briefing on current issues. Attendees also attended National Agriculture Week activities.

Participants also met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; Members of Congress Collin Peterson, John Kline, Tim Walz, Michele Bachmann, Erik Paulsen and Rick Nolan and a staff...


Nobles County Farmers Donate Through America's Farmers Grow Communities

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(Pictured from left to right - Shawn Vis from Dekalb/Asgrow, Jim Weidert - Lismore Fire Department, Mark Lenz - Winning Farmer, Tom Diekmann - Lismore Fire Department, Darren Jeffers with I-90 Seed Solutions)

LISMORE, Minn. (03-27-14) – Local farmers Mark and Shari Lenz have directed a $2,500 donation to the Lismore Fire and Rescue. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department purchase new...


National Ag Day

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The day in which we celebrate the hard working farmers and ranchers across the US is here! Today, March 25th, National Ag Day, we recognize everything ag-related. This year's theme is "Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed" in an effort to bring attention to the day-in and day-out work that farmers and ranchers conduct in order to keep the food supply available. National Ag Day represents a day to celebrate American farmers and their commitment to the land they farm and the people who use the food, feed, fuel and fiber American farmers produce, more than just for economic...


Erdman's County Market, St. Joseph's Meats 2014 Innovative Beef Award Winners

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(MBC Press Release) Minnesota Beef Council is proud to announce that two retailers have been awarded with Innovative Beef Product Awards during the 2014 Minnesota Association of Meat Processors Convention in St. Cloud, MN. Erdman’s County Market of Kasson, MN takes home prizes as the Best of Innovative Beef and the Innovative Ground Beef Category winner for their Fiesta Beef Boats entry.

The Fiesta Beef Boats product was selected for these accomplishments by our judges for the overall convenience, wonderful flavor and attractive packaging. The judges also commend the Fiesta Beef...


Day on the Hill

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (March 17) -- While corn farmers wait for the last of the snow to melt before spring planting, they went to St. Paul to meet with legislators during the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s “Day on the Hill” Thursday, March 13 at the State Capitol.

“It’s important that corn farmers connect with as many legislators as possible, even if they might not agree with our stance on every issue,” said John Mages, who farms in Belgrade and chairs MCGA’s government relations committee. “Corn farmers need to make their voices heard. Agriculture is a major job creator and a key...


Minnesota Ag Organizations Salute FFA

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(St. Paul, Minn.) -- Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) salutes the excellent work of the FFA during their National FFA week February 15-22, 2014.

“The FFA does such great work in fostering the skills necessary for our youth to excel and succeed,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “The agriculture sector is strong in good part because FFA provides the tools needed for personal growth and success in our future farm generations. We thank and salute FFA for their wonderful work in keeping not only the agriculture sector strong, but our rural and urban communities as...


On-Farm Research Program in MN: Yes or No?

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The University of Minnesota is working with the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) to determine the need and opportunities for on‐farm research in Minnesota. Your input is requested to determine if an on‐farm research program should go ahead, and if so, what it should look like.

The current proposal is to create two independent but closely aligned organizations. Both would support on‐farm trials using precision ag technology to apply treatments and collect yield data. One organization would focus on individual farmers improving their management by running...