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AGRICULTURE

Forsman Farms is planning to develop a large-scale egg laying operation on the former Rembrandt Food site in the city of Renville's industrial park. Renville City Council members and residents made it clear that past problems on the site remain at the top of their minds.
State agencies have been meeting with stakeholder groups, including farm groups. A report will be sent to Gov. Tim Walz in February.
A typical combine ride spurred Emma Kratcha's agricultural based research.
The court will consider what test courts should use to determine what constitutes "waters of the United States" under the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act, the answer to which determines whether the property is subject to oversight.

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Defining waters of the U.S. has changed over the years through court decisions and policy updates under President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working on a new definition.
Past definitions of "waters of the U.S." have included specific exemptions for agriculture, but they are mostly absent from current WOTUS proposal from the Biden administration. Farm groups hope to have them restored before the rule is finalized.
There was a higher volume of sales last year than normal in Renville County, Minn., Assessor Doug Bruns reported to County Board of Commissioners.
Concerns about a production issue in her dad's soybean field has led to a prestigious scholarship for Hankinson, North Dakota, student Emma Kratcha.
Two workshops are being offered through LivingWorks, a partner organization of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the coming months.
Regenerative practices include planting cover crops, growing a more diverse mix of crops, grazing livestock on harvested fields and reducing pesticide use.

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The governor touted the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, saying it's an example of voluntary collaboration that protects soil and water, with incentives giving participants more profits.
Charles “Bud” Sedlachek was born in Jasper, Minnesota, in 1938, died of congestive heart failure in Brainerd at 83 on Jan. 3. The Crow Wing County farmer loved John Deere equipment, so a John Deere tractor led the funeral procession and he was buried in a custom-ordered John Deere casket.
The reminder from state agriculture leaders comes after U.S. Customs officials reported that they confiscated bushmeat at MSP Airport last month.

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