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AGRICULTURE

Anne Waltner, Parker, South Dakota, left a full-time career as a concert pianist and educator to join her parents’ farming operation. Along the way she married, had triplet daughters and survived cancer. Of her journey and life, she says: “Can you think of anybody luckier than me?”
Farmers have been dealing with rising input costs, including for fertilizer.
The annual meeting will include a social and supper.
There are 70 sites of confirmed avian flu infection in Minnesota as of Tuesday, May 10. The inventory of flocks diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is approaching 2.9 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

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Cold temperatures and excessive moisture have delayed spring planting across the northern Plains.
Losing the bank in town seemed like it could be the beginning of the end for the community. Instead, it revealed that there are still some business leaders who believe in small towns.
Croplands in the Upper Great Plains expanded 584,600 acres per year between 2015 and 2019, while grasslands contracted at an annual rate of 448,600 acres over the same span.
All regions except for the south-central region increased well over 10%.
Wolff's Suffolks has been in the Suffolk industry for over 40 years. But recently, the ranch decided to diversify and sell their lamb to consumers and restaurants.
Modern ag really is a big tent, and there's room inside for many kinds of farming operations.

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The leak occurred over the past few months from a small rust hole in the tank, North Dakota officials said.
The number of growing degree days needed to reach grazing readiness varies between species from 443 days for crested wheatgrass to over 1,000 for most native species.
Spring webinars begin in May.

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