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MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Hundreds of geese, ducks and eagles have perished already as migration moves north.
On land that was farmed as a dairy for over 50 years, Tiffany Tripp and Andy Olson run Graise Farm, where they raise a few hundred ducks for eggs, chickens for eggs and farrow-to-finish pastured pork.
After two failed farmland purchase agreements, Naima Dhore recently signed a lease to begin farming land in Alexandria, Minnesota, which she'll transition her small-scale organic operation to in February.
Smaller producers can now cut out the middle man and sell their meats directly to the consumer through ChopLocal.

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Buckthorn control is difficult because it does not respond to multiple control methods.
A small organic farm family near Le Sueur, Minnesota, and a larger, non-GMO farmer near Kasson, Minnesota, are among those hit hard by the Pipeline Foods bankruptcy, which sent shockwaves through the region’s organic markets. The company is asking the courts to let them sell inventory grain to pay off the secured creditors, not the farmers who deliver it. The case leaves farmers wondering whether the state does enough to protect farmers and verify the financial soundness of grain traders.
First discovered in Minnesota in 1990, wild parsnip, a noxious plant, has slowly found its way into Douglas County. The plant's sap reacts with UV rays from the sun and can cause third-degree burns to one's skin after contact.
A run-in with wild parsnip can turn a fun summer outing into a nightmare. In this episode of NewsMD's podcast, Health Fusion, Viv Williams has info on how to identify it and what to do if you have a close encounter.
Farmers dedicated to conservation like Joan Heim-Welch and direct assistance from local conservation offices have put the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program in the spotlight as one of the best of its kind in the country.
Natasha Spinler sells a collection of homemade gluten-free baked goods while her dad, Patrick Spinler, raises four varieties of microgreens.

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The Southeast Minnesota Food Rescue and Redistribution Program is a new initiative that's working with farmers to reduce food waste and food insecurity in southeast Minnesota.
Minnesotans may have consumed a half-million pounds of lead-tainted meat over 10 years.
The American Farm Bureau Federation held a panel discussion about rural mental health during its 2021 virtual convention.

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