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.

Cargill mapping project in Brazil meant to help control deforestation

July 3

Meat shortages reopen a path to smaller slaughterhouses

July 4
Agriculture
July 9
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.
Coronavirus
June 19

Nur Omar Mohamed was 'Superdad' and mentor to many in Minneapolis Somali community

Nur Omar Mohamed, the father of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, was a mentor to many young people and a man whose support of his daughter's…
Coronavirus
June 11
Farmers are contending with too many animals and ultralow prices for them.

Meatpacking plants nearly back at capacity, but COVID fallout continues on farms

Farmers and consumers continue to pay a price from the shutdown.
Agriculture
June 8
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will allow farmers to continue using dicamba this year, despite a court ruling. It noted that some planting of

Minnesota soybean farmers may use dicamba despite court ruling

The recent court ruling was "very untimely," says Minnesota's ag commissioner.
Agriculture
June 5
Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville is among idled plants now reopened. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune)

Minnesota ethanol production ramping up again

Three of four Minnesota plants idled as demand tanked due to COVID-19 have reopened.
Coronavirus
June 5
Hormel headquarters in Austin, Minn.

More than 200 at Quality Pork, Hormel in Austin test positive for COVID-19

The two companies' plants in Austin had seen limited exposure, but over 200 now have the virus.
Agriculture
June 4

American exporters sell soy to China despite rising tensions

American soybean exporters sold several cargoes to Chinese state-run buyers, according to people familiar with the matter, showing that some transactions are still going through…
Agriculture
June 2

Minnesota farmer charged with cheating grain elevator

Federal prosecutors say he had two co-conspirators who worked at the CHS elevator in Herman.
Coronavirus
May 28
Long Prairie Packing, which is in Long Prairie, is the latest meatpacking plant in Minnesota with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Long Prairie Packing latest Minnesota meatpacking plant to have COVID-19 outbreak

It has sparked a more than sixfold increase in COVID-19 cases in Todd County over the past two weeks.
Local
May 28
Farmers applied fertilizer to their fields south of Egerton.

Manure, fertilizers overload parts of Minnesota with nitrogen, mapping project finds

Group tracks where nearly 50 million tons of animal waste goes on Minnesota fields, adding nitrates to wells, rivers and lakes.
Agriculture
May 26
Comfrey Farms Prime Pork, which Taylor founded in 2016 to resurrect a former beef packing plant in Windom, now employs more than 650 people.

Glen Taylor-owned pork firm in Windom to merge with Canadian pork producer

Manitoba-based HyLife is one of Canada's largest producers.
Coronavirus
May 25
The USDA has allowed chicken processors to boost production-line speeds in recent months, though the JBS plant in Cold Spring, shown here in a 2016 ph

Virus hit meat plants just as workers asked to speed up

Even as the outbreak began to force plants to temporarily close last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued granting permission to chicken processors to boost speeds by 25% on production lines.
Agriculture
May 22
Corn planting around the U.S. this spring suggests a record crop is going in despite slumping demand and ultralow prices.

Corn prices keep slumping, and Minnesota farmers keep planting more

Farmers call it "plant and pray." With supply far outpacing demand, another huge corn crop is projected in 2020.
Agriculture
May 22
President Donald Trump, flanked by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and daughter Ivanka Trump, spoke about the food-supply chain at the White House

U.S. farmers will get $16 billion in direct aid because of COVID-19

Payments to go to farmers, ranchers facing price declines and market disruptions
Agriculture
May 21
Hormel headquarters in Austin, Minn.

Hormel's sales surge but profit is squeezed on COVID-related costs

Executives said they expect costs to be about $30 million to $40 million above previous expectations for each of the next two quarters.
Coronavirus
May 16
Paleh and her husband moved to Worthington in 2008 so he could work at the plant. She and her husband, and three of their four kids, are sick with COV

As virus loomed, Worthington pork plant refused to slow down

A week before JBS idled its Worthington pork plant, it was clear that meatpacking plants had become clusters of the virus. But until April 20, JBS was running the plant, which can slaughter as many as 21,000 hogs a day, at full tilt. JBS has made strides since shutting down, but workers say it was slow to react
Coronavirus
May 15
A site where euthanized hogs are disposed of in Nobles County.

Next to a vineyard in southwest Minnesota, a site for euthanized hogs

Tens of thousands of pigs have been euthanized in Minnesota in recent weeks thanks to the shutdowns of meatpacking plants after outbreaks of coronavirus among workers. The site where euthanized hogs are ground into compost in Nobles County is a wide open field across the road from a lakeside vineyard.
Coronavirus
May 9
“The hardest part of all of this is having your daughter tell you not to cry,” said Jomari de Jesus of her 8-year-old daughter Estefany. De Jesus

Testing uneven, or nonexistent, at meatpacking plants with COVID-19 outbreaks

The only guidance from the federal government has been that meat processors should "consider" tests.
Agriculture
May 9
A worker plows under 240 acres of young potatoes farmed by Mike Pink near Pasco on Friday, May 1, 2020. Pink has never plowed under any food he has gr

In French fry heartland, spring turns bitter as coronavirus cuts into global demand

The plight is another ugly impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus
May 9
Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, has long advocated for rural broadband access and says it is more important now than ever.

Land O'Lakes opens Wi-Fi spots to help rural broadband access

The hotspots allow students to finish homework and sick people to connect with medical facilities in a time of crisis. More important, it is a step forward for communities, says CEO Beth Ford.