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Crucial processor of Minnesota pork closes over COVID-19
The closing of the Sioux Falls plant, which slaughters a sizable number of hogs from Minnesota and supplies meat throughout the country, shows the growing tension between public health and sustaining the food supply chain.
St. Paul's unique urban farm not planting due to COVID-19
Egg prices right now perfect example of supply, demand, experts say
Prices rise and might stay higher for some time.
With restaurants closed, a bacon backup is building in Minn. and hog prices are plunging
About two-thirds of bacon sales happened in restaurants and hog farmers are suddenly losing money.
Dairy farmers begin to flush away milk due to coronavirus
Job losses in manufacturing show breadth of downturn in Minnesota
A sign-maker in Brooklyn Park permanently laid off 178 employees. An optical-glass company mothballed a factory in Faribault. Polaris shut down plants worldwide, including in…
Medtronic, other med-tech firms fear parts shortage if Trump invokes wartime production law
Trump is under pressure to force companies to make ventilators for the U.S., but it's not so simple.
Virus epidemic leads some countries to restrict food exports
For some commodities, a handful of countries, or even fewer, can make up the bulk of exportable supplies.
Minnesota ethanol producer ramping up production of industrial alcohol used in sanitizers
A biofuels downturn has been exacerbated by the coronavirus shutdown.
Minnesota offers emergency loans to help small business stay afloat
The program is designed as a stopgap until federal money starts flowing.
Trump, Walz, other leaders face fundamental choices between health and wealth
As economic toll rises, hard choices are being rethought by officials at every level.
Minneapolis Fed chief floats forgivable loans for small business
The idea would be to prevent a massive, prolonged spike in unemployment.
Farmers use water much more efficiently than 60 years ago, new study says
Better animal genetics and breeding mean that animals are more efficient at converting food into meat, milk and eggs.
Oil's epic crash reminds farmers they are also energy traders
Growers have become more vulnerable to energy swings over the past decades as nations from the U.S. to Brazil mandated the use of biofuels.
Economic fallout from coronavirus is also hitting farmers
Dairy prices also suffering, could get worse if schools close, lowering demand.
Moratorium on large dairies proposed at Minnesota Legislature
The proposal comes amid fear that a handful of rapidly expanding dairies are hastening the exits of small dairies across the state and country.
Huge Wisconsin operation shows promise of aquaponics in Midwest
Superior Fresh's grand experiment raises an intriguing question that, for now, can't be answered: How many other Midwest farmers can follow its path?
Nitrate problem worsening in rural Minnesota's drinking water
A new report shows that fast action is needed to control the contamination.
A fraud case in South Dakota throws harsh spotlight on organic grain
The case is the second large-scale organic fraud case in the Midwest to attract federal prosecution in less than a year.
'Fair repair' movement gaining ground with Minnesota legislators
"Fair repair" legislation is under consideration in Minnesota to force manufacturers to share their repair manuals and parts with independent repair shops.
Australian farmers plant smallest cotton area since 1979 after driest year ever
After minimal rainfall last year, the McVeigh family in Queensland, Australia, planted just one paddock of cotton on their parched property this summer, about 5%…
Minnesota farmer on U.S.-China trade pact: 'The ag economy doesn't live on promises'
A U.S. House committee hearing explored the impact of the China trade war and the first phase of a trade pact to resolve it.
Minn. 'mama on a mission' pushes for farm safety funding after son's death
Michele Gran is the advocate behind new funding proposals to prevent farm accidents like the one that killed her son.
Battle over 160-year-old Minnesota dairy hinges on whether big is bad
Winona County family farm fights for permission to expand
Hemp rules give Minnesota farmers little room for error with law enforcement
Rules meant to keep THC levels low keep farmers on the edge of breaking law.
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