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Ag News Wire

Ag News Wire is published on the first and third Monday of each month, except on holidays. It will also be published at other unscheduled times in order to provide relevant, time-sensitive information. Ag News Wire highlights columns and other news about the University’s production agriculture research and outreach efforts.

The Center for Farm Financial Management, part of University of Minnesota Extension, has just released a tool to help producers and landlords evaluate alternative land rental arrangements. FairRent for the web is a new and improved web version of the FairRent desktop software that CFFM has distributed for more than 20 years.

Every day, in more ways that we are aware, agriculture impacts our lives. From the food we eat to the cloths we wear, to the machines and materials we use to work and play - we all depend on a thriving agriculture industry. Minnesota farm families are a vital part of the nation's agriculture industry.

Representing agricultural achievement in diverse farming operations, 74 families from throughout Minnesota are being honored as a 2014 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

Heavy rains can add water to manure storage. This reduces space for manure and freeboard and makes emptying pits more difficult.

Producers and veterinarians must report porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV), according to a new federal order from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Producers who suspect their pigs have PEDv or PDCoV should work with their veterinarian to diagnose, report and manage the virus.

Spring rains and flooded fields have delayed or prevented planting for many farmers in Minnesota. If farmers have multi-peril crop insurance and have not been able to plant by their crop's final planting date, they do have options.

University of Minnesota Extension offers extensive educational resources for residents hit by flooding and those in areas where flood threats remain strong.

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