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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.
The Arden Hills cooperative bought a majority stake in a South African company.
Central Wisconsin’s picturesque cranberry country has become a testing ground for a new approach to pest control: birth control for bugs. Scientists are experimenting with…
Echo Laboratories won an award from Proto Labs in Maple Plain.
Expectations are big for soybeans and corn, but global glut keeps prices low
Stone's Throw is a local leader in a limited scene.
Farmers pull back, and fertilizer companies feel it.
Obituary: Anne Adams Hage, former editor at the University of Minnesota Press and the Minnesota Historical Society
Anne Hage was a careful and curious editor and researcher, always on task to make lives better for others. “She had this keen awareness that…
Seeds are big business for international conglomerates such as Syngenta, which not only sell the seeds but develop technologies to make them better. Now Syngenta's Minnesota division is expanding to put more research into coatings.
A University of Minnesota scientist says many golf courses could be a lot more friendly to the environment if they were engineered to use different turf grasses that require less water and fewer chemicals.
In a surprise announcement earlier this month, CHS Inc. said it is no longer planning to build a $3.3 billion fertilizer plant in Spiritwood, N.D.,…
CEO says it's no longer "business as usual" at famed public radio units.
Capturing methane from manure from Minnesota dairy cows can reduce pollution and save energy, but technology can be tricky and too expensive to make money.
Unmanned aircraft with sophisticated sensors can detect pests, other issues.
The decline was amplified by comparison to a one-time gain last year.
The $12 million facility in Shakopee will focus on cutting-edge technology linked to seeds
It joins with Iowa-based United Suppliers as part of a two-stage process.
Farmer interest in corn remains steady in 2015, but soybean planting gets a boost
A Land O'Lakes program hopes to inspire new leaders and ideas.
Minnesota's production dropped 14 percent between April and May.
Nearly 80 percent of the crops in Minnesota were reported in good or excellent condition.
On a cold day in mid-January in 1969, Anna Stanley and a handful of other black students got the attention of University of Minnesota President…
Right at Home is one of 13 companies that has made the Star Tribune's list of Top Workplaces each of the six years it has been produced.
A new report finds that, even if organic farming grows substantially, that it produces more per acre profits for farmers.
Deb Taylor joined the company four-plus years ago from Liberty Mutual.
Narayana Kocherlakota will start at the University of Rochester next year.
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have established a partnership with Organic Valley, the nation’s largest organic farming cooperative, to study how to make pastures more healthy,…
Speakers at the event hosted by Sen. Amy Klobuchar called for more women to consider careers in the industry.
Some contend that free-range poultry face less bird flu risk. That theory will be tested in the coming weeks as the chicks are released outdoors for the first time.
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