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Minneapolis
February 4
Mississippi Mushrooms president Ian Silver-Ramp near tall shelves of incubating mushrooms Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN.

Minneapolis orders shutdown of mushroom farm for code violations

Minneapolis gave farm a month to cease operations after finding it violated its zoning, its owner says.
Agriculture
February 4
New data shows farm bankruptcies rose last year. Credit for farmers this year is shaping up to be tighter as well. File photo of a farmer planting soy

Farm bankruptcies keep rising in Minnesota, U.S.

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…
Agriculture
February 1
Justin Stumpf, a grain handler for Ag Partners in Goodhue, Minn., monitored corn being transferred from a grain bin into a JCH Transport truck from El

Even after trade-war detente, prices for U.S. crops didn't get a lift

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.
Agriculture
February 1
Luis Hummel at his hemp farm, 5th Sun Gardens near Lanesboro.

Hemp farmer near Lanesboro settles with state after THC dust-up

But Luis Hummel still faces criminal charges in Fillmore County.
Local
January 29
Brandon Schaefer

Man working to loosen frozen corn in central Minnesota grain bin becomes trapped and dies

Brandon Schaefer's death is one of at least nine grain bin-related fatalities in Minnesota since June 2019.
Agriculture
January 29
Vice President Mike Pence, center, visited a farm near Glyndon, Minn., in May 2019 to promote the revised U.S. free trade agreement with Canada and Me

Minnesota hog farmers will attend White House USMCA signing Wednesday

The two Minnesota pork producers said the deal provides reassurance.
Local
January 27
The Louriston Dairy near Murdock, built and operated by Riverview LLP, is home to 9,500 cows, 40 times more than the average American dairy. The compa

Bio-methane from cow manure could be a 'new gold rush' on the farm

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…
Agriculture
January 23
The MPCA provided an estimate of greenhouse gas emissions for an expansion of a dairy farm near Winona owned by the Daley family. The family’s sixth

Greenhouse gas readout for dairy expansion near Winona heightens scrutiny of methane

Plans for expansion, changing industry prompt disclosure of emissions.
Agriculture
January 22
Minnesota farmland: Farmland values leveled off after 2014, but acreage is still selling at historically high prices in the Upper Midwest. And that’

Farmland prices reach historic highs in Upper Midwest

Minnesota's farmers have made little money for several years, but their wealth is holding up because land remains valuable and in high demand.
Local
January 22
A lone pine tree survived the plowing of this field south of Park Rapids, Minn., seen in a Jan. 28, 2015 photo. The mixed pine forests of central Minn

Minnesota's battle over wells, water and nitrates lands in one farmer's back yard

The DNR wants a study of vulnerable groundwater in Pineland Sands region.
Agriculture
January 20
Lance Daberkow and his family have seen income from their farm shrink over the past two years. “It’s tight, especially with two kids,” he says.

Struggling Minnesota farmers weigh their support for Trump

Many growers around Minnesota facing an uncertain farm economy are having their faith in President Trump tested this time around.
Agriculture
January 15
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, after signing a trade agreement in the East Room of the White House Wednesday.

Trade pact welcomed, cautiously, in Minnesota

Measured optimism from ag community, but long-term market restoration still elusive.
Agriculture
January 14
Soybean acres planted fell by 12% in Minnesota in 2019.These soybeans and corn were near harvest in Nicollet County, Minn., last September.

Minnesota soybean production fell by almost 1M acres last year

Soybean acres planted fell in Minnesota and across the U.S. thanks to trade war, poor weather.
Agriculture
January 12
Farmers are increasingly frustrated at the inability to fix their own equipment. Manufacturers want repairs made at dealerships.

'Right-to-repair' fight extends from iPhones to tractors

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.
Agriculture
January 9
Beth Ford, CEO of Land O’Lakes, spoke on Thursday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ 2020 Regional Economic Conditions Conference.

Land O'Lakes CEO calls for investment in rural America

Beth Ford says small towns, hit by ag challenges, "are rolling up on us."
Agriculture
January 8

News and trends about Minnesota's farm economy

We've created a new destination for everything agriculture in Minnesota and around the country.
Agriculture
January 8
A train made its way along a path where corn spilled from a train on a Canadian Pacific line and sat two inches deep for just under a half-mile, Tuesd

Corn on the railroad track going viral on Facebook? It's real and in Crystal

The picture raced across social media, leading some to question its authenticity.
Agriculture
January 5
Track Folland, son of Kris Folland, feeds cattle at the family’s farm near Halma using a 1979 John Deere 4440.

For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity

Tractors built in 1980 or earlier cause bidding wars at auctions.
Agriculture
December 16, 2019
Tim Little dug up one of his fields planted with cereal rye, a cover crop, with help from Larry Conrad, left, and Mike Ludwig, right.

More Minnesota farmers buck tradition and plant cover crops

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.
Agriculture
December 12, 2019
Soybeans in the foreground close to harvest near Nicollet, Minn.

Economist: Soybean prices won't quickly recover for Midwest farmers

Trump tariffs, swine fever in China will have effects in 2020, economist says.