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Officials of Emerging Prairie, a Fargo, North Dakota, non-profit technology and economic development group, on May 3, 2022, announced its new multi-million “Innovation Center” will be west of Casselton, North Dakota.
In January, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was restricting the use of a herbicide in six Minnesota counties out of concern for an endangered species, a species it chose not to make public. Before the calendar could flip to April, EPA had reversed those restrictions as well as even wider herbicide bans because of an insect called the American burying beetle. So what was behind the initial secretiveness? Why the sudden reversal?
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Thune, S.D., are moving a bill in the Senate, designed to pressure international ocean freight companies to fill freight “containers” with agricultural products instead of sending them back to Asia empty. Rick Brandenburger, president of Richland Innovative Food Crops Inc., Inc., of Breckenridge, Minnesota, says the company is getting only one-third of their needed containers. They want “teeth” in any efforts to fix the problem.
The Environmental Protection agency says it relies on information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but information from that agency and other snake experts seem to contradict what EPA says.

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The Environmental Protection Agency, not the North Dakota Agriculture Department, is responsible for disposal of stocks of unusable chlorpyrifos products, Doug Goehring, North Dakota Department of Agriculture Commissioner said.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, held a virtual roundtable with northwest Minnesota caregivers who assist those living with Alzheimer's disease.
A Nov. 18 virtual event which included speakers Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, State Representative Samantha Vang, Union Hmong Kitchen Chef Yia Vang and HAFA co-founders Pakou and Janssen Hang, celebrated the association reaching its funding goal to purchase the 155 acres it now farms on.
A Bismarck, North Dakota, man said he’s frustrated that a coal company damaged the access to a farm field he owns near Beulah, North Dakota. He refuses to accept the company’s offer to build a new field approach if they would have no further responsibility for flood damage and digging a deep diversion ditch. Further, he thinks he shouldn’t have to pay legal fees to get the North Dakota Public Service Commission to regulate ditching that he says is clearly mine-related.
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.
The protest, organized online in a private Mayo Clinic employee discussion group, started at 9 a.m. By 10:30 a.m., it had swelled to more than 100 people, possibly as many as 200.

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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.
Representatives from various aspects of aquaculture spoke on Tuesday, Oct. 12, before the Minnesota Legislature’s House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee in favor of a bill that would provide $100,000 to the to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture create a comprehensive plan for the industry.

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