An egg paradox: As demand soars, a Minnesota egg plant has shut down

An egg paradox: As demand soars, a Minnesota egg plant has shut down

Egg producers who serve restaurants can't quickly pivot to supply grocery stores.

Pandemic crimps labor supply for fruit farms in the West

August 29, 2020
Pandemic crimps labor supply for fruit farms in the West

Job losses hitting nearly 20% of Minnesota workers

April 16, 2020
Job losses hitting nearly 20% of Minnesota workers
The stats are a clear sign that the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus is the worst since the Great Depression.
February 1
File photo by Elizabeth Flores   Last November (2019), Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, her daughter, Siobhan; Gov. Tim Walz and Paul Kvistad, president of th

COVID-19 canceled governor's turkey meet-and-greet

Annual meet-and-greet with governor a victim of virus precautions.
December 5, 2020

Singapore becomes first place in world to approve sale of lab-grown meat

The meat, to be sold as nuggets, will be priced at premium chicken prices when it launches "in the very near term," the co-founder and CEO says.
December 4, 2020
Bronson Voegeli farms 290 acres near Argyle, Wisc., and sells milk to Organic Valley. (Provided by Organic Valley)

Minnesota, Wisconsin organic dairy farmers hope to regain ground with Biden administration

Organic Valley, a leading voice in the nation's organic dairy industry, sees an opportunity to regain political ground that it says was lost over the…
November 21, 2020
A harvested field in Winslow, Neb. Soybean prices rose to a four-year high this fall.

At last, a year when farmers don't have to store soybeans

Brazil ran out of soybeans, creating an opportunity for U.S. farmers suffering after Trump trade war
November 21, 2020

Food producers complain about China's virus tests on commodity imports

BEIJING – Major food-producing countries are growing increasingly frustrated with China’s scrutiny of imported products and are calling on it to stop aggressive testing for…
October 31, 2020
A Trump/Pence sign on a hay wagon in Freeport, Pa., on Oct. 15. U.S. farmers have received a record $40 billion in aid in 2020 from the federal govern

Farmers see record $40B in aid, but many uneasy accepting help

Farmers, who as a group disproportionately vote Republican and support President Donald Trump, are uneasy with being seen as on the dole. "Who wants to be dependent on government for everything? It just feels wrong."
October 26, 2020
The first measurable snow of the season hit Minnesota last Tuesday.

Some snow is no big deal because Minnesota farmers were far ahead on this year's harvest

Soybeans are mostly in, and corn is way ahead of schedule despite the early cold.
October 24, 2020
According to 2019 data, lettuce heads are doing slightly better against lettuce leaves than in 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, cabbage consumption is up dur

Americans turn over a new leaf, in the produce aisle

Yes, this could be the year consumption of romaine and other leaf lettuce finally surpasses that of head lettuce.
October 12, 2020
A laborer carries a sack of wheat in a state food corporation warehouse, in Jammu, India in 2011.

World Food Day aims to intensify the battle against hunger

Global Minnesota will host a virtual World Food Day conference, one of several across the globe.
October 9, 2020
FILE -- The Kwai Tsing container terminal in Hong Kong, April 7, 2020.

Tariffs create mixed bag for U.S. farmers, builders

Some benefit, but others with no apparent ties are feeling the crunch.
October 6, 2020
Dairy cows wait outside of the milking parlor at Daley Farms in Lewiston.

Battle over southeast Minnesota dairy expansion drags on

The Land Stewardship Project was ordered to produce internal documents by Tuesday.
October 3, 2020
In this May 8, 2019, photo, farmer Yang Wenguo reaches out to one of the few dozen remaining pigs from his original herd of 800 in a barn at his pig f

China's pork industry begins recovery after disease outbreak

Pork output will take much longer to restore given the herd's low quality, experts and analysts said.
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October 1, 2020
David Williams dug up sweet potatoes in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum vegetable garden.

Beginners learn to be farmers at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

In its first year, the Sustainable Horticulture Training Program has offered hands-on education to students with a variety of goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.