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Turf wars: NLS plan to upgrade football field under scrutiny
Dayton fails to visit all 87 counties in 86 days
Spicer man charged with kidnapping in alleged violent assault of woman
Man injured in Atwater electrical accident
Republicans may be on verge of losing U.S. Senate majority
Four-goal period sparks Wild to rout of Bruins
Ness runs wild in NLS victory
Prahl helps Dragons overcome Holdingford
Kluber, Indians blank Cubs in World Series opener
Cardinals preparing for stingy Northfield defense
1960's icon Bobby Vee dies at Minnesota care facility
Prince’s legendary vault is now open; song due out in November
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Now is the perfect time for houseplant tasks
Social Security Administration declared a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2017
An Epic journey
Spooktacular: The whole family can help make ghostly yard ornaments
Melissa Heen Peterson
Francis H. "Fran" Uhlenkamp
Election letter deadline is Nov. 2
Tribune 2016 Endorsement: Elect Julie Asmus to Willmar's Ward 2 seat
Tribune 2016 Endorsement: Schwantes is the right choice for Willmar's Ward 1 seat
Cohen: Could WIkiLeaks hurt transparency?
Jill R. Benson letter: Sawatzky will bring positive change
September 8, 2016
No initial sign of crime in USDA building fire in Md.
WASHINGTON—A fire that gutted a U.S. Department of Agriculture building in Maryland shows no initial signs of a crime being committed,...
September 8, 2016 - 12:21pm
August 30, 2016
USDA closes offices in five states after anonymous threats
• The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats, a USDA spokesman said Tuesday. • "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety of USDA personnel and its facilities. As a precaution,...
August 30, 2016 - 3:45pm
August 24, 2016
Federal cheese purchase to help dairy farmers, the poor
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials plan to buy cheese to help poor Americans who need food assistance and dairy farmers who are suffering from low...
August 24, 2016 - 7:52pm
August 23, 2016
Federal cheese purchase to help dairy farmers, the poor
WASHINGTON—Federal officials plan to buy cheese to help poor Americans who need food assistance and dairy farmers who are suffering from low prices. Tuesday's announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $20 million to buy 11 million pounds of cheese from...
August 23, 2016 - 7:54pm
November 17, 2015
Feds offer Minnesota farmers money to help save monarch butterfly
Federal authorities are ready to give farmers in Minnesota and nine other states money to help save the iconic monarch butterfly. The...
November 17, 2015 - 9:44am
August 21, 2015
Pro Farmer pegs smaller corn, bean crops than USDA
CHICAGO/ROCHESTER, Minn. — U.S. corn and soybean crops do not have harvest potential as high as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest forecast, according to estimates Friday from farm advisory service Pro Farmer at the end of its annual Midwest crop tour.
August 21, 2015 - 10:03pm
July 7, 2015
Vaccine not at top of federal avian flu response plan
WASHINGTON — Poultry producers and government officials are preparing for a predicted renewed fall avian flu outbreak, such as improving biosecurity, but they disagree about whether a vaccine should be used. The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday heard from federal officials...
July 7, 2015 - 11:03pm
June 22, 2015
Chasing the avian flu virus: Research shows airborne transmission is a possibility
ST. PAUL — Scientists do not yet know whether spring winds carried the highly pathogenic avian influenza into barns and infected turkey or...
June 22, 2015 - 12:01am
May 11, 2015
USDA offers bird flu help online
Bird flu is a huge and growing threat to U.S. agriculture, both nationally and in the Upper Midwest, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has assembled a number of online resources to help producers, consumers, the news media and others. The U.S. is the world’s largest producer...
May 11, 2015 - 11:39pm
April 24, 2015
Avian flu: Public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday in Willmar with Dayton, other lawmakers
WILLMAR –– The avian influenza, which continues to steamroll through commercial turkey farms in Kandiyohi County, is getting the attention...
April 24, 2015 - 2:02pm
April 7, 2015
USDA: Corn loses appeal, niche crops gain
Corn, the star of Upper Midwest agriculture in recent years, won't shine quite so brightly in the 2015 growing season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts. "A little bit of the shine seems to be off corn," says Erik Younggren, a Hallock, Minn., farmer who had seen the...
April 7, 2015 - 6:00am
March 31, 2015
USDA expects more soybeans, small-market crops to be planted this spring
Corn, the star of Upper Midwest agriculture in recent years, won’t shine quite so brightly in the 2015 growing season, the U.S. Department...
March 31, 2015 - 11:50pm
March 30, 2015
Best guess: Key March 31 USDA report generates even more interest
One of the most anticipated and influential annual reports in U.S. agriculture could be even more important than usual this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s widely watched Prospective Plantings — USDA’s best guess of what American farmers will plant this spring —...
March 30, 2015 - 11:22pm
March 27, 2015
USDA extends farm bill signup for another week to April 7
CHICAGO — U.S. farmers will have another week to enroll in the government’s new subsidy programs under the five-year farm bill, with the deadline extended to April 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday. The final day for farmers to update their crop acreage and yield...
March 27, 2015 - 11:23pm
March 17, 2015
USDA data says 97 percent of farms are family owned
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry with 97 percent of the nation’s 2.1 million farms in the U.S. falling into that category. The latest...
March 17, 2015 - 11:26pm