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Farmers demand compensation for taking cropland out of production, but it's unclear where the money will come from.
Late spring planting and rail bottlenecks in Canada affected its earnings.
Many rural Minnesotans feel left behind or ignored when it comes to challenges in everyday living.
Corn growers accuse attorneys of "self-dealing."
State agency apologizes, says fines were meant to help with compliance.
"Rowbots" can fertilize crops more efficiently and precisely, and hopefully in the future, plant some seeds.
Minnesota is the nation's third largest producer of soybeans. The crop accounts for 30 percent of the state's agricultural exports. The state shipped more than $2 billion worth of soybeans abroad in 2016. More than half went to China.
The third-generation company provides a wide variety of seeds that farmers can't find through co-ops.
Low commodity prices caused another year of "slow bleeding" in 2017.
China's retaliatory moves to penalize pork, ethanol will have outsized impact in the state.
Officials said a former CHS grain marketer did not disclose his financial ties to a Mexican company.
Prices for farmland declined across Minnesota in 2017, another sign of a weak farm economy that's been plagued by low crop prices and reduced incomes for the past four years.
George Farr had a gift for performing and carried it with him throughout a diverse life that included teaching, heading the state DFL Party during…
The company will lease back the space from Trust Equity Funding.
Diverse portfolio helps Arden Hills co-op carve out record earnings in a weak farm economy.
Soybean growers, others have a lot at stake as trade rhetoric heats up and NAFTA negotiations founder.
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.
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