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August 29

Damage in Iowa will prevent a record corn crop in U.S. this year

Advisory service Pro Farmer, a division of Farm Journal Media, doused hopes for a record U.S. corn crop after a severe windstorm and drought cut…
Local
August 27
University of Minnesota Research professor Jacob Jungers checked the growth of Kernza grass at a field at the U’s St. Paul campus in 2019.

State urges Minnesota farmers to plant more vegetative cover to fight nitrate contamination

Farmers are planting more cover crops, but corn and soybeans still dominate.
Agriculture
August 22
Gary Ross stocked vegetables at a free stand near the Midtown Greenway. Help is emerging for farmers that supply local markets.

A block from Lake Street, urban farm tries to meet growing need

City patch near greenway, 4-acre farm supply fresh vegetables for families in need.
Agriculture
August 21
Farmers planted potatoes in April on a 10-acre plot leased from Hmong American Farmers Association land in Dakota County.

Some help emerges for farmers that supply local markets in the Twin Cities

Most couldn't take advantage of the federal government's Paycheck Protection Plan loans. Some retailers are lending a hand.
Agriculture
August 18
U.S. officials are forecasting a near-record corn crop this year, but prices are below break-even.

Bumper Minnesota corn crop on tap as prices stall below break-even price

Corn prices are not close to break-even and may only rise if a natural disaster happens.
Agriculture
August 15
Josue Ramirez and other workers at Hugoson Pork took their lunch break at a sow barn near Granada, Minn. Ramirez is from Monterrey, Mexico.

Minnesota hog farmers fight visa restrictions: 'We need the labor'

The trade national program that employers can use is small and has been throttled by COVID-19: "We need the labor."
Agriculture
August 14

Derecho storm damaged most of Iowa's corn acres

The derecho storm potentially affected some 10 million acres of Iowa farmland and millions of bushels of grain storage in the top U.S. corn-growing state,…
Agriculture
August 14
One of Roger Ruan’s liquid nitrogen generator prototypes. “The main idea is simply to use air, water and electricity to produce nitrate, ” said

On Minnesota farm, experiment could change how farmers get costly nitrogen

  After land and seed, nitrogen for fertilizer is the largest yearly expense for corn and soybean farmers. It costs more per acre…
Local
August 13
Brenna Connelly, a 19-year-old college student from Byron, Minn., and representing Olmsted County, was crowned the 67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

U student from Byron, Minn., named next Princess Kay

Even without the Minnesota State Fair, the tradition of Princess Kay of the Milky Way carries on.
Agriculture
August 12
A loader cleared a path through downed trees on SW. Chandler Street in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Monday. The storm cut a wide swath through Iowa.

'Derecho' storm causes Cargill plant closure, emergency shutdown of nuclear plant in Iowa

The storm caused crop damage and outages throughout the Midwest
August 11

N.Y. sues egg producer for alleged gouging

A lawsuit contends that Hillandale Farms at times quadrupled the price of eggs to cash in on a surge in demand in March and April.
Agriculture
August 8
A worker carried red grapes in a burgundy vineyard during the 2017 grape harvest season in Volnay, France. Growers are lacking pickers this season.

Hail, high water and lockdown: Europe's fruit growers prepare for tough harvest

Many fear there will be resurgent COVID-19 outbreaks, leading to localized lockdowns and raising the risk of losing migrant workers
Agriculture
August 7

GOP senators clash on proposal to force open-market beef deals

Two senior Republican U.S. senators from top farm states have locked horns over legislation intended to make cattle markets more transparent, after the COVID-19 pandemic…
Agriculture
August 7
Calyxt will license its gene-editing technology to other food ingredient companies. File photo of a researcher holding a canola sample at Calyxt.

Calyxt will license its plant gene-editing tech to other firms

The Roseville-based firm previously focused on using the technology in its own plants.
Agriculture
August 7

Rural tenants, already delaying rent, face pinch without relief

WASHINGTON – The impasse between the Trump administration and congressional Democratic leaders in negotiations over a COVID-19 relief package worries both advocates for rural low-income…
Agriculture
August 3
Sen. Tina Smith’s campaign unearthed old TV footage of Lewis questioning government crop subsidies and declaring, “Government shouldn’t have any

Sen. Tina Smith attacks Jason Lewis over past crop subsidy comments

Smith, a Democrat, is using the video to challenge Lewis with farmers, who tend to vote Republican. The two candidates are scheduled to meet for a virtual candidate forum on Tuesday as part of FarmFest.
Agriculture
August 1
A decline in U.S. power-plant emissions over the last 30 years means the air has less sulfur, a critical nutrient for wheat and many other crops.

As acid rain is curtailed, wheat gets less sulfur needed for tasty bread

With lockdowns due to COVID-19 curbing air pollution globally, sulfur deficiency could become even more acute in the farm belt, soil scientists said.
Agriculture
August 1
The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday that private exporters sold 1.937 million metric tons of corn to China for delivery in the 2020-2021

China bought a record amount of corn the other day, but it's unlikely to hit trade-deal target

The recent purchases put China closer to the ambitious $36.5 billion target for imports of U.S. farm goods this year set in the Phase One trade deal.
Agriculture
July 20
Rural towns’ economies rest on farming: “It doesn’t matter what you do in North Dakota, your income is based somehow off of agriculture,” said

Farmers in Upper Midwest are hurting: 'I don't see an end in sight'

Buffeted by a two-year trade war, followed by a disappointing — at least so far — trade deal and then a worldwide pandemic, there aren't a lot of farmers, or rural communities, feeling flush right now.
Coronavirus
July 10
A cleaning worker at the Jennie-O plant, Mejia fell ill and then found that her whole family had been infected with COVID-19: “We all got sick.”

Meatpacking is nearly normal, but workers left to cope with COVID-19's toll

More than 30,000 meatpacking workers nationally have fallen ill. At least 100 have died, with the lives of others upended or permanently altered.