According to 2019 data, lettuce heads are doing slightly better against lettuce leaves than in 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, cabbage consumption is up dur

Americans turn over a new leaf, in the produce aisle

Yes, this could be the year consumption of romaine and other leaf lettuce finally surpasses that of head lettuce.

Iowa reaches settlement on ethanol plant closure

October 21
Ethanol producer Poet-DSM's $275 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved the settlement with Poet DSM Advanced Biofuels last week.

Tariffs create mixed bag for U.S. farmers, builders

October 9
FILE -- The Kwai Tsing container terminal in Hong Kong, April 7, 2020.
Some benefit, but others with no apparent ties are feeling the crunch.
Agriculture
October 12
A laborer carries a sack of wheat in a state food corporation warehouse, in Jammu, India in 2011.

World Food Day aims to intensify the battle against hunger

Global Minnesota will host a virtual World Food Day conference, one of several across the globe.
Agriculture
October 6
Dairy cows wait outside of the milking parlor at Daley Farms in Lewiston.

Battle over southeast Minnesota dairy expansion drags on

The Land Stewardship Project was ordered to produce internal documents by Tuesday.
Agriculture
October 3
In this May 8, 2019, photo, farmer Yang Wenguo reaches out to one of the few dozen remaining pigs from his original herd of 800 in a barn at his pig f

China's pork industry begins recovery after disease outbreak

Pork output will take much longer to restore given the herd's low quality, experts and analysts said.
West Metro
October 1
David Williams dug up sweet potatoes in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum vegetable garden.

Beginners learn to be farmers at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

In its first year, the Sustainable Horticulture Training Program has offered hands-on education to students with a variety of goals.
Agriculture
September 30
Despite production pressures and the coronavirus downturn, land values are holding steady in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. That's key to farmers' a

Farmland prices holding steady, maybe even ticking upward in Minnesota

The good soil is still selling for about $8,000 an acre in Upper Midwest.
Agriculture
September 29
JBS' Worthington pork plant temporarily closed in the spring because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Majority of workers' compensation claims of meatpacking workers with COVID-19 denied, including in Minnesota

Refusals by meatpacking firms cite the possibility employees became sick outside plants.
Agriculture
September 26
Revol Greens has raised $68 million in new capital, bringing its total investment to more than $200 million for giant greenhouses in Minnesota, Califo

With $68 million in funds, Minnesota's Revol Greens to expand in Texas

The Owatonna-based lettuce company is bringing its indoor greenhouse model to the Lone Star State and California.
Agriculture
September 25
With the November election looming, President Donald Trump has been under increasing pressure from within his campaign to please agriculture interests

Trump, eyeing farm votes, starts working on ethanol industry's year-old wish list

It's a blueprint to court farmers in Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest.
Agriculture
September 25
Workers unload pig carcasses at a warehouse that is part of China’s national pork reserve, in Beijing, Sept. 27, 2019. T

Surge in U.S. pork exports to China led by Brazil's JBS, China's WH Group

Pork is key for China to hit targets for purchases of U.S. farm-good products.
Agriculture
September 23
A U of M review found that some gene-editing research done by Calyxt founder Dan Voytas wasn’t reviewed by a required committee at the university. F

Gene-editing research by Calyxt exec at U of M for a time lacked proper oversight

University officials caught and fixed an oversight involving a campus committee on biosafety.
Agriculture
September 22
Minnesota farmers are seeing some of the best prices of the year as weather and trade have pushed commodity prices higher. File photo of soybeans and

Corn, soybean prices rally on Chinese demand, disaster in Iowa

As harvest begins, farmers are seeing some of the best commodity prices of the year.
Agriculture
September 19
Three typhoons buffeted China’s main corn belt in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and the Inner Mongolia region in August and Septemb

China's corn crop hurt by storms, may raise U.S. import purchases

Expected production losses have pushed Chinese corn futures to a record high and stoked worries over supply shortages.
September 19
The Trump administration’s multibillion dollar farm-aid program, managed by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, has poured a disproportionate amount

Farm aid tilts to Southern states, led by Georgia, GAO study finds

The findings by the nonpartisan watchdog agency supported some of the criticisms leveled at the White House and President Donald Trump by Democrats and advocacy groups.
Local
September 18
University of Minnesota research Prof. Jacob Jungers checks the growth of Kernza grass at a field at the U’s St. Paul campus in May 2019.

University of Minnesota leads project to boost yield, uses of crop that could cut water pollution

The U is leading research effort into boosting production of Kernza, a new strain of wheatgrass.
Agriculture
September 18
The Al-Corn Clean Fuel ethanol plant in Claremont, Minn.

Ethanol waivers become central issue in presidential battle for Minnesota farm votes

The issues heated up this week with three days of President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Agriculture
September 16
Dairy cows wait outside of the milking parlor at Daley Farms of Lewiston, Minn.

Why fewer Minnesota dairy farmers are going out of business

New insurance programs and virus aid are helping improve "safety net" for Minnesota dairy farmers.
Agriculture
September 16
Anne and Al Klein, who farm using regenerative practices, near Freeburg, Ill.

Cargill joins regenerative agriculture movement, sets goal for 10 million acres

Cargill says it can help farmers reduce risk in crucial early stages of regenerative farming practices.
Agriculture
September 12
Farmer Shawn Baker discs over a corn field on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 at a farm north of Woodward, Iowa. The corn was damaged beyond salvage by the r

Drought adds to agriculture problems in Iowa

Iowa, the biggest U.S. corn-producing state, is facing its most widespread drought since September 2013, according to its state agriculture secretary, Mike Naig. The drought…
Agriculture
September 6
A home construction site in Woodbury. Future prices for random lengths of board are $834 per thousand board feet, triple their April low and about dou

Why Minnesota lumber prices are going through the roof

A do-it-yourself home-improvement and construction boom has sent the price of lumber skyrocketing, as sawmills and strand-board manufacturers, including in Minnesota, scramble to keep up with surging demand.
Agriculture
September 1
Nan Bailly at her winery, Bailly Vineyards in Hastings, was the top plaintiff in the lawsuit against state law requiring Minnesota vineyards to have 5

Judge rules Minnesota winemakers can use more out-of-state grapes

The court's ruling means more out-of-state grapes can be used in producing Minnesota wines.