Steve Anderson, a farmer near Foley, on Friday looked over his alfalfa crop, which he said should be up to his knees at this point in the season. It b

As drought concerns grow, so do Minnesota farmers' worries

While dry weather can push up commodity prices, grain farmers increasingly worried about lower yields this year.

Brazilian brothers behind JBS are out of jail and worth $6 billion

July 23
Wesley Batista, an executive at the world’s largest meatpacker JBS, listens to his lawyer Ticiano Figueiredo, during his testimony at the Parliament
The revival of Joesley and Wesley Batista is a testament to bare-knuckles political deal making, ruthless efficiency while pivoting to plant-based alternatives and eyeing a U.S. listing.

Pipeline Foods' bankruptcy creates headache for growers of organic grain

July 19
Grain farmers will meet with the officials from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture this week to discuss the effect of the bankruptcy of Fridley-b
State agriculture officials are scheduled to meet later this week with farmers who may not have been paid for crops after Fridley-based Pipeline Foods declared bankruptcy.
Business
July 24
Bailey Tangen, a University of Minnesota graduate student in water resources, led a session on soil health at the University of Minnesota Extension’

To know what's happening in a field, ag advisers learn to 'just start digging'

University of Minnesota Extension's "Field Days" aims to give ag professionals a farmer's-eye view.
Business
July 19
After a court struck down year-round sales of ethanol enacted by the Trump administration, some members of Congress, including Democrats, want the rul

Minn. lawmakers push to restore year-round sales of ethanol blend

Democrats join Republicans in the push to save year-round E15 sales that were first enacted by the Trump Administration.
Local
July 18
Mississippi River water levels are low, causing boaters to hit objects and damage their propellors and engines.

Drought deepens in Minnesota, watering bans more likely

With about half of Minnesota now in the grip of severe drought — and 4% in extreme drought — the state has officially shifted into the "drought warning phase," the DNR announced Friday.
Agriculture
July 17
Prices for farmland are nearing record levels in Minnesota, helped by high prices for crops. Shown is farmland for sale near Silver Lake, Minn., last

In rural Minnesota, 'nothing but upside' as farmland values near record highs

With the peak sales season coming in September, per-acre prices are already reaching $9,000 threshold in parts of rural Minnesota.
July 10
Kernza, a perennial wheat said to have environmental benefits, is shown here. A group of organic farmers is forming what they say is the first Kernza

New Minnesota co-op wants to profit from getting Kernza wheat in marketplace

Group of organic farmers join together to promote the perennial wheat that's proven itself in the field but not yet the marketplace.
Business
July 8
Food prices around the world have risen steadily for a year, but they turned broadly lower in June. Meat remained an exception, rising 2% from May.

Food prices are much higher than a year ago, but the trajectory just changed globally

Vegetable oils, cereals and dairy products are getting cheaper around the world as supply and demand rebalance.
Business
July 6
The expectation of rainfall in the Midwest this week sent corn prices down to a trading-level limit on Tuesday.

Rain comes, corn prices fall and hit a market limit

Every future contract for corn fell by the maximum allowed on the main trading market Tuesday. USDA says field conditions worsened a bit in Minnesota last week.
Business
June 29
The effects of the drier-than-normal June are being felt first by Minnesota’s cattle farmers, who have lost pasture grass to drought and must consid

Dry conditions are hurting Minnesota's cattle farms first

Nearly half the state's pastures are in bad shape after the drier-than-normal June, forcing cattle producers to consider other ways to feed their animals.
Business
June 26
A worker sets up irrigation lines to water almond tree rootstocks along Road 36 in Tulare, Calif.

Here's where drought conditions stand in Minnesota and the U.S.

Dry conditions late in the summer are more likely to affect Minnesota crops, but Western states are already in drought crisis.
Business
June 17
As the end of the pandemic arrives, some businesses are finding that the challenges they faced before it happened are still there.

Schafer: Back to normal means the normal challenges are back, too

The news that General Mills is cutting jobs after its stellar response to the pandemic, and the results that followed, shows that going back to where things were was never going to be easy.
Business
June 16
Cargill’s new joint venture began construction on a new facility in Eddyville, Iowa, where it will create a plant-based alternative to synthetic pla

Cargill backs corn as substitute for plastic, builds new plant in Iowa

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness is building a new facility in Iowa to create a corn-based alternative to petroleum-based plastics used in certain consumer goods.
Agriculture
June 12
The EPA’s Michael Regan came to Washington with a reputation as a consensus builder who could work with people in industry along with environmentali

Water protections return to spotlight

The EPA said it had found that the changes under Trump caused "significant environmental degradation."
Business
June 9
Eric Taipale, chief executive of Sentera.

Ag analytics firm Sentera raises $25 million, will move to St. Paul

The latest infusion is the biggest for the company, which is changing the way farmers analyze their fields and crops.
Business
June 1
The JBS Worthington Pork Plant is shown in 2020.

Shifts canceled at Worthington meat plant after JBS hit by cyberattack

The company told the White House its computers had been hacked, likely by a criminal organization in Russia.
Business
May 28
Subfreezing temperatures may have hurt young plants in the northern third of Minnesota. File photo of a farmer in a field of newly-emerged wheat plant

Surprise cold may have hurt crops just emerging in northern Minnesota

Sub-freezing temperatures Thursday night and Friday morning in the northern third of the state might have hurt soybean, wheat and corn plants.
Local
May 25
In this 2015 file photo, a lone pine tree survived the plowing of this field south of Park Rapids, Minn. The mixed pine forests of central Minnesota a

Minnesota appeals court: OK to skip full environmental review of Pineland Sands irrigation project

Intensified potato farming and row cropping threatens drinking water and the Mississippi River, opponents say.
Nation
May 22
Shade Lewis throws hay bales on his cattle farm in La Grange, Mo.

A windfall for minority farmers divides rural America

A $4 billion federal fund meant to confront how racial injustice has shaped American farming has angered white farmers who say they are being unfairly excluded.
Local
May 16
University of Minnesota research professor Jacob Jungers checked the growth of Kernza at a field at the U’s St. Paul campus in 2019.

New kind of wheat draws pollutants from soil, water

The perennial wheat Kernza was grown just west of Brainerd on a few acres immediately surrounding wells within corn and soybean fields. Over the past three years, it cut nitrate contamination from the cornfields by 96% and from soybeans by 86%.
Business
May 1
A wheat field on Feb. 26, 2021, in the village of Kale, India.

Amid COVID chaos and protests, India's farmers eye record wheat crop

While India battles soaring COVID-19 infections, on the outskirts of New Delhi thousands of farmers are keeping up a monthslong sit-in protest against government legislation…
Agriculture
March 31
Minnesota farmers had their most profitable year in 2020 since 2012, a survey by the University of Minnesota Extension showed. File photo of a corn ha

Minnesota farmers had most profitable year since 2012

The results became clear late in the year when commodity prices suddenly climbed after government aid rolled in.