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Dana Ferguson

Minnesota Capitol Correspondent

Dana Ferguson is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Ferguson has covered state government and political stories since she joined the news service in 2018, reporting on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the divided Statehouse and the 2020 election.

Ferguson is a St. Louis Park native and a current St. Paul resident who enjoys getting to know fellow Minnesotans and telling their stories.

Prior to joining Forum Communications, Ferguson covered the South Dakota Legislature for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. In that position, she won several awards for her reporting on state government and health care issues.

She speaks both English and Spanish and would welcome your story ideas, feedback and recipe suggestions. You can reach her at dferguson@forumcomm.com or 651-290-0707.

Latest articles by Dana Ferguson
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith on Wednesday, April 20, met with state agriculture group leaders to talk about provisions that should be included in the next federal Farm Bill.

The teams are set to aid state experts to quarantine infected flocks and surveil for additional cases of the avian illness.
The funding specifically for deer farmers raised concerns at the Capitol and threatened to slow the relief package's movement through the Legislature.
A proposal to send aid to farmers and ranchers and to provide money to plant trees and seedlings after historically dry conditions in 2021 picked up bipartisan support.
Efforts to quickly send out grants and loans come months after Minnesota faced historic drought conditions.
The state has historically skipped the turkey pardon in favor of the presentation and processing of featured birds. This year, a special turkey will live out his life on a farm.
State agency heads will meet with private sector groups over the next five months and offer recommendations in February.
The move comes as the drought continues in the state and a week after USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack toured farms in the state to survey the impact of the severe dry weather.
Minnesota farmers told the secretary that they were struggling amid widespread drought conditions and asked for help from the federal government to stay in business.
There were few details Friday about the new funding stream, but Gov. Tim Walz said he would direct agriculture officials to quickly build up a program to distribute the money.
Agriculture industry leaders emphasized that lawmakers and private companies need to help farmers bear the expense of the new sustainability programs.