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The anguish of unemployment amid a commercial shutdown is far-reaching
The program is designed as a stopgap until federal money starts flowing.
As economic toll rises, hard choices are being rethought by officials at every level.
The coronavirus pandemic and the measures meant to fight the spread of the virus brought a shocking new business reality to the state. But unlike a flood or hurricane, no one knows when it will end.
The idea would be to prevent a massive, prolonged spike in unemployment.
Medical and emergency workers' kids should receive priority, Gov. Walz said in letter.
Gov. Tim Walz urged child-care providers to stay open even as he ordered the closure of public schools across the state, and most day care centers and preschools did so Monday.
Better animal genetics and breeding mean that animals are more efficient at converting food into meat, milk and eggs.
Dairy prices also suffering, could get worse if schools close, lowering demand.
The case is the second large-scale organic fraud case in the Midwest to attract federal prosecution in less than a year.
She and her sister bought the business in 2007 and built it into a beloved local brand.
Winona County family farm fights for permission to expand
Rules meant to keep THC levels low keep farmers on the edge of breaking law.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will devote $85.4 million to deepening the mouth of the river to 50 feet, enabling oceangoing ships to load more grain at terminals upriver.
Biggest factor affecting profits will be the end of trade bailout payments.
Farm Bureau adopts new policy that introduces the threat of legislation
Farm bankruptcies in Minnesota and across the U.S. rose again in 2019, as poor weather and the ongoing trade war with China prolonged a slump…
Perhaps the biggest problem for farmers, one that won't go away soon, is an oversupply of grain — and competition from other parts of the world.
But Luis Hummel still faces criminal charges in Fillmore County.
The two Minnesota pork producers said the deal provides reassurance.
The back end of a cow generates 80 pounds each day of what Dennis Haubenschild, who owns 750 of them near Princeton, refers to as…
Plans for expansion, changing industry prompt disclosure of emissions.
Minnesota's farmers have made little money for several years, but their wealth is holding up because land remains valuable and in high demand.
Measured optimism from ag community, but long-term market restoration still elusive.
Soybean acres planted fell in Minnesota and across the U.S. thanks to trade war, poor weather.
Farmers' simmering frustration over their inability to repair their own equipment is now front and center in a contentious debate that spreads well beyond the farm.
Beth Ford says small towns, hit by ag challenges, "are rolling up on us."
The picture raced across social media, leading some to question its authenticity.
Tractors built in 1980 or earlier cause bidding wars at auctions.
Owners of Angry Catfish are expanding roasting capacity as well.
Preventing erosion in a time of increasing flooding is just one of the benefits of the still-rare practice of planting winter cover on farm fields. Healthier soil is another.
Trump tariffs, swine fever in China will have effects in 2020, economist says.
The biggest obstacle to trade for Minnesota farmers, the trade war with China, remains.
Without USMCA, there will be no progress with China, trade leaders warned at a Minneapolis forum.
She was a former director of disability services at what's now Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Surviving operations say efficiencies, higher-yielding cows compensate for loss of farms.
Rand Tower in Mpls. is being converted into hotel.
Two suspects fled in a white car.
Economies of scale are winning, but conventional operations might not be able to keep it up.
Sugar distributors are warning foodmakers they won't be able to meet orders. Sugar imports are likely to rise this winter.
Farm transition and elder law increasingly intersect as farmers try to figure out what to do with their land when they retire.
Invoices from Customs and Border Patrol, complicated product exclusion process now part of life for U.S. companies.
Trade bailout, insurance payouts, to account for roughly 34% of U.S. farm income.
Farmers and the people who own farmland in America are aging, but they and their heirs are consolidating their grip on the nation's arable land. And it's nearly impossible for a beginning farmer to buy land.
Heavier rainstorms in the last 10 years have made the Zumbro more volatile. The river is punching holes in berms up and down the valley, destroying crops and making the land more difficult to farm.
Many late-planted crops haven't reached maturity, and a frost could cut into profits.
Customs brokers paid bribes to help expedite rail shipments for the giant Inver Grove Heights-based ag cooperative, the company admitted.
Company in Argentina is scrutinized over its practices.
Ag chief tells Minnesota farmers that a deal on tariffs was close in April, but it fell apart.
In Minnesota, soybean exports have sharply declined. Pork and other goods may soon halt.
After spring planting delay, growers need crop to stay in ground as long as possible.
Timothy Skidmore has been with the cooperative for six years.
The wet spring prevented Minnesota farmers from planting on vast areas, and insurance will cover only part of the lost revenue.
The half-built Mesabi Metallics taconite mine must resume pumping water to restore flow of Oxhide Creek.
International uncertainty, poor weather are blamed.
Producers got $681 million in trade war aid, with some skirting payment caps.
Higher temperatures and heavier precipitation have increased yields for corn and soybeans in much of Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.
As organic food sales continue to skyrocket, U.S. consumers might be buying products that were tainted in their growing and feeding. Grain fraud investigators like John Bobbe are trying to turn back that rising tide of counterfeit imports.
A hailstorm that ripped through southwest Minnesota last week left thousands of acres of corn and soybeans damaged or destroyed — in many cases too late in the season for farmers to replant their crops.
Farmers will be closely watching the report on Friday, which could result in more improvement.
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association hopes to create new markets for corn, and greener plastic.
Steve Censky gave state's farmers little reason for optimism that the trade war will end soon.
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois farms are still lagging far behind, and corn prices are on the rise.
Because of the cool, wet spring and delayed planting, farmers all over the Midwest had to make last-second decisions on what type of seed to plant.
Planting late, they're switching seeds, crossing fingers
Patrice Bailey wants to change how people of color view agribusiness.
Along with income, more farmers are losing faith in their future, a Purdue University survey finds.
State's farmers, business react: "We can't keep doing this"
"It's an organization that's been so valuable," the essay's author said. "But also it's had a lot of systemic issues that result in barriers to participation."
Soybean growers will likely need a government bailout for a second year.
State's corn farmers still have time, but more rain is in the forecast.
Pest control companies oppose the bill, saying it would create a "crazy-quilt" of regulation.
Minnesota cattlemen's association says it's not sure "why this lawsuit is necessary."
Palmer amaranth proliferates quickly, can grow up to 8 feet tall and has a woody stem thick enough to damage farm equipment.
The trend is the same across the country. Since 2000, more than 64,000 dairies with fewer than 200 cows have closed. Over that same period, the number of mega-dairies — those with 1,000 or more cows — has more than doubled.