Chamber Connection


Thank you to everyone who attended the Chamber Connection on September 30 at the Mid-Central Research & Outreach Center.


Resources available to help recover from storms


The University has a wide range of resources to help west central Minnesotans hit by heavy rains.


Put safety first. This Extension video highlights important steps to take before dealing with flooding in a home. Click here for topics including:

  • Dealing with damaged homes, farm buildings and yards;
  • Financial recovery;
  • Crops and livestock; and
  • Handling stress

The Answer Line, available to Minnesota residents at 1-800-854-1678, also offers information about flood recovery. It is staffed from 9:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in conjunction with Iowa State University Extension.




Cristian Flores Figueroa and Jeannette Munoz Aguayo - technicians with Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center lab received the Unsung Heroes Award during the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Conference Reception. Cristian and Jeannette were recognized for their development of an early Avian Influenza (AI) detection tool through sampling drinkers using PCR. This technique is able to pick up the virus two to three days before clinical signs show up in a flock. Cristian and Jeannette's contributions and research has greatly improved early detection of AI in flocks.






Dr. Carol Cardona was quoted in the article "The Looming Threat of Avian Flu" in The New Yok Times Magazine.

Read more about what research is being conducted at the Mid-Central Research & Outreach Center lab in Willmar in a recent article by MPR!



Carol Cardona (Photo by Dan Marshall)


Avian Influenza killed about 9 million birds in Minnesota this year, but U of M findings may help minimize the impact of future oubreaks. Read the full story by Erin Peterson.




Senator Franken met with area poultry producers and staff at the Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center to discuss Avian Influenza.