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TIM WALZ

State and federal lawmakers, as well as the state's agriculture commissioner and director of the state Board of Animal Health, came to Kandiyohi County on Tuesday to speak to area poultry producers and industry officials about how the avian flu has impacted them. Discussion was also had on how the state has been responding to the latest outbreak.
State agencies have been meeting with stakeholder groups, including farm groups. A report will be sent to Gov. Tim Walz in February.
The proposals from Gov. Tim Walz would still need approval from the Minnesota Legislature, which comes back into session on Jan. 31.
American Crystal Sugar Co. of Moorhead, Minnesota, held its annual meeting Dec. 2, 2021, at the Fargo Holiday Inn. The company paid $60.58 per ton for 2020 sugarbeets and made a final payment on Nov. 15, 2021 — up from the original $52 projection last year. The company also has projected $60 per ton payment for the 2021 crop, which was a healthy 11.8 million tons.

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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.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz led the trade mission to the United Kingdom and Finland Nov. 13-19. Accompanying Walz on his trip was a farmer from Crookston, Minnesota: Tim Dufault, a board member of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotional Council.
State agency heads will meet with private sector groups over the next five months and offer recommendations in February.
The visit to the HAFA farm was part of the Minnesota tour which U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been on this week.
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.
Across the state, livestock farmers are getting pinched for pasture and hayground,

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Gov. Tim Walz asked that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack open up the conservation acres in counties facing severe drought.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently established the Governor’s Committee on the Safety, Health and Wellbeing of Agricultural and Food Processing Workers, meant to improve systems, resources and communications for agricultural workers.
The state's new Committee on the Safety, Health, and Wellbeing of Agricultural and Food Processing Workers was formed a year after the coronavirus pandemic struck Minnesota.

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