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StormTeam 3: Air Quality Alert Update

Air Quality Alerts for Minnesota and Iowa Continue into Work Week

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USDA again sanctions powerful hog buyer for cheating sellers

Lynch Livestock, based in Iowa, has been ordered to stop recording false weights for hogs delivered to its buying stations, to stop altering classifications of hogs delivered, and to stop creating false scale tickets.

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USDA shares plans to support agriculture industry through Build Back Better initiative

The USDA plans to invest more than $4 billion to strengthen the nation's food supply by improving processing capacity, invest in distribution and aggregation, and expand market opportunities

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Iowa pork producer: We need year-round immigrant workers

A top Iowa pork producer is pushing federal lawmakers to allow immigrant workers to stay on the job year-round.

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Sota King son of Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah set to make debut

The horse was born in Minnesota and will race in Minnesota

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Minnesota leaders seek drought aid for livestock producers

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 98% of Minnesota is now in a drought, with 52% of the state in a severe or extreme drought.

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USDA unveils plan to help build small meat processing plants

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the food system so it is more resilient to shocks, delivers greater value to growers and workers, and offers consumers an affordable selection of healthy food produced and sourced locally and regionally by farmers and processors from diverse backgrounds,” Vilsack said.

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New US rules to protect animal farmers expected soon

The Biden administration plans to issue a new rule to protect the rights of farmers who raise cows, chickens and hogs against the country’s largest meat processors as part of a plan to encourage more competition in agriculture.

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Iowa political leaders blast U.S. Supreme Court on renewable fuel decision

Ruling allows smaller refineries to claim exemption from renewable fuel requirements.

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Judge pauses loan forgiveness program for minority farmers

Lawsuit claimed it discriminated against white farmers.

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Extreme weather has farmers concerned about crop insurance policies

From frost to heat, the outlook of this year's crop is having some farmers contacting their insurance agents to see what can be done next

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StormTeam 3: Stray rain chances for now, better chance on Friday

This represents the only decent chance of rain in the extended forecast

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StormTeam 3: Hot conditions to last into 3rd week of June with little rain

The hot streak continues without an end in sight

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USDA delivering debt relief payments for socially disadvantaged farmers

As part of the American Rescue Plan, about $4 billion is being allocated to debt relief payments for what the USDA calls 'socially disadvantaged' farmers

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Ethanol maker POET buys plants from Koch-owned Flint Hills

POET, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is increasing its production to 33 biofuels production plants in eight states and will have a capacity to produce 3 billion gallons annually.

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U.S. Rep. Hinson gets first-hand look at conservation practices on North Iowa farm

As part of her tour across Iowa's 1st District, Hinson is seeing how practices like buffer strips and cover crops can help with sustainability and profitability on the farm, as well as sharing the new bi-partisan PRECISE Act she's championing.

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StormTeam 3: New Drought Update + A Rain Soaked Thursday

Snowflakes are even possible early Friday morning

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StormTeam 3: Brief chance for rain showers late Wednesday

Also worth a mention, temps drop into the mid 30s for Wednesday morning

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StormTeam 3: Rainfall reports from Sunday/Monday

A healthy dose of much needed rain - but we still could use plenty more

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US farmers finally see better outlook after 2 odd years

As they begin planting the nation's dominant crops of corn and soybeans, they are seeing the strongest prices in years and a chance to put much of the recent stomach-churning uncertainty behind them.

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Iowa legislators pass another bill to stop undercover farm investigations

Two previous laws were struck down by the courts.

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StormTeam 3: Below Average Through the Week

Tuesday may even feature a bit of snow

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StormTeam 3: Fire Weather (Red Flag) Warning Issued

Conditions are prime for fires to spread rapidly today

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Iowa Ag Secretary shares agriculture outlook for 2021

Secretary Mike Naig shares key issues for farmers as the industry continues to bounce back from a challenging 2020

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StormTeam 3: Spring Showers Next Week to Help Dry Conditions

The spring season begins with some very timely showers

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Vilsack confirmed for 2nd stint as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Former Iowa Governor spent eight years in the post under Barack Obama.

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Vilsack moves closer to returning as U.S. Ag Secretary

Testifies before Senate committee Tuesday.

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Federal aid helped farmers survive a brutal 2020

USDA says net farm income is best in seven years.

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New Nature Center in Oxbow Park underway

Olmsted County is constructing a brand new nature center building at Oxbow Park.

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Food, agriculture stakeholders ask Gov. Walz for vaccine priority

Key groups who represent tens of thousands of workers in the food supply chain are asking Governor Walz to keep them top of mind during the vaccine distribution process.

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Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack faces new challenges as he returns to old job

Vilsack said one of his first duties would be to “build back a vibrant and resilient economy” as the department aids in the coronavirus response, including addressing food needs and shortages and getting relief to food workers and producers.

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Farm Rescue shifts to help farmers sickened by coronavirus

'If we wouldn’t have got what we did, I don’t know if I would have kept on farming.'

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Early snowfall leaves little impact on harvesting

Although the snow came early, farmers can still continue their harvesting

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Early snow stalls Minnesota harvest

Most farmers were ahead of schedule before pre-winter precipitation.

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Shuttered Iowa ethanol plant settles tax incentive deal

Iowa had given the company about $20 million through grants, forgivable loans, sales tax refunds and tax credits on the promise that the plant would retain 35 employees through 2024.

