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Higher fertilizer prices helped the Mosaic Co. increase net sales by 12 percent in its fourth quarter, although net income dropped because of the changes in U.S. tax legislation.
Revol Greens in Medford is using greenhouses to compete with lettuce trucked from warmer climes.
The Minneapolis company will consolidate its manufacturing in Ohio and California to improve efficiency.
Wheatsheaf Group, an investment firm, is looking to the Midwest for innovative solutions to global food challenges.
Company leaders say the franchise will mix co-working with the hospitality of a social club.
The Farmers Union represents about 10,000 farmer members in the state, and advocates for state and federal agricultural programs and policies.
Change gives farmers a break for selling to co-ops instead of private firms.
The nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative was helped by fuel business, affected by negative agriculture trends.
A paper company in Washington state claims that Canada is selling the product at unfair trade prices, but others disagree.
With the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, now may a good time for Minnesotans to think about changing jobs.
Upcoming farm census offers hard data, look at ways agriculture is shifting in the state.
Farmers are hoping that new pesticide restrictions will prevent a repeat of soybean damage in 2018.
Jack Goodwin started writing about sports at the Minneapolis Star newspaper right out of college, hired as a summer replacement. As he liked to tell…
Grants allow Minnesota farmers to field-test conservation ideas.
The Canadian restaurant chain says it has not received payments from several of its Minnesota franchisees.
Lawsuit says Xcel's idea to cease using three Minn. plants will cost 100 jobs.
Years of low commodity prices have loaded producers with debt and anxiety.
Corn, soybean production declined slightly in a year when worldwide harvests are 'hitting on all cylinders'
University of Minnesota researchers are blasting weeds with corncob grit to protect raspberries and other crops
Researchers are studying how to pulverize weeds with abrasive grit as an alternative to herbicides or hand pulling
With a new leader, the University of St. Thomas ratchets up its entrepreneurship training effort
The acquisition expects to accelerate the support of healthier animals and more wholesome food.
More Minnesotans may be calling in sick this week. Blame it on a string of higher than normal temperatures that has folks keeping their shorts…
Scientists race to find fix as losses pile up for berry farms, wineries
Minnesota ranks ninth nationally in organic production and sales with double-digit growth that mirrors trends around the country
The facility in River Falls, Wis., will develop products for its WinField United division.
The pending settlement is subject to court approval and would establish a fund to compensate corn farmers for economic losses incurred when China would not accept U.S. exports.
Barnwell was passionate about helping children with complex, rare and traumatic medical problems, and spent four decades doing so in the Twin Cities.
All employees seem to be safe and accounted for, the CEO said.
A yearslong battle between farmers and the Syngenta Corp. over whether the Swiss giant rushed to market a genetically modified corn seed, causing millions of…
A new formulation of an old herbicide has sparked complaints.
Even though fertilizer prices remain low, the company beat earnings expectations in second quarter.
Dairy farmers are lining up to join a program that turns plastic waste into trash bags
The nation's largest farmer-owned cooperative reported lower earnings across the board during the past quarter.
As young farmers in the state struggle to break into the industry, Minnesota introduces a first-of-its-kind law to lend a hand
Top Workplaces companies are expanding programs to include mental and social dimensions.
Robert Rohlf, former Hennepin County Library system director who died at 89, left wide-ranging imprint
He was known as Mr. Library, and no wonder. Robert Rohlf directed the Hennepin County Library system for 25 years, served as president of the…
Xcel says plants are too expensive to run.
Farmers would apply for the temporary extension; money would be shifted in budget to help.
John Mesko, executive director at Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), has a broad background in both conventional and organic farming. He worked in…
Carl Casale replaced by veteran manager after co-op's earnings flounder.
Dry — and warmer — weather last week allowed corn and soybean producers to catch up to average planting times.
A winter with less ice meant shipping out of Duluth and Superior and across the Great Lakes saw upsurge over last year.
Farmers need some sun to get corn, other crop production back on schedule.
Farmers have reduced fertilizer, putting strain on Plymouth firm's earnings.
Xcel, with city of Becker's support, is selling land for industrial development.
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.
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