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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.

Losses in poultry production and related businesses due to avian influenza are estimated at $309.9 million in Greater Minnesota, according to a newly released emergency economic impact analysis from the University of Minnesota Extension.

Strong prices and lower costs brought record profits to many Minnesota livestock farmers in 2014, while crop producers saw earnings deteriorate for the second consecutive year.

Farmers and landowners have until the end of March 31 to make their choices under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Due to high demand, University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency will offer seven educational seminars to help crops producers choose options necessitated by the 2014 Farm Bill programs.

Landowners need to be involved in 2014 Farm Bill decisions for their farm. In fact, two of the three farm bill decisions required must be made by landowners, rather than tenants.

For the second year, the number of lenders sending notices under Minnesota's Farmer-Lender Mediation program was lower than at any other point in nearly a decade. The overall amount of debt taken to mediation also decreased.

University of Minnesota Extension corn agronomist Jeff Coulter has been recognized as one of Vance Publishing's "40 Under 40," honoring leadership among individuals contributing to efforts to double food production by 2050.

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