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Residents Receiving Unknown Seeds from China

Residents in North Dakota and Minnesota are receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds from China. Agriculture officials in other states are also reporting similar instances, and the motive behind this action is not known at the time. The foreign seeds may be invasive and introduce diseases harmful to plants and/or livestock. Anyone receiving unsolicited seeds in the mail should retain the seeds and packing, including the mailing label. Then, the State Department of Agriculture should be contacted to report the incident and receive further instruction.

MN Farmers Must Develop a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is requiring all Minnesota farmers to have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in place by June 29. The plan must comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health coronavirus guidelines and OSHA standards. All farms and farmers’ markets must develop and implement a preparedness plan.

Farmers Advised to File Claims with Karlstad Elevator Closure

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture received notice from the Karlstad Farmers Elevator that their doors are closing. Therefore, MDA is advising farmers who have not received payment or had grain stored at the elevator to file a bond claim.
 
The elevator holds a $70,000 bond with the Department to help mitigate losses upon closure. Supportive documents such as scale tickets, purchase agreements, contracts and warehouse receipts should be included. The MDA will review all submitted claims, and the deadline is dependent on the date of non-payment.

New Radio Series Highlights Farmer Stress

Prompted by the many sources of stress currently impacting farmers and ranchers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Red River Farm Network have joined forces to create a new radio and podcast series called TransFARMation.

The series is designed to increase awareness and reduce inhibitions about acknowledging farm stress, as well as highlight the resources available. Local farmers, ranchers and agricultural stakeholders are featured, sharing personal stories and offering a message of hope.

The 60 second prime-time radio stories can be heard on all of RRFN’s 20 stations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota starting the week of April 8. In addition, the in-depth podcasts can be found at www.rrfn.com/transfarmation.