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Agribusiness

Dahms bill passes state Senate

ST. PAUL — On Thursday the Minnesota Senate approved Sen. Gary Dahms’ (R-Redwood Falls) bill to create an agriculture specialty-themed license plate in Minnesota. Proceeds from the selling of the license plate would be used to fund youth agriculture programs. “These license plates will ...

Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of US

With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government's spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially in the West where a devastating megadrought has taken root and worsened. Weather service and agriculture officials warned of possible water use ...

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies. The ...

Car dealers ask Walz to pause standards

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Auto Dealers Association today requested Governor Walz pause the California Car rulemaking process as events in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere continue to unfold and calling into question the need for Minnesota to adopt the California standards. “The political ...

Walz announces 39 new border-to-border broadband grants

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will award grants totaling $20,645,425 to 39 projects in the sixth year of the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant program. State grant dollars are matched by ...

US issues new rules for Idaho potato field quarantines

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials have released a new plan involving methods to deal with a microscopic pest in southeastern Idaho that threatens the state’s billion-dollar industry that supplies a third of the nation’s potatoes. The U.S. Department of ...