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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.

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.

The April 28 crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates only 4 percent of Minnesota corn acres are planted with the majority in southwestern Minnesota. In comparison, the 5-year average (2009 to 2013) is 30 percent. Many growers may not be able to resume field work until at least this weekend or early next week due to the recent and expected rainfall. This has led to questions about corn yield potential when planting is delayed.

A series of fact sheets on the Agricultural Act of 2014 - the farm bill - is available to help the agricultural community prepare for changes introduced by the recently passed federal legislation.

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