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Leading University of Minnesota radon researcher William Angell will join U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar at a news conference where Klobuchar will announce federal legislation she is introducing to reduce exposure to cancer-causing radon gas in homes.
Minnesota farmers have until June 1, 2010, to enroll in the Direct-Counter Cyclical Payment (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) programs, if not previously enrolled, according to University of Minnesota Extension experts.
If you traveled through rural Minnesota last winter, you probably realized some of the benefits of windbreaks and living snow fences. In addition to protecting roadways and farms from drifting snow in winter, farmers and other rural residents know the value of properly placed trees and shrubs to save energy (heating and cooling), protect from the wind, protect soil and water, increase wildlife habitat, and beautify the land. 
Minnesota producers have been disappointed in soybean yields lately. Recent springs have been somewhat wetter and late summers have been somewhat dryer than ideal for soybean production in many parts of the state. An early warm-up this spring may be a good sign for soybeans in 2010.
Median net farm income dropped 63 percent in 2009 among more than 3,000 Minnesota farms, a new joint report by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and University of Minnesota Extension shows.
There was a time in our nation's history when many people lived on a farm or had close relatives who owned a farm. Most consumers today have no direct relationship to livestock producers. Many have a close relationship with their pets and love animals, so they want to know how animals are cared for on the farm. There is a need to assure them that producers care for their animals.
The third annual University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour in Hennepin County will take place Saturday, July 10, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Due to the late harvest last fall, many fields did not receive fall tillage or fertilizers. Residue is light in color and reflects the sunlight, which slows soil warm-up. This spring, especially in northwest and west central Minnesota, there will be a lot of residue to contend with.
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