A coordinated state and federal response to the avian influenza outbreak in Minnesota is headquartered at the Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. The presence of the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in the city also greatly augments the ability to the manage the threat the disease poses to turkey and poultry flocks.
North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., an hour south of Moorhead, started a meat-processing program last fall. Two Minnesota technical colleges plan to start meat-cutting programs later this year, and according to one official, there is strong student interest.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz led the trade mission to the United Kingdom and Finland Nov. 13-19. Accompanying Walz on his trip was a farmer from Crookston, Minnesota: Tim Dufault, a board member of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotional Council.
After two failed farmland purchase agreements, Naima Dhore recently signed a lease to begin farming land in Alexandria, Minnesota, which she'll transition her small-scale organic operation to in February.