Low Interest Loans Available for Farmers Affected by Avian Influenza

ST. PAUL, Minn – Disaster relief loans are being made available to Minnesota poultry farmers who have suffered losses due to the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The zero percent interest loans are being offered through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) who recently received $10 million from the state legislature to help out during this […] Read more

Sen. Jensen Responds to Jennie-O Idling

SAINT PAUL, MN – As avian influenza continues to devastate Minnesota’s turkey producers, Jennie-O yesterday announced it will move to a single processing shift at its Faribault plant. This idling will lay off 233 workers beginning May 26. State Senator Vicki Jensen (DFL-Faribault) released the following statement in response: “While we are working hard to […] Read more

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Why Investment in Agriculture Research & Education is Critical

For 40 years, Minnesota’s primary agriculture research at educational institutions as well as extension services has been funded through a legislative appropriation known as the ‘Agriculture Special. The numbers have been slowly dwindling for the past 14 years to the detriment of Ag research in the state. This decline in funding has meant quality research […] Read more

Seed Library Solutions Already in Motion

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) endorsed a resolution today in support of the Duluth Public Seed Lending Library soon to be considered by the Duluth City Council. Sen. Reinert has been a strong supporter of the Seed Library, and first became aware of the Seed Library’s perceived violation of state law roughly […] Read more