Margaret Sirolli, DVM, MPH

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), and 11 partners, recently received $500,000 to advance it’s “Bend, Don’t Break” initiative. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will support efforts targeted toward rural Minnesotan communities to address mental health challenges.

Umanga Gunasekera

Minnesota recorded a significant increase of COVID-19 cases this month, ranking 6th in the country of per capita cases during the month of November. Minnesota’s highest daily number of deaths were recorded November 24th with 101 deaths.


On November 12, federal wildlife officials removed the gray wolf from the endangered species act protection, after it had been recognized as an endangered species since 1974. Once not in the act, the wolves can be hunted for recreational purposes.

Julie Adamchick

In part two of this Weekly Topic, we will discuss the tradeoffs of different ruminant systems, and steps toward a more productive approach to valuing those impacts.

Julie Adamchick

Ruminant agriculture—food production from cud-chewing livestock species including cattle, sheep, goats, and camels—has a complicated relationship with people and our planet. It is crucial to recognize and value the diverse functions and contributions of ruminants to planetary health in order to move toward livestock systems which are beneficial and sustainable in the long run.

Addis Hunde Bedada

A recent study showed that bees are dying at an alarming rate not only in the United States but all over the world, leading to serious implications for global food security.