The higher-ethanol fuel blend called E15 has hit the Twin Cities through an unusual marriage between the state corn growers and independent gas statio

Summer sales of E15 coming permanently to Minnesota, EPA says. But not until 2025.

Midwestern governors, including Gov. Tim Walz, had requested the federal agency allow sales of higher blends of ethanol for use by consumers during summer months.

Target joins antitrust lawsuit against Cargill and others over high beef costs

February 23
Take and prepare food items are easy to locate in the grocery area of the Target in Minnetonka, as are the bulk food items in the foreground. ] JEFF W
The Minnesota retailer is among the most recent to join dozens of plaintiffs alleging a price-fixing conspiracy by the nation's largest beef producers, including fellow Minnesota company, Cargill.

Minnesota's top ag official denies allegations of discrimination made by white, male farmer

February 22
Keith Johnson, plowed a field for cover crop on rented land near his farm in Centre City, Minn., on Wednesday, August 21, 2014. He lets the outskirts
Last month, a Beltrami County farmer sued over a state-backed grant program aimed to help producers buy farmland, saying he was discriminated against because he was a white male.
Business
February 21
United Stated Department of Labor building in Washington, D.C. (Mark Gomez/Dreamstime.com/TNS) ORG XMIT: 73153775W

Janitorial service breaks child labor laws at Iowa slaughterhouse, feds allege

New court filing says nine teens were working overnight at Sioux City plant.
Business
February 16
In 2016, hogs genetically similar to wild hogs, like the two seen above captured in rural Washington County, Mo., found in the southwestern U.S. were

Feral hogs not in Minnesota, new state report finds

But loose swine do run wild in state. Moreover, wild pigs live north of Minnesota's Canadian border, fueling concern about possible incursion down the road.
Business
February 14
The Tony Downs Food facility in Madelia, Minn.

Union asks Minnesota meat processor to create child-welfare fund in wake of labor allegations

Amid contract negotiations with Tony Downs Foods in Madelia, the union calls for a novel response: pay for a fund for kids.
Business
February 13
With skyrocketing farmland prices and crop insurance guarantees, black dirt is looking more like black gold for farmers in Minnesota. . Looking to exp

USDA says Minnesota farms are growing in size, but shrinking in number

Fewer farmers and farmland across America, as nation's agriculture industry continues to consolidate.
Local
February 8
This photo provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shows raw cream from Plainview Milk Products Cooperative in Wabasha County draining into

Dairy processor fined for overwhelming southeastern Minnesota sewer plant by dumping raw milk

Plainview Milk Products Cooperative has been cited for four spills in the last two years.
Business
February 7
Egg McMuffins in the U.S. now use cage-free eggs after McDonald's and supplier Cargill beat a goal to be 100% cage-free at U.S. McDonald's locations b

McDonald's eggs are now 100% cage-free with assist from Cargill and a Minnesota grower

The fast-food chain hit its pledge early to use only cage-free eggs.
Business
February 7
Turkey farmers are worried about implications of a new USDA rule that applies to chicken growers but not to them.

Turkey growers crying foul over USDA decision favoring industry players including Jennie-O, Cargill

Final payment reform rule only applies to broiler chicken growers instead of all poultry farmers.
Business
February 3
The main street in Long Prairie is a mix of Mexican, Chinese and pizza restaurants, bars, clothing stores and small groceries like this one.

Ramstad: This Minnesota town can defy rural trends of decline, but first must overcome prejudice

A food processing town, which found the spotlight because of a local fight on workforce housing, is taking a deeper look at its economic future.
Local
February 1
Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Brooke Cunningham speaks during a press conference at the Ramsey County WIC Office with U.S. Agricultu

Thousands of Minnesota women, infants could lose access to federal program due to stagnant funding

On Thursday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Minnesota to urge Congress to fully fund the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program, or it will face funding cuts for the first time in 25 years.
Business
January 31
The milking carousel at Louriston Dairy in Murdock, Minn, operated by Riverview LLP, in a 2018 file photo.

A pipeline for cow gas draws environmental support, ag concentration concerns

The PUC met at a bar in Benson, Minn., on Tuesday evening to hear citizen feedback on a plan to pump and sell biogas that could generate green energy.
Business
January 29
Kristi Maricle taught an adult literacy class to immigrants at the Windom High School in Windom on Jan. 23.

Many workers displaced by slaughterhouse closure remain in Windom, waiting for opportunity

A state investigation into missing backpay for workers opened the door for many workers on agriculture worker visas to remain in the U.S.
Business
January 29
A photo of a farmer trimming the wool behind his sheep’s ears on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, inside the Sheep & Poultry Barn at the State Fairgrounds i

Minnesota farmers wonder: Will a new federal farm bill ever come?

Last fall, Congress extended the 2018 farm bill for another year. Farmers say "kicking the can down the road" just won't do in 2024.
Business
January 24
Jack Weber drove his wheat combine on his field. The wheat doesn't bring much cash but it does improve the health of his soil. ] GLEN STUBBE ¥ gl

White farmer sues Minnesota ag grant program, alleging discrimination

Last year, Minnesota's legislature offered money for historically underserved producers — including BIPOC, LGBTQ and women farmers — to buy land.
Agriculture
January 24
“Snirt" could be seen for several miles along Hwy. 60 near St. James on Tuesday.

A dry, warmer winter means more snirt. What is it and why is it coating Minnesota ditches?

Not only a wicked portmanteau, the combo of "snow" and "dirt" is a symptom of warmer winters.
Business
January 19
Carey Tweten drives at tractor through the barn to push feed to the cows Wednesday, June 15, 2023, at Valley Acres Dairy in Lewiston, Minn.

Minnesota dairy farmer takes Hastings Creamery to court over unpaid milk deliveries

Text messages show Minnesota dairy farmer in distress as historic creamery stumbled toward demise.
Business
January 18
CHS headquarters in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Minnesota-based CHS explores potential merger with ag co-op Growmark

Illinois-based Growmark and Inver Grove Heights' CHS are in early talks.
Local
January 17
The high level of nitrate in its drinking water is forcing Utica, a small town in Winona County, to drill a much deeper new well. It’s a $2 million

State says it will provide clean drinking water in southeast Minnesota, but offers no new curbs on farm pollution

State Rep. Rick Hansen, chair of the House environment committee, called the state's response "embarrassing" and said the EPA should reject it.
Business
January 17
Workers make their way out of the Long Prairie Packing Company in Long Prairie, Minn., on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. ] Elizabeth Flores • liz.flores@st

Race, rural economy and a housing shortage collide in Long Prairie apartment fight

Many community leaders in the central Minnesota town welcome a company plan to build apartments, but the proposal has "brought out a lot of ugly in a small town."
Business
January 16

Despite drought, Minnesota corn farmers helped U.S. to record 2023 harvest

Farmers in the state harvested 4% more corn than in 2022, while nationwide, last year saw a record harvest of 177.3 bushels per acre.
Business
January 9

More than $135M worth of turkeys and chickens have been killed in Minnesota because of bird flu

That's just what the USDA has reimbursed the state's poultry and egg producers so far.

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