>>Farm Bill Work Continues
(Washington, D.C.) — The U.S. House Agriculture Committee is looking to complete the new farm bill in the first quarter of 2024. Minnesota Republican Congressman Brad Finstad says updating reference prices continues to be a heavy lift. If they were to update the reference point price that reflect the world we live in, it would be an 80-billion-dollar lift. Finstad says negotiators are trying to determine how to provide an adequate safety net for farmers while acknowledging other tools in the farm bill might be more effective. He says for instance a stronger crop insurance title could be a place where maybe dollars would be better spent — versus trying to tweak the edges of reference prices if you’re not going to do the full meal deal.
>>SUV-COW Crash Sends Teen to the Hospital
(Kellogg, MN) — A teenage girl was taken to a hospital after the vehicle she was riding in hit a cow on a southeast Minnesota highway. The State Patrol responded to the traffic incident around 8:45 Tuesday night southwest of Kellogg in Wabasha County. Police say an SUV was traveling south on the two-lane highway when it hit the animal. A 14-year-old passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver 44-year-old Bridget Hoffman of Lake City was not injured. The woman and girl were both wearing their seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
>>Minnesotans Take Part in World Climate Change Conference
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates) — Minnesota activists at the world climate change conference in Dubai continue pushing for developed countries to pay developing nations for repairing climate-change damage that their fossil-fuel burning has caused. Julia Nerbonne (NER-bn) with Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light says the U.S. contributed around 25 percent of all the carbon that’s creating climate change right now. She says damage is more severe in developing nations, with the U-S share to fix it estimated at 280 to 400 billion dollars. Nerbonne says the U-S has committed 17.5 million dollars almost a rounding error and it’s embarrassing. Activists are pushing Minnesota’s congressional delegation to increase the number.
>>Gopher Baseball Coach Anderson Retiring After 43rd Season in 2024
(Minneapolis, MN) — Golden Gopher baseball coach John Anderson is retiring next year following his 43rd season at the University of Minnesota. Anderson is the longest-tenured coach in the history of U of M athletics and the Big Ten’s all-time winningest baseball coach with 1,365 career victories. Anderson says in a statement, “There will be time to reminisce and share all the great stories that were created on this special journey when the 2024 season is over.” He says he and his staff are focused on preparing the team for the season ahead.