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September 30
Wheat supplies are the lowest in more than a decade in the U.S., which will likely drive up costs for flour and bread.

After a poor wheat harvest in U.S., look for higher prices on flour and bread

Supply levels of wheat are at their lowest since 2007, and supplies of soybeans and corn were also down from year-ago levels.
Business
September 29
Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford, shown in a July file photo, joined the board of directors at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm.

Land O'Lakes CEO Beth Ford joins BlackRock's board

Ford joins a board of 18 people who oversee executives of the world's largest asset management firm.
Agriculture
September 28

Minn. farmer charged with collecting $548K in false crop loss claims

The fraud involved claims of crop loss due to "excessive moisture," the charging document read.
Local
September 28
R&R Cultivation employee Cassondra Wingard prepared packaged mushrooms for lids in the wholesale room Sept. 24 in Roseville.

Roseville mushroom grower is 'farm family' of the year

Urban mushroom farm receives University of Minnesota Extension agriculture honor
September 24

Gov. Walz: 'We need to keep folks on the land'

Gov. Tim Walz and Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen announced a drought relief package for Minnesota farmers and livestock producers impacted by severe drought conditions during the 2021 growing season.
Agriculture
September 24
Farmer Gene Smallridge described the drought’s impacts on his Hastings farm to Gov. Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen on Friday.

Gov. Walz announces $10M farm relief plan, but aid could get held up in political deadlock

Farmers say aid could help keep people afloat, and time is of the essence.
Business
September 23
In this file photo, a Glenwood, Minn., farmer uses a tractor to bail hay on a field used for rotational grazing.

Minnesota farmers lack access to federal conservation dollars

Two Minnesota nonprofit organizations say farmers are trying to set aside more land for conservation, but federal help isn't coming as planned.
Business
September 23
Minnesota’s attorney general is suing the state’s largest egg producer, alleging price gouging in the early days of the pandemic. The company, Spa

State sues big Minnesota egg producer, accusing it of price-gouging in pandemic

Minnesota joins other states in suing egg producers, but Sparboe and other farmers wonder if prosecutors understand economics.
September 21
Dave Marquardt surveyed a drought-starved cornfield he hopes to harvest in the coming days on his family farm in Waverly, Minn.

After dry summer, Minnesota's harvest is underway and yields already differ

The dividing line appears to be right through the middle of the state, with the northern half enduring lower yields because of the lack of rain in the heart of summer.
Business
September 18
Tom Pyfferoen has around 200 head of cattle on his Pine Island, Minn., farm.

Beef prices are surging, but processors are benefiting more than farmers

Four companies control processing and distribution of 80% of U.S. beef, a choke point that is drawing scrutiny from Washington.
Business
September 16
Cargill announced incentives for farmers to improve carbon absorption in soil.

Cargill establishes new carbon measures and money to farmers using soil health practices

Climate scientists, food companies and many farmers see the potential of a better soil health system, but debate how — or even if — large-scale farming can actually transition.
Agriculture
September 4
The insecticide chlorpyrifos will be banned early next year. This file photo shows cropdusting a field of corn in Camarillo, Calif. (Carlos Chavez/Los

Ban on common insecticide will force Minnesota soybean farmers to find alternatives

Chlorpyrifos, widely used on soybeans, found to pose risks to children, fetuses.
Business
September 4
Argentina President Alberto Fernandez

Argentina restricts beef exports through October, seeking to halt inflation

Farmers are upset by the move. The nation is one of the world's leading exporters of beef.
Business
September 4
In this May 2019 file photo, white disinfectant powder was scattered on the ground around a pig farm in Jiangjiaqiao village in northern China’s Heb

China sees another rise in deadly virus among pig herds

An outbreak that began two years ago appeared to be in check but has surged again in recent weeks.
Business
September 1
A 250,000-square-foot Conagra vegetable processing plant is under construction in Waseca, Minn.

Birds Eye building huge vegetable processing plant in Waseca

It's the largest investment that food giant Conagra Brands has ever made in a production facility.
Business
August 31
Grain operations for Cargill and CHS have been affected by Hurricane Ida.

Cargill grain operation damaged by Hurricane Ida

Inver Grove Heights-based CHS also warned that its Louisiana operations will be affected because of the electricity outages.
Curious Minnesota
August 27
A pivot irrigation system sprayed water onto a soybean crop just south of Park Rapids in 2016.

Why don't farms water their crops at night?

Keeping fields properly watered is a complex challenge for Minnesota farmers — especially during this year's drought.
Business
August 23
Out of Wisconsin, Utecht Home Grown Pork and sweet corn is a regular vendor at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Chris Utecht stresses the corn his fami

Tough summer for Minnesota sweet corn, but there will be plenty at the fair

Most of the sweet corn Minnesotans eat is from other states. Most of the sweet corn grown in Minnesota is processed for later consumption.
Business
August 20
In this 2019 photo, a billboard promoting the Minnesota State Fair stood near the animal barns.

Returning Minnesota State Fair has full slate of ag programming

After a year off for the pandemic, the Minnesota State Fair is back with plenty of agricultural offerings.
Duluth
August 18
Aircrafts scooped water from Sand Lake to drop onto the nearby Greenwood Fire on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 as seen from an airplane above the temporary

Superior National Forest fire grows to 6 square miles

A new fire near Britt, Minn., within the Superior National Forest, started Wednesday.