The World Organization for Animal Health said on Wednesday it had lowered to the safest level the official risk of six countries for mad cow disease, a move expected to open international market access for their beef exports.
The Montana Department of Livestock recommends that privately owned waterfowl sit out this coming show season citing the risk of avian influenza. Waterfowl can carry the highly pathogenic bird flu virus without showing signs of disease, increasing the risk for spread to other poultry.
Ag leaders active in writing Minnesota's Environment and Agriculture Omnibus bill say they were somewhat surprised Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed it, but most say they are optimistic that compromises over the buffer initiative will remain the same when the bill is reconsidered during a special session in June.
Brazil will likely experience a moderate El Nino by the end of the year, bringing steady rain to the country's main grain producing regions and sustained drought in the arid north, the national meteorological institute, Inmet, says.
A man has been hospitalized after crashing his crop duster Monday near the Casselton Regional Airport, the state Highway Patrol said.
The pilot was described as a 70-year-old man but the patrol did not release other identifying details or the extent of the injury.
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