Linda Hennen, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Minnesota reports that catfish and asparagus producers will have until September 23, 2010 to apply for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program for Farmers.
In 2004, Norm Penner started planting hazelnut bushes on his farm in Butterfield. While the project has had challenges, Penner thinks there’s still hope for hazelnuts with the right attention. Penner farms about 300 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. He has about 500 hazel bushes interspersed with the hay claiming two acres.
The Minnesota gray wolf should be removed immediately from the federal government’s endangered and threatened species list and returned to state management, according to a petition filed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy is urging state and federal agencies to strengthen regulations for a heavily used agricultural chemical because scientific studies have found that atrazine-contaminated water increases the risk for birth defects and developmental problems for infants.
Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson (D-Minnesota) thanked U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for quickly implementing the Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment Program, which he said will help dairy farmers who are struggling with a severe economic crisis facing the industry.
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