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September 30, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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.
Local
September 18, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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.
Agriculture
August 30, 2020
Tom Revier inspected a pen full of Black Angus cattle. His operation, the largest in Minnesota, draws on outside resources to ship meat directly to re

How Minnesota's biggest beef producer is weathering the coronavirus

The first tremors arrived with the lockdown of Wuhan. By March, restaurants were shutting down across the U.S., and beef prices had fallen by about a third.
Agriculture
August 29, 2020
A farmworker picked apples at Gebbers Farms west of Okanogan, Wash. Amid this season’s harvest, some migrant workers left, citing COVID-19.

Pandemic crimps labor supply for fruit farms in the West

After 11 years of seasonal work at Gebbers Farms in Okanogan County, Wash., Mexican guest worker Ernesto Dimas was accustomed to the rigors of the…
Agriculture
August 29, 2020

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, 2020
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, 2020
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.