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AGRICULTURE

Anne Waltner, Parker, South Dakota, left a full-time career as a concert pianist and educator to join her parents’ farming operation. Along the way she married, had triplet daughters and survived cancer. Of her journey and life, she says: “Can you think of anybody luckier than me?”
A fire at the same farm on Christmas Eve 2020 caused the deaths of about 1,000 milking goats, 15 peacocks and a dog.
Portrait of PegFurshong, Clean Up the River Environment operations and director of programs
Environmental group urges west-central Minnesota counties to take hard look at proposed carbon pipeline
The Montevideo-based nonprofit Clean Up the River Environment told the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners its concerns about risks associated with what would be a first-of-its-kind project by Summit Carbon Solutions. The $4.5 billion project would build a five-state, 2,000-mile pipeline network — with about 200 miles in Minnesota — to transport carbon dioxide from ethanol plants for sequestration in North Dakota.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has given Clay County a list of requirements to address shortcomings in its feedlot inspection program.

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Soaked fields are adding to a year with high diesel prices, fertilizer and part shortages.
There are 70 sites of confirmed avian flu infection in Minnesota as of Tuesday, May 10. The inventory of flocks diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is approaching 2.9 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
Cold temperatures and excessive moisture have delayed spring planting across the northern Plains.
Losing the bank in town seemed like it could be the beginning of the end for the community. Instead, it revealed that there are still some business leaders who believe in small towns.
Croplands in the Upper Great Plains expanded 584,600 acres per year between 2015 and 2019, while grasslands contracted at an annual rate of 448,600 acres over the same span.
Wolff's Suffolks has been in the Suffolk industry for over 40 years. But recently, the ranch decided to diversify and sell their lamb to consumers and restaurants.

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Modern ag really is a big tent, and there's room inside for many kinds of farming operations.
The leak occurred over the past few months from a small rust hole in the tank, North Dakota officials said.
Farmer Angela Dawson is trying to help others overcome obstacles and make a living from the land.

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