Mark Steil Feature Archive

With a new farm bill possibly reaching the U.S. Senate floor next week, an environmental group wants Congress to cut crop insurance subsidies when it takes up the legislation. (05/31/2012)
A Colorado company has started the first commercial production of a corn-based alternative to ethanol at a converted plant in southwest Minnesota. (05/24/2012)
Minnesota's corn crop is off to a good start and could contribute to a record U.S. harvest. But uncertainty over prices has farmers wondering if a bountiful harvest might cost them more than they can sell their corn for. (05/24/2012)
Southern Minnesota dairy farmer Michael Hartmann and three others face criminal charges linked to an earlier investigation of sales of raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products. (05/18/2012)
The Big Stone County board has approved a controversial granite quarry proposal near Ortonville. (05/01/2012)
To hold a job you have to get to work, so "car guy" Dan Jones focuses on putting low-income people behind the wheel of cheap cars. (05/01/2012)
With favorable weather most of last week, Minnesota farmers have planted nearly half their corn as the pace of spring planting continues ahead of normal. (04/30/2012)
Legislation on its way to the U.S. House includes a moratorium on rural post office closings, which could keep dozens operating in Minnesota. (04/26/2012)
In what could be a bellwether for the industry, low ethanol prices and high production costs contributed to a big first-quarter loss for the owner of an ethanol plant in northwest Minnesota. (04/26/2012)
A new study published today in Nature, the international weekly journal of science, concludes that organic farming methods produce less food per acre than conventional practices. (04/25/2012)
New Ulm wrestler Ali Bernard fell short in her attempt to return to the Olympics this summer. (04/23/2012)
An Olympic athlete from New Ulm resumes her quest for a gold medal this weekend. Ali Bernard, 26, is the only woman from Minnesota to qualify for the U.S. women's wrestling team tryouts in Iowa City this weekend. (04/20/2012)
The latest crop report says through last Sunday farmers had planted 56 percent of their spring wheat. One year ago none of the crop was in the ground. (04/18/2012)
The pace of spring planting is picking up across Minnesota now that an important deadline for crop insurance coverage has passed. But the push to plant the state's $7 billion corn probably won't be the all-out rush expected a few weeks ago. (04/11/2012)
The head of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank said improving economic conditions could accelerate when the Fed pushes interest rates higher. (04/10/2012)