MORGAN, Minn. — State and national veterinary and agriculture experts are working to prevent a deadly illness in swine from entering the United States. A panel of veterinarians and agriculture industry officials on Wednesday, Aug. 7, said the United States needs to beef up detection and security efforts to prevent African Swine Fever from penetrating the country. The state's veterinary diagnostic lab and state veterinarian are taking steps to prepare for the disease should it hit Minnesota's swine herds, but they're hoping detection efforts will make their work unneeded.
MORGAN, Minn. — The group bearing the brunt of the impact for the Trump Administration's trade policies got a chance to voice its feelings on Wednesday, Aug. 7, about the ongoing trade war with China. The U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a listening session to gauge the impact of trade and agriculture policy in farm country and hundreds of farmers, ag industry leaders and others turned out for the session, packing the building at Farmfest.
MORGAN, MINN. — Trade policy and discussions of currency manipulation were top of mind Tuesday, Aug. 6, as farmers and ag industry leaders convened for the first day of Farmfest. State and national ag industry group leaders expressed frustration about the latest moves from Washington re-upping trade tensions between the United States and China. But they also voiced hope that the ongoing trade talks could yield some positive news for farmers.
ST. PAUL — Thousands of farmers and agriculture industry leaders are set to make their way to Morgan this week for Farmfest, the three-day annual trade fair at the 50-acre site near Redwood Falls. More than 500 exhibitors are set to show their farm equipment and products and farmers can take in demonstrations on farming the up-and-coming crops of hemp and hops or meet with state and federal ag leaders and elected officials.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he'd call on lawmakers to take up gun control measures next week when they return to the capital to discuss turnover at the Department of Human Services. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor on Monday, August 5, said he brought up the topic on a call with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa. Gazelka has blocked a pair of gun control bills from getting a hearing in a Senate committee.
ST. PAUL — A pitch to require the state's electric utilities to move away from fossil fuel sources saw bipartisan support as well as bipartisan opposition Tuesday, July 30, as it came up for consideration in a legislative panel. Under the proposal, electrical companies would have to prioritize clean energy resources when building new power plants or replacing retired facilities. Exceptions would apply if the clean energy alternative can be proven to be unaffordable or can't meet the need of the facility.
ST. PAUL — Vaping will soon be prohibited from public spaces like restaurants, bars and indoor workplaces. Drivers found holding a cell phone behind the wheel could be pulled over and fined, and those found driving slowly in the left-most lane could be issued a ticket. Employees of assisted living facilities that retaliate against residents who report abuse will be subject to penalties under state law.
ST. PAUL — The revolving door at the Minnesota Department of Human Services remained in motion this week as top-level officials resigned, provoking deputies at the agency to stay on after announcing they'd leave. At week's end, former DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey was out, along with his chief of staff Stacie Weeks. And deputy commissioners Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson said they'd rescind their less than week-old resignations.
ST. PAUL — A deputy commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Corrections on Friday, July 19, submitted her resignation six months into her tenure there, citing a desire to advance "wide-spread reform" outside the department. Sarah Walker, who served as deputy commissioner of community services, resigned effective immediately on Friday, July 19, and in her letter of resignation said she was pleased with some of the work she'd accomplished within DOC, but she wanted to do more.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is set to lead a delegation of scientists, lawmakers, farm leaders and energy industry officials to Germany for an international seminar on renewable energy.