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The decision means carbon pipeline companies must file for a siting permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Without statewide authority, permitting would have been left up to individual counties along the pipeline route.
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux and other officials visited Minnesota farms on May 19 to take a look at the damage from the storm that blew through a week before. High winds ripped apart grain bins and mangled irrigation and other equipment as well as damaging houses and other buildings.
Monday, May 23, deadline looms for drought relief, supplemental agriculture budget.
Summit Carbon Solution's $4.5 billion plan is to connect to 32 ethanol plants in five states: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, sending liquid carbon dioxide from the plants to be stored underground in North Dakota. Summit says the pipeline project will help ethanol plants lower their carbon score by capturing greenhouse gas emissions and piping the CO2 to western North Dakota for underground storage.

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Farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021 should begin receiving emergency relief payments through the Farm Service Agency’s new Emergency Relief Program to offset crop yield and value losses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
On Friday, May 13, Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 22-11, authorizing temporary regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers.
Biden said U.S. farmers have helped pull Americans through the COVID-19 pandemic and now the Ukraine crisis. "You are the backbone of freedom," he said, following a tour of an 800-acre family farm in Kankakee owned by Jeff and Gina O'Connor.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in 71 Minnesota poultry farms, affecting almost 3 million birds.
Planting progress across the U.S. has been slow, raising the potential that many farmers will use the prevented planting provisions of their crop insurance.
Tom Vilsack, the 32nd U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was the keynote speaker at University of Minnesota Crookston's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday, May 6, 2022, announced five appointments to the committee.
Several top U.S. Department of Agriculture and Biden administration officials in late April told the North American Agricultural Journalists in their national meeting that they are moving ahead on perennial concerns for farmers, including Waters of the United States rules, and crop insurance improvement.
Officials of Emerging Prairie, a Fargo, North Dakota, non-profit technology and economic development group, on May 3, 2022, announced its new multi-million “Innovation Center” will be west of Casselton, North Dakota.

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