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The merger of three major agricultural lenders in the Upper Midwest is raising questions about how big is too big when it comes to the Farm Credit System.
The invasive Palmer amaranth contaminated seed mixes sold by a small Minnesota company.
Not to be confused with illicit marijuana, useful plant draws interest as crop option at U's ag campus.
Specialty cheeses have bumped up in popularity because of stronger consumer interest in healthier, locally produced foods without artificial growth hormones.
Two years of losses place financial stress on farmers as prices continue to decline.
University of Minnesota Extension announces free and confidential counseling service to help struggling farmers.
Birk was a national expert on fur trade history, which included the early French explorers and the British and Americans who followed.
The Mahtomedi-based pet retailer sees e-commerce as key to growing market share.
The flood of organic corn and soybeans, driven by U.S. consumer demand, has caused a huge drop in prices for farmers during the past 18 months.
But the cooperative saw decreases in some areas.
The decline mirrors national and regional trends.
Scientists studying swine are trying to help pork producers respond to animal-welfare concerns
Mosaic sees a gradual upswing in its fertilizer business, but the company slashed its dividend.
Buying from Maschhoffs is now suspended as inquiries begin.
New federal regulations mark the first serious attempt in at least 20 years to tackle what many have called the systematic overuse of antibiotics in…
Mexican import tax could severely harm agriculture sector.
"Shark Tank" investors will judge a Minneapolis start-up that makes high-fidelity earplugs to protect against loud music.
U study finds median selling prices of Minnesota farmland have declined for the third consecutive year.
Low energy prices affected margins at cooperative's refineries.
Grant Herfindahl runs an agency that’s familiar to all Minnesota farmers but little known to the general public. The Farm Service Agency is the financial…
Bigger shipments and lower rail costs are helping to offset low commodity prices.
At Upstairs Circus, staff members provide supplies, photo tutorials and assistance for the projects, which are ranked by degree of difficulty and can take from one to three hours to complete.
Seed mixes that were planted to increase habitat for bees and wildlife were contaminated with one of the most prolific and damaging weeds in the country.
The new facility will join others in an industrial park and will get financial aid from state and city.
The $2.5 billion deal will make the company the leading fertilizer producer in Brazil.
The local investment banking firm will grow larger in 2017
CHS Sunflower is the only major processor working both ends of production to improve sunflower seed growth, taste.
Continued rains and constant moisture increased plant disease and spoilage.
He never sought the limelight, but Dwayne O. Andreas was one of the leading farm industrialists of the 20th century with deep business, political and…
Minnesota is the nation's leading turkey producer, accounting for 18 percent of all turkeys raised in the U.S.
The expansion is designed to put workers on one campus and increase collaboration.
With prices stagnant, high yields in Minnesota are not likely to be a big income boost.
Impact of weak farm economy rippling through main streets.
Company's third quarter results see plunge in earnings, but still beat analysts' expectations.
Research shows Minnesota safety middle of the pack of Midwestern states.
North Dakota oil production has slid below 1 million barrels per day for the first time in more than 2 years.
Minnesota's buffer strip law is taking hold in farm country as farmers prepare the land.
"George was a good solid citizen, a Rock of Gibraltar type, and you could depend on him for anything," said Joe Selvaggio, a friend who knew Hanson in his later years.
The $8.5 million expansion of a poultry disease lab was approved after a bird flu epidemic in the state in 2015.
The Eden Prairie firm has increased marketing and sales dramatically since being acquired two years ago by a Canadian dairy cooperative.
Minnesota ranks No. 1 in sweet corn — the belle of the State Fair
Cargill, General Mills, Wal-Mart and several other giant food, agricultural and environmental groups will announce a partnership on Wednesday to accelerate programs and research to…
Some worry that Chinese deal will affect security, food supply
A state-of-the-art greenhouse allows researchers to study potential crop yield reductions.
Responding to consumer and retail demand, plus farmers’ needs, Land O’Lakes Inc. has created a new sustainability business division. Company president and CEO Chris Policinski…
As more families raise poultry, Minnesota health officials issue warnings about safe hygiene.
Valley Natural Foods, based in Burnsville, will spend $2 million to process and sell organic beef and other meat closer to home.
The company, with four stores in the Twin Cities, is seeking bankruptcy protection.
Cargill said it will focus on grain and oilseeds as it sells its crop input stores in Minnesota and five other states.
Tom Doar loved to pretend he was a country bumpkin lawyer from rural Wisconsin. But he was a savvy businessman who played a key role…
Mist Labs device provides real-time irrigation data to help farmers use water more efficiently and improve crop yields.
Federal officials report many Minnesota staples are in good-to-excellent condition, despite weather damage in places
Minnesota's booming craft beer industry has created a huge demand for hops, an ingredient that provides the suds with bitter, citric, and zesty flavors and aromas.
For nonfarming heirs who keep land in the family, managers are an answer
Yields could fall sharply by 2050 because of climate change, according to U models, but growers trust technology to adapt.
Caribou Coffee Co. has won a settlement in a trademark infringement case but is taking heat from supporters and owners of the Blue Caribou Cafe,…
The company said it will help the state fight against pollution from agriculture.
The E.U. has not approved the biotech seeds; the uncertainty could present export problems for U.S. farmers and grain producers.
Report finds no difference in human health problems as GMO labeling issue heats up.
Hazelnuts are native to the eastern U.S., but new, tasty hybrids are emerging in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
State's producers take pricey steps to prevent another $650M disaster.
Crop nutrients company expects profits to pick up in the second half of 2016.
Corn and sugar beets are among the crops that benefited from warm days in the state.
Mark Gross fills two high-level posts – chief innovation officer and chief financial officer.
Many are paring back their expenses as prices decline.
Largest farmer-owned cooperative in the nation had a $31M quarterly loss.
"We can put a tomato on your plate right here in Minnesota year-round that you know is safe, wholesome and will taste like a garden tomato in January," said Keith Kersten, CEO of Bushel Boy.
An alarming lack of young people are planning to work in the agriculture industry, according to a new survey funded by Arden Hills-based Land O'Lakes…
Land O'Lakes is a company whose bread-and-butter business really is butter — and a whole lot more. It has to be to survive long-term, its CEO says.
Longtime leader was an expert in workers' compensation.
Land O'Lakes reported record earnings of $308 million in 2015, although net sales dipped because of an overall slowdown in the farm economy.
Farmland prices in Minnesota continue to soften as prices for corn and soybeans remain relatively low and the outlook for 2016 appears to offer marginal profits for many crop growers.
The company said it is well-positioned for 2016 and will repurchase more shares of its stock.
Glen Taylor and a partner plan to raise, slaughter and market premium pork in Minnesota.
Scientists say the coatings usually offer little benefit for extra cost. The industry disagrees.
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