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International uncertainty, poor weather are blamed.
Producers got $681 million in trade war aid, with some skirting payment caps.
Higher temperatures and heavier precipitation have increased yields for corn and soybeans in much of Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.
As organic food sales continue to skyrocket, U.S. consumers might be buying products that were tainted in their growing and feeding. Grain fraud investigators like John Bobbe are trying to turn back that rising tide of counterfeit imports.
A hailstorm that ripped through southwest Minnesota last week left thousands of acres of corn and soybeans damaged or destroyed — in many cases too late in the season for farmers to replant their crops.
Farmers will be closely watching the report on Friday, which could result in more improvement.
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association hopes to create new markets for corn, and greener plastic.
Steve Censky gave state's farmers little reason for optimism that the trade war will end soon.
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois farms are still lagging far behind, and corn prices are on the rise.
Because of the cool, wet spring and delayed planting, farmers all over the Midwest had to make last-second decisions on what type of seed to plant.
Planting late, they're switching seeds, crossing fingers
Patrice Bailey wants to change how people of color view agribusiness.
Along with income, more farmers are losing faith in their future, a Purdue University survey finds.
State's farmers, business react: "We can't keep doing this"
"It's an organization that's been so valuable," the essay's author said. "But also it's had a lot of systemic issues that result in barriers to participation."
Soybean growers will likely need a government bailout for a second year.
State's corn farmers still have time, but more rain is in the forecast.
Pest control companies oppose the bill, saying it would create a "crazy-quilt" of regulation.
Minnesota cattlemen's association says it's not sure "why this lawsuit is necessary."
Palmer amaranth proliferates quickly, can grow up to 8 feet tall and has a woody stem thick enough to damage farm equipment.
The trend is the same across the country. Since 2000, more than 64,000 dairies with fewer than 200 cows have closed. Over that same period, the number of mega-dairies — those with 1,000 or more cows — has more than doubled.
Mark Berg, 26, posted the video on his Facebook page with a note "To the Dairy Community, I know you are hurting, hang in there if you can."
Farmers were already worried the soil wouldn't be dry enough for on-schedule planting.
He turned a sleepy janitors' union into a potent political force.
Minnesota's farmers have made little money for several years, but their wealth is holding up because land remains valuable and in high demand.
Trade war had pushed 2018 prices down.
It's been a down cycle for nearly five years, and the trade war and weather have exacerbated the problem.
Some flooding could happen on Minnesota rivers, but it would have to linger a long time to delay planting.
Barge restrictions mean more complications for shipping and lower grain prices for farmers — and the snow's still melting.
The Trump administration has pledged to move out two major research divisions out of the Washington area by the end of the year.
Deal to add West Central Distribution solidifies long-standing ties.
World's largest soybean market has turned to other countries.
Farmers went into the harvest with large stockpiles; now those stockpiles are record-breaking.
First it was soy, then almond milk, coconut milk and rice milk. Now, there's oat milk and pea milk. Dairy farmers say nut growers are taking advantage of the image milk has built through the years.
Randy Quast is embroiled in a messy court battle in Oregon and listed a $5 million liability as a result.
Just about every weekday morning for the past decade, Lovell Tims walked into the U.S. Bank Plaza, bought a newspaper at Billy & Marty’s Convenience…
Farmers are waiting for the Filipino government to approve it.
The proposed facility might mean 100 jobs, create local demand in an 11-county area.
About 800 Farm Service Agency offices will reopen to process loans as pressure grows.
Corn, soybean lobbyists hope Walz will be more open to some of their concerns.
Energy division posted a $112 million increase in profit.
Wheat acres rose by 40 percent in 2018, some predict another uptick in 2019.
Survey finds about half of Midwest bankers are seeking more collateral from farmers
Minnesota nearing move into second place in U.S. production.
Families in farm country are struggling to pay the bills, let alone give one another Christmas presents, thanks to already depressed prices for farm products and a trade war that's driven prices lower.
Farmers still would prefer free trade and worry about next year.
It only amounts to 3 percent of typical U.S. soybean exports to China, but it's a start.
Some farmers are storing more than half of the crop they just harvested.
The restriction reduced the number of complaints in 2018, regulators decide to keep it.
The bill maintains the status quo for most farmers, but it gives small dairy producers new pricing protection.
Global grain, energy company still recovering after freight trader falsified records.
That means they need a lot more refrigerator space. Aid groups are hustling to find storage for $1.2 billion in U.S. meat and produce.
Eighty-four farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Wis., Minn., North and South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. That's more than double the number over the same period in 2013 and 2014.
Why go hunting? "For the meat" is becoming a more common answer.
Government payments cover a small fraction of dairy losses due to trade wars, farmers say.
Robert Holmes was a risk-taker who jumped motorcycles, raced cars and boats and flew airplanes, but he was also a meticulous man who organized the…
Minnesota farmers want to keep using chlorpyrifos.
The maker of Salted Nut Rolls, Nut Goodies and Mint Patties is being purchased by Minneapolis-based Spell Capital.
The company still plans to file amended financials.
Steve King has been criticized for his support of those with racist views.
A startup in Iowa says it has fixes to many of the obstacles
The farmers co-op, one of the nation's largest shippers, discovered errors on rail freight contracts.
Comfrey Farm, which raises Duroc pigs that produce darker, marbled pork, is angling for retail sales.
Pipeline Foods has five elevators dedicated to storing and moving organics.
The virus has spread from Africa to domestic and wild pigs in China, Japan and Europe.
Farmers want their mandated conservation easements to be discounted from property taxes
The trade war with China is falling hardest on soybean farmers west and northwest of the Twin Cities, who are being offered substantially less money…
Trump's revised trade deal has Minnesota farmers, workers cautiously optimistic.
The high-tech soybeans have been stripped of the gene that creates trans fats.
Experiment finds room in the back of empty trucks returning to distribution hubs.
David Bedford bites into 500 apples a day in peak season, so he knows a thing or two about taste and texture. And when the…
Fired Colo. meatpackers say they were denied prayer breaks, will share a $1.5M payout.
The escalating trade war is imposing new burdens on Minnesota's vast and economically important agricultural sector.
Some drivers lament change, but most new semis automated.
Sonny Perdue suggests the China dispute will take a while to resolve and may require the president to directly intervene.