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November 12, 2021
Outgoing Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap with son Andy Paap and grandson Lennox Paap at their Blue Earth County farm.

Minnesota Farm Bureau leader steps down after 16 years

Kevin Paap, who's led one of state's top ag interest groups, is wrappig up his tenure this month.
November 4, 2021
Steve Carlson, with Carlson Farms, harvests soybeans in 2017 in Welch, Minn. Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer showed deepening pessimism amo

Despite high farm profits, producers increasingly pessimistic as costs climb

Energy and fertilizer costs threaten to cut short an impressive rebound in farm profitability.
October 30, 2021
A woman winnows rice in a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India.

Dollars in the dirt: Big Ag pays farmers for control of their soil-bound carbon

Sequestering carbon can provide a new revenue stream for farmers, and the techniques may lead to bigger crop yields.
October 30, 2021

COVID-19 hit at least 59,000 meat workers in pandemic's first year, report says

The data was compiled by a U.S. House panel with numbers from major meat processing firms.
October 28, 2021
Water levels on a channel of the Mississippi River below the Coon Rapids Dam at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park,  seen Wednesday in Brooklyn Park, c

Minnesota's drought shows signs of easing with steady rain

For the first time since spring, more than 1/10th of the state — primarily in southwestern Minnesota — is no longer abnormally dry. The north still is seeing dry conditions.
October 23, 2021
Dakota County farmer Greg Stoffel watched for wildlife on his restored grasslands on his Hastings farm.

Conversion of grasslands to crops threatens state's wildlife, water, climate

Minnesota lost nearly 2 million acres of grassland to crops from 2012 to 2019, according to the World Wildlife Fund's Northern Great Plains program. That's more than the state of Delaware.
October 16, 2021
Angela Dawson and Harold Robinson stood in their hemp greenhouse. Together they run Forty Acre Co-op, a Black-owned farmers collective that aims to gi

Nearly all Minn. farmers white, and change doesn't come easy

Two farms in Pine County illustrate how America's evolving discussion on opportunity and race is threading into one of its most lopsided industries: agriculture.
October 16, 2021
Farmers bundled up corn at a field in Handan in northern China’s Hebei province on Wednesday. Heavy rain delayed the harvest in much of China, the

Heavy rain hits China corn harvest, raises quality concerns

But in the U.S., corn and soybean production estimates are up.
October 16, 2021
U.S. farm income is expected to be the second-highest ever this year.

U.S. farm income this year is expected to be the second-highest ever

Crops proved resilient against drought and demand for corn is soaring in China, sending prices for the fall harvest upward.
October 14, 2021
In this August photo, workers unloaded a food truck at a World Food Programme (WFP) distribution site in Zelazle in the Tigray region of northern Ethi

World Food Day brings focus on global conflict, food security

Global Minnesota is holding a virtual symposium on food scarcity challenges Friday.
October 9, 2021
The deaths of thousands of chickens and turkeys before they reached Minnesota processors have drawn the attention of an animal welfare group.

Animal rights group accuses Minnesota's Jennie-O and Butterfield of mistreating birds

Animal Welfare Institute asks local county attorneys to prosecute firms where turkeys and chickens died in trucks.
October 6, 2021
Hormel headquarters in Austin, Minn. The company, one of the largest sellers of meat in the nation, is taking another step in the meat alternative bus

Hormel takes another big step in plant-based meat alternatives

Minnesota-based food giant Hormel is partnering with Better Meat, a specialist in proteins from potato fermentation.
October 5, 2021
In a file photo, a researcher holds a canola sample at Calyxt. The Roseville-based company announced a strategic change of direction.

Calyxt, firm that edits genes in plants, will offer its technology to other firms

The Roseville company until now has focused on using gene-editing technology to develop its own products, including a soybean that had a trans fat gene taken out.
October 2, 2021
Workers removed sargassum seaweed at a beach in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, this summer. Sargassum—a brown seaweed that lives in t

Besieged by seaweed, Caribbean scrambles to make use of the stuff

Some entrepreneurs are turning it into animal feed, while others are adding it to construction material.
September 30, 2021
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.
September 29, 2021
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.
September 28, 2021

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.
September 28, 2021
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, 2021

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.
September 24, 2021
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.