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"They picked us," says Mark Grimes, who runs Homestead Arts Farm in Pine Island with his wife, Lori Grimes, welcoming people to learn about their fuzzy friends.
Crash data shows there were 374 crashes involving farm equipment in Minnesota from 2019 through 2021, resulting in eight deaths and 133 injuries.
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“I don’t think anything comes out of sitting in a cell,” said Kathy Lionberger, division director at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center.
When Jay Clark and Tammy Soma Clark began Rochester's Apples R Us in 2009 they only had 300 trees planted, now in 2022, they have over 12,500 with plans to plant a third orchard section by 2024.
Since 2015, the amount of agricultural land acquired by foreign interests has risen to 3.3 million acres per year. While we export a great deal of food around the world, we should be trying to keep those profits in family farmers’ hands, and not those of foreign investors.
The 15-acre lot of apple trees in Rochester is now almost 10 times in size since it was purchased in 1962.

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Program is teaming up with the Minnesota Great River Road commission to highlight some of the best the fall season has to offer. September is Drive the Great River Road Month in all 10 Mississippi River states.
A Brainerd lakes area farm was water quality certified in the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program.
I am glad that USDA is thinking a little differently and doing some testing with farmers and ranchers through programs like the Conservation Stewardship Program. It is nice to know we are trying to change as nature changes.

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