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USDA allows 'split status' for bovine TB in Minnesota.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced "split state status" for bovine tuberculosis in Minnesota.

That is expected to help most of the state's producers by lessening costly testing requirements for the disease.

Minnesota's bovine TB status was downgraded earlier this year after a new case of the highly contagious pulmonary disease surfaced in northwestern Minnesota. The downgrade in status meant all Minnesota cattle and bison producers moving animals across state lines had to adhere to stricter testing requirements.

State agriculture officials had been working since then on a plan to isolate the downgraded status to the affected area of northwestern Minnesota.

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