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Minnesota Farmers Use Break In Weather To Speed Planting

Minnesota farmers took advantage of a small break in the cold, wet weather and have now planted more than a quarter of the state's corn crop. In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday corn was 28 percent planted by Sunday, a big jump from 1 percent a week earlier.

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Farmers Market Season Has Arrived In The St. Cloud Area

The first of our area farmers markets will be opening tomorrow (Saturday). The St. Cloud Farmers Market will be open from 8:00 a.m. until noon in the Bremer Bank parking lot. They'll be open every Saturday morning into this fall. We have a list of other area farmers markets openings as well.

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Central Minnesota Farmers Waiting For Warmer Weather [AUDIO]

Our cold weather has pushed back the spring planting season in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension Educator Dan Martens says farmers are about two weeks behind schedule. He says farmers like to have all of their small grains planted by now, and are usually moving on to corn planting by the last week in April.

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Landscaping Plants Not Always Fit For Minnesota

Minnesota officials advise consumers to check for health and hardiness when buying trees, shrubs and other landscaping plants. The state Agriculture Department says nursery inspectors already have found dead and damaged packaged plants in some Minnesota stores.

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New Minnesota Grown Directory Is Out

The 30th anniversary edition of the Minnesota Grown Directory is now in season. The director lists hundreds of places to find locally grown foods.

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U Of M To Mark 2nd Agriculture Awareness Day

Cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and sheep will be visiting the heart of an urban college campus. Tuesday marks the second annual Agriculture Awareness Day on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota.

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MN Senate Votes To Lift Coal Plant Restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Senate has voted to lift restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from coal production that critics say prevented both construction of new coal plants in the state, and purchase of energy from new coal plants in neighboring states.The Senate voted 42-18 in favor lifting the restrictions. They say the bill will allow the state to keep up with what's expected to be growing energy needs to keep up with economic growth.

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2010 A Good Year For Minnesota Farmers

Minnesota farmers made more money last year, compared to the year before. The median net farm income was nearly $120,000 among about 2,500 Minnesota farms in 2010 -- that's up from just over $33,000 the year before when net incomes were depressed by low profits in the livestock industry.

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Major Fieldwork About 3 Weeks Off On Minnesota Farms

It's going to be about three more weeks before full-scale fieldwork begins on Minnesota farms. In its first weekly crop-weather report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that this winter's heavy snow and below-average temperatures have put spring fieldwork behind last year's pace, but near the five-year average.

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Animals Starved To Death At Dilapidated Farm

The owner of a dilapidated farm in northeastern Minnesota has been cited after investigators say they found a half dozen animals starved to death. St. Louis County sheriff's officials say four horses, a cow and a goat were found dead at the farm.

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