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Another herd tests positive for tuberculosis

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health last week said that a cow from a farm in Beltrami County tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. Minnesota has now detected bovine TB in seven beef herds in Roseau and Beltrami counties.

As part of the disease investigation, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health asked northwestern Minnesota cattle producers within 10 miles of an infected beef herd or infected whitetail deer to test their cattle for bovine tuberculosis.The newly detected herd is small and has had minimal animal movement.

"This has already been a long road," said Bill Hartmann, state veterinarian. "But no matter what it takes, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health is committed to working with Minnesota’s cattle producers to eliminate all of this disease.’’

Two dairy operations pay $17,000 in fines

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ST. PAUL — Two dairy operations in central Minnesota have each been ordered to pay $17,000 in fines for manure overflows, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said last week.

About 2,500 gallons of manure escaped a basin at Westland Dairy near Richmond while 10,000 gallons escaped a basin at Alpha Foods near Litchfield. Workers built earthen berms to contain the manure in adjacent road ditches from both overflows, and it was pumped onto cropland, the agency said. The overflows both happened Oct. 5, 2005.

Both dairies have completed or are working to complete MPCA requirements, such as installing depth markers, submitting reports and preparing a report of their manure storage basins.

Frank Crane, inventor of milk replacer, dies

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Frank Crane, a former Land O’Lakes employee and inventor of calf milk replacer, died Oct. 15 at age 93.

Crane, a native of Garden City, started working at the Land O’Lakes research farm in Anoka in 1949. One of his first priorities was to find a way to add value to byproducts in cheese making.

His efforts led to invention of the first calf milk replacer in 1951.

Crane retired in 1982.

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Nominations sought for DuPont Program

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota Soybean Association and Pioneer Hi-Bred International are seeking applications for the 2007 DuPont Young Leader Program.

The program identifies and cultivates leaders who play an integral role in the promotion of agriculture and the success of the soybean industry.

"The DuPont Young Leader Program targets soybean farmers who are innovative, assertive, young to leadership and looking to make their mark in agriculture,’’ said Sue Meyer, a soybean producer from New Prague and leadership committee chairwoman.

The Minnesota 2007 Young Leaders will participate in an expense-paid leadership training program trip to the Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 27-March 3. The second phase of training will be held in early December 2007 at Pioneer Hi-Bred headquarters in Des Moines.

Program application forms are available by calling the MSGA office at 1-888-896-9678.

$80 million biomass energy project begins

VIRGINIA, Minn. — An $80 million biomass energy project serving Virginia and Hibbing formally opened Oct. 30, promising employment and steam rate stability in the Iron Range towns.

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Ceremonies in each city capped more than three years of work installing wood-fired biomass boilers in the cities’ utilities. The first fires were expected in the Hibbing boiler Nov. 20 and in the Virginia boiler Nov. 23, with commercial operations slated for year’s end, officials said.

The project will use biomass from a tree farm in Aitkin, as well as right of way clearings. Biomass consists of organic matter, including wood and other plants, that can be turned into energy.

Keith Nelson, a St. Louis County commissioner, said the project gives utilities the chance to diversify their fuel source while enabling loggers to sell what has traditionally been a waste product.

Land O’Lakes takes over Brandt fund

ARDEN Hills, Minn. — The Land O’Lakes Foundation, the charitable arm of Land O’Lakes Inc., has taken over responsibility for awarding the annual scholarships made in the name of one of its founding executives, John Brandt of Litchfield.

Under the agreement, the John Brandt Memorial Foundation is dissolving and will grant all its assets to Land O’Lakes Foundation, designating them for scholarships to graduate students studying the dairy sciences. A 14-member committee of former Brandt Foundation trustees will continue to help select scholarship recipients.

The Brandt Foundation was created in 1935, shortly after the death of its namesake.

CPM course, trade show set Dec. 5-7

MINNEAPOLIS — The Extension Service and the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers will present a CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show together Dec. 5-7 in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The shared location will offer Pesticide Applicator Training recertification.

The CPM course and MCPR Trade Show will focus both plenary session around the theme of "Future Perspectives of the Agricultural Input Industry.’’

Speakers will discuss issues related to bio-fuels, product development for future markets and the future mission of the land-grant university.

Questions about the CMP course can be directed to Kevin Cavanaugh at (612) 625-2778. PAT certification questions can be addressed by calling the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at (651) 201-6615.

Crushed bottles mixed in to pave roads

PENNOCK, Minn. — Take one down, pass it around ... and use it to pave a road.

Green and brown bottles collected from bars in Stearns, Meeker and Chippewa counties are being crushed and mixed with gravel to make street beds at a new housing development in Pennock.

The city is experimenting with a new road construction method in hopes of solving problems for contractors who need road building material and local garbage haulers who are seeking an affordable alternative for recycling glass.

The streets, and the glass, will eventually be covered with asphalt.

Dean Helstrom, the city’s engineer from Bolton & Menk, said he doesn’t see a problem with using a 10 percent blend of crushed glass and aggregate in the road base.

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