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.

Ethanol waivers become central issue in presidential battle for Minnesota farm votes

September 18
The Al-Corn Clean Fuel ethanol plant in Claremont, Minn.
The issues heated up this week with three days of President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Corn, soybean prices rally on Chinese demand, disaster in Iowa

September 22
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
As harvest begins, farmers are seeing some of the best commodity prices of the year.
Agriculture
September 29
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 25
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
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
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 19
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.
Agriculture
September 19
The Trump administration’s multibillion dollar farm-aid program, managed by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, has poured a disproportionate amount

Farm aid tilts to Southern states, led by Georgia, GAO study finds

The findings by the nonpartisan watchdog agency supported some of the criticisms leveled at the White House and President Donald Trump by Democrats and advocacy groups.
Local
September 18
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 16
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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.
Agriculture
August 21
Farmers planted potatoes in April on a 10-acre plot leased from Hmong American Farmers Association land in Dakota County.

Some help emerges for farmers that supply local markets in the Twin Cities

Most couldn't take advantage of the federal government's Paycheck Protection Plan loans. Some retailers are lending a hand.
Agriculture
August 18
U.S. officials are forecasting a near-record corn crop this year, but prices are below break-even.

Bumper Minnesota corn crop on tap as prices stall below break-even price

Corn prices are not close to break-even and may only rise if a natural disaster happens.
Agriculture
August 15
Josue Ramirez and other workers at Hugoson Pork took their lunch break at a sow barn near Granada, Minn. Ramirez is from Monterrey, Mexico.

Minnesota hog farmers fight visa restrictions: 'We need the labor'

The trade national program that employers can use is small and has been throttled by COVID-19: "We need the labor."