Mark Steil

Mark Steil

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
msteil@mpr.org


Mark Steil is based in Worthington, Minn., covering major changes in the economy and society of rural Minnesota for MPR News. Steil has worked for Minnesota Public Radio since 1978. Agriculture has been a major focus of his reporting; he's covered everything from the farm crisis of the 1980s to the corporate makeover of agriculture in the 1990s. Steil has also reported on population changes in southwest Minnesota, including the aging of rural Minnesota and the growth of minority populations there over the last decade.

Mark Steil Feature Archive

Congress blocked the EPA from adopting a proposed Clean Water Act Rule that would have allowed the agency to regulate areas that held water temporarily, including puddles. (12/18/2014)
Cargill tower, East St. Louis, Ill.
Minnesota farm and business interests praised President Barack Obama's announcement of normalized relations with Cuba. But they said only ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba would bring real change. (12/17/2014)
BNSF train
The railroad blames heavy shipping demand and bad weather for significant rail shipping delays last winter -- delays that cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, and grain businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. (12/14/2014)
The number of farm loans requiring adjustments are at historic lows. But many crop farmers likely will lose money on their corn harvest this year because of low prices. (12/03/2014)
The main problem is corn, with about four percent of the state's crop still in the field. (11/29/2014)
Minnesota yields were below expectations in parts of state. But a big U.S. harvest has cut grain prices. Farmers are weighing how to cut costs next year. (11/09/2014)
Collisions between farm machinery and power poles seem to be on the rise in rural Minnesota. Some worry it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. (10/21/2014)
After months of complaints by farmers, grain shippers and others about lengthy railroad delays, another major industry is crying foul. (10/12/2014)
Farm groups complain about rail shipping delays, but some areas are much worse off than others. The longest delays are in North and South Dakota and western Minnesota. (10/05/2014)
Farmers in southern Minnesota likely will see a 30-percent decline in soybean productions because of the weekend frost. The hit to corn wasn't as bad. (09/15/2014)
Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. (09/11/2014)
Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. (09/11/2014)
Minnesota's propane suppliers have installed additional storage tanks to increase their supply. They're hoping to avert a propane shortage like the one that occurred last year. (09/09/2014)
Minnesota's farmland is worth about $100 billion, and given that land often accounts for 80 percent of a farm's assets, that value has served as an economic engine. It provides farmers the collateral they need to buy equipment and grow crops. (08/25/2014)
Farmers in Minnesota expect a down year because of June's damaging weather. The bumper crop elsewhere means corn prices won't go high enough to make a profit. (08/12/2014)