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"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.
The company said the moves are part of a succession plan.
Ideal weather in much of the state helped corn and soybean growers shatter marks.
A third lane in Panama could help expand the export business for Minnesota farmers
Lower prices for energy and grain affected the company's bottom line.
The first business day after the holiday weekend was not a merry one for Stratasys Ltd.Company stock fell 6 percent after news that a rival…
Regional co-ops are worried about losing big candy customers
Commodities a big opportunity as trade restrictions are eased.
David Wilcox is charged with bank fraud and making false statements.
Happe will oversee a corporate expansion into the Twin Cities.
The deal with Zurich Insurance Group will near $1B for Rural Community Insurance Services, which covers 1 in 6 U.S. farmers.
Something unusual happened a couple of days before Thanksgiving. Federal environment officials filed court documents to pull the plug on a new herbicide combination that they had approved just a year ago and had been distributed on a trial basis to some Minnesota farms.
The former CEO of St. Paul Companies and a prominent philanthropist died peacefully on his 79th birthday.
Having such access is all the more important for seniors who'll be entering the workforce next year. Many of them will fill a growing need in rural communities with retiring veterinarians.
They're more common in the South, but Minnesotans want to test the agricultural benefits.
Federal program aids farmers based on need, but critics say the reforms are in name only.
Net profit fell 21 percent, but adjusted profit beat third-quarter projections.
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