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MDA Advises Farmers with Ties to Ashby Elevator to File Claims

For Immediate Release September 25, 2018 Previous Announcements Contact: Allen Sommerfeld 651-201-6185 allen.sommerfeld@state.mn.us ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is issuing an advisory to farmers who have conducted business with the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator of Ashby, MN. With the closure of the elevator, the MDA is encouraging anyone who has not…

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New leadership at MDA

Frederickson has named Andrea Vaubel as the agency’s Deputy Commissioner. Vaubel replaces former Deputy Commissioner Matt Wohlman who took a position in the private sector. (mda.state.mn.us) ST. PAUL, Minn. — Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson has announced new appointments to his leadership team at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Frederickson has named Andrea Vaubel as…

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Proposed Nitrogen Rule Adoption Delay

The Minnesota House and Senate Agriculture Committees have formally submitted their resolution to delay the adoption of the proposed nitrogen rule. Under Minnesota Statutes, section 14.126, subdivision 1, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) may not adopt the proposed rules until after the legislature adjourns the annual session that began after the adoption of this…

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Department of Agriculture Releases Proposed Groundwater Protection Rule to Reduce Elevated Nitrate Levels in Drinking Water

Public Input Sought Through Open Comment Period and Hearings This Summer St. Paul, MN:  The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) today released the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule (GPR) to the public and announced the rule will be published in the State Register on April 30, 2018. An 80-day public comment period on the rule will…

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RRFN – Weekly News Highlights

Exerpts from the Red River Farm Network Newsletter…… USDA Clarifies Stance on Gene Editing — Innovations, like gene editing or CRISPR, will not face any additional regulatory oversight. In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the new techniques for the development of new plant varieties is “indistinguishable” from those done through traditional plant breeding.…

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Torching noxious weeds

A member of Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa torches a Palmer amaranth plant to eradicate the weed in a conservation planting. (Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Agriculture) ST. PAUL — There are many management tools/strategies that can be used to halt the spread of invasive plants. One tool that is often associated with gardening is the…

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MDA to Host Agriculture-Focused Water Listening Sessions

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting a series of agriculture-focused listening sessions. The sessions will take place shortly before the town hall meetings in six locations: Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Crookston, St. Cloud, and Bemidji. (See details below.)   MDA will give a brief overview of a few programs, including the Minnesota Agricultural…

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MDA to fight gypsy moth in Hinckley area

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is preparing to treat 791 acres north of Hinckley to eradicate gypsy moth infestations detected in the area last fall. Officials will conduct the treatments starting sometime between June 1 and June 15, with the exact date determined by weather conditions and caterpillar development. In 2016, MDA’s…

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Greater Minnesota Needs Better Healthcare Options: Governor Dayton’s MinnesotaCare Buy-in Plan would provide much needed relief for our farmers

By: Dave Frederickson, Agriculture Commissioner Minnesota farmers are some of the best in the world at what they do.  We have been blessed with incredibly fertile soils, ample rainfall, and an unmatched innovative spirit and hard work ethic. The success of our agricultural economy has been a cornerstone of our state’s rural communities and has…

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MDA grants fund specialty crop projects

$1 million awarded to farmers, researchers, nonprofits ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded $1 million in grant funding to specialty crop growers in the state to help them compete in today’s marketplace. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticultural and nursery crops. In 2015,…

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MDA proposes expanding EAB quarantine in northeastern Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 16, 2016 MDA proposes expanding EAB quarantine in northeastern Minnesota New comment period runs through January 15, 2017 ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is recommending an expansion of a proposed emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine in northeast Minnesota that would include portions of St. Louis…

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