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Published June 23, 2014, 09:45 AM

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Workshops are set on Minn. B10 mandate, FSA extends the prevented planting deadline and the N.D. CHS land dispute is settled.

By: Agweek Staff and Wire reports, Agweek

Workshops set on Minn. B10 mandate

• Minnesota is shifting to a higher diesel mandate on July 1, and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is supporting a series of workshops intended to help farmers, diesel retailers and others learn more. The change will require all No. 2 diesel fuel in the state, which now contains 5 percent biodiesel, to contain 10 percent biodiesel until Sept. 30. The rate reverts to 5 percent during the rest of the year. Next year, and in subsequent years, the 10 percent mandate will be in place from April 1 to Sept. 30. The workshops will examine state requirements for diesel and biodiesel fuel and provide strategies for successful storage and use of biodiesel blends. Here’s the lineup of workshops: Duluth — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 23, Holiday Inn Duluth; International Falls — 8:30 to 11 a.m., June 24, AmericInn; Grand Rapids — 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., June 24, Timberlake Lodge; Crookston — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 25, American Legion; Alexandria — 8:30 to 11 a.m., June 26, Holiday Inn Alexandria; Saint Cloud — 2 to 4 p.m. June 26, Holiday Inn. The workshops are free, but space is limited. Contact Ruby at 651-268-2146 or Ruby. Hocker@lung.org to register.

FSA extends prevented-planting deadlines

• The North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota Farm Service Agency state offices have extended preventedplanting reporting deadlines to July 15 to coincide with the final acreage reporting date. Montana FSA hasn’t received any requests to extend the deadline and consequently hasn’t done so. The state office will consider an extension, however, if it receives a request to do so, Bruce Nelson, state executive director, tells Agweek. Prevented planting is much less of an issue in Montana this year than it is in the Dakotas, he says. The late, cold spring has delayed planting in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, which is why the deadline was approved in those states, FSA says. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, of which the FSA is an arm, requires farmers who request prevented-planting credit to report the applicable acreage within 15 calendar days after the final planting date for the crop. Final planting dates vary by crop, but typically they’re all well before July 25 according to FSA. FSA officials encourage farmers with questions about prevented planting to check with their crop insurance agents and local FSA offices.

ND CHS land dispute settled

• A large agricultural company and a Larimore, N.D., landowner have settled a property dispute. The dispute was over a piece of land on the southeast corner of the Larimore Municipal Airport, which was previously owned by Roland Riemers of Grand Forks. CHS Inc. had alleged in a suit filed last fall that Riemers, a Libertarian candidate for North Dakota secretary of state, had blocked the roadway accessing its adjacent property and destroyed a wastewater pond. CHS has been expanding a fertilizer facility nearby. Jon Brakke, the Fargo-based attorney representing CHS, says the company bought the 1.24 acres from Riemers. Riemers says the $45,000 sale closed a couple of weeks ago. Riemers says CHS is going to demolish the hangar that currently sits on the land, and he plans to build a new hangar on the other side of the airport. A court document filed in Grand Forks County District Court on June 3 states the case is being dismissed with prejudice and each side is paying its own attorney fees. “Everything’s been resolved and peacefully settled,” Riemers says.

Salmonella in health food powder sickens 21

•Salmonella has been found in a health food powder, spurring product recalls in the U.S. and the launch of a multistate health investigation, federal officials say. Chia seed powder, commonly used in smoothies and snacks for its nutritional value, has sickened at least 21 people across the country. “It is the first time that chia powder has been identified as a food that transmits salmonella,” says Dr. Laura Gieraltowski, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigator. Salmonella, the most common foodborne illness usually found in meat and egg products, makes about 1.2 million people in the U.S. sick and results in 450 deaths each year, according to the CDC. The number of chia-linked salmonella outbreaks is extremely low compared with illnesses caused by other foods. But the powder’s long shelf life and small serving size could mean that more people are getting ill but do not realize it, Gieraltowski says. Many of those sickened reported having vegan, vegetarian or largely organic diets, Gieraltowski says.

Mo. firm recalls more than 4,000 pounds of beef over mad cow concerns

• A Missouri slaughter house recalled 4,012 pounds of fresh beef over concerns that nervous tissue that could contain the “mad cow” disease pathogen might not have been properly removed from the meat before shipment, a federal food safety agency says. The recalled bone-in ribeye roasts and quartered carcasses from Jackson, Mo.-based Fruitland American Meat were delivered to restaurants in New York City and Kansas City, Mo., as well as a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut that services the region, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. The agency says no adverse events had been reported. Officials at the agency did not immediately respond to request for comment. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered the problem during a review of the company’s slaughter logs. Reviewers found the firm might not have removed dorsal root ganglia tissue from cattle aged 30 months and older, in violation of federal regulations. That tissue is considered a risk material as it can contain the pathogen responsible for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, more broadly known as mad cow disease, in affected cows. The disease is transmissible to humans and can be fatal. The agency rated the health risk of the recall as low in the statement. In April, a Texas man became the fourth person in the country to die of a fatal brain illness thought to be caused by mad cow disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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