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MDA urges homeowners to follow EAB quarantine rules as they clean up after storms


Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesotans clean up after recent storms, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding residents of Hennepin, Ramsey and Houston Counties to avoid moving ash trees and branches out of their counties due to the risk that the materials may be infested with emerald ash borer (EAB) larvae.



EAB has killed millions of ash trees in affected states since its accidental introduction into North America. The metallic-green adult beetles are a half inch long, and are active from May to September. Hennepin, Ramsey and Houston Counties have confirmed infestations of the extremely destructive tree pest, and the three counties have ash quarantines in place to slow the spread of the pest into other areas. The quarantines prohibit the movement of potentially infested items such as ash limbs, branches, and logs out of affected counties.



While the quarantine means residents cannot move ash tree waste out of the affected counties, they still have good options for disposal. MDA encourages homeowners to contact their city public works office or their waste removal service to determine local policies on picking up tree waste. For homeowners without waste removal service or whose service does not accept tree waste, MDA has compiled a list of convenient sites that accept residential tree waste in the quarantined counties. The list is available on the MDA web page at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/en/plants/pestmanagement/eab/ashtreewaste.aspx



According to MDA Plant Protection Director Geir Friisoe, anyone violating an EAB quarantine is subject to a civil penalty of up to $7,500 per violation. However, Friisoe notes that enforcement action is generally unnecessary since most people are eager to help prevent the spread of EAB.



"The number one way emerald ash borer moves to new areas is when people accidentally help it spread by moving infested wood products like ash limbs or firewood," Friisoe said. "Since we implemented the quarantines last year, we've been pleased to see strong support from Minnesotans in the affected counties. They understand that the choices they make help strengthen our efforts to control this pest."



For more information about EAB and the state's response to this environmental threat, please visit the MDA website at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/eab.aspx.

MCDONALD'S® & KEMPS HOST OPEN DOOR DAYS TO SUPPORT FARMERS in SOUTHEASTERN MN

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 28, 2010 - Area Southeastern Minnesota McDonald's restaurants and one of its trusted suppliers, Kemps, are teaming up to help spread the message of the importance of dairy to our community.



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Parents Can Get Tax Credit for Sending Kids to Day Camp

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Many working parents need to arrange for care for their children when school is out. A popular solution - with a tax benefit - is a day camp program.



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HARRIET ISLAND TRANSFORMATION TO TASTE OF MINNESOTA UNDERWAY

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 29, 2010) - Tents are being raised, stages are being built and Harriet Island is transforming into the new and improved 2010 Taste of Minnesota. With more than 100 hours of live music on five stages starting at 11 a.m. daily, tw ..... 
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Legislative changes simplify enrollment for Rural Preserve program

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Saint Paul - Recent legislative changes will make the new Rural Preserve program a simpler option for Minnesota farmers deciding on property tax treatment of non-agricultural, class 2b rural vacant land that is currently enrolled in Green Acres.
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Kanabec County family wins monthly MDA award

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A multigenerational Kanabec County farm family has been awarded this month's Commissioner's Good Farm Neighbor award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Stacy and Kevin Thoeny along with Kevin's parents Don and Debra ..... 
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State grants available for feedlot and septic system improvement projects

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul - More than $4 million in state grants is available to local government units for projects to protect and restore water quality by improving feedlots near impaired waters and replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) that are iden ..... 
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Great American Backyard Campout: Trading the Wii for the Wilderness

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - School's out for summer, and instead of letting the kids turn into couch potatoes, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is encouraging Minnesota families to enjoy some time together under the stars during the annual Great American ..... 
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USE AND TRANSPORT FIREWORKS SAFELY, LEGALLY

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The July 4th holiday is a time when Americans celebrate generations of independence with family gatherings, community events and casual use of dangerous explosives.

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