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Rep. Finkenauer visits Absolute Energy in Mitchell County

Finkenauer met with plant management and leaders from Iowa's renewable fuels industry.

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U.S. Senators Ernst and Grassley tour biorefining plant

Ahead of the election, Senator Chuck Grassley reaffirmed his support for Senator Ernst and her efforts to support renewable fuels.

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Multiple farming fires reported in Mower County

The Mower County Sheriff's Office said it responded to three combine fires, two of which resulted in equipment becoming fully engulfed.

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Farmers urged to give the gift of grain to help their communities

Instead of a straight donation of cash, farmers can give to charity by selling off some of their grain to the Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation

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'Every farmer counts' during National Farm Safety and Health Week

The week promotes and recognizes the importance of farmer safety and health, including making safe decisions and using caution while in the field this harvest season

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Farm machinery on the move during harvest

Local farmers are urging drivers to keep patient and watch for farm equipment as they work on the harvest.

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Wind storm removes 550,000 Iowa corn acres from harvest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is estimating that 550,000 acres of Iowa corn will not be harvested this fall due to damage caused by the Aug. 10 wind storm that swept across the state.

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EPA rejects small refinery waivers

The waivers were designed to give small refineries some time to adjust to the renewable fuel standards and instead were used by larger oil companies so they wouldn't have to blend as much ethanol in with their gasoline.

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Olmsted County Fair Asks Congress For Help

The Olmsted County Fair is asking elected leaders to pass the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act.

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Eight-Year-Old bull rider keeps his old dad's heart racing

Colton Mallet wins bareback bulls at Wisconsin Rodeo.

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Ethanol supporters praise Trump administration decision on biofuel waivers

'“I applaud President Trump for keeping his word and supporting our farmers and biofuel producers.'

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 614990

Reported Deaths: 7771
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1276671805
Ramsey53587912
Dakota47636477
Anoka43650466
Washington27897298
Stearns22870227
St. Louis18418321
Scott17814139
Wright16652153
Olmsted13678104
Sherburne1221696
Carver1084049
Rice8336112
Clay831592
Blue Earth775144
Crow Wing694099
Kandiyohi675385
Chisago631855
Otter Tail594387
Benton590498
Goodhue489174
Douglas481781
Mower480334
Winona467852
Itasca465768
Isanti448567
McLeod438061
Morrison431162
Beltrami413563
Nobles411950
Steele403219
Polk391673
Becker390557
Lyon367354
Carlton357958
Freeborn356234
Pine339023
Nicollet335745
Mille Lacs317256
Brown310040
Le Sueur302128
Todd290533
Cass290033
Meeker269044
Waseca243923
Martin238333
Roseau213121
Wabasha20963
Hubbard199241
Dodge19383
Renville184746
Redwood179541
Houston177916
Cottonwood168324
Wadena166023
Fillmore162310
Faribault158420
Chippewa154838
Pennington154320
Kanabec148328
Sibley148110
Aitkin140337
Watonwan13699
Rock130219
Jackson123212
Pipestone117326
Yellow Medicine115620
Pope11467
Murray107910
Swift107818
Koochiching96919
Stevens92911
Clearwater89617
Marshall89118
Lake85421
Wilkin84813
Lac qui Parle76222
Big Stone6134
Grant5958
Lincoln5893
Mahnomen5679
Norman5519
Unassigned51293
Kittson49322
Red Lake4037
Traverse3865
Lake of the Woods3504
Cook1760

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 376815

Reported Deaths: 6122
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk59215646
Linn21567342
Scott20530250
Black Hawk16850320
Woodbury15378230
Johnson1479586
Dubuque13627215
Dallas1150699
Pottawattamie11393177
Story1092548
Warren594392
Clinton565894
Cerro Gordo564898
Webster546397
Sioux520574
Muscatine4956106
Marshall493679
Des Moines481776
Jasper454273
Wapello4402124
Buena Vista432340
Plymouth405782
Lee396958
Marion372378
Henry301737
Jones301357
Bremer294663
Carroll287252
Boone273735
Crawford273541
Benton264255
Washington261051
Dickinson251145
Mahaska235151
Jackson225943
Kossuth222166
Clay217927
Tama213872
Delaware213343
Winneshiek201337
Buchanan197834
Page195722
Cedar194323
Hardin192544
Wright191240
Hamilton189251
Fayette188943
Harrison182873
Clayton173258
Butler169135
Madison168019
Floyd165242
Mills164724
Cherokee162238
Lyon161241
Poweshiek159836
Allamakee156452
Hancock154034
Iowa149124
Winnebago147031
Calhoun144813
Cass142155
Grundy139733
Emmet137341
Jefferson135535
Sac133320
Shelby132238
Louisa130749
Union129535
Franklin129223
Appanoose128749
Mitchell127343
Chickasaw126017
Humboldt126026
Guthrie125332
Palo Alto115224
Montgomery106938
Howard105522
Clarke102624
Monroe101533
Keokuk100432
Ida93735
Adair90132
Davis88525
Pocahontas87022
Monona86731
Greene80011
Osceola79517
Lucas78323
Worth7648
Taylor67112
Decatur6649
Fremont64910
Van Buren57318
Ringgold57124
Wayne56623
Audubon53613
Adams3504
Unassigned80
Rochester
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