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No time to waste as bird flu spreads
The H5N2 bird flu strain has already led to the death of 2.6 million turkeys in Minnesota and is quickly spreading, leading Gov. Mark Dayton to declare a state of emergency.
Wednesday, May, 06, 2015 - - News

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Forest Service chief predicts above normal U.S. wildfire season
SALMON, Idaho - The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday predicted an above normal wildfire season for vast swaths of the western and northern United States due to drought and higher-than-average temperatures.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Forest Service chief predicts above normal U.S. wildfire season
SALMON, Idaho - The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday predicted an above normal wildfire season for vast swaths of the western and northern United States due to drought and higher-than-average temperatures.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. approves $330 million for bird flu outbreak in poultry
CHICAGO - The U.S. government will tap an additional $330 million in emergency funds to cover farmer claims related to the fast-spreading bird flu outbreak and other efforts to contain the disease, U.S. Agriculture Department sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Senate Republicans determined to move on fast track trade bill
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans plan to push ahead with legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact as soon as possible, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday, despite objections from the chamber's top Democrat.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Senate adds unnecessary provision to bird flu aid
One of the things we’ve quickly learned as first-term members is the Legislature has a long history of acting quickly and in a bipartisan fashion to help Minnesotans facing natural disasters and emergencies.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - - News

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China won’t reduce U.S. turkey ban to regions
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has asked the Chinese government to allow state or regionalized importing of U.S. turkey, rather than a blanket ban.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Ag returns fire at insurance opponents
Congressional agriculture committee leaders recently returned fire at the Environmental Working Group for being too critical of prevented-planting crop insurance use, especially in the Prairie Pothole country that includes North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Minnesota.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Pakistan pushes to put stalled climate policy into action
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's provinces will create committees to oversee reductions in carbon emissions and support climate change adaptation, in a push to implement a long-stalled national climate policy.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Tangle over guest workers traps Louisiana crawfish trade
NEW ORLEANS - It is nearing peak harvesting season for Louisiana crawfish, but a shortage of migrants to peel them is hurting the industry, largely because of a fight over foreign guest workers that has stirred fears Chinese imports will gain ground.
Saturday, May, 02, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Bills place factory farms before citizens
Current Minnesota law exempts the majority of livestock farms from being subject to a nuisance claim related to, for example, odor or air pollution.
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - - Opinion

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House OKs first part of turkey flu fiscal aid
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House Wednesday night approved the first installment of funding to fight bird flu that is killing poultry across the state in a vote that paves the way for state money to soon start flowing in the battle. The bill, which passed unanimously, would provide $379,000 for the Board of Animal Health and $514,000 for the state Agriculture Department. Senators are expected to approve it soon.
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Committees pass TPA
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee last week passed bills granting President Barack Obama trade promotion authority. 
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Pacific trade deal excites, worries Minnesota business
The U.S. Senate could vote this week to give President Obama authority to finish negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between 12 countries that border the Pacific Ocean.
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - - News

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Bill provides funding to respond to bird flu
As many of you know, Minnesota is the nation’s largest turkey producer, and 26 of the state’s turkey farms have been devastated by H5N2, the avian influenza virus.
Tuesday, April, 28, 2015 - - Opinion

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Tester criticizes land-grant colleges on organics
As attendees at the Organic Trade Association luncheon April 15 ate a salad with bulgur wheat from his organic farm, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the only organic farmer in the Senate, said advocates would have to work hard to achieve labeling of genetically modified foods, and more farmers would transition to organic operations if the land-grant colleges paid more attention to organics.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Heitkamp introduces legislation to lift ban on credit to Cuba
WASHINGTON — After a major hearing on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heikamp, D-N.D., on April 22 introduced a bill to lift the ban on private banks and companies from offering credit for agricultural exports to Cuba.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Avian Flu public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday in Willmar with Dayton, other lawmakers
WILLMAR, Minn. –– The avian influenza, which continues to steamroll through commercial turkey farms in Kandiyohi County, is getting the attention of the state’s top lawmakers who will hold a public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Minnwest Technology Campus in Willmar.
Friday, April, 24, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Heitkamp introduces bill to allow credit for ag exports to Cuba
After a major hearing on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heikamp, D-N.D., on April 22 introduced a bill to lift the ban on private banks and companies from offering credit for agricultural exports to Cuba.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Minnesota bird flu funding heads to negotiations
A provision Democratic senators added to avian flu funding legislation resulted in House Republicans rejecting it and forcing negotiations to resolve the differences.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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