A Secretarial disaster designation has been submitted for 12 northwest Minnesota counties. The request was sent to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue by Governor Tim Walz on Thursday. The letter asks for the federal assistance to help recover from recent weather events and agricultural losses. Last week, Governor Walz declared an emergency executive order that lifted restrictions for drivers hauling propane and liquid fuels.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order to support farmers in the western part of the state. With this effort, the restrictions are lifted on drivers and carriers hauling propane and liquid fuels. The assistance is designed to alleviate the fuel shortage in the area. Walz said his team will continue to look into actions that can support the agricultural industry through these difficult conditions.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen will be in East Grand Forks Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the extreme harvest conditions faced by area farmers. In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Walz said his administration is looking for ways to assist farmers. “It may be regulatory relief on hours-of-service to propane haulers to truck weights to a possible disaster declaration.” An assessment is being made regarding a federal disaster declaration.
It was a rough start to the kidney bean and navy bean harvest for Perham, Minnesota farmers. However, a stretch of warm and dry weather allowed for some of the harvest to progress. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
Palmer amaranth has been found in Grant County in western North Dakota. According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the likely source of infestation was millet seed. Farmers are encouraged to scout fields during harvest and clean equipment between fields to prevent unintentional spreading. So far, Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in five North Dakota counties since 2018.
The noxious weed has also been found in Minnesota’s Lincoln County in a field that was planted to a cover crop contaminated with Palmer amaranth. The company that sold the contaminated seed self-reported the violation to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Whether it’s near Bremen, North Dakota or Stephen, Minnesota, dry edible bean harvest is not far away. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm network made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
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