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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.
Minnesota farmers are worried that the crops in the ground won't cover their costs.
Trials show new nutritional ingredients help cows stay hydrated.
Small grain and sugar beet planting is a month ahead of last year, making farmers optimistic about this year’s season.
Indictment says Aaron Quoc Khieu wanted to set up new company with proprietary information from his former employer.
Uponor designs snow melt system to prevent buildup (or collapse).
Local retail operations and wholesale fertilizer sales improved.
Authorities declared ice-out on Lake Minnetonka on Sunday, nearly three weeks earlier than 2014.
Earnings crumbled for state crops in 2014, but livestock producers had a good year
Some Minnesota crop producers may switch to grow more soybeans because of low corn prices and high farming costs
A snow-sparse winter and recent mild temperatures may give Minnesota farmers a head start on planting this spring, which could improve crop yields at a time when prices remain low.
A burgeoning market has left processors struggling to catch up and raised prices for organic dairy producers.
A trade mission with 95 agriculture leaders from 12 states visited Cuba earlier this month. Many were members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba,…
Dick Chapman met governors, movie stars and authors, but his most cherished memento was a note written in crayon on the torn fragment of a…
Cargill-organized delegation travels to Communist nation to explore trade opportunities.
University of Minnesota majors in agricultural sciences or agricultural business don’t need to worry about jobs after graduating. Companies large and small are eager to hire them.
Several years of double-digit price increases have come to an end — and it may stay that way, experts say.
Canadian Pacific, Teamsters halt two-day strike to start third-party negotiations.
Although many states set records in 2014 for corn and soybeans, Minnesota yields were limited by a short season.
Driven by success in its energy business, CHS Inc. reported net income of $378 million for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, an…
Leora M. “Lee” Hansen grew up when women’s roles were more narrowly defined, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her interests in art, music,…
The easing of economic and travel restrictions with Cuba could mean a significant bump in export sales for Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses.
Churn on global markets could undercut farms, but the oversupply will likely benefit consumers.
Delay sparked lawsuits by Cargill, Midwest farmers.
The country’s refusal led Cargill and others in the industry to sue the Swiss seed maker.
A survey of grain handlers is giving railroads higher marks.
University of Wisconsin researchers have developed a new variety of organic corn called “Who Gets Kissed?” The sweet corn was named in honor of a…
West Coast slowdown adds to rail and barge shipping woes for producers, retailers.
Annual meeting of nation’s largest farmer-owned co-op attracts 2,300 members.
Minnesota corn and soybean growers will struggle to break even this year.
And you can thank Wisconsin for your table’s cranberries.
With the recent rail disruptions, Minnesota farmers are turning back to the river for transportation.
In the annual survey of shippers, CP finished last, BNSF was sixth among seven railroads.
Dairies are using automated feeders to improve calf health and reduce labor.
CHS is adding and expanding terminals to fill pipeline void.
David Larson was passionate about business and education, and a successful leader in both fields. He spent his entire career at Cargill, and rose through…
Critics say they prove oil favoritism; railroads say numbers are misleading.
The 155-acre farm in Dakota County will be improved with money from farm credit groups.
But Minnesota farmers likely will have to wait to use Dow’s combination herbicide.
Two new experimental vaccines are available for sows, and pig farmers are ratcheting up biosecurity strategies, including high-tech truck washes that “bake” vehicles at high temperatures to kill the virus and prevent its spread.
They’re seeking damages because China won’t accept Syngenta’s GMO corn.
The bags cost a fraction of what it would cost to build new steel bins for storage.
Even with labor shortages, growers and companies say they’ll be prepared.
Minnesota companies race against time to increase taconite shipments before winter.
Federal programs give crop farmers more options to lower their economic risks.
Buffalo Wild Wings is expected to sponsor and receive naming rights to a major college football bowl — the former Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida — according to ESPN.
When Elinor Scott-Sutter qualified to run in the Boston Marathon in 2013, it was a dream come true.But then two bombs exploded when she was…
Hmong American Farmers Association offers land for those who may not be able to buy.
Farmers and grain shippers are increasingly worried about where they’ll put millions of bushels of Minnesota-grown corn and soybeans because the rail system is far behind.
Corn is selling for half of what it did two years ago, which could hurt farm-related businesses.
Enbridge Energy plans to add pumping stations to boost the capacity of the line across northern Minnesota.
The method, gaining attention from organic farmers, uses corncob grit instead of chemicals to protect crops.
Weeds that won’t succumb to mainstream herbicides are a rising concern nationally, especially in cotton, corn and soybean country, and the largest agribusinesses are racing to propose solutions.
Just about every crop in Minnesota is a week or two behind schedule this year because of the late spring. That includes Minnesota’s official state grain
The unrelated incidents occurred within hours of one other in south Minneapolis.
A new study predicts that changes in crops grown in southeastern Minnesota will jeopardize drinking water