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The Environmental Quality Board approved changing the form as part of a pilot project, which will make the assessments more expensive to fill out, but is part of Minnesota's goals to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Some North Dakota farm groups are growing concerned about federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates for elected Farm Service Agency county advisory committees and others.
North Dakota officials have told CHS Sunflower at Grandin, North Dakota, to stop shipping sunflower screenings for livestock producers in North Dakota after a Grant County rancher found his feed product had contaminated hundreds of acres with the hard-to-control Palmer amaranth weed seeds.
According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, China missed the $36.5 billion goal for 2020 set in the phase one deal, coming in at $28.75 billion worth of purchases. China is also on pace to be short of its 2021 goal of $43.5 billion. U.S. Census figures through August 2021 put China’s agricultural and related purchases at $19.28 billion.

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The proposed package includes $5 million in rapid response grants to provide drought relief for livestock producers and specialty crop producers, and $5 million for the Rural Finance Authority’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program.
In the years since the age for buying tobacco was raised at the local, state and federal level, research has shown its been effective in decreasing youth smoking. While the issue persists, proponents see the laws as progress.
When North Dakota’s legislative session began in January, a long slate of bills sought to rein in public health powers, including one with language similar to ALEC’s. The state didn’t have a health director to argue against the new limits because three had resigned in 2020.
Analysis by Iowa State University shows about an $80 million impact to producers if plants in Minnesota and Nebraska continue to see a slowdown in line speeds.
Medical experts recommend students and their families study up before heading to campus. Make calls to local or university health center providers and secure appropriate insurance to help make a smooth transition.
While parts of northern Minnesota entered exceptional drought conditions for the first time ever under the modern U.S. Drought Monitor, southeastern part of the state also have struggled with drought conditions, albeit less severe ones. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 12-13 visited several southeastern Minnesota agriculture operations to talk about drought and support for producers.

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A small organic farm family near Le Sueur, Minnesota, and a larger, non-GMO farmer near Kasson, Minnesota, are among those hit hard by the Pipeline Foods bankruptcy, which sent shockwaves through the region’s organic markets. The company is asking the courts to let them sell inventory grain to pay off the secured creditors, not the farmers who deliver it. The case leaves farmers wondering whether the state does enough to protect farmers and verify the financial soundness of grain traders.
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.
Drug makers, health insurers and others will have to start reporting prescription drug pricing information under a new law that takes effect in North Dakota on Aug. 1. More than a dozen states, including Minnesota, have passed drug price transparency laws as states act to restrain skyrocketing drug costs.

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