Mark Steil Feature Archive

The driest fall on record in parts of Minnesota already has farmers concerned about next year's crops. (12/03/2011)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is criticizing Monsanto for its handling of cases of damage to corn crops by rootworm. (12/01/2011)
A Minnesota ethanol company pleaded guilty and will pay more than $750,000 in fines and penalties to settle state and federal pollution violations. (11/23/2011)
Seven small town Minnesota post offices are scheduled to close for good today and tomorrow, the latest setback for towns which have seen a steady exit of community institutions over the years. (11/18/2011)
Fallout from the collapse of MF Global is spreading worldwide, including to grain elevators and commodity traders in Minnesota, who have had funds frozen that the grain traders say they need to stay in business. (11/10/2011)
Some Minnesota grain elevators have found themselves dragged by the bankruptcy of MF Global. The two are linked by grain futures contracts. (11/09/2011)
Minnesota farmers saw this year's weather problems reflected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced harvest estimate. (11/09/2011)
Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Steil reports on the news in southwestern Minnesota. One of the stories he's been following is a new report out this morning from the U.S. Agriculture Department. It's the agency's latest estimate of the size of the harvest. And he has news about a town where no one, apparently, wants to run for office. He checked in with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. (11/09/2011)
Much of Minnesota has gone from too wet to too dry, as spring floods have given way to fall drought. The quick turn to dry conditions this summer helped and hurt farmers. (11/08/2011)
Home values continue to fall in Minnesota, but the value of farmland has rapidly grown, spurred by very profitable grain prices. Now, vigorous debate abounds over whether agricultural land is another real estate bubble waiting to be burst. (10/24/2011)
The industry is not as strong as it was a few years ago, and no one knows if organic sales will return to the double-digit growth of the pre-recession years. (10/17/2011)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest harvest estimate for Minnesota shows the September frost may not have caused as much damage as first feared. (10/12/2011)
Cargill, the Minnesota-based food processor, is still dealing with a recent outbreak of salmonella contamination in some of its ground turkey products. The company's response to the contamination is getting high marks, and could change the way the meat processing industry operates. (10/06/2011)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has certified that Minnesota has no bovine tuberculosis anywhere in the state. (10/05/2011)
A drop in milk exports could mean troubled times ahead for dairy farmers, and Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson says they need new protection against market instability. (10/05/2011)