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House Democrats prepare for vote condemning Trump's attacks on progressive freshman women. Also on our Tuesday rundown: Immigrants’ rights groups slam asylum rules that take effect today. Plus, summer meals aim to prevent kids' academic slide.

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Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

Lyons, NE - "Specialty crops" are a growing part of Minnesota's economy, and a Midwest agriculture think tank says the federal "Value-Added Producer Grant" program can help producers get their product to market. Mike Heavrin with the Center for Rural Affairs says it's designed to provide jobs and

A dozen Minnesota farmers and ranchers are back from their annual spring "Fly-In" to Washington to talk about Ag issues. Spokesman Dennis Sjodin with the Minnesota Farmers Union says one issue on the agenda was a plan to require "country of origin labeling" (COOL) on food. "Does it come from the

How can Minnesota get some "new blood" down on the farm? A Minnesotan will testify before a U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee today about efforts to attract young people into agriculture. Karen Stettler with the Land Stewardship Project is scheduled to speak to a House Ag Committee. "There are

An energy agreement President Bush signed during his recent trip to South America is raising concerns in Minnesota. It calls for the U.S. and Brazil to work together to produce alternative fuels, but Doug Peterson with the Minnesota Farmers Union says it could lead to more fuel imports, which doesn'

A bill to increase Minnesota's minimum wage faces its first House test today. Sponsor Tom Rukavina says it's a matter of economic justice and fairness. "People that go to work for a living every day should be able to make a wage that, at least, attempts to keep up with inflation." The bill would r

Renewable fuels, a new farm bill and "country of origin" food labels are on the agenda of the National Farmers Union annual convention, which gets underway today in Orlando. Minnesota delegate Doug Peterson says discussing agriculture products for energy will be a priority, because of the growing d

The 18th annual Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference is under way today in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Some 2,000 farmers and food providers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Michigan and Iowa are there to participate in workshops and exhibits, and share ideas on marketing and promoting organic

Want to get into farming in Minnesota? Here's your chance. A drive aimed at getting "new blood" into farming kicks off later this month, and it's aimed at non-English speaking families. Brian DeVore of the Land Stewardship Project says applications are being taken for "Farm Beginnings," a program

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